Becoming a Police Officer

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Becoming a Police Officer helps candidates join the ranks of one of the most important careers around, supplying a thorough overview, incisive insights, and other info specific to the field, such as: available law enforcement jobs, from traffic cop, community patrol, and state trooper to crime lab, detective, and management; interviewing, record-keeping, and making ethical judgments; selecting the right education program and maximizing employment opportunities; passing various tests, including written and ...

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Overview

Becoming a Police Officer helps candidates join the ranks of one of the most important careers around, supplying a thorough overview, incisive insights, and other info specific to the field, such as: available law enforcement jobs, from traffic cop, community patrol, and state trooper to crime lab, detective, and management; interviewing, record-keeping, and making ethical judgments; selecting the right education program and maximizing employment opportunities; passing various tests, including written and physical exams.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576856802
  • Publisher: LearningExpress, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 397,112
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

How to Use This Book viii

Chapter 1 The History of Policing 1

The Sheriff's Office 3

Local Police Departments 5

County Police Departments 6

State Police Agencies 6

Federal Law Enforcement 8

Special Jurisdiction Police Agencies 11

Women in Policing 12

Minority Men in Policing 14

Chapter 2 Becoming a Police Officer 19

Earnings and Benefits for Police Officers 21

Risks 27

Shift Work 31

The Police Organization 33

Chapter 3 Today's Cops: Who They Are and What They Do 35

The Hiring Process 40

Minimum Eligibility Requirements 42

The Selection Process 47

Education versus Training 59

Types of Police Academies 61

The Academy Experience 67

Field Training 71

The Police Officer Suitability Test 72

Summary 78

Chapter 4 All about Police Officer Education 79

Fields of Study 82

Choosing a School 90

Online Colleges 94

Work Study Options 96

Scholarships and Grants 99

Loans 100

STEP 109

The National Guard 109

Cadet Programs 110

Still in High School? 110

Internships 112

Scholarships 117

Chapter 5 Job Opportunities at the Local, State, and Federal Level 121

Local Police Departments 127

State Police Agencies 133

Sheriffs' Offices 141

Constables 146

Special Jurisdiction Law Enforcement Agencies 147

Criminal Investigations and Special Enforcement Agencies 157

Tribal Police 159

Federal Law Enforcement 159

Learning Where the Jobs Are 164

Appendix A Professional Associations 165

Appendix B Police Exam and Job Announcements 175

Appendix C Law Enforcement Glossary 187

Appendix D Additonal Resources 199

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