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Getting Started in Law enforcement

A degree in criminal justice can lead to a variety of rewarding careers. One particular career is that of law enforcement. People in law enforcement work as city police, tribal police, school or college/university police, corrections officers, dispatch, transit police, and with various state and federal agencies. On the federal level, there are Capitol Police, Secret Service, DEA, Homeland Security- the possibilities are vast. Could a career in law enforcement be for you? Let’s talk about what it takes to get started.

  • First, you have to have a good reason to want to do it. Maybe you want to help people and make a difference, but is that something you can commit to under pressure? Law enforcement isn’t easy, because even though it offers opportunities to help people in need, it also puts officers in danger physically and emotionally. Before pursuing a career in law enforcement, look inward to make sure it’s the right fit for you. We suggest requesting a ride-along to see if it’s something you can handle, or speaking with a local member of your law enforcement department to get a more personal perspective on the day-to-day.
  • There are also certain minimum requirements you must meet. Talk to a police recruiter if you have a physical or health issue that you think might be a problem. If you’ve used drugs or committed a crime that was not classified a felony, you’re probably not eligible. You also need to be physically fit, be registered for selective service, and have good credit to qualify for a law enforcement career.
  • Make sure you have the skills necessary for the job. Police officers need to be able to read and write well, and they also need computer skills. They need to be diplomatic, good at communicating, and good at making decisions quickly. A career in law enforcement requires problem solving and conflict resolution skills, as well as emotional intelligence and cultural awareness. Considering all that and the need for physical endurance, it’s a complicated skill set.
  • Get the right training as a foundation for your new career. Some law enforcement jobs only require a high school diploma and clean criminal record, but applicants with degrees have a leg up on the competition. Research indicates that college-educated officers have better communication and problem solving skills and are less likely to use force on citizens. That’s one reason why having a degree can offer more opportunities for initial placement and advancement.

When you’re ready for a career in law enforcement, ASA College’s Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program can get you started. Our graduates have a wide range of career opportunities and advancements. A vital component of our program includes externship placement in an active vocation such as Police Departments, Private Security companies, Probation, Social Services and Corrections Departments in the tri-state area. After graduating, our students will fulfill the necessary requirements to become NYPD Police Officers or work within the private security sector as security personnel and analysts. Our Criminal Justice degree also prepares students for their next step if they want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or Political Science. Call us at 866-515-7188 or contact us today!

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