Become A Police Officer In Texas By Following These 5 Steps
A police officer is responsible for protecting citizens and enforcing the law within a particular society. Becoming an officer requires hard work, dedication, and patience. It also takes five steps to transform from civilian to cop! Read this blog post to find out how you can start down your career path in law enforcement as a Texas-based police officer!
First, you'll want to take the Basic Law Enforcement Examination. This exam is offered annually and consists of two sections: a written test that covers criminal law, Texas penal code, traffic control and enforcement, rules of evidence, force options for arrestees with special needs among other topics; as well as a demonstration of your physical fitness abilities through a timed obstacle which is not for the faint of heart.
Second, you'll need to complete the Basic Peace Officer's Academy. This academy involves a 12-week course that introduces new recruits to the law enforcement profession and provides them with basic knowledge in criminal justice, patrol procedures, emergency vehicle operations among other topics.
Third, you must take 11 hours of courses at an accredited college or university - which can include criminal justice degree.
Fourth, you need to pass the Basic Law Enforcement Examination.
And finally, those who have a high school diploma or GED may also be eligible for Conditional Admission into a law enforcement academy through their military service.
Texas has over 1800 peace officers and 1000 civilian positions available every year. It may be your next job! Some retired police become crime scene cleaners in Texas. This is also another exciting job we will write more about soon. We hope you find our blog post informative and helpful and please share!