Joining a police academy to receive training is the last hurdle to being a law enforcement officer. This training includes classroom and field instruction. Classroom instruction covers topics such as arrest and booking procedures, radio and communications, first aid, community relations, laws of arrest and traffic enforcement and investigation. Field training is designed to build your physical strength and endurance and teach firearm skills. Typical requirements to join a police academy include being at least 21 years old, being a . citizen or having permanent residency status, and having a high school diploma. Other requirements include passing criminal and drug background checks as well as a series of physical and mental health tests.
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The hiring process and training academy can take around 12 to 18 months, all together, though this may vary by agency. After graduating from the academy, you will be a probationary officer, which typically means you will be constantly supervised, have limited responsibilities, and in most cases, are eligible to be relieved of duty easier than if you were not on probation. The length of probation varies by agency. The BLS shows that the average salary for a police officer is $53,540 a year. However, what you earn will depend on several factors, including the agency you work for, location, performance, and amount of experience.