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Police Officer Training Requirements

For one who aspires to be a police officer as their career, they need to understand that there are set requirements that one should meet as well as taking part in extensive schooling to acquire the relevant skills as well as specialized training to ensure that one will be a professional. To be considered for enrollment there are prerequisites that one will need to conform to while one also has to take set tests and examinations where when one passes the tests they are enrolled and viewed as ready to take part in the intensive police instructional course. When one is applying to join a police academy they are required to be healthy and fit as it is the case with other professions while one also needs to have the necessary academic certifications to prove qualification. One of the core job for any policeman is taking part in patrols and thus one should have a driving license when they seeking to join the police force, and also they need to have a good driving record to be considered.

When one meets all the set requirements for one to enroll as a police officer; they should enroll in a police academy and take part in the intensive schooling and field instructions for them to get accredited and be awarded badges that qualify them as a police officer. When a police recruit is enrolled for training they are trained on different skills such as the use of fire arms, the ‘come along’ tactics as well as unarmed defensive tactics. The trainees are also trained on the use of other equipment such as electronic devices such lasers and stun guns, mace and pepper sprays. A trainee is also taught on the use of heavy weapons apart from their firearms. Psychology is also taught as part of the training where one is taught to work as a team rather than working individually although the primary training for the recruits is usually the physical side. The trainees are subjected to physical exercises where they are bound to run for at least five miles daily. After the running one is subjected to squat thrusts, jumping jacks and leg lifts. The trainees also acquire martial arts skills such as karate, judo and Aikido and the physical training is carried out by martial arts experts almost similar to those in the military.

During the training the recruits also attend classrooms where they are educated about the law and culture of the population they will be interacting with. In classrooms the recruits are taught a broad range of subjects such as self-defense first aid and medical emergencies, conflict resolution and mediation skills, ethics and integrity among others. One may also further their education by majoring in psychology or sociology or pursuing crime related studies such as criminology and constitutional law. Field training can take place when one is still assigned to training or when they have graduated.The Key Elements of Great Education

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