No matter where you live in the world there is going to be a call for people to join the police force. And, you can answer that call by, well, forging yourself a long and successful career as a policeman or policewoman!
For specific advice on how to do so if you live in the UK, the U.S., or Canada, make sure to read on.
In the UK it is widely recognized that extensive amounts of education and training must take place to join the police force — that’s just the way it is.
Now, this training could come in the form of heading to university and taking a degree in policing for three to four years. Or, this could come in the form of taking an apprenticeship in the field.
By taking the latter option, you would be able to earn while you learn and obtain for yourself a policing qualification that is recognized nationally. More importantly, however, you will learn skills that will stand you in good stead in your future policing career.
To join the U.S. police force, you won’t have to go through as much formal education, but you will have to take extensive and specialized training instead.
If you were to attempt to become a policeman or policewoman in the U.S., a high school diploma is the minimum formal education required. But, this doesn’t mean that this is an easy task because after high school you would have to head to a police academy in either local, regional, or state level to take your policing training.
And, this academy is not going to be a walk in the park, not by a long shot. Here you will take part in everything from going out and being in the car on a real-life day of policing (hopefully it won’t be anything like the movie Training Day for you) to taking part in the very demanding pepper spray training.
To be a Mountie (a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman or Policewoman) you are expected to reflect the core values of what being in the force means in this part of the world.
You are expected to be honest, professional, compassionate, respectful, and accountable. But, you’re going to have to do a lot more than just show you have these traits if you want to join the Canadian force.
First of all, you have to be proficient in English and/or French — that much is a must.
Second, of all, you’re going to have to have obtained a degree in public safety from an institute of higher education, such as the Combined Honours BA in Criminology and Policing degree offered by Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario. Once you can prove you have these things, only then can you even think about getting trained specifically in the Canadian police force.
So, whether you live in the UK, the U.S., Canada, or anywhere else in the world, just know that you will always be able to become a policeman or a policewoman and put on that famous uniform.
And, if this is your dream, then make sure you chase it!