Guide To Becoming A Police Officer
to view some selected departments and thier requirments
A law enforcement career in the 1990's promises to present chal-
lenges that are second to none. This guide is intended to help you meet
that challenge by providing one convenient source for practical, up-to-
date information on the current state of the law enforcement industry.
This guide should prove to be indispensable to anyone wishing to pursue
a law enforcement career beyond the boundaries of their own municipal-
Inside you will find a complete identification of the major law
enforcement entities in the United States and the function of each. You
will also be provided with a comprehensive list of the qualifications
for employment with more than 50 state, county and local law enforce-
ment agencies. Also included is an outline of the benefits available at
For every man or woman on the street with a badge, there are num-
erous "civilian" support personnel hard at work; some in the background
and some out on the front lines. This guide includes descriptions of
some of the many "non-sworn" or civilian positions available at most
law enforcement agencies.
Get ready for an adventure!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1 Introduction
CHAPTER 2 Agencies
CHAPTER 3 Who are Peace Officers?
CHAPTER 4 Assignments
CHAPTER 5 Application and Testing
CHAPTER 6 State Mandated Standards
CHAPTER 7 The Police Academy
CHAPTER 8 Civilian Employment Opportunities
CHAPTER 9 Exploring...Something for Teens!
CHAPTER 10 National Accreditation
CHAPTER 11 Conclusion
CHAPTER 12 Beneficial Bytes (Useful Information)
CHAPTER 13 Individual Agency Requirements
INTRODUCTION ENFORCEMENT CAREERS IN AMERICA
A COMPLETE SOURCEBOOK AND GUIDE
If you're reading this, you probably have more than just an idle
interest in a career in law enforcement. You're not alone! Thousands
before you have made the same choice, and for a variety of reasons.
Some are seeking excitement. For others it's the high degree of job
security. Others may be attracted to the rising pay and benefits being
offered by some agencies. For some it might be the satisfaction of a
public service oriented career. Whatever the attraction is for you;
there are plenty of employment opportunities to be explored.
Where are these jobs? They're in more places than you think! There
are more than 525,000 state and local law enforcement officers in the
United States! That number includes an increase of almost 30,000 in the
last five years! Included in that figure are highway patrol, alcoholic
beverage control agents, game wardens, arson investigators, sheriff's
deputies, municipal police officers and others.
Most every city in the state has a police force; from the largest
in New York City with more than 25,000 commissioned officers, to the
smallest operation handled by a lone officer. Those smaller cities, who
may be without a police force, are served by the county sheriff's dept.
From the small "one person does it all" operation, to the large depart-
ments where operations are broken down into specialized areas, there
are many employment opportunities to be found. Included below are the
personnel figures for a few well-known departments around the country.
New York City
33,300+ full time employees (25,600+ commissioned officers)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
10,800+ full time employees (7,600+ commissioned officers)
California Highway Patrol
8,500+ full time employees (5,900+ commissioned officers)
Houston Police Department
5,600+ full time employees (4,100+ commissioned officers)
Let's jump right in and take a look at exactly what's out there in
the form of "agencies seeking qualified applicants".
AT THE STATE LEVEL
DEPARTMENTS of PUBLIC SAFETY or HIGHWAY PATROL
These agencies may also be known simply as the State Police. They
provide criminal and traffic law enforcement services for the state.
Usually includes the highway patrol, motor vehicle inspection license
and weight service, driver license service and other specialized divi-
sions such as narcotics and criminal investigation.
PARKS and WILDLIFE DEPARTMENTS
Usually enforces game, fish and water safety laws. State game war-
dens make daily patrols to enforce all state game law violations, sport
and commercial fishing violations and violations concerning inland and
coastal waters and pollution laws.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL AGENCIES
These agencies inspect, regulate and supervise, every phase of the
business of manufacturing, selling, importing, exporting, transporting,
storing, advertising, labeling, and distributing alcoholic beverages,
and the possession of alcoholic beverages for the purpose of sale or
otherwise. These agencies investigate all violations of the alcoholic
beverage law of their state and assist in the prosecution of offenders.
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Maintains the state prison system. Responsible for housing and all
other aspects of the care of state prisoners. The Department of Correc-
tions is a large employer of guards, physicians, administrative and
ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE
The Attorney General is the "peoples" attorney at the state level.
The AG also serves as counsel to the governor, the legislature, and the
boards and agencies of the state. Below is a list of the divisions of
the Texas Attorney General's Office. The AG Office of your state may
be very similar to this one.
Child Support Enforcement Collections
Consumer Protection Crime Victim Compensation
Criminal Law Enforcement Energy
Environmental Protection Finance
General Litigation Highway
Tort Litigation Worker Compensation Fraud
Communications Financial Management
Internal Audit Medicaid Fraud
Personnel and Training Research
Staff Services Taxation
CAMPUS POLICE DEPARTMENTS
Provides law enforcement services within the property boundary of
any state institution of higher education, public junior college, or
AT THE COUNTY LEVEL
COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENTS
Provides all law enforcement services in areas of the county not
served by municipal departments. Maintains a county jail. May serve and
enforce writs and make arrests anywhere in the county. The sheriff is
usually an elected official.
ADULT AND JUVENILE PROBATION OFFICES
Responsible for the supervision of those persons placed on probat-
ionary status by a court. Probationers are usually required to report
to a probation officer on a regular basis. The probation officer helps
the probationer adjust to community life, assists him/her in finding
employment, and performs other tasks.
A county official, having less authority than the sheriff, who
serves writs and warrants in the county.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S INVESTIGATOR
Assists the district attorney in the prosecution of cases by pro-
viding additional follow-up investigation that may be necessary to bet-
ter prepare a case for trial. May initiate investigations and file any
AT THE CITY LEVEL
Responsible for the preservation of peace and order within its
jurisdiction. Police departments enforce criminal and traffic laws,
city ordinances, and state and federal laws.
FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE
Responsible for enforcement of city, state, and federal laws re-
lating to fire safety, fire prevention, and arson.
Investigates all fires of suspicious nature to determine cause and
origin. Work includes responsibility for collection and preservation of
evidence, interviewing of witnesses and suspects, arrest of suspects,
and preparation of cases for prosecution. Operates under guidance of
the fire marshal. Arson investigators are considered peace officers in
Provides law enforcement services at federal, state and municipal
parks and recreation areas.
Provides law enforcement services at larger municipal and regional
Provides limited police service on municipal bus and rail systems
in larger cities.
HOUSING AUTHORITY POLICE
Provides police services at public housing projects in larger
Many agencies, usually Sheriff's departments, utilize the services
of volunteer reserve officers. Reserve officers may assist law enforce-
ment agencies in all phases of the job and have the same power and au-
thority as regular officers.
All of the officers described above are usually considered commis-
sioned peace officers in most states.
The above is a list of the major avenues of employment as a peace
officer in the United States.
WHO ARE PEACE OFFICERS?
To illustrate exactly who are considered "peace officers" in the
U.S., a definition of the term as defined by the Texas Code of Criminal
Procedure is given below.
Sheriff's and their deputies
Constables and deputy constables
Marshals or police officers of an incorporated city, town,
Rangers and officers commissioned by the public safety com-
missioner and the director of the Department of Public Safety.
Investigators of the district attorney's, criminal district
attorney's, and county attorney's offices.
Law enforcement agents of the Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Each member of an arson investigating unit of a city, county, or
Any private person specially appointed to execute criminal
Officers commissioned by the governing board of any state insti-
tution of higher education, public junior college, or the Texas
State Technical Institute.
Officers commissioned by the State Purchasing and General Services
Law enforcement officers commssioned by the Parks and Wildlife
Airport police and security personnel commissioned as peace offic-
ers by the governing body of any political subdivision that oper-
ates an airport that serves commercial air carriers.
Municipal park and recreational patrolmen and security officers.
Security officers commissioned as peace officers by the State
Officers commissioned by a water control and improvement district
under section 51.132, water code.
Investigators commissioned by the Texas State Board of Medical
County park rangers.
Stewards and judges employed by the Texas Racing Commission.
Officers commissioned by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.
Officers commissioned by the governing body of a metropolitan
rapid transit authority.
Also, the director of the Department of Public Safety may appoint
up to 250 railroad peace officers who are employed by a railroad com-
pany to aid law enforcement agencies in the protection of railroad pro-
perty and the protection of the persons and the property of railroad
passengers and employees.
Again, this description of peace officers in Texas is taken from
the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. It covers more than the tradi-
itional "police officer" or "sheriff's deputy" most people think of
when they see or hear the term "peace officer". This should serve to
illustrate the wide-ranging possibilities available to those seeking a
law enforcement career in Texas or anywhere else in the country.
Assignments within a law enforcement agency itself are varied and
become more specialized as the size of the agency increases. Some of
the assignments possible in police and sheriff's departments are des-
Patrol Crime prevention
Traffic law enforcement Identification
Accident investigation Detention officers
Criminal investigation (detectives) Divers
The above is just a partial list of available assignments. Below
you will find a partial list of the units, sections, and divisions of
the Houston, Texas Police Department. This is a good example of duty
Crime Stoppers Juvenile division
Auto theft division K-9 detail
Community liason office Major assault unit
Community services Major offender unit
Centralized investigative services Special theft detail
Criminal intelligence Cargo theft detail
Public information office Fence detail
Planning and research Missing persons
Burglary and theft division Mounted Patrol
Forgery detail Narcotics division
Pawn shop detail Organized crime unit
Domestic violence unit Recruiting division
Helicopter patrol Robbery division
Hit & run detail SWAT detail
Homicide division Internal affairs division
Identification detail Jail division
That's quite an impressive list of options. Anyone having trouble
finding a spot in there has probably chosen the wrong career field!
The Application and Testing Process
The application and testing processes involved in your search for
a job in law enforcement are about as numerous and varied as the agen-
cies you've read about so far. But at the same time they are very simi-
lar because the minimum standards for employment as a peace officer are
usually set by the state legislatures. The agency responsible for the
licensing of peace officers in Texas is the Commission on Law Enforce-
ment Officer Standards and Education. Your state may have a regulatory
agency with a similar function.
These processes sometimes vary in sequence and method from agency
to agency, but they all seek the same end result: a capable and quali-
fied applicant. At the end of this guide you will find a detailed list
of the qualifications for employment and the application process for 50
state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies. Included in this
figure are highway patrol, county sheriff's agencies, corrections per-
sonnel, fish and wildlife officers. alcoholic beverage control agents,
Provided below is a brief description of the testing process used
by many agencies.
Usually a test of basic reading comprehension and writing skills
necessary to perform police tasks.
Used to verify information provided on the initial application and
personal history questionaire.
Used to eliminate applicants with medical conditions or limitat-
ions that would prevent them from safely performing police duties. Drug
testing will probably be included in the exam.
A check of the information you provided on the personal history
questionaire. It will include a check of your criminal history and dri-
ving record. May also include a check of your employment history, cred-
it history, personal/business references and educational background.
Used to evaluate your psychological and emotional health as it re-
lates to the position you are seeking.
PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST
This test will include such events as:
Running a pre-determined distance. You might have to run in order
to catch a suspect.
Climbing flights of stairs. You may have to answer calls for ser-
vice or pursue suspects in multi-story buildings.
Dragging a dummy. You may have to drag an unconsious person to a
place of safety at an accident scene or other disaster.
Climbing over walls or obstacles. You may have to climb over fenc-
es or walls to check buildings or pursue suspects.
Negotiating an obstacle course. You may have to avoid different
types of obstacles quickly while running, such as if you are pursuing a
suspect through a crowd of people.
Broad jump. You may have to jump across a ditch.
Walking a beam. You may have to walk on a log, etc. to get across
a creek or ditch.
Weight lifting. You may have to lift heavy objects or push people
or objects off of you. (usually demonstrated with the bench press and
leg press and other exercises)
Most of these events are timed.
If you are a moderately active person and regularly engage in some
form of exercise or sport, you should have no difficulty in passing the
physical agility test. All persons, especially those who may have lead
a sedentary lifestyle, should get clearance from a physician before be-
ginning any exercise program in preparation for any anticipated agility
More departments are utilizing this form of "hands on" type of
test. Assessment centers subject the applicant to a battery of job rel-
ated reasoning and decision-making exercises. This procedure may also
include group discussion exercises with other applicants and an oral
interview. The applicant usually participates in all of these events
before a panel of "assessors".
Finally, there is usually an oral interview conducted as part of
the assessment center, or before the department head, or both. You are
certain to be asked questions such as: "Why do you want to be a police
officer? or "Why do you feel you are more qualified than the other ap-
plicants to be a police officer?" or "Describe your strengths and your
weaknesses." You may also be asked to give the interviewer(s) a short
history of your background, etc. You could be asked to give your opin-
ions on current events in the field of law enforcement. Think ahead
about these and similar questions. Be TRUTHFUL in all of your answers
and don't try to display a "know-it-all" or "I'm here to solve all the
world's problems" attitude.
Take the time to learn about the position you are applying for. If
you're about to be interviewed by the Texas Department of Public Safety
for the position of Trooper, then familiarize yourself with the differ-
ent duties that Troopers must perform. If you have no idea at all about
the duties of the job you're applying for, it may appear that you're on
a "fishing expedition" and hoping for anything you can get. That may be
the case, but you won't impress many interviewers/assessors if you make
One of the objectives of the interviewers is to try to get as ac-
curate an idea as possible of what you are really like. They want to
see the side of you that a written test and a physical exam can never
reveal. They want to know if you are capable of following the rules of
the agency and the laws of the state. They want to know if you're good
and honest person who will be an asset to the agency and the community.
They also want to know if you have a reasonable chance to successfully
complete the difficult training academy which will cost the taxpayers
thousands of dollars per recruit.
The applicant usually participates in most of these events before
a panel of "assessors". This phase of the testing is sometimes the
most difficult for many applicants. It requires a "cool" head and quick
but serious thinking in order to make it through.
Once again, this is only meant to be a generalization. Larger de-
partments may have an exhausting selection process that will put you
through a wringer! Competition is tough, and a comprehensive selection
process is sometimes the only way to insure that only the qualified are
Most agencies will want the following items with your application
or shortly thereafter:
1) Birth Certificate
2) DD 214 for veterans
3) Driver's License
4) High School Diploma, GED, or College Transcripts
5) Marriage/Divorce certificates
Once again, this is only meant to be a generalization. Larger de-
partments may have an exhausting selection process that will put you
through a wringer! Competition is tough, and a comprehensive selection
process is sometimes the only way to insure that only the qualified are
STATE MANDATED STANDARDS
As mentioned earlier, most states have a regulatory agency that is
responsible for the setting of standards for peace officer training and
licensing. The following is a short description of the function of the
Texas agency, TCLEOSE, that provides this service.
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer
Standards and Education
TCLEOSE was created in 1965 to establish standard and mandatory
qualifications for the training of peace officers, reserve officers,
and county jailers. The commission also has the responsibility to con-
duct research for the purpose of improving law enforcement management.
In 1981, the commission began licensing Texas peace officers, reserve
officers and jailors. In 1987, this licensing authority was extended
to include armed public security officers. TCLEOSE also certifies all
telecommunications personnel, hypnotic investigators, and homeowners
insurance inspectors. TCLEOSE also has the authority to establish min-
imum standards for competency and reliability, and the training, edu-
cational, moral, and physical standards of peace officers.
In 1987 the Texas legislature established, through the commission,
the Law Enforcement Management Institute. The purpose of the institute
is to develop the analytical, managerial and executive skills of all
current and future law enforcement administrators in Texas through the
study of public administration, law enforcement management and advanced
studies relating to law enforcement. The Institute is tuition free and
may be attended by all eligible Texas law enforcement officers who meet
Below are the basic requirements to be certified as a peace officer
in Texas according to the current regulations of TCLEOSE:
1. Be a citizen of the United States.
2. Be fingerprinted and subjected to a search of local, state and nat-
ional records and fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.
3. Not be on probation for a criminal offense above the grade of class
4. Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor of the grade of Class "A"
within the last twelve (12) months.
5. Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor of the grade of Class "B"
within the last six (6) months.
6. Not have been convicted of the offense of driving while intoxicated
or driving under the influence of drugs within the last twenty-four
7. Never have been convicted of a felony offense.
8. Be of good moral character.
9. Be subjected to a thorough, comprehensive background investigation
conducted by the appointing authority.
10. Be examined within ninety (90) days prior to the beginning of the
Basic Peace Officer Course applied for by a licensed physician who
will declare in writing that the applicant is physically sound and
free from any defect which may adversely affect the applicant's
ability to perform the duties of a peace officer. The physician
must also certify, after a physical examination, blood test, or
other medical test of the applicant that the applicant shows no
trace of drug dependency or illegal drug use.
11. Be examined within ninety 90 days prior to the enrollment in a
Basic Peace Officer Course by a licensed psychologist or psychia-
trist or registered professional and be declared in writing by that
professional to be in satisfactory psychological and emotional
health appropriate to the type of license sought and appointment
to be made.
12. Be interviewed personally prior to appointment by representatives
of the appointing authority.
13. Not have been discharged from any military service under less than
14. Not have had a commission license revoked / denied by final order.
15. Not have a voluntary surrender of a peace officer license currently
16. Not have violated any commission rule/statutory provision contained
in Chapter 415 of the Government Code.
"If evolution works, nature will eventually produce a pedestrian who
can jump three ways at once!"
THE POLICE ACADEMY
Depending upon the laws of your state, and the existence and auth-
ority of an agency regulating peace officers, it can be said that most
states have requirements concerning the minimum amount of training and
the content of the training given to entry level peace officers.
That brings us to the method normally used to achieve this train-
ing: The Police Academy. Police, or law enforcement academies are con-
ducted at some of the larger agencies in the country. This training may
also be received at various "regional" academies. Smaller departments
around the country may send their recruits to a larger agency having a
certified academy, or they may attend a regional academy. Some states
have only one central facility to train all peace officers.
The "basic police officer" course as required by the Texas commis-
sion, TCLEOSE, consists of more than 400 hours of classroom and field
training. While all Texas agencies must meet this minimum, you'll find
that many will add several hours to several hundred hours to this mini-
mum, supplementing it with their own curriculum. The Texas Department
of Public Safety academy, for example, consists of more than 900 hours
Below is a breakdown of the subjects and hours required in each
for the basic police officer course.
Inrtroduction, Review, Exam & Grad.........................7
Traffic Law Enforcement....................................32
U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.......................5
Code of Criminal Procedure.................................17
Use of Force...............................................9
Alcoholic Beverage Code....................................4
Dangerous Drugs and Controlled Substances..................8
Arrest/Search and Seizure..................................27
Mechanics of Arrest........................................17
Peace Officer's Role in Society............................7
Recognizing and Handling Abnormal Persons..................6
Basic Criminal Investigation...............................28
Interview and Interrogation................................5
Protection of & Crime Scene Search.........................9
Traffic Collision Investigation............................23
Notetaking & Report Writing................................15
Civil Law, Process, & Liability............................8
Introduction to Vehicle Operation..........................13
Emergency Medical Care.....................................21
Officers receive a "basic" certificate upon completion of
a training academy consisting of a minimum of the above subjects
and hours. An "intermediate" and "advanced" certificate may be
earned by a combination of "education and training points" and
years of law enforcement experience.
In addition to initial certification requirements, nearly all
states require annual or biennial retraining in order for peace offi-
cers to maintain their certification. This training may consist of re-
fresher courses in the subjects taught at the academy, as well as up-
dates on new techniques, court decisions, and similar topics.
CIVILIAN JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Job opportunities in law enforcement are by no means limited to
"commissioned" peace officer positions. Every type of agency may employ
one or several thousand civilian, or "non-sworn" personnel. These civ-
ilian positions range from secretarial to the supervising of major sec-
tions within an agency. Civilians are being utilized now more than ever
before to perform duties once handled by commissioned officers. This
"civilianization" enables agencies to return officers to the "streets"
where they are needed to perform more traditional police tasks. These
civilian positions include, but are not limited to, the following:
This category includes message-takers, dispatchers and teletype opera-
tors. Message-takers are ususally the first point of contact the public
has with the agency when they call for assistance.Message-takers deter-
mine the nature of the call or request and route the call to the appro-
priate unit or section within a department such as dispatch, informa-
tion officer, investigations, or to an ambulance company or the fire
department. Dispatchers maintain direct communications with patrol and
other units in the field.They dispatch these units as needed to respond
to calls for service. Dispatchers are also the patrol officer's link to
other sections or divisions in the agency, relaying information from
field units to those divisions and vice-versa.Communications with other
law enforcement agencies nation-wide is possible via a teletype system.
The teletype is used to send and receive administrative messages from
other agencies and to report and receive "wanted" information from the
state crime information centers and the National Crime Information Cen-
ter. At small agencies, one person may perform all of these duties.
Records Clerks/Typists/Data Entry Personnel
Law enforcement agencies run on paperwork, paperwork, and more paper-
work! Records personnel are responsible for assembling the massive flow
of reports and other items into an orderly and manageable system. Data
entry personnel must enter, usually on computer, all reports and other
documents generated by field and investigative units.
ID techs are trained in such skills as photography, fingerprinting, ev-
idence identification and collection, crime scene search, and crime
scene sketching. These technicians respond to many major crime or acci-
dent scenes to process them for photographic and physical evidence.
Responsible for maintaining the computer systems used by many depart-
ments. Computers are used for storing records and reports compiling
statistics, dispatching, and other functions. Massive amounts of useful
law enforcement information is stored on computer for instant access by
field personnel,either through the dispatcher or by mobile data termin-
Compiles and maintains statistics on every phase of law enforcement
activity and prepares summaries and reports which which aid in detect-
ing crime patterns. This information also helps agency heads to better
utilize available resources and to petition their governing bodies when
more are needed. This position usually requires a degree or background
in math or business administration.
The testing and licensing of drivers is being delegated more frequently
to civilian personnel. This is a move designed to return commissioned
officers back to the street whenever possible.
Civilian instructors provide training in their areas of specialization
to other civilians and commissioned personnel when called upon by agen-
cy heads for mandated recertification and other training needs.
There are also opportunities for advancement to supervisory posi-
tions in these fields at larger agencies. Again, this is only a partial
list of employment possibilities available as a civilian member of the
law enforcement community.
Law Enforcement Exploring...
Something For Teens
Exploring is a division of the Boy Scouts of America for young
men and women aged 14 through 20. Its purpose is to bring a character
building, citizenship training, and fitness program to the youth of
According to surveys, law enforcement remains as one of the top
career choices of today's youth. At present there are more than 42,000
young adults actively enrolled in 2,200 law enforcement posts throug-
out the country. Most of these posts are sponsored by local police and
sheriff's departments. Other agencies sponsoring exploring posts are
The Drug Enforcement Agency, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The
Marshal's Service, The Secret Service, The Air Force Office of Security
Police, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, U.S. Customs
Service, and The Criminal Investigation Command of the U.S. Army.
The purpose of law enforcement exploring is to educate and in-
volve young adults in police operations. This is achieved by conduct-
ing regular training sessions at police agencies. Explorers train in
such subjects as crime prevention, record-keeping, radio procedures,
telecommunications, first-aid, traffic stops, patrol procedures, acc-
ident investigation, and other topics. Explorers also may participate
in a "ride-along" program at most agencies.
Explorers also participate in regional and national competition
in events designed to test their proficency in the above subjects.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement
The Commission was formed in 1979 through the combined efforts of
four major law enforcement membership asscociations, whose members di-
rect approximately 80 percent of the law enforcement community of the
United States. These organizations are the International Association of
Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement
Executives (NOBLE), National Sheriff's Association (NSA), and the
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
The Commission, CALEA, was formed to develop a set of law enforce-
ment standards and establish and administer an accreditation process by
which law enforcement agencies at the state and local levels can demon-
strate voluntarily that they meet professional criteria. The overall
goal of the accreditation is to improve the delivery of law enforcement
services from coast to coast.
There are presently about 210 law enforcement agencies nation-wide
which have met the qualifications for accreditation. More are added to
that number each month.
There is much to be written on the subject of law enforcement; in
fact, much has been written. There are volumes and volumes available on
the art and science of police work. This guide, however, is not intend-
ed to be a police science course. This guide is intended to inform you
of the many career choices that await you in the field of law enforce-
With the information contained in these pages, you will be able to
approach the job application and testing process in a more "enlighten-
THE FOLLOWING SECTION CONTAINS A SELECTION OF INFORMATION
WHICH YOU MAY FIND USEFUL AND/OR INTERESTING.
A few law enforcement agencies, in their information packets, are
informing prospective applicants that they will be automatically dis-
qualified if they have had the surgical procedures Orthokeratology or
Keratotomy performed in order to improve their vision. If you have had
or are thinking of having this procedure done, please check with the
agency you are applying to early in the process to determine their rule
on this matter.
Good Luck !
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