Police Academy Requirements
Police Academies across the nation tend to follow state by state requirements. Usually there is a governing authority for civil service that will place the standards for the Police Academy on a state by state basis; however as general rule we will give you some of the requirements that are generally accepted nationwide.
Many Police Academies do not allow open enrollment, however some states require you to be certified before applying for a Police Officer position with a municipality. Some police academies require that you are hired by a police agency and then they will send you to the academy. Other jurisdictions will offer the police academy as a college course of study, and once completed you would then be able to apply to a police agency for consideration for hiring. Check your local police academy standards in reference to this.
Education: Usually a Police Academy will require you to hold a High School Diploma or a GED equivalent. Some police academies do require a 4 year college degree or 3 years of generalized work experience as well.
Physical Fitness: A Police Academy will usually require a physical fitness exam. Where most police academies differ is what the physical fitness consists of. Most police academies require a run, whether it is a 1 mile, 1 ½ mile run, or more, under a certain predetermined time, depending on sex and age.
Successful Completion of Course: The police academy will provide many tests or exams. Successful completion of these exams is required. There will usually be many written exams, based on law, criminal procedure law, etc. There will also be the physical fitness test, usually an entrance and exit exam. There will also be defensive tactics exams to show proficiency in self defense, defensive tactics and arrest techniques. There may be other exams as well as required by each local academy.
Every Police Academy is different so that it is important to check the standards and requirements with each local police academy.