Are you an honest person. Ask yourself honestly right now, because once you begin the interview process for most law enforcement jobs, they will drill deep to find that out for themselves. Even if you have never been convicted of a crime other than a minor ticket, the polygraph test that most agencies employ is designed purely to weed out candidates that are dishonest.
Are you dedicated? To be in a law enforcement job you have to be dedicated to serving the public trust. It doesn’t matter if you are a highly trained SWAT operative whose job it is to crash through windows and take out the bad guy, or the patrol officer working the beat and helping those in need. Your primary function is to serve the public trust.
Physical agility is tested for in most law enforcement jobs. Are you prepared to chase down a bad guy, even in the snow and rain? Do you have the burning desire and self motivation to eat and train properly – always ready for the fight? Yesterday’s donut reputation has very little to do with today’s police officer. In fact, you can look at an agency like the Ohio State Patrol and find that they have annual physical fitness testing requirements that if you don’t pass will result in your termination! This isn’t a job for the weak bodied any longer.
These are the questions you must ask yourself, and if you think that you still have it takes – scratch that – if you KNOW that you have what it takes, the last real step is to find out what it is that you need to do.
99% of the law enforcement jobs out there will not allow you to just walk in and apply. No no no, you need to understand the process. If you don’t understand how law enforcement hiring works, nothing else really matters.