How to Select a Police College
Training at a police academy takes about three months without an additional degree program. An associate's degree with police academy training requires about two years of full-time study. Academy graduates are immediately qualified to start working as police officers, and may eligible for promotion after at least six months of employment.
Further considerations when searching for a school in this field:
- Look for police institutes that are state-approved.
- Check into a police school's job placement rate.
- Consider schools that offer training as part of a 4-year program if wishing to advance.
Degree Program Options
Career goals often guide a student's choice of a police college toward institutes offering degree options that match a student's long-term goals. A police academy certificate qualifies an individual for general field work at the regional or state level. Working as a detective or for the FBI requires a bachelor's degree.
Police academy schooling is available to U.S. citizens who are at least 21 years old and do not have a criminal history. Prospective students must also be in good physical shape and hold a high school diploma.
After admittance into police training school, individuals complete physical education and classroom courses in law, interrogation techniques and report writing. Practical application courses include firearms training, defensive tactics, CPR and first aid.
10 Schools with Programs for Police
|Arizona State University||4-year, Public|
|Miami Dade College||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|Houston Community College||2-year, Public|
|Michigan State University||4-year, Public|
|University of South Florida - Main Campus||4-year, Public|
|Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus||4-year, Public|
|Northern Virginia Community College||2-year, Public|
|Lone Star College System||4-year, Public|
|College of Southern Nevada||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|Tarrant County College District||2-year, Public|