A Review of Law Enforcement Training
My son is a senior student in High school
now. We had filled some financial assistance forms because we want
to make sure he will be able to have secondary education. Though,
my son has not decided yet what collage he wanted to attend or what
subject to choose. Thus, I got really surprised one day when my
son came from school and declared he wanted to start law enforcement
training. His best friend's father was a police officer and my son
has been secretly interested in this job for years.
Unfortunately I didn't know anything about law enforcement training
so I needed to get more information about it. This is why I invited
my son's friend and his parents for dinner. That way we could talk
with the police officer and find out where is the best place to
get law enforcement training. It was interesting to learn there
are so many specialty areas to look into. The father of my son s
best friend had started with an eighteen month course of law enforcement
training in a college. After his course the only job he could get
with that qualification was as a patrol officer.
From the law enforcement training he completed he had learnt the
basic techniques of being a police officer including weapons training.
However, to become a detective a more advanced training was required
- a four year college degree. He took a part time job as a patrol
officer and started a four year criminal justice program at the
university which would enable him to get better jobs once he graduated.
He also added that in the past police officers could go with the
eighteen month course of law enforcement training but as nowadays
the crimes are more complex it is recommended that all officers
have a four year degree in addition to the law enforcement training.
My son was listening to his best friend's father very carefully
and remembered the information he gave us. My son also conducted
further research. First of all, he needed to decide if he would
start the law enforcement training immediately and then take the
college courses, or the opposite - first college then the law enforcement
training. He set up a meeting with he local sheriff to discuss this.
The sheriff advised him to take the basic law enforcement training
first because with it he could work part time while being at college.
He could have flexible shifts as police officers are needed 24 hours
a day seven days a week, so he wouldn't need to cut classes because
of work. Another reason why it is better to start with the law enforcement
training is because after you complete it and start working and
studying same time you will have work experience which will help
you decide what area you want to concentrate on.
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