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Informative Abstract This paper describes a job as a police officer why the government should change the age requirement to become a police officer and a change in the age for acquiring an FOID Firearm Owners Identification Card A job as a police officer is an important entry-level position on the career path in the law enforcement field Although there are benefits and opportunities within this field every day police put their lives on the line running the risk getting hurt and getting shot So changing the minimum age for becoming a police officer seems reasonable To become a police officer there are many tests both physical and mental which must be passed as well as a psychological evaluation In addition these steps are recommended Earn a Criminal Justice Associates Degree Speak with people who are currently working in the field Think about future career opportunities eg detective and Decide what kind of a career would satisfy your potential TABLE OF CONTENTS Informative Abstract2 Introduction4 Firearm Owners Identification Card5 Screening the Police Officer6 Written Exam7 Oral Board Interviews8 Video-Based Examination9 Medical Examination9 Fitness and Physical Performance Exams10 Background Checks11 Psychological Evaluations12 The Job of a Police Officer13 Conclusion16 Bibliography18 Introduction Becoming a police officer is a responsible and rewarding job In most police agencies police officers have benefits that can include paid vacation sick leave holidays overtime pay uniform allowances tuition assistance or refund programs for college studies retirement pension medical and life insurance and disability insurance There are even some agencies which give officers a car to take home if they live within a certain area of the agency The age requirements to become a police officer are set by police departments and the general requirements to become a police vary among police agencies As long as the following minimum requirements apply the agency may change particular requirements Applicants must be US citizens between the ages of 20 and 35 at the
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