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So, you want to become a police officer? Good news, you’ve come to the right place.

This Police1 special series breaks down everything prospective cops need to know – from finding the right agency and making it through the application process, to entering the police academy and ultimately starting your first day on the force.

We’ve also included information for officers looking to advance their careers into fields like investigations, SWAT and police leadership.

COMPLETE COVERAGE
Despite the negative impacts of law enforcement, the love for the job is abundant
Considering a career in law enforcement? This is what you can expect to learn in the police academy
A list of common metropolitan police ranks from lowest to highest, plus an overview of sheriff’s department and state police ranks
How an Arizona agency uses strategy and culture to influence recruitment
Meet Mary Nero: Greensboro Police Department’s lone homicide victim advocate who managed a record 74 homicide cases in a single year
Nero’s team is expanding at a crucial time, as the city of Greensboro, N.C., has experienced a record number of homicides this past year
Meet Andrea Cortez, a 17-year law enforcement veteran and analyst at Elk Grove (Calif.) Police Department’s Real-Time Information Center
Andrea Cortez is a 17-year law enforcement veteran and analyst at Elk Grove (Calif.) Police Department’s Real-Time Information Center
The event is designed to provide potential recruits with tips and advice to help them pass the department’s physical agility test – the single most common stumbling block for female recruits
The three weeks of pre-academy training for Santa Ana Police recruits is designed to test their ability to perform in tense situations