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What kind of credentials do you need to become a police officer in Pennsylvania? I'm majoring in criminal justice at a university and am thinking of either being a cop or a forensics investigator. I'm not totally sure yet though. Thanks art, I want to be active. I can't stand sitting around in an office all day. What type of jobs can I get that involve moving around with a CJ bachelors degree?

Asked By: nic b - 10/9/2007
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Most forensics investigators are sworn law enforcement officers that started out in uniform and worked their way up to an investigator position. Some of the larger agencies do hire civilians to collect evidence, etc. but not ot investigate... More
Answered By: squeet3 - 10/9/2007
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Your on the right path. Get your degree, it will help now and later. The best thing you can do is stay out of trouble... More
Answered By: art v - 10/9/2007
 
It generally comprises of written test, medical test and interview. You should run daily and practice doing as many pushups and situps as you can. Then you need to contact a cop whom you see around. He can tell you much better about the rest of the details.
Answered By: CrazyDelicious - 10/9/2007
 
first you go to preschool then you go to kindergarten,first-eight(grammar school), ninth-twelth(high school)graduate then go to college for 2-10 more years then you can get a degree in criminal justice and jion the police team another way to become a police officer is to jion the witness protection program
Answered By: Kikey W - 10/9/2007
 
Good start, you'll still need go through training at academy usual 6 months long...an investigator is position you earn i don't know if you can set directly into it.. i think up work your way up? start in fingerprinting first...
Answered By: caveman - 10/9/2007
 
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