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I am about to start community college, and I would like to become a police officer. I am 18 years old. I would like to know if there is a certain class I should take, and what would be the best route to get into the academy? I hear you ahve to be 21 to get into the academy, and taht they drug test you to look at the past 3 years. I recently quit smoking marijuana and will not be picking it up again, but I am just over 18. If they do look at my past drug relations, do you think this would make them not accept me if it was when I was in high school? I mainly would want to be K-9 unit or SWAT, but I know I have to start low. Thank you for any help! EDIT: I only smoked Marijuana a few times, so I wasn't a major druggy. And I never did anything stronger than Marijuana.

Asked By: BeDazzled - 4/23/2008
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Were you ever arrested/charged or held on suspicion of MJ? Just because you tried it, with no damaging report, it will have no effect on your application... More
Answered By: James M - 4/23/2008
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Go to a college or Community School that offers courses in Law Enforcement. After All that apply for a job, then you have to go through training and testing. Later you can arrest anybody you want.
Answered By: me - 4/23/2008
 
Major in Criminal Justice will be helpful, most who has college eduaction in Cops major in criminal justice, they need that in order to be a agent or futher their career like in FBI.
Answered By: Rich - 4/23/2008
 
If it's been more than a couple weeks since you did Marijuana there is no trace of it left in your blood. Personally I oppose the illegal status of drugs. I wish you luck in your endeavors to become a police officer. Police officers are good. Pigs however are bacon!!
Answered By: Inferno22 - 4/23/2008
 
I am currently testing for the PD myself. The drug test goes back 5 years and that is not all you have to worry about. They will do a background check on you which lasts 6 months and they will find out everything about you all the way down to when you last wet the bed. If you have anything to hide that may... More
Answered By: darren s - 4/23/2008
 
you just want to shoot some one but when you do tell me and yeah hey might not accept you but if you haven't take mariguana for 2 years or more then you are fine
Answered By: ukyo m - 4/23/2008
 
I am a criminal justice major @ my university. Most kids go this route when going into policing. I took CJ w/ a concentration of Law Enforcement Admin. It taught various courses, it doesn't matter if you go to college or not to become a police officer, but I'd reccommend it for higher pay. I am really not sure what... More
Answered By: Desiree D - 4/23/2008
 
for choosing the classes to take its best to ask and advisor because law enforcement is a major itself and should be set up so that you take all the necessary classes... More
Answered By: senior08 - 4/23/2008
 
haha ... u wana b 5.0 , humm ... juvinal affences dont count against you so dont worry drop the weed and you'll b fine theres a training program you have to take and pass to become an officer at some point but idk ... Much love Kiki :3 ) STAY CHILL WIT IT
Answered By: shawtylovebiotch - 4/23/2008
 
My dad is the chief of Police in our town. The best way to get a job as a police officer is to attend the training before you apply for a job. You will have to pay for it, rather then getting a job at a station and them paying for it, but they always look at this as a plus. About your drug test. They will do one and if... More
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Answered By: Amanda - 4/23/2008
 
My fiance is an Army MP, and he's lined up to be a Police Officer when he comes back... More
Answered By: Clover - 4/23/2008
 
what state are you in? im in NY and i wanted to do the same the best Com. College for me was BMCC wich is the best if you want to join the academy right after.... go to the police department and/or your state PD website ex. NYPD.COM and read they should offer a CD with practice tests and extra info on becoming a cop... More
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Answered By: gh0st_85 - 4/23/2008
 
At my dept. you cannot have smoked the mary jane for 5 years in a row (it varies) anything stronger than that will disqualify you and they will give you a polygraph exam! Also not doing it at all will give you an advantage because if they have another applicant they same as you exept they have not smoked weed ever they... More
Answered By: Austin - 4/23/2008
 
You should find out what is required by the department. They are the best to steer you in the proper direction. It is important to take the proper classes but if you are looking to have the bet chances find out what is the base requirements and then work your way up. You dont want to spend time taking classes that... More
Answered By: Calspeed - 4/23/2008
 
My personal opinion is to major in something OTHER than LE in college. Law enforcement is a dangerous job and getting hurt in a 30 year career is very possible. If something were to happen and you had to fall back on your education, I would prefer seeing someone have another career as a back up plan... More
Answered By: CD - 4/24/2008
 
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