Local law enforcement workers protect the lives of citizens and private property from criminal acts by patrolling, apprehending, and escorting criminals. Cops go on routine patrols and sometimes work with crime labs or records departments in order to help solve crimes and accurately write up police reports. In many cases, law enforcement security is the first at the scene of a crime.
To begin a cop career, most police departments require applicants to have a high school diploma before taking an exam in analytics as well as passing background check and a physical examination. After passing these tests they are must enroll in classes to receive formal police training. Upon graduation, cops must pass a civil service test issued by the state. It is not required but police officers are encouraged to take college courses in criminal justice so that they can advance in their career.
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