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    Cop training seems to be very different from place to place. Obviously it differs between countries, but also between different states in one country. It also differs between different agencies. I wolud find it interesting to know how police training is in your agency/state/country.

    As the thread starter, I'll go first...

    In Sweden, basic police training consists of two years at the police academy. It's hard to get in, as there are 6'000 applicants for 500 openings every six months. During those years you study law, psychology, criminal theory, social studies and other relevant subjects at a college level. Moreover, you train shooting, driving, self defence, police tactics and a lot more. Like all Swedish universities, there are no tuition fees.

    After graduation from the academy, you do six months of supervised on-duty training. That is, you work as a cop, with the authorities of a cop, but you don't work independently. However, you do get paid.

    When the training period is completed and passed, you are hired as a full time officer, ready to patrol the streets! If you later on would want to become a detective, crime scene technician or whatever, you simply apply for open positions.


    That's basically it. Please tell me about your academies.

    /H.

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    In Wisconsin (which has a large Swedish/Danish population) , each department has their own testing procedures. Some require written tests, physical agility tests, psychological tests, and oral interviews. You are required to have at least 2 years of college to be certified. Law Enforcement Certification is usually done through a Technical College, but some of the larger cities have their own academies. At the academy, we are taught arrest and defense tactics, investigation procedure, weapons skills, social diversity, traffic law, criminal law, interrogation and interview techniques, emergency vehicle driving, (EVOC), high risk procedures, and first aid/CPR.

    Dependent on the department that hires you, you may spend as little as a couple of weeks training with another officer, to 6 months in field training.
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    • #3
      In the UK, a degree is not a requirement to join the Police and graduates are in the minority.

      Though it has changed a little since I joined, you did a couple of weeks training at HQ, 15 weeks at the Police Training College, a couple more weeks at HQ and then straight into Patrol, with I think three week long courses at HQ completing your training.

      As with, I would imagine, most Police forces around the world, you have to do some time in uniform in Patrol before you can start thinking about applying to be a detective or the other supposedly glamorous posts.

      I must say I am impressed by the level of the training everyone else gets. Though it will come as little surprise to those outside the UK that we are not trained to use firearms, what may be surprising is that Police officers here are not trained to drive at speed, pursue and so on at the Training College. Response and Advanced Driving are considered specialist training and it may be years before you receive it, if ever.
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      • #4
        Here in Ca.(Calif.USA) ???? Pretty soon it will be like the military- a FUTURE DRAFT. or,like the U.S. Navy and Marines did it in the late 18 century, the "recruiters" will carry Blackjacks and hang out near places where young people like to go,like malls, clubs,etc.Then when they come out- the "recruiter" will simply smack them over the head,knocking them out cold.when they wake up? heads shaved and in an academy recruit uniform.................(just kidding,but we are REALLY desperate for decent applicant #s rt now)
        "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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        • #5
          In New Hampshire (USA), the first thing is that you must be hired by a Law Enforcement agency, whether State, County or Municipal. The initial hiring process includes (but not limited to): Physical Agility Test, Written Exam, Oral Board Interview, Chief's (or Administrator) Interview, Town Government Interview, Background Investigation, Polygraph Examination and Psychological Evaluation.
          Once you are hired, you are scheduled to attend a Police Academy. We have a part time Police Academy which consists of a 100 hour long course, which is attended over (usually) an 8 week period. From there is Field Training, which depends on the individual Department. For the Full Time Police Academy, it is a mandatory 12 week long para-military program where you live at the Academy from Monday morning until Friday evening. During this time, most, if not all aspects of Law Enforcement are covered, from on the job liability to report writing EVOC, firearms and simunitions, accident investigations, laws of arrest, case law, etc. Then it's off to Field Training. We only have one Police Academy in the State and it is attended by the State Police, County Sheriffs and Local Cops.
          The above is my own opinion and does not represent the collective view of my agency....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Henrik M
            Cop training seems to be very different from place to place. Obviously it differs between countries, but also between different states in one country. It also differs between different agencies. I wolud find it interesting to know how police training is in your agency/state/country.

            As the thread starter, I'll go first...

            In Sweden, basic police training consists of two years at the police academy. It's hard to get in, as there are 6'000 applicants for 500 openings every six months. During those years you study law, psychology, criminal theory, social studies and other relevant subjects at a college level. Moreover, you train shooting, driving, self defence, police tactics and a lot more. Like all Swedish universities, there are no tuition fees.

            After graduation from the academy, you do six months of supervised on-duty training. That is, you work as a cop, with the authorities of a cop, but you don't work independently. However, you do get paid.

            When the training period is completed and passed, you are hired as a full time officer, ready to patrol the streets! If you later on would want to become a detective, crime scene technician or whatever, you simply apply for open positions.


            That's basically it. Please tell me about your academies.

            /H.
            Oh ****!!!! I just went to a 6 month academy, got hired and did 4 months infield training. In Socal Police work is more just common sense and being able to write a good report explaining what you did.
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            • #7
              In Michigan, you need a minimum of a 2 year associates degree, though most are not getting hired without a 4 year bachelors. I have just a 2 year degree, which also included the "Academy" training required for Police Officer Certification (MCOLES).

              Then, I after I was "certifiable" (I know, nice term huh ) I had to go find a job. Apply, written test, Oral Board, second Oral Board, Background Investigation, Oral Board with the Chief and/or City Manager, Physical, Psychological Evaluation, and 16 week FTO program.

              I keep reminding myself that there was 220 applicants for my job, and then I feel special every day, LoL!
              Invisible cows control my mind.

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              • #8
                In Texas (USA), requirements are a TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education) approved academy. Around here, it is about 17 weeks, but certain agencies can go longer than the minimum if needed/wanted (I think DPS goes for 6 months).

                After the academy, you must pass the TCLEOSE certifcation test. Upon passing, you are a certified peace officer in Texas and have 2 years to get hired before having to re-test. As long as a police agency "holds your commission" (as a reserve for example), you do not have to re-test after two years.

                Field Training in my department (after academy and hiring process) is 16 weeks broken into 5 phases. Hiring process generally includes several interviews, polygraph, psychological evaluation, and background investigation. We do not have any written PT requirements upon hiring.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Henrik M
                  Cop training seems to be very different from place to place. Obviously it differs between countries, but also between different states in one country. It also differs between different agencies. I wolud find it interesting to know how police training is in your agency/state/country.

                  As the thread starter, I'll go first...

                  In Sweden, basic police training consists of two years at the police academy. It's hard to get in, as there are 6'000 applicants for 500 openings every six months. During those years you study law, psychology, criminal theory, social studies and other relevant subjects at a college level. Moreover, you train shooting, driving, self defence, police tactics and a lot more. Like all Swedish universities, there are no tuition fees.

                  After graduation from the academy, you do six months of supervised on-duty training. That is, you work as a cop, with the authorities of a cop, but you don't work independently. However, you do get paid.

                  When the training period is completed and passed, you are hired as a full time officer, ready to patrol the streets! If you later on would want to become a detective, crime scene technician or whatever, you simply apply for open positions.


                  That's basically it. Please tell me about your academies.

                  /H.
                  In Florida you complete a 6-9 month acad. then depending on the agency you ride with a F.T.O. for 2-12 weeks. At the SO I work for your FTO decides when you are ready. It is not written in stone. Oh and also you must pass a state cert. test that is very tough.
                  Your a daisy if you do.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Henrik M
                    Cop training seems to be very different from place to place. Obviously it differs between countries, but also between different states in one country. It also differs between different agencies. I wolud find it interesting to know how police training is in your agency/state/country.

                    As the thread starter, I'll go first...

                    In Sweden, basic police training consists of two years at the police academy. It's hard to get in, as there are 6'000 applicants for 500 openings every six months. During those years you study law, psychology, criminal theory, social studies and other relevant subjects at a college level. Moreover, you train shooting, driving, self defence, police tactics and a lot more. Like all Swedish universities, there are no tuition fees.

                    After graduation from the academy, you do six months of supervised on-duty training. That is, you work as a cop, with the authorities of a cop, but you don't work independently. However, you do get paid.

                    When the training period is completed and passed, you are hired as a full time officer, ready to patrol the streets! If you later on would want to become a detective, crime scene technician or whatever, you simply apply for open positions.


                    That's basically it. Please tell me about your academies.

                    /H.
                    2 years in school seems an unnecessary burden to the taxpayer. It looks like a swedish cop will be on the payroll at least 3 years before he actually does police work. Police work is difficult but no real cop learns how to be a real cop in a classroom, its learned on the street. Most good academies are 6 months long and that usually is more than enough time to be in a classroom.

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                    • #11
                      In ontario, canada, a degree is not required but is become almost a must have, if not atleast some sort of post secondary education, or "life experience".

                      You must not have a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted. Be a landed immigrant, citizen or british subject (we just hired a guy here from the royal navy.... hes english on a shift with a scotish guy, man that radio chatter is difficult to decifer! and I come from a scottish family)

                      You go through testing before you can apply, which includes written, psychological, apptitude, and cognitive. There are scenario based interviews. You obtain a mark, then you can apply to a police service where they can further test you, interview you etc. If you are hired there is a back ground investigation conducted. Once hired you go to the Ontario Police College for a 3 month basic constable course at your expense.

                      Then back to your police service for a year of probation, usually at least 3-5 months with a training officer.... thats it thats all here in ontario.
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