The First Step of the Hiring Process

Starting Your Career as a Law Enforcement Professional

The most important step of getting a career in Law Enforcement is to obtain a copy of the “Job Announcement”. It is available from the city, state, or federal agency that is responsible for administering the exam. Most department websites contain information on the positions they are hiring for.
Most agencies require potential candidates to file for the exam by submitting an application by a certain deadline. Once you apply, you will be notified by email about when and where to appear for the exam. The Job Announcement will also explain where you receive an application.

General Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old (some states and individual departments may require you to be 21 or older)
  • Be a United States citizen (either born or naturalized)
  • At least a high school graduate and often have some college
  • Prior military service, a college degree or other relevant work experience
  • Have a valid driver license
  • Not have been convicted of or plead no contest to a felony
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be physically capable of doing the job
  • Be fluent in the English language
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Step Two: Search for Available Jobs

You can search for available law enforcement jobs at your local, state, or federal website, or use our job search tool on this website. We simplify the process by using your zip code and creating job alerts to let you know when jobs come available.


Step Three: Take the Law Enforcement Exam

Taking the Law Enforcement Exam is the most important part of the hiring process. A passing score is 80, but in order to receive an invitation to the interview you will need to score in the high 80’s to 90’s. 

Step Four: Prepare for the Interview

The names and applications of the highest-ranking candidates are referred to the selecting official.  Applicants who are selected may or may not receive an interview.  It is important to record an high score on the exam in order to be selected  for an interview.


Why Use Job Support Services?

Over 80% of all applicants fail to complete the hiring process due to being unprepared. Every applicant handles the stress of a timed exam differently, knowing what to expect is half the battle. The failure rates alone prove the case that preparation will increase your chances of getting hired. 

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