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Law enforcement is very similar to other types of employment with a few caveats and differences. Obviously, as a public servant, a law enforcement officer may be employed by the local government, i.e. city, county, state or federal government.
Because these entities differ slightly, employment laws will differ slightly as well. Probably the biggest obstacle to overcome when choosing a career in law enforcement is passing your background check.
Someone desiring a career in law enforcement is held to a high standard with regard to having no felony convictions in their past, no serious misdemeanors, be of good moral character and have no history of dishonesty.
Credit histories are also obtained with regard to law enforcement candidates to assure that there are no blatant “red flags” with regard to the candidate's financial responsibilities. Law enforcement is an excellent career choice for a person of strong conviction and desire to serve.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|