4 years ago
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Do I Need to take the SAT or ACT to get into a police academy?

I'm a junior in high school and am tying to figure out if i have what it takes to go right into a police academy straight out of high school.

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@wallflower4 years ago

Which police academies are you thinking about?

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4 years ago

You don't have to take the SAT or ACT to go directly into the San Francisco Police Academy or Denver Police Academy Recruit Training after high school. You will likely have to take physical tests and police training, language, and writing tests to graduate from the academy though. Each academy has different requirements so you should check them out or even call them to learn more.

It does seem like getting a college degree helps if you want to grow your career as a police officer (more leadership and higher salaries). If that is the case, then you should consider taking the SAT or ACT. Some colleges are test-optional though, so you could always apply to one of those!

For San Francisco:

- https://www.sanfranciscopolice.org/your-sfpd/careers/academy

- "Applicants must be a U.S. High School Graduate or have passed a G.E.D. or the California High School Proficiency Examination or have an AA or higher degree from an accredited college or university."

For Denver:

- https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/police-department/programs-services/police-academy-training.html

3 years ago

In my practice, there are a lot of stories related to the police and they were mostly positive, but recently I began to face negative facts. For example, the article https://www.laprogressive.com/stop-police-brutality/ describes 25 ways to stop police brutality and that scares me because the police have to protect us, not the other way around. Every day I hear friends and enemies asking what are the solutions to the problems of police brutality and it’s time to take a closer look at this issue.

4 years ago

San Francisco or Denver.

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