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Exploring This Job

There are few means of exploring the field of detective work, and acquiring actual experience in the field prior to employment is unlikely. Some police departments, however, do hire teenagers for positions as police trainees and interns. Additionally, those who are in sixth grade through age 20 can participate in the Learning for Life program (, which is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Participants in its Law Enforcement Exploring program learn about policing through classroom training and hands-on activities. Both young men and women may participate. 

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