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Tips for Entry

Contact your local police department and request a tour of the facility that may include an information interview with a detective to learn more about the job.

While in high school take a well-rounded course of study, with classes in English, American history, business law, government, psychology, sociology, chemistry, and physics. Classes in journalism, computers, and a foreign language are also beneficial.

Train and become certified in the safe handling and use of firearms and other weapons.

Take a training course in self-defense or martial arts through your local parks department or a private facility.

Visit the Teens and Kids page of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Web site ( for information, games, and tips about the career.