How to Become a Police Officer in Delaware

Being a police officer means serving the country and protecting the people from any threats, crimes and violence. They have the power and authority to arrest and detain anyone who violates the law. Basically they patrol the streets and neighborhoods to make sure the citizens and their property are safe and intact. The career of a police officer is very risky, not just for them but to their families included. They are almost on duty 24/7 because they will be called anytime even if it’s their day off if there is a crisis or emergency situation happening in the area.

The updated Qualifications are as follows:

  • Citizen of the United States
  • 21 – 39 years old
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must have 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits from an accredited college or university
  • Proof of residency
  • No Criminal records or Activities
  • Negative drug test
  • Physically fit
    • ideal body weight for the height
    • hearing is normal
    • vision is no worse than 20/40 or 20/20 if corrected
  • Valid driver’s license

Currently the Delaware State Police is accepting applications and to start the application process the candidate must email dsprecruiting@state.de.us with their application forms, documents and must meet the minimum requirements.

Steps and Process

The aspirant must be able to pass all the examinations

  • Written Exam
    • measuring their knowledge and cognitive abilities in memorization, reasoning, spatial orientation, written comprehension, problem solving
  • Physical Fitness Test
    • aerobic test
    • push-ups
    • sit-ups
  • Board Interview
    • to test the ability to speak and communicate/interact
  • Polygraph Exam
    • to check history (criminal activity, drug usage, employment)
  • Background Investigation
    • a more in-depth interview together with documents and interviews from other people (family members, friends, neighbors and etc)

If the applicant passes the tests then he will proceed on the Training Academy

  • an estimated 22 weeks of intensive and complex police training
  • class lectures
    • laws
    • criminal procedures
    • arrest, search and seizure
    • traffic regulations
    • crisis intervention
    • computer science
  • training on
    • firearms
    • tactics
    • first aid
    • and many more

After the training program, the candidate will be able given employment based on their performance.

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