How to Train to Become a Police Officer

by Glenda Taylor

If becoming a police officer interests you, it’s good to know that you can train within a relatively short time to become qualified. By setting a regular workout schedule, you can increase your chances of successfully completing the physical tasks required at the police academy.

Get in shape months before you plan to attend police academy. As competition for law enforcement entry-level jobs rise, so does the level of physical fitness required to pass the course successfully.

Pick a consistent time of day to train and stick to it. Most people find that early morning workouts are easy to fit into their schedules while others enjoy working out just before the evening meal. It doesn’t matter when you workout as long as you do so 5 days a week.

Target muscle groups with weight bearing exercises that will promote muscle development while maintaining speed. Police officers need both--power and speed. The acceptable method for lifting weights with that goal in mind is to use a medium weight with many quick repetitions.

Join a martial arts school before you attend the academy. You must perform physical restraint moves and takedowns. With martial arts training, it will be easier to adapt to the required techniques.

Make stretching part of your daily routine, even on the days you don’t workout. Long muscles are strong muscles and gentle stretching for 15 minutes once or twice a day will provide an all-over benefit to your health.

Eat healthy as part of your training program to get your body into shape for becoming a police officer. In addition, make sure you get enough sleep and that you develop a set routine for going to bed and awakening.

Train your mind as well as your body for entrance into a law enforcement career. Understanding those you will deal with on a daily basis will help you prepare mentally for the challenge.

About the Author

Glenda Taylor is a contractor and a full-time writer specializing in construction writing. She also enjoys writing business and finance, food and drink and pet-related articles. Her education includes marketing and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.