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You are pinned down near a parked car by gunfire crisscrossing from two rivaling gangs with an innocent child you managed to grab from the street before the child was bout to be caught in the crossfire, you have the child in your arms with a gun in your other hand while you try to radio in for backup, the noise of the bullets across the street as the gangs are taking revenge on each other, the child in your arms starts to cry from all the noise from the guns, he cries for his mother. What do you do? Unfortunately, these are some of the situations that law enforcement officers face from time to time. Courage responsibility, self-control, dignity, honor, and willing to risk your life, or even making a difference on the streets is what makes up a fine police officer. A law enforcement officer is one career that I would like to pursue, because I to want not just to make a difference, but to lay my life on the line for my cities safety. Qualifications needed to become a police officer vary from agency to agency, city to city, and state to state. Some qualifications are pretty standard: A minimum of twenty-one years of age, a U.S. citizen, a high school diploma, a clean criminal record, a valid drivers license, and good physical and mental health. The application is the beginning of the whole selection process; it’s basically a form that tells the agency if the basic qualifications are met, and lets applicant go onto the written exam. The written exam is a basic test that allows the agency to see how well the applicant understands what he/she reads; writing skills, and math skills are also checked. If the applicant barely pass the exam with a score of seventy, it is unlikely that he/she will be hired when there are plenty of people who place in the nineties. The physical exam is next in the selection process, which involves a fair amount of running, lifting, and upper body strength requirements, which help determine if the applicant can ...

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