If you want to become a police officer, you will need to complete police academy training. The police academy is a school for police recruits which focuses on teaching criminal justice, the development of physical fitness, and firearms training. Each state has specific requirements for its recruits and graduates, and in some states, the recruit must be hired by the police department before attending. Furthermore, in some states, police academies are run by community colleges or state agencies, while in other states, the academies are overseen by civilian agencies. Due to the strenuous nature of police enforcement and police training, you should be physically fit before beginning the academy.
Determine if you are the correct weight for your height. This is achieved by consulting a height-weight chart, which is easily obtainable online. If you find that you are somewhat overweight, you may want to consider going on a diet to lose those extra pounds.
Consult with your doctor before beginning an physical activity. This is to ensure that you are healthy enough to begin an exercise regime. He or she will most likely take your pulse and check your blood pressure, and listen to your heart and lungs.
Check with the police academy that you wish to attend. They may be able to provide you with an idea of the physical fitness level that the academy will require you to have to successfully complete the course.
Develop an exercise schedule that suits your current lifestyle and work commitments. This should include cardiovascular training and weight training. Run, cycle, or swim to increase your heart and lung capacity. Join a gym and start lifting weights. This will be determined by your current level of physical fitness and health.
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Watch your diet while you are in training. Proper nutrition is important to maintaining a training schedule. You should also train early in the morning, since this will get you used to early-morning workouts, which you may be faced with while attending the police academy.
Stop exercising immediately if you suddenly feel dizzy or nauseous, and phone your doctor right away.