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Police Department Officer Requirements by Metro Area

In the US, minimum requirements for becoming a police officer are typically set by each state’s Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) board. Individual cities must adopt state POST guidelines as minimum standards for hiring police officers, but are typically free to set stricter requirements than the state-level minimums. As a result, police officer requirements can vary widely between cities. For example, the minimum educational requirement for police officers in Illinois is typically a high school diploma or GED, but the city of Chicago requires prospective officers to have at least 60 college credit hours. Click on any of the following links to learn more about police requirements, training, and salaries in that metro.