In order to become a law enforcement officer in Delaware, interested candidates must first locate a police department with open jobs and get the position.

The minimum prerequisites for getting accepted as a recruit in a police department consist of having the proper age (minimum of 21 and a maximum of 39 upon hire), a valid license issued by the state of Delaware, being fit and in good health, having American citizenship and a level of basic education (high school diploma or an equivalent).

Let’s find out more about how to become a police officer in Delaware!

Minimum Requirements to Become a Police Officer in Delaware

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be at least 21 years old before completing the academy training and can’t be over 39 years of age on the 1st day of the academy.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED and have finished a minimum of 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits from an accredited college or university or…
  • Has completed 30 college credits with 2 years active duty in the military.
  • Must have residency status by the conclusion of academy training.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a minimum of one year driving experience.

Possible Dis-qualifiers

  • A felony conviction.
  • Use of illegal drugs 2 years prior to application.
  • Use of hallucinogenic drugs.

Physical Standards

  • Must have normal hearing.
  • Should have an uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/40 on each eye that has to be corrected to 20/20 using eye glasses or permeable contact lenses.
  • Normal depth perception and vision is a must.

Physical Fitness Test

  • 1.5 mile run.
  • Perform as many push ups as possible in one minute.
  • Perform as many sit ups as possible in one minute.

The Selection Process

The selection process for the position of law enforcement officer begins with a written examination, which is meant to evaluate the main cognitive abilities, such as memory, special orientation, problem solving skills, information organization and so on.

The physical test is the next phase that the candidates must pass and it is aimed to analyze the aerobic abilities as well as the strength and the endurance of the cadet. After successfully passing these examinations, the applicant will be brought before a committee for an oral interview.

The role of the interview is to evaluate mandatory abilities for the profession of police officer, meaning initiating action, reasoning, interpersonal interactions and decision making. The last two phases necessary for the selection are the polygraph test and the background investigation.

About College Internship

Cadets pursuing a career in the police department in Delaware will be glad to learn that the state police is a strong promoter of higher education.

Consequentially, most police departments have several college internships that candidates can apply for.

The forms must be submitted before the 1st of January for spring applications and 1st of July for fall applications.

It is important to note that depending on the police department, the candidate may have to meet extra requirements before he is deemed eligible for college internship. 

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For more information on becoming a police officer in Delaware visit the Delaware state police website or call them at 302-709-5980.

Click here to check out the various police officer jobs in Delaware.

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