In the New York City police department you are required to have 60 college hours with at least a 2.0 GPA from an accredited college or university. First you take a JST test, or a Job Standard Test. This tests police candidates physically in six stations under or at four minutes and 28 seconds. These stations consist of the barrier surmount, stair climb, physical restraint simulation, pursuit run, victim rescue, and trigger pull.
After this initial test police recruits are to undergo police academy, where they are tested in firearms and tactics, driver training and integrity as well as tests for mental stability. The starting rate for a police officer in the NYPD is $40,428 flat rate; it can however rise to $96,574. (www.nyc.gov/nypd)
Minimum qualifications for working for the state of Maine applicants must be 21 years of age, and training at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Education standards must be high school graduates or have their GED. Applicants can also have no serious criminal vehicle records. Maine state troopers have health insurance and other various benefits. A Maine state trooper starts off at $36,025.60.
The examination process is as follows. First you must call and set up an appointment to test, which are normally held on every first and third Wednesday at the main Criminal Justice Academy. You must pass the test for basic law enforcement training. The test is multiple choice. The physical test is a pass or fail test, consisting of timed push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. Next the application is evaluated and you are interviewed in front of a board, which will determine whether yours skills are needed.