About How to Become a Police Officer

    How To Become a Police Officer is a free resource with the sole mission of helping individuals learn about starting a career in law enforcement. Some of the resources available to visitors include expert-written guides on how to become a police officer and police careers, a police job board that is updated daily, and expert interviews with successful police officers.

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    At How to Become a Police Officer, we use experienced writers, editors, expert reviewers, and contributors to create and review our content. We evaluate each team member’s background and experience to ensure that our content is accurate, up-to-date, and relevant to our readers.

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    April Brewster Smythe

    April Brewster Smythe studied criminal justice at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne and has been writing professionally for over 20 years. Her work includes The Green ABC’s, an environmental literacy program for youths which has won several awards including the Green Innovator of the Year Award from the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center. April has also published several e-books on Amazon. Follow April on LinkedIn.

    Editorial Team

    Audrey Stoffle

    Audrey Stoffle is the Chief Editor of How to Become a Police Officer. A graduate of Berea College, Audrey has a BA in English with a writing emphasis and a minor in Spanish. She has worked as Editor for a literary magazine, Appalachian Review (formerly Appalachian Heritage), and spent years teaching English in Spain. Her writing and editing work has appeared on a variety of career and travel websites. When she’s not writing, Audrey enjoys running and photography. Follow Audrey on LinkedIn.

    Laura McPherson

    Laura McPherson is the Associate Editor of How to Become a Police Officer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Career and Technical Education and History from Eastern New Mexico University and a Certificate in Writing from the University of California Berkeley Extension. She previously worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections and her experience includes creating and deploying career training modules for professionals in various industries. Her creative work has appeared in literary journals such as Paperbark and Corvus Review and she has been an awards reader for The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). Follow Laura on LinkedIn.

    Expert Reviewers

    William Prince

    Will Prince is a Criminal Justice instructor at Wharton County Junior College (WCJC). He received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Cameron University and his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Radford University. Previous to joining the faculty at WCJC, Will taught at Fairmont State University and worked in corporate security. He holds certifications as a Protection Professional and in Security Management from ASIS International, as well as a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Houston.


    Kristen Ziman, Commander, Aurora Police Department
    Thomas Gerace, Police Lieutenant and Graduate of the FBI National Academy
    Suzy Ivy, Police Detective and Author of Bad Luck Detective
    Dr. Joel F. Shults, Police Writer and Author of The Badge and the Brain

    Additional expert contributors: http://www.how-to-become-a-police-officer.com/expert-advice/

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    Texas Department of Public Safety
    US Bureau of Justice Statistics
    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics
    US News & World Report
    US Postal Inspection Service

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    North Carolina Justice Academy
    Northwestern State University of Louisiana
    The University of Maine
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