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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Editorial Team

Audrey Stoffle, Chief Editor
A graduate of Berea College, Audrey Stoffle has a BA in English with a writing emphasis and a minor in Spanish. Audrey has worked as Editor for a literary magazine, Appalachian Heritage, and has taught English as a foreign language in Seville, Spain. Her writing and editing work has appeared on a variety of career and travel websites. When she’s not writing, Audrey enjoys running, tennis, photography, and biking around Atlanta.

Laura McPherson, Associate Editor
Laura McPherson studied technical writing at Northern Illinois University and is currently preparing for a master’s degree in Career and Technical Education at Eastern New Mexico University. She previously worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections and her experience includes creating and deploying career training modules for professionals in various industries. She lives in Chicago and enjoys supporting the Chicago Blackhawks, book collecting, and reading.

Experts and Contributors

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.

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.

Guest Experts and Contributors

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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US News & World Report
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Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputies Association
North Carolina Justice Academy
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
The University of Maine
University of Minnesota, Crookston

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