Skills Needed to be a Police Officer

Being a police officer is one of the best jobs in the world! Our successful candidates having met the minimum requirements, possess 10 basic skills:

  • Communication skills
  • Skill in assessing situations; recognizing when to take action and deciding on an appropriate course of action
  • Skill in reading, comprehending, retaining, and applying written factual information
  • Skill in analyzing situations quickly and objectively; recognizing actual and potential dangers; determining a proper course of action
  • Skill in observing and remembering detail
  • Willingness to confront a variety of problems and situations
  • Interpersonal / interracial / public relations skills
  • Skill in operating a motor vehicle
  • Dependability and sound work habits
  • Characteristics necessary to maintain integrity, truthfulness and credibility

We are especially looking for the following qualities:

  • Proven ability to establish effective working relationships and rapport with people from various racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • Demonstrated skill in relating with the public in a fair, tactful and courteous manner, regardless of cultural differences
  • Demonstrated skill in effectively dealing with persons in various emotional and mental states


An applicant’s capacity in these areas is evaluated in part by the experiences documented by personal, professional and volunteer references; police and security contacts; and interactions with their background investigator.