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how tall do you have to be to become a police officer?
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how tall do you have to be to become a police officer?


2010-03-16 01:10:54 +0000
As far as I know, there aren't any minimum height requirements any more. I know mine got rid of its about 20 years ago. Funny story, it was common practice for people who were close to not making the height requirement to sleep on a stretcher then have friends take them in for the medical screening so they wouldn't lose the little bit of height from walking around. One candidate realized he wouldn't make it even with that trick smacked himself in the top of the head with a board until he had a big enough lump to make the minimum height. He got the job.

2010-03-15 23:43:51 +0000
It varies by jurisdiction and agency.
I've met cops who are 5'8" but think they're 7'6".

2010-03-15 23:41:39 +0000
6'2 inches in most police departments. Though they reduce hiring minimums to 5'4 if you can lift four times your body weight.

Say if you are 5 ft. 4 in. tall and weigh 130 lbs, you would have to carry 520 lbs in weights.

2010-03-16 00:28:39 +0000
Will? Where the hell are you getting that info? It sure isn't from any agency I have seen in the US.

No agency can discriminate based on height. As long as the candidate can meet the physical requirements of the job, they can be a police officer. I have seen 5' females become cops, and damn good ones too.

The hardest challenge for a shorter candidate is the 6' wall climb, but it can still be beaten easily with practice.

2010-03-16 23:18:47 +0000
Most police departments don't have minimum height requirements. Most require that your height and weight be proportionate.

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