What should I do to educate myself so I can get through the police academy? Take a Basic English grammar, spelling and composition class. You need to be able to read, write, spell and put a simple sentence together. Attending an English class will assist you in doing that and it is a skill set that will not be taught in the police academy. You will be required to be able to write reports and many officers have a hard time with report writing. New officers reports are often carefully scrutinized and if you write poor reports that may be the first impression that you make to your field training officer, your sergeant and the district attorney. You want that first impression to be a good one.
The other suggestion I have is to join a gym and get into the best shape you have ever been in. You need to have tremendous upper body strength to get through the academy with ease. Recruits often have to perform push ups and pull ups as part of the training and physical testing. Arrest and control training also requires a certain level of fitness to perform arrest and control techniques properly. The police academy will get you into better shape, but you should not wait until the academy to get into shape.
Your ability to read and write and your physical fitness will be greatly tested at the police academy. Most agencies will also test those skills in written tests and physical agility testing before you get a job. Those two sets of skills need to be honed and readied so you can get the police job you want. Take an English class and join a gym and you will be much more likely to get a job, pass the academy and pass probation; that’s what the SGT Says.