How to Become a Police Officer in Spain

Since childhood, everyone has in mind that choosing a career is part of growing up. When the time approaches, generally people can still remember what is that they wanted to be when they were younger, and many still choose that same path. Among the most popular and adventurous careers many decide to be a part of is the police force. Not all countries have the same requirements to become a police officer, and Spain is a country where becoming a part of the force is very competitive.

Requirements

To obtain a job with a police force in Spain, an applicant must be of Spanish nationality, and have a valid ID (D.N.I.), and a valid driver's license that includes class A and B.

Anyone interested in this career must graduate from high school or obtain a GED. The police force only accepts applicants who are between the ages of 18 and 29.

The minimum height for a man is 5-feet 7-inches (1,70 m) and 5-feet 5-inches (1,65 m) for women. Applicants must be in good health and physical condition.

Have a clean record. Those who have been convicted of a felony or served time in an institution will be rejected and unable to enter the program. Also, applicants must agree to carry weapons as part of their enrollment.

Applicants who desire a job in the national, provincial or local police forces are required to pass a competitive public examination in the civil service. Candidates with higher rankings are chosen. After the applicant has been chosen, detailed physical examinations and endurance exams must be passed.

Working as a guard for a business is a step forward to becoming a police officer because of the basic training that guards receive.

Obtain good recommendations from the company or companies in which you have worked.

Warnings

  • Possible injuries and death on the job. Not everyone is chosen after the first examination. Very competitive career.

Tips

  • Check the physical requirements to make sure you can apply. Train physically to be in top performance. Take classes in various types of self-defense to help you achieve a higher ranking within the police force. Prepare well for your exam: Don't trust your knowledge to hold up with only a few weeks of study. Discuss with police officers the expectations of both exams.

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About the Author

Patricia F. Reiss holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas A&M University, Kingsville. She is a reporter and photographer for the online publication Inside the Pew, and the Spanish copy editor of The Pew en Español. She also freelances as a communications specialist for the Portland Chamber of Commerce, Texas.