Nebraska Law Enforcement Training

Individuals who wish to become officers of the law in Nebraska must be equipped to check off all of the requirements which can be found in the section below. Once a person meets these, they can apply for job openings or during open recruitment times. If picked to go through the process, an applicant would first complete a written exam followed by the physical exam. An extensive background check comes next. There are several other exams which follow the background check: psychological, medical, drug tests etc. If selected a person will go to a Nebraska police training academy to be trained as a police officer.

Nebraska State Requirements

Minimum requirements for those wanted to be hired as a police officer in Nebraska:

  • Be able to read at an 11th grade level
  • Be at minimum 21
  • Have a high school diploma/GED
  • Have no convictions that were punishable by imprisonment for one year or more
  • Have no domestic violence convictions
  • Have no DUI/DWI convictions in the last two years
  • Possess a valid Nebraska driver’s license

Salary for Nebraska Law Enforcement Jobs

The average income for police officers in Nebraska is approximately 47,600 a year. This is fairly average pay across the country. A person looking to increase pay may do so by serving in good standing for many years, also by gaining a promotion in rank or having a higher level degree. Detectives and criminal investigators can make around 64,000 a year.

 School Programs in Nebraska with Law Enforcement Degrees

Although Nebraska does not require a person to have any college prior to applying, it is smart to pursue higher education after high school and before applying. Not only can this equip a person with more knowledge regarding legal issues and criminal justice, it can also give an applicant a leg up on other candidates who did not pursue a degree. Those with a higher education can also start out at a higher pay than other beginning officers.

  • Bellevue University

1000 Galvin Road S, Bellevue, NE 68005


  • Central Community College

3134 W US Hwy 34, Grand Island, NE 68801


  • Chadron State College

1000 Main Street, Chadron, NE 69337


  • Doane College

1014 Boswell Avenue, Crete, NE 68333


  • ITT Technical Institute

1120 N 103rd, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68114


  • Metropolitan Community College of Nebraska

PO Box 3777, Omaha, NE 68103


  • Midland Lutheran College

900 North Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025


  • Nebraska Wesleyan University

5000 Saint Paul Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504


  • Northeast Community College

801 E Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702


  • Peru State College

600 Hoyt Street, Peru, NE 68421


  • Southeast Community College

301 South 68th Street, Lincoln, NE 68510


  • University of Nebraska-Kearney

2504 9th Avenue, Kearney, NE 68849


  • University of Nebraska-Omaha

6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68182


  • Wayne State College

1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE 68787


  • Western Nebraska Community College

1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, NE 69361