Hello I'm a 24 year old woman and I am interested in pursuing a career as a police officer. I am currently employed as a pastry chef but am looking to change careers since that industry has taken a downfall. I have 3 years of college and a culinary degree but no education in criminal justice. I am wondering if my prospective is good or not. I'm hoping to stay in south-central mass area if possible. Also I am wondering about police academy, would I be hired and then sent or do I go first and graduate then look for employment?