Originally Posted by medford
My advice, is to get down to the career services and see if they have any sort of connections to local companies that could use 10-20 hours a week of help in something related to your field. Or even if its not in your field, there is usually a lot of student jobs around campus, some that require little more than answering a phone and allow you to study b/w calls. Point is, get work experience that you can add to your resume. Even better if its in your field. Even if its for minimum wage, or no money at all, that experience will put you a step ahead of other people in your field 2-3-4 years down the line.
Depending on your financial situation, given your age, I'd recommend to take things a little slower, 5 or 6 years, but as many internships or field related work experience as you can get. I'd look into the study abroad program, and start planning now to spend a semester taking classes in another country, preferrably somewhere where their language (I'm thinking spain) could be advantage to your potential law enforcment carreer.
Wow, I'm really disappointed I forgot about these two things.
It might be tough to get a career-related job as a 16 year-old, but a job is a great idea. You'll earn some spending money and learn lots of great lessons about responsibility and hard work.
I can't say enough about study abroad. Considering your age and flexibility, I would consider it a must...