Police Officer Career Guide
Police Officer Career Ratings
Real-Life Police Officer Job Profiles
|ID||Job Title||Gender||Age||Earnings||City & State||Date|
|33823||Federal Officer||Male||27||$46,000||Columbus, OH||01/01/2010|
|33794||Patrol Dispatch Officer||Male||29||$40,000||Lafayette, IN||01/01/2010|
|33637||Detention Deputy||Male||56||$30,000||Jay, NY||01/01/2010|
|33621||Crime Scene Technician||Female||45||$50,000||san diego, CA||01/01/2010|
|33440||Criminal Intelligence Analyst||Male||25||$42,000||Oklahoma City, OK||01/01/2010|
A police officer, also referred to as a law enforcement officer, has the responsibility of protecting people and property. This is accomplished in many different ways in communities throughout the country.
Police officers handle a variety of different tasks in their role as an authority figure. They are present at crime scenes, assist motorists involved in car accidents, arrest individuals who are in the wrong, respond to an array of 911 calls, make traffic stops, and enforce laws within their assigned areas.
It is also important to note that there are several different types of police officers. Uniformed police officers are assigned general law enforcement duties within a particular area. These are the police officers you are most likely to notice in your city or town. Special jurisdiction police have unique geographic jurisdictions, such as the police forces for colleges and universities. Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs handle matters at the county level, and state police officers handle the arrests of criminals and enforce motor vehicle laws on the highways.
For additional details on a career as a police officer, check out the career profiles below. We interviewed professional police officers to get the inside scoop on what they do on a daily basis, their educational backgrounds, how they like their job, and what advice they have to offer to those interested in entering the field.
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