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Real-Life Police Officer Job Profiles

Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Police Officer field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33823Federal OfficerMale27 $46,000Columbus, OH01/01/2010
33794Patrol Dispatch OfficerMale29 $40,000Lafayette, IN01/01/2010
33637Detention DeputyMale56 $30,000Jay, NY01/01/2010
33621Crime Scene TechnicianFemale45 $50,000san diego, CA01/01/2010
33440Criminal Intelligence AnalystMale25 $42,000Oklahoma City, OK01/01/2010

Overview

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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