Become a Police Officer

Police Officer Job Description and Salary

Job Description
Police officers pursue and apprehend individuals who break the law and then issue citations, give warnings, or make arrests. Most police officers patrol their jurisdictions and investigate any suspicious activity they notice.

Uniformed police officers have general law enforcement duties including maintaining regular patrols and responding to calls for service. Much of their time is spent responding to calls and doing paperwork. They may direct traffic at the scene of an accident, investigate a burglary, or give first aid to an accident victim. In large police departments, officers usually are assigned to a specific type of duty. Many urban police agencies are involved in community policing, a practice in which an officer builds relationships with the citizens of local neighborhoods and mobilizes the public to help fight crime.

Median Annual Salary
$35,600 – $59,880

Education Requirements
Law enforcement agencies encourage applicants to take courses or training related to law enforcement subjects after high school. Many entry-level applicants for police jobs have completed some formal postsecondary education and a significant number are college graduates. Many junior colleges, colleges, and universities offer degree programs in law enforcement or administration of justice.

Job Outlook
Overall opportunities in local police departments will be excellent for individuals who meet the psychological, personal, and physical qualifications. In addition to openings as a result of  population growth, many openings will be created by the need to replace officers who retire. There will be more competition for jobs in state law enforcement agencies than for jobs in local agencies. Applicants with military experience or college training in police science will have the best opportunities in local and state departments. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree or military experience, especially investigative experience, will have the best opportunities in agencies.

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8 Comments on Become a Police Officer

  1. Good Evening my name is Christopher Jack Poventud and I am definitely looking into becoming a police officer as fast as possible. Any info or help is much needed and how soon can I become an officer of the law? my number 973 572 4545

  2. i have my green card 10 years but i don’t have my citizenship now… how can u help me to get it… because i want to be a cop???

  3. if you take pills can you still become a police officer?
    if you fail the inter view can you reply for it again?
    let me know

  4. Can you have tattoos on your wrists to be a police officer??? do they allow you to cover them up?

  5. I’m very interested in becoming a police officer in the Detroit surrounding areas what do I do!! I need a fast come up like the academy do I really gotta go to school first for law. Why not the academy first and they train.Mr from there I’m so stuck but I do go to school I just enrolled this year please help me

  6. OK know my credit is very low also my license has been suspended for owi well that really play a role on my future what about inside the jail not driving.

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