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Police & Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Also called: Deputy, Patrol Officer, Police Officer, Public Safety Officer

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What they do:
Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, state, or federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts. Includes police officers working at educational institutions.
On the job, you would:
  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
  • Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
  • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.

Knowledge

Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • bringing people together to solve differences
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Leadership

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Microsoft Visio Hot Technology
  • SmugMug Flickr Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$63,150
$36,960
$105,230
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