In the Air Force:
Security Forces; Security Forces Apprentice; Security Forces Apprentice, Military Working Dog Handler; Security Forces Helper; Security Forces Helper, Military Working Dog Handler; Security Forces Journeyman, Combat Arms; Security Forces Journeyman, Military Working Dog Handler; Tactical Air Control Party (TACP); Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Craftsman; Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Journeyman
In the Army:
Indirect Fire Infantryman; Infantryman; Military Police; Military Working Dog (MWD) Handler; Special Forces Weapons Sergeant
In the Coast Guard:
Maritime Enforcement Specialist; Port Security Specialist; Tactical Air Control Party (TACP)
In the Marine Corps:
Accident Investigator; Basic Military Police and Corrections Marine; Infantry Assaultman; Infantry Unit Leader; Light Armored Reconnaissance Marine; Military Police Law Enforcement Advisor (MPLEA); Military Working Dog Handler; Rifleman; Special Reaction Team (SRT) Member; Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Helper
In the Navy:
Boarding Specialist; Dog Handler; GWOT IA/ILO Detainee Operations Interrogator; Individual Augmentation (IA) Support Assignment Military Police (Law and Order Specialist); Kennel Master; Master-At-Arms; Master-at-Arms Basic; Navy Law Enforcement Specialist; Nuclear Weapons Security Specialist (NWSS); Protective Service Specialist; Security Force Specialist
Police patrol officers monitor community safety and respond to calls from the public. Whether on foot, on wheels, or on horseback, the job of patrol officers is to be alert for any threat to public safety, from enforcing traffic laws, to helping a lost child, or responding to an unfolding and highly dangerous situation. Police officers are licensed to carry guns, which comes with great responsibility. They must pass rigorous academic, psychological, and physical exams to prove they have what it takes to balance their responsibilities. Even in life-threatening situations, officers need to stay calm, think clearly and make good on-the-spot judgments. While Hollywood makes police work seem constantly action-packed, most patrol officers will tell you the job is often very routine. Police work requires patience -- and paperwork; documenting every incident in detail. Officers are drug-free and have no felony convictions on their record, and those out in the community are expected to be physically fit. Some departments require a high school diploma, while others prefer a college degree in criminal justice, although other majors are often accepted. Speaking a second language is a plus. Police patrol officers are true public servants who are expected to conscientiously, and courageously “serve and protect.”
What they do:
Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.
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.
Safety and Government
public safety and security
law and government
Arts and Humanities
Math and Science
sociology and anthropology
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
understanding people's reactions
bringing people together to solve differences
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
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
pay attention to something without being distracted
do two or more things at the same time
see hidden patterns
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
National Crime Information Center NCIC database
Graphics or photo imaging software
Computer aided composite drawing software
IBM Lotus 1-2-3
high school diploma/GED or certificate after high school usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.