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:
Military Police; Senior Military Police Sergeant
Whether on foot, wheels, or horseback, detectives and police officers are alert for any threat to public safety, ready to respond at a moment’s notice when a need occurs. Police and sheriff’s officers protect lives and property. They respond to emergency and patrol their assigned area for signs of criminal activity. They wear recognizable uniforms, and may conduct searches and arrest suspected criminals. Some officers specialize in one type of crime, such as narcotics. Detectives and criminal investigators, or agents, gather facts and evidence of possible crimes. They conduct interviews, observe the activities of suspects, and participate in raids and arrests. Detectives often wear plain clothes, and usually specialize in investigating one type of crime, such as homicide or fraud. Transit and railroad police patrol railroad yards and transit stations to prevent thefts and protect property. Police and detective work requires patience, and paperwork; officers document every incident in detail, and must be ready to testify in court. Most officers carry law enforcement tools, such as radios, handcuffs, and firearms. Police and detective work can be physically demanding, stressful, and dangerous; injuries are common. Despite working shifts around the clock and dealing with life-threatening situations, officers must stay calm, think clearly, and use good judgment at all times. Most positions require graduation from a law enforcement agency’s training academy and extensive on-the-job training. Police officers and detectives need a license to carry firearms and enforce the law. Typically, candidates must be U.S. citizens, at least 21 years old, and in excellent physical and mental health, with no felony convictions.
What they do:
Protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.
On the job, you would:
Prepare reports documenting investigation activities and results.
Monitor transit areas and conduct security checks to protect railroad properties, patrons, and employees.
Apprehend or remove trespassers or thieves from railroad property or coordinate with law enforcement agencies in apprehensions and removals.
Safety and Government
public safety and security
law and government
Arts and Humanities
movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
talking to others
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
understanding people's reactions
changing what is done based on other people's actions
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
Hearing and Speech
recognize spoken words
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:
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Law enforcement information databases
National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database
bachelor's degree or some college usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.