PROTECT AND SERVE
Police officers, detectives, and criminal investigators typically enforce laws, respond to emergency and non-emergency calls, patrol assigned areas, conduct traffic stops and issue citations, search for vehicle records and warrants using computers in the field, obtain warrants and arrest suspects, collect and secure evidence from crime scenes, observe the activities of suspects, write detailed reports, and prepare cases and testify in court.
Personal characteristics such as honesty, sound judgment, integrity, and a sense of responsibility are especially important in law enforcement and corrections. The ability to relate to a variety of people is essential. Most agencies will conduct a thorough hiring process to determine the applicant’s character and background to determine if the applicant is suitable for police/corrections work. This hiring process will typically include criminal background checks, medical/psychological exams, physical agility tests, general knowledge written exam, interview, polygraph exams, and drug testing.
Average Annual Salary$62,138
Potential Career PathsPolice and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Occupational Outlook Handbook