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Career1:LawEnforcementOfficers

Career2:DetectivesandInvestigators

SpecificWork
Activities

a.Patrolareasonfoot,bike,vehicle,etc.
b.Respondtoemergencycallsforservice
c.Makearrestsonthosewhoviolatethelaw
d.Testifyincourt
e.Enforcetrafficlaws
f.Enforcefishandwildlifelawsandregulations

a.Clearacrimescenetopreventtamperingof
evidence
b.Interviewwitnessesinvolvedincrimes
c.Makearrestsandassistinexecutingsearch
warrantsinvolvingcrime
d.Testifyincourtonassignedcases
e.Investigatepersonorpersonssuspectedofcrimes

CommonWork
Activities

a.Inspectequipment,structures,ormaterials
b.Beinexcellentphysicalcondition
c.Resolveconflictsandnegotiatewithothers
d.Analyzedataandotherinformation

a.Acquireinformationneededtomakeprogress
b.Workwellwithotherstosolveaproblem
c.Workwellwiththepublic
d.Beingreatphysicalshape

WorkingConditions a.Alwayswearuniforms

b.Worklonghours,weekends,holidays,etc.
c.Exposedtodangeroussituationsconsistentlyand
regularly
d.Workinhot,cold,dark,light,loud,and
uncomfortableconditionsattimes

a.Workinsideandoutside
b.Oftenwearssafetyequipmentsuchaskevlarvests
c.Maybesubjecttodiseasesthroughbloodatcrime
scenes
d.Oftentravelstosurveillancesightstoconduct
surveillanceonasuspectedperson

PhysicalDemands

a.Mustbeinexcellentphysicalcondition
b.Mustbeabletorunorwalkforlongperiodsof
time
c.Mustbeabletoreactquickly
d.Usemuscletolift,push,pull,makearrests,etc.

a.Mustbeinexcellentphysicalcondition
b.Mustbeabletokneel,crawl,crouch,etc.
c.Usemuscletolift,push,pull,makearrests,etc.
d.Usehandstooperatecontrols,tools,etc.

Skills&Abilities

a.Listenwellandaskquestions
b.Makeconclusionsafterhearingseveralpiecesof
information
c.Solveproblems
d.Helpothers

a.Communicate
b.Solveproblemsafteranalyzing,orquestioning.
c.Helpothers
d.Understandothersandwhattheiractionsand
reactionsmaybe

Knowledge

a.Mustbeknowledgeableonthelaw,government,
andjusticesystem
b.Mustbeknowledgeableonfirstaid
c.Psychologyandhowpeopleact/react
d.Serviceandcounseling

a.Law,justicesystem
b.Psychology
c.Firstaid
d.Problemsolving

Interests&Values

a.Helpingothers
b.Considerrelationshipsimportant
c.Considerhardworkimportant
d.Enjoyindependence

a.Problemsolving
b.Helpingothers
c.Enjoyindependence
d.Considerworkingconditionsimportant

Preparation

a.Getinshape!
b.Militarytrainingoracollegedegreehelps

a.Haveacollegedegreeormilitaryexperience
b.Haveatleast3yearsofpriorexperienceasaLaw
EnforcementOfficer

HelpfulHigh
SchoolCourses

a.Emergencycareandprevention
b.Psychology
c.PhysicalEducation
d.Law/Criminology

a.ComputerApplications
b.PhysicalEducation
c.Law/Criminology
d.Psychology

Licensing&
Certification

a.MusthaveatleastahighschooldiplomaorGED
equivalent.
b.Musthaveattendedandgraduatedfroma
certifiedpolice/publicsafetyacademy.
c.Acollegedegreeisnotrequiredhowever
improveschancesofbeingacceptedintotheforce

a.AtleastahighschooldiplomaorGEDequivalant
andinmoststateshaveacollegedegree.
b.Mustbecertifiedinfirstaid/CPR
c.Musthavegraduatedfromapoliceacademyand
servedanumberofyearspriorasapolice
officer/statetrooper/deputysheriff.

Wages

a.Onaverage$64,770annually

a.Onaverage$72,620annually.

Employment
Outlook

a.Expectedtogrow8.5%through2022
(AnnualOpening:VeryHigh)

a.Expectedtogrow6.2%through2022
(AnnualOpening:Low)