CAREER

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$65,540

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5.7% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 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.

Other Job Titles Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers May Have

Deputy, Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff (Generalist)-Bailiff, Law Enforcement Officer, Patrol Officer, Peace Officer, Police Officer, Police Patrol Officer, Public Safety Officer, State Trooper

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Retired Police Officer/Detective ,

City of Orange Police Department

In the police force, there was no typical day. There was always a new case or new problems to deal with.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.

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