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Police Patrol Officer

Minimum Education Required for this Career

Basic Certificate
Advanced Certificate
Associate's Degree
4+ year Degree
Associate's Degree
$56,130

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Criminal Justice: Public Police Services

Criminal Justice

Nature of the Work

Police officers typically:

  • 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.
  • Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
  • Patrol specific area on foot, horseback, or motorized conveyance, responding promptly to calls for assistance.
  • Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.
  • Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
  • Investigate traffic accidents and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed.
  • Testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
  • Photograph or draw diagrams of crime or accident scenes and interview principals and eyewitnesses.
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Career Disclaimer

Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. The Nature of the Work description is from O*Net Online, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.