Police and Detective

Daniela Carrera


Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who sometimes are called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Law enforcement officers’ duties depend on the size and type of their organizations. Police and Detectives are a big part of us.

Average Hours/Working Schedule

Uniformed officers, detectives, agents, and inspectors usually are scheduled to work full time. Paid overtime is common. Shift work is necessary because protection must be provided around the clock. Because more experienced employees typically receive preference, junior officers frequently work weekends, holidays, and nights.

Working location(s)

Officers regularly work at crime or accident scenes and other traumatic events as well as deal with the death and suffering that they encounter. They are out in the public looking out for people and making sure they are doing the right thing. Also they are out there saving the life's of people.

Salary/Wage Potential (What is the average pay)

  • $68,820 for detectives and criminal investigators
  • $54,330 for transit and railroad police
  • $53,540 for police and sheriff’s patrol officers
  • $49,730 for fish and game wardens

$55,010 per year
$26.45 per hour

Education Needed/ What school (list 1) offers that major?

Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college degree or higher. Most police and detectives must graduate from their agency’s training academy before getting on-the-job training.

Triton College does offer Criminal Justice Degree and they have curtain classes that you need to take.

Skills Required (Personality Traits/ Transferable Skills)

Police and detective applicants must have at least a high school education or GED and be a graduate of their agency’s training academy. Many agencies require some college coursework or a college degree. Applicants usually have recruit training before becoming an officer. Recruits also receive training and supervised experience in areas such as patrol, traffic control, use of firearms, self-defense, first aid, and emergency response.

Job Outlook/Growth

Employment of police and detectives is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Continued demand for public safety will lead to new openings for officers in local departments; however, both state and federal jobs may be more competitive.

Advancement Opportunities or Related Jobs (How can you move up in this career?)

Police officers usually become eligible for promotion after a probationary period. Promotions to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain usually are made according to a candidate's position on a promotion list, as determined by scores on a written examination and on-the-job performance. That is how they move up in their job.It is all thanks to the hard work they show at doing what they do.