Law Enforcement

By: Joe Pasihuan

Career Description

Teach courses in criminal justice, corrections, and law enforcement administration. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Career Research


Law enforcement agents protect life and property, and uphold the law within a jurisdiction. Many of the job requirements are not based on education, but on one's physical and mental characteristics. To become a law enforcement agent, individuals need to complete agency training programs, such as police academy.

Daily tasks and responsibilities-

  • Patrols a specified district or beat on foot, motorcycle, patrol vehicle (marked or unmarked).
  • Gives information to pedestrians and motorists; Checks for any law violations; Writes citations; directs traffic and escorts convoys.
  • Responds to radio calls and investigates complaints, disturbances, collisions, administers first aid in emergencies
  • Watches for suspicious cars, curfew violators and wanted persons; make arrests for violations of laws and ordinances.
  • Serves warrants and subpoenas; transports prisoners and assists in booking and jailing prisoners; appears in court
  • Investigates conditions hazardous to life or property; conducts initial investigations of crime and crime scenes; may assist detectives in criminal investigation work. Collect and preserve evidence.
  • Writes reports, reads bulletins, reports, orders and implements indicated changes as appropriate. Testify in Court as required.

Education/training needed-

High school diploma or equivalent at minimum; some agencies require postsecondary education.

    Preferred job skills-
    • Speaking-Talking to others to convey information effectively.
    • Critical Thinking- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
    • Reading Comprehension- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
    • Active Listening- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
    • Writing-Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs.

    Job outlook-

    Salary- IL- Year 2013-

    58,720 (police and sheriff's patrol officers)

    Work environment-

    Works to ensure compliance with environmental requirements. When warranted, Police will take civil or criminal enforcement action against violators of environmental laws.

    High School Preparation

    Related Courses-

    Taking four years of English, Science, A gym class where you run and do weights every day, and any classes that can help you understand the law, your rights,etc.

    Work/Volunteer Experience-

    • Cashier at Little Caesar. It helped me talk to people, and if they needed help on something or have problems I would solve it.
    • Cook at Mcdonald's. It helped me on my communication skills and leadership skills, where I need to know if they need something and begin the leader to make all the food, when it's really busy. Also multi-tasking.
    • ROTC as Chief Petty Officer. It helped me by my leadership, and communication skill. Taught me how to help people and to be a leader.


    • Teachers
    • Counselors
    • Your manager (If you have a job)
    • Neighbors
    • Friends
    • People that have any type of professional careers

    Post-secondary Plan


    Triton for two years to get my associate degree or four years in Western Illinois to get my bachelor degree. For a higher level in my career.

    Training/Certificate Programs-

    Need to pass the Police Academy in certain amount of score.

    Law Enforcement Motivation
    Southland (Season 5) - Baskin Robbins Ice Cream