Criminal Justice- Police Officer
By: Yesenia Gomez
Career Research Requirements
- Description - Police officers protect lives and property. They collect evidence of possible crimes to show people are criminals .
Daily Task & Responsibility -
Respond to emergency and non-emergency calls
Patrol assigned areas
Conduct traffic stops and issue citations
Obtain warrants and arrest suspects
Write reports and fill out forms
Prepare cases and testify in court
Education & Training
Law and Government need to have knowledge of laws
High school education or GED
Graduate of their agency’s training academy
Usually be at least 21 years old
Must have a driver’s license
Meet specific physical qualifications
Physical exams of vision, hearing, strength, and agility,
Usually takes 4 years
Preferred Job Skills- Speaking, Critical Thinking, Active Listener , Physically Fit, Leadership skills, Good Judgement , Bilingual
- Job Outlook- The job outlook in becoming a cop will keep increasing . Communities desire public safety and that will lead to needing more officers.
- Salary- $62,26
- Work Environment- Police jobs can be physically demanding, stressful, and dangerous. Most people work for local governments and some work for state governments or the federal government. Most of people who become cops sometimes have to relocate because of where they are hired. Officers are usually scheduled to work full time. Either the morning shifts or at night. Depending what district you are assign sometimes the night shift are the worse ones because the criminal activity is much higher than other areas.
Career Connections- What brought you in mind to become a police officer?
Never grew up to be one, started working a part time in rosemont at allstate arena as dispatcher 23 years old
Started to take police tests, kept taking tests but would pass some but not all
Where did you got school? He came to high school at east leyden , went to triton and went to business and than criminal justice degree
26 years old hired in april monday through friday school
No hard part its different it always changing- laws, good listener, not judgmental, be clear, good attitude,
Criminal Justice take a degree that opens more to them
how long is academy? chicago police academy, most of them 18 weeks, after that provation with employer, field training officer, everyday work with them and decide which you stay with them
High School Preperation
- Related Courses-
Law - teaches you Illinois laws , what the consequences if you commit a crime. It also teaches you the rights of a person that has commit a crime and what can be done to help them out.
Sociology - teaches you how human beings act. What type of emotion they go through and how they reaction in certain situations.
Extra Curricular Activities-
Interact- You can meet people and you can have communication with them.
Key Club- this is great club for me to be able to interact with people so I can get to meet new people and have communication with them/ help them out.
Work or Volunteer Experience- Join some sort of camp to be physically fit.
Yassmin, sister, goes to college and studies Criminal Justice
Mr Wnek, Police offiecer, East Leyden High School
Post-Secondary Plans Requiremnets
- I will be going to a 2 year college then join the academy. Eventually start applying.
- Related College Majors-
Criminal Justice/ Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/ Safety Studies
- Criminal Justice/Police Science
- Training Programs or Certificate Programs-
Small agencies, recruits of attend a regional or state academy.
- Receive training in areas such as patrol, traffic control, use of firearms, self-defense, first aid, and emergency response.
- Internship/Apprenticeship Opportunities-
To help me prepare for this career is I would be able to ask some questions to people that have done criminal justice and give me ideas of how it works and what you should be prepared of.