Criminal Justice- Police Officer

By: Yesenia Gomez


My career is Criminal Justice/ Police Officer. It's about how Police Officers protect our lives and property. They arrest criminals and they show us who they are. Police officers use evidence to what's going on throughout that persons experience and what they've been doing and they arrest them if they are criminals. Police Officers work throughout the days to finding criminals because that's there job and they need to use evidence for them to locate them where they are and what they've been doing.

Career Research Requirements

  • Description - Police officers protect lives and property. They collect evidence of possible crimes to show people are criminals .

Daily Task & Responsibility -
  • Enforce laws

  • 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,

    • Written exams

    • 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.

  • References-

    1. Yassmin, sister, goes to college and studies Criminal Justice

    2. 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.
Criminal Justice


What I learned through out this career was shocking because there's so much to learn about and there many courses to go through this career. It was exciting to learn about Criminal Justice and I'm going to try my best to follow my career so in the future I can become a Police. I'm looking forward to go to college and have a good understanding on how criminal justice is like and I will try my best to get my career started.