The Law Enforcers

Jesus Alarcon

Police Officer

Police Officers are assigned an area to enforce laws and ordinances in the community, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

They perform routine police assignments that are received from police officers of a superior rank.


The minimum requirement is usually a high school diploma, although an increasing number of police departments require applicants to complete at least one or two years of college coursework or have an associate's degree.


Preferred Police job skills are Active Listening, Critical Thinking, and Social Perceptiveness

The current job outlook is 5%, employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Continued interest for public safety will lead to new openings for officers.


The current starting salary for a CPD officer is $43,104, which increases to $61,530 after a year and $65,016 after 18 months.


Work conditions are different to the area where one works.

High risks of getting attacked, vehicle crashes, stress, health problems, and unavoidable contact with people who have diseases.

High School Preparation

Related courses at leyden that would be good to take are Law, Psychology, Sociology, and basic English, Math and Science.

Clubs at Leyden that also would be good to join are Peer Leaders, SADD, and FCCLA

There are some

Chicago Police department ride along shooting arrest all caught on GoPro

Post-Secondary Plans

Related College Majors

Criminal Justice, Police Science, Pre Law, and Social Sciences, also core college classes.

A Police Academy provides over 600 training hours for recruits and prepares them so they could pass the Illinois State Peace Officer’s Certification Exam.


Training Courses or Certificate Courses

The Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy is a 2-year program made for students. It recruits around 250 public and nonpublic high school students each year.


Internship/Apprenticeship Opportunities

There is a possibility for a paid internship during junior and senior year students. After completing the 2 years of the Chicago Police and Firefighter Academy at a high school or college the students will have met the minimum educational requirement to take the Police and Firefighter examinations for entry into an academy.


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