Police Patrol Officer
- Get information needed to do the job
- Operate vehicles or mechanized equipment
- Identify objects, actions, and events
- Make decisions and solve problems
- Perform for or work with the public
- Have a high level of social contact. They constantly work with the public.
- Are placed in conflict situations on a daily basis.
Physical Work Conditions
- Almost always work outdoors patrolling, but often work indoors while writing reports.
- Always wear uniforms.
Earn $43,190 per year
Preparation and / or training
To work as a police patrol officer, you typically need to:
- complete a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
5 important skills and abilities
- Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
- Listen to others and ask questions.
- Understand spoken information.
- Understand written information.
- Read and understand work-related materials.
Recommended core classes and electives
- Community Protection
- Criminal Justice Assisting
- Legal System
- Physical Education
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