Police Patrol Officer

Josh Rieck

Daily Activities

  • 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

Working conditions

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Yearly wages

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
  • Criminology
  • Legal System
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


  • Math
  • Science
  • English

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