Police Officer

Amalia Figueroa

Career Description

Police officers protect the environment and peoples' lives. Police officers do their best to protect the community. They deal with difficult situations and deal with criminals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Some duties and responsibilities police officers have...

  • Enforce laws

  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency calls

  • Patrol assigned areas

  • Conduct traffic stops and issue citations

  • Obtain warrants and arrest suspects

  • Write detailed reports and fill out forms Prepare cases and testify in court

Education and Requirements

Education requirements go from a high school diploma to college, or even a higher degree. Most police and detectives must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates have to be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years of age, and meet the physical and personal qualifications.

Job Outlook

Continued desire for public safety will result in needing more police officers. However, demand for employment is expected to vary depending on location, driven largely by local and state budgets. Even though crime rates are not as high, people will demand police officers to improve the community and maintain public safety.

Salary and work experience

The average salary for police officers is $56,980. Some work experience that a high school student could hold is volunteering at a police station to see how the situations are and the challenges police officers go through.

related courses and experience

Some related courses to take could be Law and Political Science. These courses can help become a police officer because it helps you learn more about the laws and you have some experience with them.