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Average Annual Salary of a Police Officer:

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers had median annual earnings of $45,210 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $34,410 and $56,360. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,910, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $68,880.

Necessary Education for a Police Officer Career:

A degree in Criminal Justice»» will offer Police Officers a much better chance in promoting to Detective and specialized departments and units.

Most States require at least two years of college study to qualify for specialized departments such as fish and game warden or to be considered for selection as an FBI agent.

What is a Police Officer in a nutshell?

People depend on police officers and detectives to protect their lives and property.

Types of Police Officers:

  • Correctional Officers
  • Private Detectives & Investigators
  • Gaming Surveillance Officers

Police Officer Skills & Responsibilities

  • Administering custody procedures as an arresting officer
  • Attending and giving evidence in court and at other hearings
  • Attending road related incidents including collision scenes vehicle check points and traffic offences
  • Completing administrative procedures
  • Conducting arrests whilst having regard for human rights security and the health and safety of individuals detained members of the public colleagues and self
  • Conducting initial investigations gathering evidence and taking statements and complying with relevant legal requirements
  • Conducting patrol duties on foot by car and bicycle
  • Delivering death and hospital messages to families
  • Developing and maintaining community relations
  • Gathering recording and analyzing intelligence to achieve community safety and crime reduction objectives
  • Interviewing suspects victims and witnesses in accordance with relevant legislation
  • Keeping the peace at public meetings events processions trade disputes or strikes
  • preparing crime reports and presenting case files to senior officers and the crown prosecution service
  • Responding to calls/requests from the public to assist at incidents such as criminal activity domestic disputes fires and public disorder
  • Searching individuals personal property vehicles premises and land
  • Working as a competent team member including wider co-operation with other specialist departments.
  • Working in accordance with health and safety legislation

Future Outlook for Police Officer:

As much as 30% in the next seven years.


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