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Police Jobs Overview

Uniformed and undercover police officers keep people and property safe from harm by enforcing laws, patrolling areas, responding to emergency and non-emergency situations and making arrests when necessary. In addition, they may:
  • Conduct traffic stops during times of the year when people are more likely to drive under the influence, such as during the holiday season
  • Go through the process of obtaining warrants
  • Write reports to document specific happenings
  • Testify in court
  • Work at community events to help the public have favorable perceptions of law enforcement personnel
  • Gather and preserve evidence
These are just several of the general duties police officers perform, but they may vary, specifically if a person is assigned to work in a particular sector. There are also several specialty jobs to advance to after becoming a police officer, such as Narcotics Officer and Armed Guard.

Police Job Education Requirements

At minimum, police applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and graduate from their employer's training academy. Additionally, some police departments require a college degree, or at least some college level coursework. If a person desires to work for the federal government or in certain places where other languages besides English are commonly spoken, having a background in a foreign language can be very beneficial.

After gaining experience on the job, people may be eligible to become police lieutenants and police chiefs, or they might be given the option to specialize in a certain type of work such as taking a job as a transit and railway police officer to keep subway routes and trains safe.

Police Job Market

From now through 2022, the job market is expected to grow five percent. Although that is slower than the average compared with other occupations, people who help themselves stand out from other applicants by learning additional languages, serving in the military and going to college should find ideal job opportunities. The same is true for people searching for careers who already have related on-the-job experience.

Because public safety is a constant desire, there will always be a need for police officers. However, the job opportunities available can fluctuate, specifically because the ability to hire more officers is based on the amount of government funding available.

Police Job Salary Information

In the spring of 2012, the median yearly wage for police officers was $56,980. In addition to the pay, many police officers enjoy benefits, such as a uniform allowance, good health insurance and the ability to retire from the workforce earlier than usual.
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Company Confidential Plymouth, MA, 02360
TOWN OF PLYMOUTH ON-CALL POLICE MATRON POLICE DEPARTMENT The Town of Plymouth seeks qualified applicants for the position of ON-CALL POLICE MATRON for the Plymouth Police Department. Responsibilities include: routine custodial work in the care and guarding of female or juvenile prisoners and escorting to court appearances. Works under the supervision of shift commander and will be available...
San Marcos, TX Texas State University Police Officer - University Police Department Job Number: 2015057 Job Description: To provide a visible deterrent against crime within the university community, enforce parking and traffic laws; make initial criminal investigations and reports; identify, apprehend and arrest criminal offenders. Respond to non-criminal incidents on university property to re...
Oakland Unified School District Oakland, CA, 94604
Date Posted: 8/4/2014 Application Deadline: Until Filled Length of Work Year: 12 Months, 261 Days, 7.5 Hours Per Day Contact: Oakland Unified School District Recruitment Employment Type: Full Time Number Openings: (At time of posting) 1 Salary: $140,000 - $146,000 Annual Job Description / Essential Elements:...
POLICE OFFICER The Town of South Palm Beach Police Department is accepting applications for One (1) Police Officer position. Applicants must meet all statutory requirements for employment as a Police Officer in the State of Florida. Experience preferred. Salary will be $43,500 to $45,500, based on experience. Applications can be obtained online at: www.southpalmbeach.com Deadline is Spetember ...
TEMPORARY POLICE OFFICER - Leicester PD is seeking a full time MPTC Police Academy graduate. Interested candidates should send resume, cover letter, and confirmation of academy completion to: ***** OR Leicester PD Attn: Temporary Employment Opportunity, 90 South Main St, Leicester, MA 01524. Deadline for submission is 10/14/14 but review of candidates will begin immediately. The ...
POLICE OFFICER TOWN OF BOW The Bow Police Department is seeking applications for a full time police officer. Applicants must be 21 yrs old and possess a HS diploma or equivalent. A related college degree and/or military experience is preferred. A valid NH drivers license is also required. Applicants are required to pass a written test, physical agility test, oral board interview, and extensive bac...
POLICE OFFICER (City of Canton) Police applications are available for pick-up in the Civil Service Office located in Canton City Hall, 3rd Floor, 218 Cleveland Ave. SW, Canton, OH or may be printed from www.cantonohio.gov under "City Services", "Civil Service", "View City Jobs". Please print and read all police officer links on the page. Filing deadline is 10/10/14. Basic requirements: must be a...
The City of East Moline Fire & Police Commission will conduct examinations to create Police Officers Eligibility List. An Agility Test is scheduled for 8:00am, Sat. October 18, followed by a written test at United Township High School, 1275 Avenue of Cities, East Moline, Illinois. Visit www.eastmoline.com for application packet and agility test information. Application packets are also available a...
Police Officer-Full Time The Hollis Police Department is accepting applications with resumes for the position of Full Time Police Officer. Deadline for submission is 10/6/14. Minimum qualifications are United States Citizen, high school diploma or equivalent, and the ability to pass written physical agility and assessment tests, in addition to an extensive background check. Salary range is $44,40...
Experience D & G licensed officer's needed in a challenging, fast paced, high end gated community in Jupiter. Qualified applicant’s must have a Florida State D license, a Florida State G license, a valid driver's license, previous security experience utilizing ABDI access control software, exceptional verbal and written communication skills, along with excellent computer and customer service skill...
POLICE OFFICER WILKINSBURG BOROUGH Qualified persons are invited to apply to the Borough of Wilkinsburg Civil Service Commission to take competitive examinations leading to eligibility for appointment as a Patrol Officer for the Wilkinsburg Police Department. General Requirements: Candidates, at the time of application must: (1) Possess a diploma from an accredited high school or a gradua...
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea POLICE SERGEANT Salary: $6,722 - $8,172 (Salary can increase based on incentives) Application Deadline Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM PST DEFINITION: Under direction from the Commander and Chief of Police: oversee and participate in all work activities, related to the enforcement of laws, the prevention of crimes, general investigations of crimes, accidents,...
City of Fayetteville: For Job listings go to: http:// agency.governmentjobs.com/fayetteville...
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES: 1. Manages and works with NJ TRANSIT Police application systems, with a primary focus on Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System (RMS), including roll-out, maintenance, internal support and vendor communications. 2. Manages and coordinates project assignments for consultants working on assigned Police technology projects to ensure that project tasks...
The City of Hanford is currently recruiting for: Police Officer (Lateral) $4,727-$5,703/mth CA P.O.S.T Cert. and at least 18 mths exp as Officer REQ. Closes 10/08/14 @5:00PM Apply online at www.cityofhanfordca.com 559-585-2520....
The mission of the Metropolitan Police Department is to safeguard the District of Columbia and protect residents and visitors by providing the highest quality of police service with integrity, compassion, and a commitment to innovation that integrates people, technology and progressive business systems. Discover an organization with a renewed feeling of pride and sense of purpose. We’re building a...
POLICE OFFICER SW Ohio community of 4,500 seeks paid part-time peace officer. Must be able to work a minimum of 2 days a week, must have Ohio or comparable certification and must pass a thorough background investigation, including psychological and medical exam. Great opportunity to learn all aspects of police work in a small but busy full service police agency. No residency requirement. Send re...
POLICE OFFICER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY JOB # 15001 SALARY $54,629.00 - $75,771.00 ANNUALLY PLUS EXCELLENT BENEFITS APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, October 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM (Position Opened: Monday, September 29, 2014) STATUS: REGULAR FULL-TIME FLSA NON-EXEMPT/CAREER SERVICE INCLUDED WORK HOURS: STANDARD 40 HOUR WORKWEEK PROBATION: EIGHTEEN MONTHS (IF NOT CURRENTLY A CERTIFIED EMPLOYEE)...
POLICE OFFICER Medford Township Police Department now accepting resumes for position of Police Officer. Candidate must have a valid Basic Police Officer certification from the New Jersey Police Training Commission. SLEO II waiver candidates will be considered. Resumes should be sent to: Chief Richard J. Meder, 17 N. Main St., Medford, NJ 08055 by 10/10/14. EOE...
EASTERN GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE POLICE ACADEMY COMMANDER-Part Time Eastern Gateway Community College invites applications for a Part-Time Police Academy Commander. The position will be based at the Jefferson County Campus in Steubenville. Salary is $6,000 per academy based on education and experience. For details on this position and application instructions, visit: www.egcc.edu/ employ...

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Police Officer

Salaries

$31,200.00 - $88,080.00
Typical Salary for Police Officer
(529 Respondents)
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Education / Training

Bachelor's
35%
Some College Coursework Completed
28.3%
Associates
14.7%
Master's
10.1%
Certification
4.6%
High School
3.8%
(346 Respondents)
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