Police Jobs OverviewUniformed 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
Police Job Education RequirementsAt 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 MarketFrom 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 InformationIn 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.
09-Oct-2014 to 20-Nov-2014 (CST) Police Officer Pearland, TX, USA $16.16/hour Cadet; $24.66/hour Probationary Police Officer Full Time Non-Exempt The City participates in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) at a 7% employee deposit rate with a municipal matching ratio of 2:1. A full range of leave and insurance benefits is also provided. Test Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014 Test ...
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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...
Deputy Chief of Police, Operations US - Franklin Park, IL All applicants must be currently authorized to work in the USA without CP sponsorship. Req ID: 35404 Department:Law & Risk Management Job Type: Full-Time Location: Franklin Park, Illinois Country: United States # of Positions: 1.00 Job Grade: Level 2 Job Available to: Internal & External Deadline to apply: 11/17/2014 PURPOSE OF P...
City of Huntsville Employment Opportunities Position: Police Officer Department: Public Safety Salary: $19.47/hr. Police Officer JOB SUMMARY: The Police Officer serves the needs of the community by supporting the protection of life and property, prevention of crimes, apprehension of criminals, and enforcement of laws by patrolling an assigned beat on foot, bicycle or in a radio equipped p...
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE POSITION OF POLICE OFFICER ALTOONA POLICE DEPARTMENT Applications for the position of Police Officer with the City of Altoona may be obtained from the Human Resources Department at City Hall 1301 12th Street, Suite 301, Altoona, PA, weekdays between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. For additional information see Employment Opportunities at www.altoona...
POLICE OFFICER NORTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP Qualified persons are invited to apply to North Strabane Township to take competitive examinations leading to eligibility for appointment as a Full-Time Police Officer for the North Strabane Township Police Department. General Requirements: Candidates, at the time of application must: (1) Possess a diploma from an accredited high school or a graduate equivale...
Midland Police Department is currently accepting applications for part-time police offi cers All applicants must possess a diploma from an accredited high school or graduate equivalency diploma (GED), must have successfully completed Act 120 Certifi cation, possess a valid PA Driver's License and current year Act 120 updates prior to applying for a police offi cer position for the Borough of ...
City of Florence Police Officer Class I $15.26/hour; Shift Work Police Officer Class III $11.95/hour; 2080 hours per year work schedule Applications available online at www.cityofflorence.com. The City of Florence is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, political affiliation, disability, national origin, genetic background, Vet...
SCHOOL RESOURCE POLICE OFFICER Armed school resource officer. 10 Month position, effective immediately, flexible schedule, some evenings. Successful candidate must be a licensed police officer with a minimum of 60 college credits. Experience working with school officials, juvenile authorities, community agencies and police preferred. Salary range of $45,000-$50,000 is negotiable and com...
SCHOOL RESOURCE POLICE OFFICER Armed school recource officer. 10 month position, effective immediately, flexible schedule, some evenings. Successful candidate must be a licensed police officer with a minimum of 60 college credits. Experience working with school officials, juvenile authorities, community agencies and police preferred. Salary range of $45,000 - $50,000 is negotiable and competitive ...
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea POLICE SERGEANT Salary: $6,722 - $8,172 Monthly (Salary can increase based on incentives) Application Deadline Date: Friday, October 17, 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, accid...
Part- Time Police Officer (#16996) Multiple Positions/Locations Lone Star College - System Office Job Functions: Patrols campus grounds and buildings, checking doors, windows, and gates to ensure that they are properly secured. Investigates all offenses and incidents. Makes court appearances. Writes a thorough and accurate report on every criminal complaint, accident, or other significant in...
Bismarck is Hiring Bismarck Civic Center Part-Time: "Concession Workers (closes 12.31.14) "Merchandise Sales (closes 12.31.14) "Parking Attendants (closes 12.31.14) Full-Time: "Maintenance Attendant (closes 10.15.14) Bismarck Engineering Department Full-Time: "Design/Construction Engineer (closes 10.19.14) Bismarck Fire Department Full-Time: "Firefighters (closes 10.31.14) Bismarck Police Departme...
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE POSITION OF POLICE OFFICER ALTOONA POLICE DEPT Applications for the position of Police Officer with the City of Altoona may be obtained from the Human Resources Dept at City Hall 1301 12th Street, Suite 301, Altoona, PA, weekdays between 8:30a and 4:30p. For additional information see Employment Opportunities at www.altoonapa.gov. The City of Altoon...
It is an exciting time for ODS Security Solutions as we embark on a “Journey to Excellence”. We strive to be the employer of choice in our industry by creating a work environment that rewards, recognizes and compensates our employees for outstanding performance and a commitment to customer service. It is our goal to hire and develop people who live by the same core values as we do. ODS Security S...
HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE POLICE DEPARTMENT JOB FAIR Saturday, October 11, 2014 3100 Main Street, 2nd Floor Houston, TX 77002 Time: 9:00 A. M.—12:00 P. M *ALL INTERESTED APPLICANT MUST APPLY ONLINE PRIOR TO ATTENDING JOB FAIR* To apply, visit www.hccs.edu Click on JOBS@HCC at the top The Houston Community College District (“HCC”) is currently seeking full-time Police Staff ¨ Peace Office...
Police Officer Full-Time Monaca Borough The Borough of Monaca is accepting applications for Full-Time Police Officers. Requirements: PA Act 120 Certification, High School Diploma or equivalent certification; minimum 21 years old; proof of US citizenship; physical & mentally fit to perform all duties of a Police Officer; and possess a valid PA driver's license. Successful applicants will be subject...
POLICE OFFICERS wanted. Rochester Borough is taking applications for part-time police officers. Minimum qualifications are: must be at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma, and have the Act 120 certification. Applications can be picked up at the Rochester Police Department, 350 Adams St., Rochester, PA 15074 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday....
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...
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$31,200.00 - $88,080.00
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Protects citizens by preventing crime; enforcing laws and ordinances; apprehending suspects; monitoring traffic.
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Apprehends suspects by responding to complaints and calls for help; observing violations; making arrests.
Maintains safe traffic conditions by monitoring and directing traffic; enforcing laws and ordinances; investigating accidents; providing escort; reporting unsafe streets and facilities.
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