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33-3051.01 - Police Patrol Officers

Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

Sample of reported job titles: Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent, Law Enforcement Officer, Officer, Patrol Officer, Patrolman, Police Officer, Police Patrol Officer, Police Sergeant, Public Safety Officer, State Trooper

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Tasks

  • Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Patrol specific area on foot, horseback, or motorized conveyance, responding promptly to calls for assistance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Investigate traffic accidents and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Photograph or draw diagrams of crime or accident scenes and interview principals and eyewitnesses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Relay complaint and emergency-request information to appropriate agency dispatchers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate complaint and emergency-request information to determine response requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Process prisoners, and prepare and maintain records of prisoner bookings and prisoner status during booking and pre-trial process. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and exhibit safe driving procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Issue citations or warnings to violators of motor vehicle ordinances. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct traffic flow and reroute traffic in case of emergencies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inform citizens of community services and recommend options to facilitate longer-term problem resolution. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide road information to assist motorists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect public establishments to ensure compliance with rules and regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Act as official escorts, such as when leading funeral processions or firefighters. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Alcohol analysers — Breathalyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — All terrain vehicles ATV See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binoculars — Surveillance binoculars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Biological evidence collection kits — Blood collection kits; Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA collection kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Biometric identification equipment — Fingerprint scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Body armour — Body armor See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bullet proof vests — Bulletproof vests See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masks — Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diving instruments or accessories — Scuba diving equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear muffs — Hearing protectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — First aid kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fingerprint equipment — Suspect fingerprinting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fingerprint latent print kits — Fingerprint evidence kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers — Multipurpose fire extinguishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flares — Road flares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flatbed trailers — Equipment transport trailers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Pepper spray See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handcuffs — Metal handcuffs; Plastic handcuffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handguns — Electroshock weapons; Semiautomatic pistols; Service revolvers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Biohazard suits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lasers — Laser trajectory pointers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Masks or accessories — Filter masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring wheels for distance — Distance measuring wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Military rifles — Police rifles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Narcotic test kits — Drug testing kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Night sticks — Nightsticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers; Mobile data computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal motorized watercraft See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Police or security shotguns — Police shotguns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Police vehicles — Police bicycles; Police motorcycles; Police patrol cars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radarbased surveillance systems — Radar speed readers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rescue ships or boats — Police boats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Riot batons — Side-handle batons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Riot helmets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Riot shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Crime scene rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Snowmobiles or snow scooter — Police snowmobiles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter — Noise meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Speed stoppers — Tire deflation devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Still cameras — 35 millimeter cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surveillance video or audio recorders — Audio recording equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Crime scene tape measures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Teletype input devices — Teletype terminals See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Traffic signals — Remote traffic signal controllers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Base station radios; Police car radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps — Ultraviolet UV lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Weapon or explosives detectors and supplies — Explosive detectors See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Charting software — Microsoft Office Visio See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS; National Crime Information Center NCIC database; National Integrated Ballistics Information Network NIBIN *; Spillman Technologies Records Management (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Computer aided composite drawing software; DesignWare 3D EyeWitness; SmartDraw.com SmartDraw Legal; The CAD Zone The Crime Zone See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Microsoft Internet Explorer *; Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Map creation software — Crime mapping software; ESRI ArcView See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — IBM Lotus 1-2-3; Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Corel WordPerfect software; Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer first aid. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare investigation or incident reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct vehicle traffic. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain surveillance of individuals or establishments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate situation details to appropriate personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record crime or accident scene evidence with video or still cameras. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor access or flow of people to prevent problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apprehend criminal suspects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine operational procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Respond to emergencies to provide assistance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain public order or security. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record information about suspects or criminals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Patrol properties to maintain safety. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Relay information about incidents or emergencies to personnel using phones or two-way radios. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Investigate accidents to determine causes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain operational records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interview people to gather information about criminal activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Issue warnings or citations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist motorists or pedestrians. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with security or safety regulations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inform the public about policies, services or procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend improvements to increase safety or reduce risks. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Deal With External Customers — 90% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 90% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 91% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 70% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 74% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 69% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 71% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 59% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 50% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 47% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 40% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 39% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 66% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 57% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 35% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 67% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 30% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 30% responded “Extremely competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 40% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 32% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 28% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 28% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 27% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 30% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
42   High school diploma or equivalent Help
24   Associate's degree
22   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: REC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers.
Employment data collected from Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers.
Industry data collected from Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers.

Median wages (2014) $27.31 hourly, $56,810 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 654,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 243,900
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Police and Detectives external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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