Details Report for:
33-3051.00 - Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, state, or federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts. Includes police officers working at educational institutions.
The occupation code you requested, 33-3051.01 (Police Patrol Officers), is no longer in use. In the future, please use 33-3051.00 (Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers) instead.
Sample of reported job titles: Deputy, Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff (Generalist)-Bailiff, Law Enforcement Officer, Patrol Officer, Peace Officer, Police Officer, Police Patrol Officer, Public Safety Officer, State Trooper
Also see: Customs and Border Protection Officers
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
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- Data base user interface and query software — Database software; Microsoft Access ; National Integrated Ballistics Information Network NIBIN; Spillman Technologies Records Management (see all 7 examples)
- Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Computer aided composite drawing software; Microsoft Visio ; SmugMug Flickr ; The CAD Zone The Crime Zone (see all 6 examples)
- Helpdesk or call center software — Computer aided dispatch software
- Internet browser software — Microsoft Internet Explorer; Web browser software
- Map creation software — Crime mapping software; ESRI ArcView
- Office suite software — Corel WordPerfect Office Suite; Microsoft Office
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software — IBM Lotus 1-2-3; Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Alcohol analysers — Breathalyzers
- All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — All terrain vehicles ATV
- Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED
- Binoculars — Surveillance binoculars
- Biological evidence collection kits — Blood collection kits; Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA collection kits
- Biometric identification equipment — Fingerprint scanners
- Body armour — Body armor
- Bullet proof vests — Bulletproof vests
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masks — Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR face shields
- Desktop computers
- Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras
- Digital cameras
- Diving instruments or accessories — Scuba diving equipment
- Ear muffs — Hearing protectors
- Emergency medical services first aid kits — First aid kits
- Fingerprint equipment — Suspect fingerprinting equipment
- Fingerprint latent print kits — Fingerprint evidence kits
- Fire extinguishers — Multipurpose fire extinguishers
- Flares — Road flares
- Flatbed trailers — Equipment transport trailers
- Footprint lifters — Impression casting kits
- Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Goggles — Snow goggles
- Hand sprayers — Pepper spray
- Handcuffs — Metal handcuffs; Plastic handcuffs
- Handguns — Electroshock weapons; Semiautomatic pistols; Service revolvers
- Hazardous material protective apparel — Biohazard suits
- Lasers — Laser trajectory pointers
- Masks or accessories — Filter masks
- Measuring wheels for distance — Distance measuring wheels
- Metal detectors
- Military rifles — Police rifles
- Narcotic test kits — Drug testing kits
- Night sticks — Nightsticks
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers; Mobile data computers
- Personal computers
- Personal motorized watercraft
- Police or security shotguns — Police shotguns
- Police vehicles — Police bicycles; Police motorcycles; Police patrol cars
- Protective gloves
- Radarbased surveillance systems — Radar speed readers
- Rescue ships or boats — Police boats
- Riot batons — Side-handle batons
- Riot helmets
- Riot shields
- Rulers — Crime scene rulers
- Safety glasses
- Snowmobiles or snow scooter — Police snowmobiles
- Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter — Noise meters
- Speed stoppers — Tire deflation devices
- Still cameras — 35 millimeter cameras
- Surveillance video or audio recorders — Audio recording equipment; Digital voice recorders
- Tape measures — Crime scene tape measures
- Teletype input devices — Teletype terminals
- Traffic signals — Remote traffic signal controllers
- Two way radios — Base station radios; Police car radios
- Ultraviolet UV lamps — Ultraviolet UV lights
- Weapon or explosives detectors and supplies — Explosive detectors
- X ray radiography examination equipment — X ray examination systems
- Apprehend criminal suspects.
- Respond to emergencies to provide assistance.
- Maintain public order or security.
- Prepare investigation or incident reports.
- Administer first aid.
- Investigate accidents to determine causes.
- Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
- Communicate situation details to appropriate personnel.
- Maintain surveillance of individuals or establishments.
- Patrol properties to maintain safety.
- Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
- Maintain operational records.
- Record information about suspects or criminals.
- Monitor access or flow of people to prevent problems.
- Relay information about incidents or emergencies to personnel using phones or two-way radios.
- Investigate legal issues.
- Determine operational procedures.
- Interview people to gather information about criminal activities.
- Record crime or accident scene evidence with video or still cameras.
- Direct vehicle traffic.
- Direct law enforcement activities.
- Serve court ordered documents.
- Interview people to obtain information about actions or status of individuals.
- Detain suspects or witnesses.
- Guard facilities.
- Escort prisoners to courtrooms, prisons, or other facilities.
- Inform the public about policies, services or procedures.
- Recommend improvements to increase safety or reduce risks.
- Confiscate prohibited or dangerous items.
- Locate suspicious objects or vehicles.
- Assist motorists or pedestrians.
- Communicate health and wellness information to the public.
- Present social services program information to the public.
|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 hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
|33-1011.00||First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers|
|33-1012.00||First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives Bright Outlook|
|33-2021.00||Fire Inspectors and Investigators|
|33-3012.00||Correctional Officers and Jailers|
|33-3021.00||Detectives and Criminal Investigators|
|33-3021.02||Police Identification and Records Officers|
|33-3051.04||Customs and Border Protection Officers|
|33-3052.00||Transit and Railroad Police|
|33-9011.00||Animal Control Workers|
|53-2022.00||Airfield Operations Specialists|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2019)||$30.36 hourly, $63,150 annual|
|Employment (2019)||688,400 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Faster than average (5% to 7%)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||51,000|
|Top industries (2019)||
Government (96% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- American Association of State Troopers
- APCO International
- Fraternal Order of Police
- International Association of Chiefs of Police
- National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies
- National Narcotic Officers' Associations' Coalition
- National Sheriffs' Association
- National Tactical Officers Association
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Police and detectives
- The International Union of Police Associations
- United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association