Career Details for Police Patrol Officers

Police Patrol Officers

Also called:

Patrol Officer, Police Officer, Police Patrol Officer, State Trooper

What they do:

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

On the job, you would:

  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
  • 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.
  • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.

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Safety and Government

  • public safety and security
  • law and government

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology

Business

  • customer service

pencil SKILLS

Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

Social

  • understanding people's reactions
  • bringing people together to solve differences

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

trophy ABILITIES

Verbal

  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Attention

  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Leadership

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software

  • Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
  • National Crime Information Center NCIC database

Graphics or photo imaging software

  • Computer aided composite drawing software
  • Microsoft Visio

Spreadsheet software

  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel

book EDUCATION

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high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

outlook
BRIGHT

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

SALARY
$59,680


per year, on average
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