What does a Police Officer do?
The police officer is sworn to defend and protect the lives and property of people. They gather facts in crimes and present evidence of crimes. They can arrest or detain people who break the law. They respond to emergencies, patrol assigned areas and write detailed reports and fill out forms. The police officer would testify in court and enforces the law.
How to Become a Police Officer
A high school diploma is needed and then to attend the police academy. Further college education is not required, but is sometimes needed in certain specific jobs or to help advancement in this career especially a position like a detective or other specified area. It would be helpful to have background in medical training, prior military or other career related areas. Presenting oneself as physically fit and scoring high on tests would also be an advantage.
Job Description of a Police Officer
A police officer is usually assigned to a specific patrol area where they would be responsible to enforce the law, look for suspicious activity and may even search and/or arrest suspected criminals. They respond to emergencies, enforce traffic laws and would investigate complaints.
A police officer often works with a partner and wear uniforms in order to be properly identified by the public. In the police force strong communication skills are needed as well as listening skills and are used on a daily basis in order to interact with the public, co-workers, supervisors and other teams such as in an emergency situation. They should be physically fit as the job often requires running, apprehending suspects and responding to emergencies of all kinds.
The police force also works on specific crimes, for instance, special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams, narcotics or even canine corps. However, one would usually have served for some length of time on patrol before advancing to these specific crime units. A police officer may also be assigned a designated area to watch for speeding violators in traffic.
Some other areas of serving would be as a crimes investigator, solving murders or other crimes. The police force is both a physically and mentally demanding career with a high stress level and is considered very dangerous.