Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

General Information

Description

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.

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Job Outlook

Overall employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 67,100 openings for police and detectives are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$65,540

Military salary*

$84,933

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State-by-state Salary

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$111,270
$36,840
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Education

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Psychology
  • Law and Government
  • Education and Training
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