Police officers and detectives enforce laws. They catch criminals. They collect evidence. They sometimes go to court. Others watch set areas to prevent crime. Some check car speeds and give traffic tickets. Some direct traffic.
• Maintains order
• Helps people in emergencies
• Protects people and their property
• Makes sure people obey the law
• Records facts to prepare reports
• Watches for suspicious people and activities
• Identifies, pursues, and arrests suspects and criminals
• Patrols specific area on foot, horseback, on bikes or in cars
• Gives first aid to sick or injured people
• Testifies in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
Where and When:
• Police officers work in all places people work and live such as cities, towns, courts, highways, schools, and jails.
• They walk on foot or ride in cars, but a few ride horses, bikes, or motorcycles. Some work in boats on rivers and in harbors. Some police work with dogs.
• Most police officers and detectives work at least 40 hours a week. When they work longer, they get extra pay. Because police work is a 24-hour-a-day job, some police have to work nights and weekends. They have to be ready to go to work at all times. Police officers may work very long hours on a case.
• Some have to travel a lot, often on short notice.Some police officers work outdoors in all kinds of weather.
What or Who They Work With:
Many Police officers work with another police officer called a partner. Some police officers work with dogs. Others work with detectives. Police officers work with people of different ages in different places. They must know how to drive a vehicle and use a weapon.
Education and Training:
• Most police officers have at least an Associate's Degree, and many have a Bachelor's Degree. It's even better if you have a college degree that is not in law enforcement - finance, accounting, computer science, and technology are all good choices.
• Most police officers must be U.S. citizens.
• They must be healthy, strong, and of good character.
• To get a job, a person must pass a written test, be at least a high school graduate, and have some work experience.
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Related School Subjects:
• Health and P.E.
• Social Studies
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