Job duties of a uniformed police or law officer include responding to emergency and non-emergency situations, patrolling assigned areas, conducting traffic stops, issuing citations, and enforcing laws. Duties of detectives and criminal investigators include investigating crimes by collecting and securing evidence from crime scenes, interviewing suspects and witnesses, and observing suspects' activities.Continue Reading
Uniformed police officers, detectives and criminal investigators are responsible for obtaining warrants and arresting suspects, writing detailed reports and filling out forms, preparing cases, and testifying in court. A police officer must serve his community by assisting citizens during emergencies or crisis situations such as tornadoes, floods or other natural disasters and protect his community by deterring illegal and dangerous behavior.
Uniformed police officers often partake in service projects and activities for the community such as speaking at businesses or schools, teaching citizens how to avoid or react to emergency situations, and participating in drug prevention and education and driver safety programs. Police officers generally receive training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency response systems such as first aid to assist injured citizens.
Qualifications to become a police officer vary by agency across the United States, but they typically require that an individual to have no prior felony convictions and be a U.S. citizen over the age of 21. Potential candidates must also pass background checks, written exams, drug tests and psychological evaluations.Learn more about Career Aspirations