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Police Patrol Officers

Police patrol officers perform general law enforcement duties such as responding to calls for service, enforce laws and ordinances, file reports of incidents, control crowds, arrest law breakers and prevent crime. Police patrol officers patrol a particular area in squad cars or on foot. Police officers also spend a lot of time doing paperwork.

Some of the common job titles are patrolman, police officer, patrol officer, public safety officer and law enforcement officer.

Police officers employed in large cities often work as patrol officers assigned to either crime prevention or traffic control. A patrol officer sometimes has to testify in court or act as a witness in criminal and traffic cases.

A number of urban based police departments are involved with community policing - a system where police officers build relationships with people living in local neighborhoods and they also ask the public to help fight crime.

Responsibilities

  • Provide for public safety by protecting people and property, responding to emergencies, promoting good community relations and enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws
  • Record facts to prepare reports
  • Direct traffic at accident scenes
  • Investigate suspicious people and situations
  • Investigate burglaries
  • Identify and arrest perpetrators and suspects of criminal acts
  • Provide first aid to accident victims
  • Patrol specific areas
  • Investigate traffic accidents
  • Study facts of various types of incidents to determine if criminal acts or violations of statutes occurred

Job Characteristics

The job can sometimes be dangerous and stressful. Many officers observe death and suffering. Police officers typically work 40 hours a week, however paid overtime is common. Shift work is required since around the clock protection needs to be provided to communities. Junior officers often work nights, weekends and holidays. Police officers must work whenever they are needed.

Patrol officers should enjoy dealing with the public. Personal characteristics such as integrity, honesty, good judgement and a sense of responsibility are important for the occupation.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of police officers and detectives will grow 11% from 2006 to 2016 which is about as fast as average for all occupations. Population growth is a significant factor for the increasing demand for police services. The level of government spending is a major factor in determining the number of officers that are employed.

The overall opportunities for employment in local police departments is expected to be excellent for individuals that meet the qualifications. Applicants with college training or military experience will have the best opportunities with local police departments.

Police officers are typically eligible to be promoted after a probation period which ranges from six months to three years. Some police officers are promoted to a detective position. A candidate's position on a promotion list is typically determined by written examination scores and on-the-job performance. Promotion to higher level positions such as corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and captain are typically determined according to a candidate's position on the promotion list.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Many police departments require candidates to have a high school diploma and an increasing number of police departments seek candidates that have one or two years of college education. Some police departments require a college degree. Applicants typically have to be 21 years of age or older and be U.S. citizens. Eligibility for appointment typically depends on competitive written examinations and previous experience and education.

In numerous communities police patrol officer candidates have to meet minimum requirements for height, weight, hearing and eyesight. Since most police departments have to meet civil service regulations, applicants need to pass a written test that measures their analytical skills. Background checks and physical examinations are also required. Their character traits are typically investigated. Some police departments have candidates interviewed by a psychiatrist or a psychologist or take a personality test.

Typically, new recruits are involved in classroom training at police academies. Upon graduation they receive additional training by experienced police officers for three months to a year. Police departments in small communities may not provide a formal training program.

Police departments usually encourage patrol officer candidates to take courses related to law enforcement subjects. Many universities, colleges and junior colleges provide law enforcement or administrative of justice programs. The ability to speak a foreign language can be very beneficial.

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Major Employers

The major employers of police patrol officers are local governments.

Schools for Police And Sheriffs Patrol Officers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Police and Sheriffs Patrol Officers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Police and Sheriffs Patrol Officers jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 2950 $49,610
Hoover 2950 $49,610
Montgomery 1020 $44,920
Mobile 850 $34,770
Huntsville 790 $47,220
Tuscaloosa 640 $51,700
Dothan 400 $36,210
Foley 350 $45,470
Fairhope 350 $45,470
Daphne 350 $45,470
Decatur 290 N/A
Oxford 270 $38,250
Anniston 270 $38,250
Jacksonville 270 $38,250
Gadsden 260 $33,910
Muscle Shoals 260 $39,330
Florence 260 $39,330
Opelika 170 $38,300
Auburn 170 $38,300
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 570 $84,930
Fairbanks 100 $73,460
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 7530 $69,020
Phoenix 7530 $69,020
Scottsdale 7530 $69,020
Tucson 1720 $57,090
Yuma 370 $47,780
Flagstaff 250 $52,660
Kingman 230 $57,550
Lake Havasu City 230 $57,550
Douglas 190 $50,140
Sierra Vista 190 $50,140
Prescott N/A $58,550
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 1630 $44,290
North Little Rock 1630 $44,290
Little Rock 1630 $44,290
Jonesboro 300 $36,520
Pine Bluff 220 $44,410
Hot Springs 150 $40,980
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 29380 $100,390
Long Beach 29380 $100,390
Los Angeles 29380 $100,390
San Francisco 9500 $105,230
Hayward 9500 $105,230
Oakland 9500 $105,230
Riverside 5760 $92,320
Ontario 5760 $92,320
San Bernardino 5760 $92,320
Carlsbad 4720 $81,980
San Diego 4720 $81,980
Sacramento 4010 $94,950
Arden 4010 $94,950
Arcade 4010 $94,950
Roseville 4010 $94,950
San Jose 3950 $118,920
Santa Clara 3950 $118,920
Sunnyvale 3950 $118,920
Bakersfield 1490 $71,200
Ventura 1320 $109,450
Oxnard 1320 $109,450
Thousand Oaks 1320 $109,450
Fresno 1100 $70,680
Stockton 1010 $70,100
Lodi 1010 $70,100
Visalia 940 $69,990
Porterville 940 $69,990
Santa Maria 670 $96,850
Santa Barbara 670 $96,850
Modesto 650 $78,940
Vallejo 600 $106,350
Fairfield 600 $106,350
Santa Rosa 590 $110,410
Salinas 560 $85,660
Paso Robles 440 $87,870
Arroyo Grande 440 $87,870
San Luis Obispo 440 $87,870
Watsonville 440 $105,270
Santa Cruz 440 $105,270
Chico 360 $80,140
Redding 300 $100,460
Merced 290 $74,200
Yuba City 250 N/A
Madera 220 $65,800
El Centro 220 $75,140
Hanford 200 $65,750
Corcoran 200 $65,750
Napa 160 $112,840
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 4200 $75,650
Denver 4200 $75,650
Lakewood 4200 $75,650
Colorado Springs 1240 $69,410
Boulder 630 $73,320
Fort Collins 560 $71,740
Greeley 450 $66,580
Grand Junction 300 $63,350
Pueblo 300 $66,570
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 2040 $70,090
West Hartford 2040 $70,090
Hartford 2040 $70,090
Stamford 1770 $71,960
Norwalk 1770 $71,960
Bridgeport 1770 $71,960
New Haven 1600 $69,100
Waterbury 370 $58,030
Danbury 260 $69,510
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 390 $65,650
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 13230 $70,350
Miami 13230 $70,350
Fort Lauderdale 13230 $70,350
St. Petersburg 5120 $54,400
Clearwater 5120 $54,400
Tampa 5120 $54,400
Kissimmee 4340 $49,190
Orlando 4340 $49,190
Sanford 4340 $49,190
Jacksonville 2800 $50,990
North Port 1240 $58,830
Sarasota 1240 $58,830
Bradenton 1240 $58,830
Melbourne 1180 $45,170
Palm Bay 1180 $45,170
Titusville 1180 $45,170
Cape Coral 1160 $46,580
Fort Myers 1160 $46,580
Daytona Beach 1010 $40,120
Deltona 1010 $40,120
Ormond Beach 1010 $40,120
Lakeland 960 $48,120
Winter Haven 960 $48,120
Pensacola 930 $39,330
Ferry Pass 930 $39,330
Brent 930 $39,330
Tallahassee 920 $49,920
Immokalee 700 $59,630
Naples 700 $59,630
Marco Island 700 $59,630
Gainesville 640 $45,790
Port St. Lucie 590 $54,070
Ocala 560 $45,270
Panama City 480 $40,160
Fort Walton Beach 340 $38,070
Destin 340 $38,070
Crestview 340 $38,070
Punta Gorda 340 $51,290
Vero Beach 250 $47,660
Sebastian 250 $47,660
The Villages 170 $41,180
Sebring 170 $45,690
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 12840 $44,320
Atlanta 12840 $44,320
Roswell 12840 $44,320
Savannah 1170 $39,000
Macon 640 $36,130
Clarke County 530 $41,280
Athens 530 $41,280
Albany 490 $34,960
Rome 410 $34,980
Warner Robins 340 $39,450
Dalton 320 $37,580
Brunswick 320 $38,000
Valdosta 310 $33,180
Gainesville 300 $39,890
Hinesville 180 $41,250
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 1850 $72,470
Lahaina 300 $61,500
Wailuku 300 $61,500
Kahului 300 $61,500
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 880 $56,480
Coeur d'Alene 300 $53,320
Idaho Falls 160 $48,700
Pocatello 100 $55,220
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 640 $52,470
Rockford 600 $63,420
Springfield 580 $58,400
Urbana 370 $66,320
Champaign 370 $66,320
Marion 350 $40,900
Carbondale 350 $40,900
Bloomington 340 $67,460
Kankakee 270 $67,550
Danville 250 $45,680
Decatur 210 $68,680
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 3560 $57,420
Anderson 3560 $57,420
Carmel 3560 $57,420
Fort Wayne 780 $54,790
Terre Haute 270 $38,670
West Lafayette 260 $52,960
Lafayette 260 $52,960
Goshen 230 $48,790
Elkhart 230 $48,790
Michigan City 200 $52,090
La Porte 200 $52,090
Bloomington 190 $52,750
Muncie 180 $45,110
Kokomo 160 $57,200
Columbus 60 $47,310
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 970 $65,700
Des Moines 970 $65,700
Cedar Falls 300 $52,120
Waterloo 300 $52,120
Iowa City 280 $59,870
Dubuque 130 $58,740
Cedar Rapids N/A $59,380
Ames N/A $60,870
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 1270 $45,210
Topeka 590 $42,420
Lawrence 200 $51,240
Manhattan 130 $48,320
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 980 $46,110
Lexington 980 $46,110
Fort Knox 380 $41,290
Elizabethtown 380 $41,290
Bowling Green 250 $41,440
Owensboro 80 $39,790
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 4040 $40,910
Metairie 4040 $40,910
Baton Rouge 1320 N/A
Lafayette 1030 $39,060
Bossier City 810 $47,860
Shreveport 810 $47,860
Lake Charles 720 $36,000
Houma 370 $37,670
Thibodaux 370 $37,670
Monroe 350 $31,630
Alexandria 330 $37,070
Hammond 200 $28,900
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 540 $52,860
South Portland 540 $52,860
Bangor 220 $43,420
Auburn 120 $43,920
Lewiston 120 $43,920
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 6850 $63,500
Towson 6850 $63,500
Columbia 6850 $63,500
Lexington Park 90 $51,830
California 90 $51,830
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 530 $61,380
New Bedford 300 $64,440
Gardner 300 $66,610
Leominster 300 $66,610
Pittsfield 150 $57,750
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 7470 $65,160
Detroit 7470 $65,160
Warren 7470 $65,160
Grand Rapids 1370 $65,210
Wyoming 1370 $65,210
Lansing 750 $58,740
East Lansing 750 $58,740
Flint 650 $56,190
Portage 490 $61,310
Kalamazoo 490 $61,310
Ann Arbor 390 $62,710
Niles 320 $51,640
Benton Harbor 320 $51,640
Battle Creek 290 $51,810
Muskegon 210 $50,500
Bay City 210 $59,600
Jackson 180 $56,920
Monroe 120 $56,880
Midland 70 $60,410
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 350 $62,060
St. Cloud 310 $63,480
Mankato 200 $53,770
North Mankato 200 $53,770
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 1670 $34,300
Pascagoula 980 $37,270
Biloxi 980 $37,270
Gulfport 980 $37,270
Hattiesburg 320 $37,820
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 880 $38,140
Jefferson City 370 $38,730
Joplin 330 $35,080
Columbia 230 $45,570
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 270 $58,560
Missoula 140 $60,400
Great Falls 120 $56,670
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 430 $65,230
Grand Island 190 $53,490
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 3050 $80,540
Henderson 3050 $80,540
Las Vegas 3050 $80,540
Reno 780 $63,110
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester N/A $54,100
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 1000 $84,940
Atlantic City 880 $88,860
Hammonton 880 $88,860
Ocean City 340 $71,240
Bridgeton 300 $76,600
Vineland 300 $76,600
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 1870 $55,770
Las Cruces 430 $48,050
Santa Fe 340 $49,820
Farmington 240 $54,570
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 2210 $66,000
Buffalo 2210 $66,000
Cheektowaga 2210 $66,000
Rochester 1710 $70,470
Albany 1510 $68,880
Schenectady 1510 $68,880
Troy 1510 $68,880
Syracuse 950 $63,400
Rome 550 $54,880
Utica 550 $54,880
Kingston 370 $57,400
Binghamton 330 $67,930
Fort Drum 220 $65,690
Watertown 220 $65,690
Glens Falls 190 $50,560
Elmira 90 $65,870
Ithaca N/A $66,980
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 1970 $47,010
Greensboro 1600 $46,450
High Point 1600 $46,450
Winston 1140 $40,130
Salem 1140 $40,130
Durham 1140 $47,570
Chapel Hill 1140 $47,570
Fayetteville 920 $43,700
Asheville 820 $41,330
Wilmington 810 $43,840
Morganton 740 $37,450
Hickory 740 $37,450
Lenoir 740 $37,450
Jacksonville 370 $44,040
Greenville 360 $47,040
Rocky Mount 330 $38,560
New Bern 330 $39,750
Burlington 310 $45,920
Goldsboro 260 $34,590
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 230 $53,810
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 4970 $60,660
Cleveland 4970 $60,660
Columbus 4690 $70,380
Toledo 1640 $56,440
Dayton 1600 $61,830
Akron 1500 $59,230
Massillon 520 $48,570
Canton 520 $48,570
Lima 270 $51,760
Mansfield 200 $54,630
Springfield 160 $45,770
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1950 $47,230
Tulsa 1900 $49,310
Lawton 270 $35,710
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 650 $73,970
Eugene 450 $72,500
Medford 270 $68,950
Redmond 210 $74,620
Bend 210 $74,620
Albany 110 $62,130
Corvallis 70 $71,960
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 5370 $58,210
Scranton 1430 $48,970
Wilkes 1430 $48,970
Hazleton 1430 $48,970
Barre 1430 $48,970
Carlisle 1320 $66,140
Harrisburg 1320 $66,140
Reading 660 $66,180
Lancaster 620 $73,850
Erie 600 $74,670
York 560 $62,060
Hanover 560 $62,060
Johnstown 360 $36,360
Altoona 290 $43,360
East Stroudsburg 260 $77,680
Chambersburg 220 $58,220
Waynesboro 220 $58,220
Williamsport 210 $56,970
Gettysburg 190 $77,280
Lebanon 180 $62,050
State College 170 $74,590
Bloomsburg 160 $42,470
Berwick 160 $42,470
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 14400 $33,300
San Juan 14400 $33,300
Caguas 14400 $33,300
Ponce 420 $20,430
Isabela 170 $18,140
Aguadilla 170 $18,140
Arecibo 130 $18,520
Mayag�ez 100 $19,050
Guayama 100 $19,230
San German 90 $18,880
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 2920 $40,840
North Charleston 1920 $44,180
Charleston 1920 $44,180
Mauldin 1730 $37,590
Anderson 1730 $37,590
Greenville 1730 $37,590
Spartanburg 690 $38,050
Florence 520 $34,870
Beaufort 430 $46,130
Bluffton 430 $46,130
Hilton Head Island 430 $46,130
Sumter 180 $33,020
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 420 $60,030
Rapid City 320 $45,940
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 2980 $46,080
Franklin 2980 $46,080
Davidson 2980 $46,080
Nashville 2980 $46,080
Knoxville 1290 $41,730
Morristown 350 $33,820
Johnson City 350 $41,990
Jackson 300 $45,930
Cleveland 230 $38,280
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 16110 $64,520
The Woodlands 16110 $64,520
Houston 16110 $64,520
Fort Worth 15970 $66,200
Dallas 15970 $66,200
Arlington 15970 $66,200
San Antonio 4890 $57,450
New Braunfels 4890 $57,450
Austin 4220 $69,090
Round Rock 4220 $69,090
El Paso 1890 $65,410
Edinburg 1570 $45,680
Mission 1570 $45,680
McAllen 1570 $45,680
Harlingen 1010 $48,580
Brownsville 1010 $48,580
Temple 990 $53,140
Killeen 990 $53,140
Beaumont 950 $61,950
Port Arthur 950 $61,950
Corpus Christi 870 $55,510
Laredo 860 $66,640
Amarillo 730 $60,140
Lubbock 710 $58,030
Waco 620 $52,980
College Station 580 $57,550
Bryan 580 $57,550
Longview 520 $48,330
Tyler 510 $53,970
Abilene 400 $60,480
San Angelo 390 $50,810
Wichita Falls 380 $54,220
Midland 320 $53,770
Odessa 290 $55,460
Denison 240 $53,410
Sherman 240 $53,410
Victoria 210 $46,850
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1720 $55,300
Clearfield 870 $45,460
Ogden 870 $45,460
Orem 610 $47,260
Provo 610 $47,260
St. George 240 $50,530
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 350 $51,650
Burlington 350 $51,650
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 3280 $48,690
Roanoke 740 $44,260
Lynchburg 430 $43,430
Christiansburg 400 $45,780
Blacksburg 400 $45,780
Radford 400 $45,780
Charlottesville 330 $45,790
Staunton 220 $40,340
Waynesboro 220 $40,340
Harrisonburg 220 $43,950
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 4870 $83,410
Bellevue 4870 $83,410
Seattle 4870 $83,410
Spokane Valley 550 $73,800
Spokane 550 $73,800
Richland 510 $81,330
Kennewick 510 $81,330
Silverdale 330 $66,370
Bremerton 330 $66,370
Yakima 320 $70,850
Bellingham 270 $76,810
Olympia 250 $76,810
Tumwater 250 $76,810
Mount Vernon 180 $75,400
Anacortes 180 $75,400
Longview 130 $70,010
Wenatchee 120 $72,400
Walla Walla 70 $64,770
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 770 $44,970
Morgantown 300 $42,360
Beckley 250 $40,820
Vienna 140 $41,990
Parkersburg 140 $41,990
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 3440 $70,390
Waukesha 3440 $70,390
Milwaukee 3440 $70,390
Madison 1510 $58,550
Green Bay 550 $65,860
Racine 360 $67,500
Appleton 330 $59,860
Janesville 290 $60,420
Beloit 290 $60,420
Eau Claire 240 $52,640
Wausau 220 $56,080
Neenah 220 $66,490
Oshkosh 220 $66,490
Fond du Lac 210 $61,390
Sheboygan 150 $59,510

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  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2012 by Victory Media.
  • Offers credit for prior learning and experience through assessment tests.
  • Provides a short term Leadership Certification program in partnership with EQUIP®.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Programs
  • Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration
  • Master - Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration
  • The first and only 100% online, fully accredited public university in the United States
  • No set class times or locations
  • Affordable tuition, guaranteed not to increase as long as you are enrolled
  • Accelerated eight-week terms
  • Classes start every month
Programs
  • Degree - Criminal Justice: Corrections
  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • 11 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
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Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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