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Overview: Police or
Detectives are two of the most important jobs in any community. There
are many qualifications and, don't forget you are putting your life
on the line. This can be a very active job. Do not forget though
that a cop is putting his/her life on the line. Like I've said before
the cops have a risky job, here is a layout of what the nature of work
is. People in the jurisdiction you
have will depend on you to be there whether it is when someone gets
in an accident, when someone is witnessing a robbery, or when someone
is getting assaulted. I hope that
this was a good way to introduce you to the police and detective jobs.
Good luck if you want to take this path and BE CAREFUL!
Schooling and requirements:
To be a police officer you must be a US citizen. There are also age
requirements that vary from town to town. To work as a cop or Detective
for the Federal Government you need to be 21 and be a United States
citizen. Before getting assignments and going out on the street you
will need to stay at Police Academy for 11 to 14 weeks. Most Police
Officers have at least Associate Degrees.
Salary: Cops and Detectives
can earn anywhere from $28,000 to $69,500. When first entering
the police force or detective job you will probably earn a base of about
$28,200. When you have enough years on the job and get promoted to a
Chief then you could be making $69,500.
Job Opportunities: Some
police will help keep a school in line and make sure no one gets hurt.
Some police or detectives will specialize in something like fingerprinting
identification, or in chemical and guns instruction. Some cops get around
by different transportation than a car. Below on figure A you
can see one version of a cop car. In figure B there is a cop riding
on a horse; also another option. Here are some different modes of transportation
taken by the police: horses, motorcycle or bicycle, walking (foot patrol),
helicopters. Some use canine patrol (dogs) as part of their job.. There
are probably state cops around your state, sometimes referred to as
State Troopers or Highway Patrol.
If you are interested
in this career you may want to:
- learn about gun safety
and visit a police station to learn about daily tasks
- try and patrol or resolve
conflicts between peers
- join a student counsel
- visit the official
site of NYPD: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/home.html
and visit the DARE
website for additional information.