Police Officers

Police officers perform many duties relating to public safety. Their responsibilities include not only preserving the peace, preventing criminal acts, enforcing the law, investigating crimes, and arresting those who violate the law but also directing traffic, community relations work, and controlling crowds at public events. Police officers are employed at the federal, state, county, and city level.

State police officers patrol highways and enforce the laws and regulations that govern the use of those highways, in addition to performing general police work. Police officers are under oath to uphold the law 24 hours a day. There are approximately 883,600 police and detectives employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Government
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
Licensure/Certification None

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