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As the population grows, the demand for law enforcement jobs is increasing. In 2008, there were 883,600 police and detective posts employed in the local governments, state police agencies and various Federal agencies. This number is expected to increase by 2018 surpassing the average for all occupations in the United States. Job duties and responsibilities vary from the individual’s occupational specialty as this job has different kinds of categories namely: Police officers and detectives. Whether they work in local, state, or in Federal agencies reporting and strict records filing is important for their testimony in court in case it is needed.

Law enforcement jobs vary from the type of degree and training one has finished. Job as a police officers, FBI agents, and detective are only few of the careers in the law enforcement job. There is position in this job that requires only a high school diploma and a few months training at police academy and some other positions requires a law enforcement degree. Physical fitness and agility examination is mandatory in the entrance into the law enforcement job. Courage is the prime characteristic one must possessed to qualify him to enter into the job. Other qualities such as sense of responsibility, good judgment, respect for others and high integrity also needed on the job. The applicant who committed certain crimes prior to the recruitment process may disqualify him to enter into the law enforcement job.

Applicant into the job who finished a law enforcement degree has a greater opportunity to occupy position such as police officers, detective, or federal agent in customs, immigration. Those who obtained police science may likely to be competitively employs in higher position in the police service. Federal agent position, on the other hand, prefers to choose those with bachelor’s degree with background training in investigation and detection.



Employment salary in the law enforcement careers varies with the type of employment and place of assignment. The median salary of a police officer is around $47,000 and the detective officer’s is around $ 58,000. Overtime pay may increases their earnings or income as this job requires extension services. Police officers, detective, agents are require to work 40-hour week duty with overtime pay. This is due when their services are needed during such investigation.

Law enforcement employment is very challenging among those who aspire for it. This is even a risky job to the extent of risking their lives when they pursue and apprehend criminals in their place of assignment. Aside from that, they patrol over and around their area of assignment and investigate any suspicious acts by the inhabitants of that place. Patrolling requires them to maintain alertness. Detectives however, secretly investigate and gather facts and collect evidences that would shade light to a certain case.

Aside from case-related works, law enforcement agent like the police officer and detectives also encouraged to create a friendly atmosphere with the people in the community for the purpose of building friendly relationship to gain cooperation of the public to help prevent if not to solve crimes. Law enforcement job in some cases may require a certain specialized training like: microscopic and chemical analysis, special weapons and tactics (SWAT) for emergency response. Others are jail-related trainings or court works.

To qualify for law enforcement jobs, one must be at least 21 years old, U.S. citizen, and have passed the agility or fitness test and interviews. Civil service regulations are in charge of the appointment of police and detective position. Young high school graduates who are planning to enter into the law enforcement job are advised to finish 1 to 2 years of college course in some cases, even college degree. State and local agencies offer scholarship and pay all or part of the tuition for qualified applicant who aims to enroll in criminal justice, police science, public administration, justice administration degrees. Neophytes in the law enforcement usually go through a period of training before deploying them into their first assignment. Trainings in patrol, traffic management, self-defense, emergency response and first aid are among the trainings they must go through.

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