April 01, 2011

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How to find jobs with the police

The first step in determining how to find jobs with the police is deciding where you want to live and work. If you’re set on one specific location, you can contact the police departments in that area and find out what job openings you might be able to apply for. If you’re flexible in terms of relocation, then chances are, you’ll find dozens, if not hundreds of jobs with the police all over the U.S. that you might be able to obtain.

Jobs with the police force offer great opportunities for careers that are secure and police salaries can be well paid. Obviously, you’re not going to become rich by working in law enforcement, but you will have the pleasure of knowing that you’re making a well-needed, positive contribution to the community you live in, as well as to society at large. Additionally, you’ll have the respect of your community with a career that offers the kind of job security that’s in short supply in these difficult economic times.

In today’s world where people are becoming more security conscious than ever, a constantly increasing demand for law enforcement professionals makes this a great time to find a job with the police force. People who have college degrees in law enforcement and people who’ve served in the military have the best chance of finding these types of jobs with the police.

There are many branches within each police department that specialize in various areas of law enforcement, and the police recruiting process can be complex at times. A standard police officer works within the community to enforce federal state and local laws, as well as protecting the public and reducing crime. Police patrol officers are employed in cars, on horseback, on motorcycles and on foot, to do traffic details, report to the scene of crimes and accidents and patrol high crime areas. In addition, K-9 jobs with the police use highly trained dogs for specialized work such as drug location, missing persons, and crime scene work.

Forensic jobs with the police are becoming more popular than ever, due to TV shows such as CSI and Bones, which feature forensic teams who solve crimes such as murders. This kind of police job requires specialized scientific training to perform duties such as DNA analysis, firearms investigations and detailed crime scene analysis using the latest cutting-edge scientific and technological methods.

Another of the jobs with the police involves working in the detective division. Detectives visit crime scenes, collect evidence, interview witnesses and suspects and conduct investigations. In these jobs with the police, the department will usually require you to move up the ranks from police officer to detective through promotions and testing. Usually, an officer can take the test for detective after two years on the job, but some require that you put in five years of service before you can take the test. Some large law enforcement agencies will require detective candidates to earn an associate’s degree in that field in order to qualify for the position.

Overall, obtaining jobs with the police force is an excellent career choice, with lots of opportunities for employment and advancement within the various fields of law enforcement. Becoming a police cadet is a first step, and an option well worth looking at.

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"Become a Cop" articles are intended to educate individuals interested in law enforcement careers about what it takes to join the force. These articles are written by PoliceOne staff members and PoliceOne contributors, and cover a wide range of topics from the basics on the different types of law enforcement careers to how to prepare for the police recruitment interview. If there's a topic you'd like to see covered, or are interested in writing for Become a Cop, email editor@policeone.com.

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