Police Patrol Officers

Industry Areas

  • Local Government (OES Designation)
  • State Government (OES Designation)
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)

Day-to-Day Tasks

  • Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
  • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.
  • Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.

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Overall Kind of Work*

Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who are sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.DutiesUnif...

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Work Environment*

Civilian

Police and detectives held about 780,000 jobs in 2012. Most police and detectives work for local governments and some work for state governments or the federal government.Police and detective work ...

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Military

Law enforcement and security specialists in the military work both indoors and outdoors depending on their assignment. They may work outdoors while conducting investigations or patrolling facilities.

Workweek Breakdown

The hours worked per week by people currently pursuing this career.

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  • 0.76% (0-20 Hours)
  • 0.56% (21-34 Hours)
  • 2.55% (35-39 Hours)
  • 73.25% (40 Hours)
  • 9.12% (41-49 Hours)
  • 13.77% (Over 50 Hours)

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Type of Work

The level of day-to-day involvement with data, people or things.

Data: 3
People: 2
Things: 3

Skills at a Glance

The levels of different skills helpful in this career.

Verbal skills: 2
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: 2
Equipment Operation & Maintenance: 2
Math & Science Skills: 1
Technology Design & Control: 2
Leadership: 3

Workplace at a Glance

The level of different environmental factors you would experience on the job.

Responsibility: 3
Exposure to Job Hazards: 3
Physical Activity: 2
Decision Making: 3
Repetitiveness: 3
Level of Competition: 3
Time Pressure: 3

Business Breakdown

The different sectors people in this career currently work in.

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  • 0.30% (Private For-Profit)
  • 83.53% (State and Local Govt)
  • 16.16% (Federal Government)

This data also pertains to Police Officers

Military Breakdown

The number of people who currently hold this career in the Military.

48,526 Police Patrol Officers in the military

Data supplied by Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center of Education Statistics, Defense Manpower Data Center. (View our update schedule). Contact any business, college or military service branch to answer additional questions.