Civilian:job in recent demand
Military:job in recent demand
Job opportunities in most local police departments will be favorable for qualified individuals, whereas competition is expected for jobs in state and federal agencies. As fast as average employment growth is expected.
Police officers usually become eligible for promotion after a probationary period ranging from six months to three years. In large departments, promotion may enable an officer to become a detective or to specialize in one type of police work, such as working with juveniles. Promotions to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and captain usually are made according to a candidate's position on a promotion list, as determined by scores on a written examination and on-the-job performance.