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Police Patrol Officers

Historical Job Growth

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Civilian Historical Job Growth

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Civilian Historical Job Growth

Job Outlook*

Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations.

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Opportunities to Get Ahead*

Police officers usually become eligible for promotion after a probationary period. 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. 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.

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Top States with the most civilian jobs

States: CA, TX, NY, FL, IL,
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.