Police Patrol Officers
SOC: 33-3051.01

Description:

Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
680,000 employed

Projected (2024):
714,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Accident Prevention Squad Police Officer
  • Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent
  • Animal Cop
  • Assistant Chief of Police
  • Border Guard
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Border Patrol Officer
  • Border Police
  • Cadet
  • Campus Police Officer
  • City Constable
  • City Marshal
  • Community Service Patrol Officer
  • Complaint Evaluation Officer
  • Constable
  • Cop
  • Crime Prevention Police Officer
  • Crime Scene Officer
  • Customs Patrol Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Desk Officer
  • Detective
  • Detective Sergeant
  • Drug Enforcement Agent
  • Harbor Patrol Police
  • Highway Patrol Officer
  • Highway Patrol Pilot
  • Immigration Guard
  • K-9 Police Officer
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Marshal
  • Motorcycle Police
  • Mounted Police
  • Officer
  • Park Ranger
  • Patrol Driver
  • Patrol Officer
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Patrolman
  • Peace Officer
  • Police Booking Officer
  • Police Cadet
  • Police Canine Patrol Officer
  • Police Inspector
  • Police Officer
  • Police or Patrol Park Officer
  • Police Patrol Officer
  • Police Sergeant
  • Police Worker
  • Policeman
  • Policewoman
  • Protective Officer
  • Protective Service Specialist
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Public Safety Police
  • Ranger
  • Safety Instruction Police Officer
  • Safety Patrol Officer
  • Security Police
  • State Highway Police Officer
  • State Patrol Officer
  • State Trooper
  • SWAT Team Member (Special Weapons and Tactics Team Member)
  • Town Marshal
  • Traffic Officer
  • Training Sergeant
  • Trooper
  • Uniform Patrol Police Officer


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • 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.
  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
  • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.
  • Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.
  • Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
  • Testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
  • Evaluate complaint and emergency-request information to determine response requirements.
  • Patrol specific area on foot, horseback, or motorized conveyance, responding promptly to calls for assistance.
  • Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
  • Investigate traffic accidents and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed.
  • Photograph or draw diagrams of crime or accident scenes and interview principals and eyewitnesses.
  • Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and exhibit safe driving procedures.
  • Relay complaint and emergency-request information to appropriate agency dispatchers.
  • Issue citations or warnings to violators of motor vehicle ordinances.
  • Direct traffic flow and reroute traffic in case of emergencies.
  • Inform citizens of community services and recommend options to facilitate longer-term problem resolution.
  • Provide road information to assist motorists.
  • Process prisoners, and prepare and maintain records of prisoner bookings and prisoner status during booking and pre-trial process.
  • Inspect public establishments to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Act as official escorts, such as when leading funeral processions or firefighters.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 35 millimeter cameras
  • All terrain vehicles ATV
  • Audio recording equipment
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Base station radios
  • Biohazard suits
  • Blood collection kits
  • Body armor
  • Breathalyzers
  • Bulletproof vests
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR face shields
  • Crime scene rulers
  • Crime scene tape measures
  • Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA collection kits
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital video cameras
  • Distance measuring wheels
  • Drug testing kits
  • Electroshock weapons
  • Equipment transport trailers
  • Explosive detectors
  • Filter masks
  • Fingerprint evidence kits
  • Fingerprint scanners
  • First aid kits
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Handguns
  • Hearing protectors
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser trajectory pointers
  • Metal detectors
  • Metal handcuffs
  • Mobile data computers
  • Multipurpose fire extinguishers
  • Nightsticks
  • Noise meters
  • Pepper spray
  • Personal computers
  • Personal motorized watercraft
  • Plastic handcuffs
  • Police bicycles
  • Police boats
  • Police car radios
  • Police motorcycles
  • Police patrol cars
  • Police rifles
  • Police shotguns
  • Police snowmobiles
  • Protective gloves
  • Radar speed readers
  • Remote traffic signal controllers
  • Riot helmets
  • Riot shields
  • Road flares
  • Safety glasses
  • Scuba diving equipment
  • Semiautomatic pistols
  • Service revolvers
  • Side-handle batons
  • Surveillance binoculars
  • Suspect fingerprinting equipment
  • Teletype terminals
  • Tire deflation devices
  • Two way radios
  • Ultraviolet UV lights
  • Computer aided composite drawing software
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Crime mapping software
  • DesignWare 3D EyeWitness
  • Email software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
  • Law enforcement information databases
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Crime Information Center NCIC database
  • National Integrated Ballistics Information Network NIBIN
  • SmartDraw.com SmartDraw Legal
  • Spillman Technologies Records Management
  • The CAD Zone The Crime Zone
  • Web browser software


  • protective service


    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610