Police Officer is one of the best known and common job options. Their job is to protect their community by fighting and preventing crime, as well as maintaining law and order. Police Officers strive to keep the streets of their community safe, reducing the fear of crime and improving the overall quality of life of the citizens.
They are employed by municipal, provincial, and regional governments. The term “officer” is a generic form to call agents and does not denote any position in hierarchy. New members of the force receive the title of Cadet when they enter into service, and work their way up the ranks on a system based on merit and seniority.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Police Officers are required to complete.
- Patrolling city areas:
- Maintaining public safety and order;
- enforcing the law; and
- providing assistance to citizens when necessary.
- Assisting Police Detectives in crime investigations:
- Examining crime scenes and securing evidence;
- interviewing witnesses;
- writing reports based on findings; and
- providing testimony in a court of law when necessary.
- Using a wide arrange of lethal and non-lethal weapons (e.g. handguns, shotguns, batons, and pepper spray).
- Detaining criminals:
- Arresting criminals and escorting them to a station; and
- holding criminals for interrogation.
- Providing assistance in emergency situations:
- Helping victims of accidents, crimes, and natural disasters.
- Maintaining order in public events:
- Watching over public meetings, manifestations, protests, and strikes; and
- assessing and handling potentially volatile situations.
- Responding to violent situations:
- Providing crowd control assistance in times of civil unrest; and
- responding to ongoing violent or dangerous crimes.
- Patrolling roads and highways:
- Giving fines and tickets to drivers breaking the law.
- Creating conscience of crime prevention and safety measures among citizens.
- Patrolling the city on foot, car, motorcycles, bicycles, and on horseback.
- Helping citizens when necessary.
- Deterring crime by making themselves visible.
- Looking out for suspicious activity.
- Detaining, interviewing, and interrogating criminals and offenders.
- Investigating crimes (e.g. homicides, assaults, sex crimes, theft, or financial frauds).
- Writing reports and doing paperwork.
- Enforcing the law and maintaining civil order.
- Staying in constant communication with the station.
- Reporting crimes and irregular situations.
The average salary for Police Officer related jobs is $52,036 per year or $27 per hour. This is around 1.6 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $36,000 while most experienced workers make up to $73,000. These results are based on 2 salaries extracted from job descriptions.