How to Become a Police Officer

Police Officer Job Description

Police officers are responsible for maintaining law and order within a municipality in order to protect the public. Police officers must detect and prevent crimes, detain criminals and enforce laws.



Police Officer Job Duties

  • Patrol assigned areas in order to detect and prevent crimes
  • Investigate crimes and accidents
  • Secure evidence
  • Arrest individuals who are suspected of committing a crime
  • Take notes and prepare reports on cases
  • Provide testimony in a court of law
  • Interview witnesses, suspects and people of interest
  • Provide emergency assistance to victims of accidents, crimes and natural disasters
  • May supervise the work of other police officers
  • Participate in the delivery of community crime awareness and safety programs
  • May use specialty equipment such as radar machines and equipment used to detain or immobilize a criminal



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