Law Enforcement School

Keeping the streets safe

Police and detectives have the duty of looking out for the safety and security of all members of society, as well as their property. Law enforcement officers are given a great deal of power, but must carry with it an equally great level of responsibility.

Getting Educated

Police training requirements vary from state to state. If you are interested in a career in law enforcement, contact your local police station for information on the courses you need to take to apply for a position with the force. Some states require a college education, while others accept applicants directly out of high school.

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Unlike with many other jobs, individuals wishing to begin a career in law enforcement must meet a number of physical requirements, such as strength and endurance.

Job Prospects

There are nearly 900,000 people employed in the field of law enforcement in the U.S. today, the vast majority of whom work for local governments. Most police officers earn between $35,000 and $55,000 per year. Many law enforcement officers are able to retire with a full pension in their 40s or 50s.

Police officers and detectives are often required to do shift work, which can mean long and irregular hours. The job can also be quite stressful and dangerous, as officers routinely come face-to-face with some of the less appealing aspects of society. Still, most cops say that the good feeling they get from doing their job well outweighs the negative aspects, and makes the risk worthwhile.

For those who don't want to be a police officer or detective, but who still want to be in the law enforcement field, there are a number of positions available including customs and immigrations inspectors, air marshals and secret service agents.

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