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Are you the type of person interested in protecting others? Do you enjoy confronting new and difficult challenges each day? If so, a job in the criminal justice field may be for you. Many police departments across the country are in the process of expanding. The criminal justice field offers many different opportunities for potential candidates at the city, county, state and federal levels. With the public's heightened interest in criminal justice careers, it is important that you set yourself apart with a degree from a law enforcement education program. Working as a police officer is a difficult job, but if you are up for the challenge, it is also an incredibly rewarding career field.
While some police jobs share the same duties each agency has its own specific responsibilities. Therefore, you should research the careers and find the job that's right for you. Use the menu options on the left to navigate the site. See what careers are available with federal, state and local law enforcement by clicking the menu link Career Descriptions.
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Jobs in the criminal justice field vary depending on the officer's working location. At the city level, an officer is responsible for enforcing the law within the city limits. An officer at the county level is responsible for the entire county, while state and federal officers may be expected to travel in order to cover their areas. The crimes are often similar, so police departments from each level of the government work together in order to solve them. Sometimes police departments have specialized units, such as SWAT, narcotics and homicide. Departments at the federal level are more often specialized. For example, at the federal level, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives specializes in crimes around the country involving these issues.
Find links to federal, state and local police departments by clicking the menu link Agency Links. Here you will also find links to over 6,000 police department websites.
No matter the career you choose in the criminal justice field, you are expected to go through a hiring process. The first step to becoming an officer is a series of written tests. After performing adequately on the tests, you undergo a background check and medical examination. Upon passing these requirements, you may be sent to the police academy. Many police academies are about six months long. At the city, county and state levels you may attend training during the day and return home at night. At the federal level, you are require that you stay overnight during your training, but you often have weekends free. All police academies reimburse you for time spent training.
Check out the menu link Hiring Process to get a general idea of the qualifications and application procedures. We have also included information on how to pass the written entrance exam and subsequent interview.
Because of heightened interest by the public in the criminal justice field, it is important to set apart yourself from the many others. One way to do this is by attaining a degree from a law enforcement education program. Degrees in law enforcement and criminal justice are offered all over the country. Law enforcement degrees are offered as both associate two-year degrees and bachelor four-year degrees. Many police departments require potential candidates to have a specific amount of college credit hours before even applying. Police departments at the federal level usually require candidates to have a bachelor's degree. Depending on the academic program that you choose, the classes will differ. All programs require you to take introductory courses about the basics of criminology, while others add courses about how to deal with citizens while on the job. Look at the education opportunities by clicking on the menu link Criminal Justice Degrees.
There are currently many police department job openings available. The first step is to call your local department or contact them directly through the Internet about their offerings. Police jobs fill up fast, so consider looking through state and national police websites, which provide you with contact information for many departments. If you have your heart set on working for a specific department, provide them with your contact information, so that they can contact you when there is an opening. Before applying for a job in the criminal justice field, it is important to check that you fulfill all the requirements.
When you are ready to apply for a job click on the link Find a Police Job to view over 1,000 current jobs posted on our site.
Working as a police officer can be both a fun and fulfilling career path. Every day will be different and present its own challenges. Being a police officer is not for everyone, so it is recommended that you talk with your family first. If you are ready to make the commitment, it is wise to enroll in a law enforcement education program to give you a competitive edge. Currently, numerous police departments around the country are hiring. With both competitive salaries and good benefits, it is a great time to join the force!
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