Police Patrol Officer

Career Overview

Police officers are employees of a law enforcement agency in their country, region, or city. Police officers swear an oath to protect and serve the citizens they represent. They are warranted by the government to enforce the law by arresting criminals and detecting and preventing crimes. Use the search box to find videos by Cliff, Bruce, and Candace (a SWAT operator)!


Educational requirements vary for becoming a police officer. A high school diploma or equivalent is required to obtain this position. Most will then graduate from an agency police academy. A two-year college or four-year university degree in criminal justice or a related field will definitely help one to move up within a police department.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$34,000 /yr
$61,000 /yr
$101,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Criminal Justice
  • Communication
  • Government
  • Foreign Languages
Work Environment

Police officers work for any level of the government. These jobs can be extremely stressful and potentially life threatening at times. They may require long hours and working nights, weekends, and holidays. Police and detective work can be physically demanding, stressful, and dangerous.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada