Skip to page body Home About SWC Admissions Academic Programs Student Services Schools & Centers Faculty & Staff

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE - POLICE OFFICER CAREER INFORMATION

Police Officer


Click HERE for career video provided to you by ACINET.Org

Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who sometimes are called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Law enforcement officers’ duties depend on the size and type of their organizations.

Police officers pursue and apprehend people who break the law and then warn them, cite them, or arrest them. Most police officers patrol their jurisdictions and investigate any suspicious activity they notice. They also respond to calls, issue traffic tickets, investigate domestic issues, and give first aid to accident victims.
Detectives perform investigative duties such as gathering facts and collecting evidence.

The daily activities of police and detectives vary with their occupational specialty and whether they are working for a local, state, or federal agency. Duties also differ among federal agencies, which enforce different aspects of the law. Regardless of job duties or location, police officers and detectives at all levels must write reports and keep detailed records that will be needed if they testify in court.

 

OUTLOOK & WAGE DATA


United States

Employment

Percent 
Change

Job Openings

2010

2020

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

106,100

108,300

+2%

3,870

California

Employment

Percent 
Change

Job Openings

2008

2018

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

5,800

6,200

+7%

290

Wage Data: Location

Pay
Period

2010

10%

25%

Median

75%

90%

United States

Hourly

$22.42

$29.04

$37.62

$46.37

$59.44

Yearly

$46,600

$60,400

$78,200

$96,400

$123,600

California

Hourly

$44.30

$47.46

$59.15

$68.88

$74.76

Yearly

$92,100

$98,700

$123,000

$143,300

$155,500

Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.

Occupation Wages FAQs

Salary Surfer
A new online tool released by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office allows students and the public to view aggregated median earnings of those who complete a certificate or degree in a specific community college discipline and then enter the workforce. 

Visit SALARY SURFER!

wave1

SWC LINKS

 

RELATED OCCUPATIONS:

 

RESOURCES:

 Career Cafe Logo California Career Café
The Career Café has career information including career assessments to identify your unique strengths, talents, and styles.

Public Services Pathway Guide 
Public Services Associations
Onet Logo Click HERE to view a summary for Summary Report for Administration of Justice - Police provided to you by O*NET Online!

 One Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

State and National Trends
Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.
Note: The data for the State Employment Trends and the National Employment Trends are not directly comparable. The projections period for state data is 2008-2018, while the projections period for national data is 2010-2020.

Occupation Wages FAQs
Occupation Trends FAQs
Employment Trends by Occupation Across States
Compare Employment Trends by Occupation
Employment Trends by Industry and Occupation

 Labor Logo

National Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections

 CA.gov logo State Data Source: 
California Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division
Gainful Employment Data

Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.

Download Acrobat Reader Download Flash Player Download QuickTime Download Windows Media Player Download Microsoft Silverlight Download Word Viewer Download Excel Viewer Download PowerPoint Viewer
Last updated: 6/28/2013 11:20:19 AM