Overview of Law Enforcement Careers

In my first blog, I will provide a general overview of law enforcement career field, duties of law enforcement officers, and the different state and federal government positions. I view men and women in law enforcement organizations as my heroes because of the tremendous sacrifice they make each and every day to keep our communities safe. My ideal career is to serve as a law enforcement officer in order to give back to my community by making a positive difference in the lives of others. No job in law enforcement is easy as they see the best and the worst in humanity and make tremendous sacrifices everyday to keep our communities safe. There is no typical day for a law enforcement officer and everyday is different. Law enforcement duties can range from enforcing laws on the roads (conducting traffic stops and issuing citations), patrolling high crime areas, responding to emergency and nonemergency calls, obtaining search warrants, arresting suspects, responding to crime scenes, and testifying in court. Behind all of these duties there is one common goal which is to enforce the law and to protect the community.

There are many different wide varieties of paths that one could take within the law enforcement which range from uniformed police officers, undercover police officers, sheriffs, transit police officers, detectives, investigators, and careers with federal law enforcement agencies. The difference between a state law enforcement officer and a federal law enforcement is that federal law enforcement officers have jurisdiction over the entire country. The different federal agencies include Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Air Marshals, US Border Patrol, US Secret Service (USSS) and many others. Positions in federal law enforcement take a longer time than state law enforcement jobs, because they require comprehensive background checks based on the nature of the job. Jobs are classified in three ways: Non-Sensitive Positions, Public Trust and National Security positions.All national security positions within the federal government require Security Clearances which are determined based on applicant’s trustworthiness and reliability. Therefore, federal law enforcement jobs take a longer time due to length and depth of background investigations. Finally, all law enforcement officers are held to the highest standards and great integrity due to the nature of their jobs and the responsibility that comes with it. I hope to protect my community and follow in the footsteps of law enforcement officers one day.

Here’s a video which shows law enforcement officers in action and their duties: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBu_yLANtAE

Sources:
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm#tab-1
http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&article_id=1828&issue_id=62009
http://gogovernment.org/how_to_apply/next_steps/security_clearance.php
https://myelms.umd.edu/courses/1178967/pages/informational-blog

 

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