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8 Fastest Growing Law Enforcement Careers

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Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers


9% Projected Job Increase
57,300 New Jobs

What’s Ahead

While competition will continue to be fierce for patrol officers, well prepared candidates who meet the psychological, personal, and physical qualifications will be able to take advantage of the projected 9% growth in the field.

Specialized Degrees

There will be more competition for jobs in Federal and State law enforcement agencies than for jobs in local agencies. Although not always required, a degree in law enforcement can greatly improve a candidate’s resume.

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    devvon

    over 3 years ago

    30 Comments

    It's an impressive resource, it clarifies a lot of details I wasn't aware of. The one thing I know all these law enforcement jobs have in common is a thorough background check on the candidates before serving the law, that's the standard procedure and I support it completely despite the fact that some absurdly claim it's costly and unnecessary.

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    manny110

    over 3 years ago

    42 Comments

    It is getting harder and harder to join. thanks to the bad apples that have somehow gotten threw, and ruined it for everyone else. hopefully I still have a shot. ( no pun intended )

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    TRPD758

    over 3 years ago

    32 Comments

    I coudn't agree more with the generations before me in regards to the future generations of Law Enforcement. My generation has the idea of self-entitlement and lack respect and it's frustrating for myself and others who remember where they came.

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    robertcan

    almost 4 years ago

    44 Comments

    TeeJay- I couldn't agree more. While there are certainly some excellent candidates out there, I'm still worried about the caliber of some of today's cadets. I guess that makes me a cynical old fart. Wal-Mart security here I come...

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    jrphillips

    almost 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    I switched over from law enforcement to Safety Coordinator for a large clothing company's distribution center. I have every weekend and holiday off. I also make a lot more money in the private sector. Yes, I miss being on the road but I have a family to think about.

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    TeeJay995

    almost 4 years ago

    24 Comments

    I am truely worried about the quality of future law enforcement officers.

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    HaynesJJR

    almost 4 years ago

    74 Comments

    nice to hear there will be an increase in police officers since I am trying to get my foot in the door!

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    HapkidoKa

    almost 4 years ago

    1098 Comments

    Clobster- A Correctional Officer and a Correctional Treatment Specialist are two different things. I'm sure you know what a CO is but a CTS is more similar to a Social Worker.

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    pablojr1

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    I PJ want to be a part of my community in any way that I can help, It can be working with medicine, picking up trash from the street or being a police officer. I know someday I will get a good career because I never stop trying. People that read this and do not have a steady income do not give up you will eventually find a good job. peace for all, and God Bless all people ! ! !

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    flyboybill

    over 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    So i have 2 flaws on my record one was i was 21 years old running near Pennstate main on a motorcycle. Also 8 years ago or 8 years later from the first running. i was at a club and i was made to leave for no reason. Then she called the police on me when i asked for the owner or another manager. Outside i went to my car the cop was outside. He said you did this and that, and i said no i didn't Which i didn't do. He then tried to cuff me and take me in. So resisted a little. . In the end I have no charge of that night by the called but the resisting part of it. Pretty stupid but at the time i felt it was it was unjust they way things happened up to the arrest.
    After my first fleeing and alluding. I chose to study in a Criminal Justice Major. I finished my B.A. in 2009. Now I learn up here in P.A. you cant get a job with anything on your record including misdemeanors you cant be hired. i would make a great probation officer in fact. i am a Christian, a good person and i do care about everyone not matter what their background is. honest my number one job might not be the arresting or the jailing, I would love to do on the lighter note, positive things for the people in this sector of life. Anybody know if there are any job in Florida. i was stationed there in the Air Force at MacDill. i would love to find work there and live there. Thnaks fo rlistin guy a an girls i hope maybe i can get some info on what you think a job would be for myself. Sincerely Bill. H.

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    flyboybill

    over 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    I have a 4 year degree in Criminal Justice. i had a small blemish before i majored in the degree. Now I am learning that i cant get a job because they dont want people with any type of criminal record. So know i am going back to school for an M.B.A. I took many law classes and I feel I know very much about the courts procedures the constitution and the amendments. It was actually a degree lawyer take before law school. way beyond a police officer who is hired from high school. i was actually surprised how much a basic cop really knew about the law. Nothing, they just are taught s few examples on what i reasonable suspend and what is probably cause. Does anyone know where you can work with a misdemeanor 2, The crime itself iI disagreed with so i resisted arrest, iI didn't even receive an actual charge for the crime later because there was no crime but instead i did get for not going quitly resisting arrest.
    I also would love to live in Florida again. A place i was station in the Air Force in my early 20's. Then i got out and then pursued a 2 degrees one in Computers Electronic which is a A.A.S and then continuing to a four year school in 2006 and completing a B.A. in Criminal Justice in 2009.

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    bsybee

    over 4 years ago

    130 Comments

    I'm very interested in investigation, I like the legal research and the work that it entails but not sure on what way to go with it,I have interest in different directions, any suggestions from someone. The law end is what I like but have an interest in digging for the truth on everything. I need to narrow it down. Please any suggestions welcome.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Well then, looks like I'm on the right track.

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    cr59

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    I have always thought about working as a C.S.I. or maybe EMS. I know it can be dangerous, but interereting.

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    clobster

    over 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    A degree in Social work is best for probation officers. I haven't seen any postings for CCO's that asked for CJ degrees. Some of these positions require prior experience with a police agency, so plan on some street time and a few years on patrol with big departments, or a decade on patrol and other assignments in smaller departments.

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