Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.

Also includes

Customs and Border Protection Officers

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $51,960.00
Average Time to Fill 0 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience
10 Year Projected Openings (2021-2031) 10,055
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) 6.98 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Conflict Management
Work Ethic
Written Communication
Critical Thinking
Oral Communication
Following Directions
Intellectual Risk-taking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Performing General Physical Activities

Employ firearms
Perform tactical law enforcement operations
Serve court ordered documents
Maintain public order or security
Confiscate prohibited or dangerous items
Perform property or facility security sweeps
Distribute enforcement citations
Ride horses during law enforcement work
Apply appropriate physical restraint
Serve arrest, search, or seizure warrants
Detain suspects or witnesses
Apprehend suspects or perpetrators of criminal acts
Control situations through non-lethal use of force
Serve summonses or subpoenas
Guard area or premises
Identify public safety hazards
Enforce laws, ordinances, or regulations
Issue warnings or citations
Locate illegal narcotics using drug-sniffing dogs
Search for contraband on person or in facilities
Rescue people or animals from dangerous or hazardous situations
Operate emergency fire or rescue equipment
Escort prisoners to courtrooms, prisons, or other facilities

Getting Information

Review facts to determine if criminal act or statue violation is involved
Conduct legal searches or investigations
Gather physical evidence
Identify trends and patterns in criminal activity
Review traffic routing or control plans
Search for missing persons
Perform manual or electronic surveillance to detect or record suspicious or illegal activities
Request reports or records
Review laws for understanding and application
Analyze evidence or facts
Identify laws or court decisions relevant to pending cases
Interview witnesses, suspects, or claimants
Interview people to obtain information about actions or status of individuals
Interview people to gather information about criminal activities
Investigate accidents to determine causes
Investigate illegal or suspicious activities
Review maps to determine location or routes
Locate persons through skip tracing
Investigate complaints, disturbances, or violations
Conduct legal research

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Employ aviation emergency procedures
Implement visual flight procedures as conditions allow
Determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend organizational or legal action
Employ legal arrest, search, or seizure tactics
Arrest suspects or perpetrators of criminal acts
Determine admissibility of evidence
Issue summonses or subpoenas
Determine negligence or violation of laws or regulations
Conduct evacuation procedures
Employ rules of evidence procedures
Determine response needed to dispatch emergency assistance
Respond to in-flight data
Correct grammar, punctuation, or spelling in written materials
Handle infectious materials safely according to procedures

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Traffic Laws
Customer Service
First Aid Cpr Aed
Community Relations
Presentation of Evidence
Security Clearance

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