What does a Police Officer do?

Police officers are responsible for protecting lives and property by enforcing laws, responding to calls, issuing citations, and making arrests within a designated area. Police officers aim to preserve law and order. Police officers oftentimes advance into roles like police supervisor or detective.

Police officers must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Usually, they must also have completed a minimum of 60 college semester hours in criminal justice or a related field. Police officers need to complete a training academy, pass a written and physical certification exam, pass a criminal background check, have a valid driver's license, and be at least 21 years of age. While the requirements to become a police officer might seem extensive, they are in place to ensure only those who are ready are protecting lives. The best police officers are empathetic, very physically fit, and exercise sound judgment.

What responsibilities are common for Police Officer jobs?
  • Enforce all relevant codes, ordinances, laws, and regulations
  • Respond to calls for police service, both emergency and nonemergency
  • Patrol assigned locations on foot and by vehicle in order to prevent and discover crime
  • Enforce traffic regulations, recognize violations, and issue citations
  • Secure and investigate crime scenes, and collect and preserve evidence
  • Makes arrests in accordance with proper apprehension techniques
  • Complete appropriate reports, forms, logs, and citations
  • Testify in court when subpoenaed
  • Provide emergency aid as needed
What are the typical qualifications for Police Officer jobs?
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required; minimum 60 college semester hours in criminal justice or related field preferred
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Successful completion of police officer certification exam in state of practice
  • Successful completion of police officer training academy in state of practice
  • Current CPR certification
  • Valid driver's license in state of practice
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • Ability to pass a physical agility test
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws
  • Working knowledge of basic law enforcement terminology, concepts, procedures, and techniques
  • Excellent judgment and physical stamina
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Police Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹26,338 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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₹10T
Median: ₹26T
₹74T
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Police Officer Career Path

Learn how to become a Police Officer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Police Officer
₹3,74,554/yr
L3
Senior Police Officer
No Salary Reports
L4
Police Officer IV
No Salary Reports
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2%
2 - 4
4%
5 - 7
0%
8+
94%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Police Officer Insights

Read what Police Officer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Houston Police DepartmentHouston Police Department
Police Officer
25 Apr 2021

“Current political and social issues are making life difficult for your rank and file officers.”

YoungWilliamsYoungWilliams
Enforcement Agent
18 Apr 2021

“High turnover because of the pay and little to no movement opportunities within the company.”

Greater Manchester PoliceGreater Manchester Police
Police Officer
14 Aug 2021

“Poor Pay: 5% extra per hour for out of social hours not including weekends.”

US Coast GuardUS Coast Guard
Law Enforcement Officer
23 Jan 2021

“I don't know what it is but a large number of people are overly negative and also only lookout for themselves and their career.”

Metropolitan Police ServiceMetropolitan Police Service
Police Officer
29 Mar 2022

“It’s challenging and great for self development”

MyTel
Staff Officer
29 May 2020

“Good and Nice place to work”

Greater Manchester PoliceGreater Manchester Police
Police Constable
11 Apr 2021

“And it works so I don't know what others are talking about to be perfectly honest.”

Maricopa County Sheriff's OfficeMaricopa County Sheriff's Office
Police Sergeant
9 Jun 2021

“Deputies and brass great to work with.”

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Police Officer Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of police officers

The daily work of police officers includes patrolling assigned neighborhoods, responding to traffic accidents or incidents, responding to emergencies, completing paperwork, testifying in court cases, providing protection for special events, directing traffic, and assisting in solving crimes. They typically work assigned shifts.

Yes, police officers are typically well-respected in their community. Though they are placed in dangerous situations, police officers work with others who are trained to provide backup and support in every situation. Although there are some elements that can be mundane, much of a police officer's time is spent looking for ways to protect others and help people in crisis.

Yes, police officers are paid an average of ₹26,338 per year. There are opportunities for advancement in the ranks of the police with additional training, experience, and passing required tests. Police officers may get paid up to ₹74,493 per year depending on job level and police department location.

Working as a police officer can be a dangerous job, and there may be situations that are difficult to cope with emotionally. Some police work is physically demanding, and the job requires officers to be trained in safely using their weapons. Police uniforms are a requirement and can be stiff with protective gear. The best police officers are those who can react quickly and appropriately in an emergency and help to calm and comfort victims.

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