Police Officer job description

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Description

Police Officers are responsible for enforcing prevailing laws, preventing crime and looking out for the safety and health of a community. They patrol streets on foot or using squad cars. These officers also control traffic or work as detectives to investigate crimes. At police stations they may work at the records department or in the crime laboratory. In cases of trials and hearings, they create reports about incidents in order to testify.

Police Officers usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Imposing fines due to illegal activities.
• Patrolling specific areas.
• Controlling traffic.
• Avoiding disputes.
• Investigating crimes.

Skills

• Having excellent communication skills.
• Being able to work under pressure.
• Having a keen sense of observation.
• Being able to work alone or with a team.
• Having good vision and manual dexterity.
• Being proactive.
• Having negotiation skills.
• Being physically fit.
• Having good judgment.
• Being able to write concise reports.

Education

Candidates who want to work as Police Officers are required to have a High School Diploma as a minimum education qualification. It is also recommended to have education programs related to legal matters, computer systems, human behavior, among other subjects in order to obtain suitable knowledge for future jobs in this field. Students who want to work on this sector are encouraged to take physical education courses and participate in organized sports to have better health and physical conditions. Applicants for police departments must be over twenty years old, meet some requirements related to weight, height, hearing and eyesight, and pass written examinations and a background check.

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