What You Need to Know About Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer
Position Description 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.
Other Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer Job Titles
- State Highway Police Officer
- Patrol Officer
- Deputy Sheriff
- Motorcycle Police
Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer Job Outlook
There were about 684,200 jobs for Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 47,700 new jobs for Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer by 2026. The BLS estimates 49,500 yearly job openings in this field.
The states with the most job growth for Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer are Utah, Texas, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in New Jersey, Maryland, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.
Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer Average Salary
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers make between $35,750 and $101,620 a year.
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers who work in California, New Jersey, or Alaska, make the highest salaries.
Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in different U.S. states.
|State||Annual Mean Salary|
|District of Columbia||$74,940|
Where do Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Work?
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers work in the following industries:
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