Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers


Median Pay*
$61,950.00 per year
Employment Change, 2017-2022*
Number of Jobs, 2016*
Entry-Level Education
High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience
On-the-job Training
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Job Outlook, 2017-2022*
16.0 %

*Data is specific to the Southeast Texas region.

Job Outlook
Percent change in employment, projected 2017-2022
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
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What Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers Do
Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who are sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.
Work Environment
Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college, or higher, degree. Most police and detectives must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition and ONETOnline