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POLICE OFFICER: Always Wanted To Be In Law Enforcement; Education Is Key

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Bailey describes his rewarding work as a Police Officer, the job he's wanted and worked for since he was a boy. He recommends staying focused on education, because there's a lot of reading, writing, and communication skills necessary to do this job well. For young people thinking of law enforcement as a career, Bailey recommends looking into a local Police Explorer Program, which allows high school students to learn all aspects of police work.

Degree: Criminal Justice
Job Title: Police Officer

Job Summary: Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Job Description

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers protect lives and property. They maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances. They 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.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Physically demanding, Travel, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Courageous, Empathy, Leadership ability, People skills, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Organizational skills, Problem solving skills, Teamwork

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Trade/vocational School
High school degree
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m='13210'>gear</span> <span m='13710'>and</span> <span m='13780'>our</span> <span m='13920'>uniform</span> <span m='15320'>all ready</span> <span m='15720'>and</span> <span m='15850'>all</span> <span m='16125'>together.</span> <span m='17080'>Then</span> <span m='17420'>we'll</span> <span m='17640'>start</span> <span m='17870'>our</span> <span m='17990'>day</span> <span m='18690'>by</span> <span m='18960'>responding</span> <span m='19490'>to</span> <span m='19550'>calls.</span> <span m='20870'>We</span> <span m='21730'>deal</span> <span m='21910'>with</span> <span m='22020'>all</span> <span m='22150'>types</span> <span m='22360'>of</span> <span m='22430'>calls,</span> <span m='22880'>anything</span> <span m='23030'>from</span> <span m='24770'>petty</span> <span m='25290'>theft</span> <span m='25750'>to</span> <span m='27740'>robberies</span> <span m='28340'>or</span> <span m='28410'>burglaries</span> <span m='29960'>that</span> <span m='30460'>are in</span> <span m='30740'>progress.</span> <span m='32000'>So</span> <span m='32500'>that's</span> <span m='33070'>a</span> <span m='33410'>typical</span> <span m='33690'>day.</span> <span m='34010'>We</span> <span m='34350'>deal</span> <span m='34500'>with</span> <span m='34620'>a</span> <span m='34680'>lot.</span> <span m='37040'>The</span> <span m='37250'>jobs</span> <span m='37470'>always</span> <span m='38010'>change,</span> <span m='38390'>and</span> <span m='38530'>so</span> <span m='38670'>there's</span> <span m='38860'>always</span> <span m='39450'>different</span> <span m='39730'>things</span> <span m='39900'>we</span> <span m='40010'>do.</span> <span m='40310'>There's</span> <span m='40770'>not</span> <span m='40900'>a</span> <span m='40940'>typical</span> <span m='41290'>day.</span> <span m='41670'>There is</span> <span m='41880'>really</span> <span m='42110'>no</span> <span m='42280'>typical</span> <span m='42670'>day</span> <span m='43205'>for this</span> <span m='43510'>type</span> <span m='43630'>of</span> <span m='43670'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='45120'>For</span> <span m='45300'>me,</span> <span m='45500'>I</span> <span m='45540'>was</span> <span m='45660'>born</span> <span m='45870'>and</span> <span m='45930'>raised</span> <span m='46210'>in the</span> <span m='46270'>city of</span> <span m='46760'>San Francisco.</span> <span m='47160'>I've</span> <span m='47650'>always</span> <span m='47900'>wanted</span> <span m='48160'>to</span> <span m='48200'>be</span> <span m='48320'>a</span> <span m='48390'>cop.</span> <span m='50060'>Graduated</span> <span m='50650'>from</span> <span m='51500'>Abraham</span> <span m='51830'>Lincoln</span> <span m='52040'>High</span> <span m='52160'>School.</span> <span m='52720'>After</span> <span m='52970'>that</span> <span m='53200'>I</span> <span m='54170'>went</span> <span m='54470'>to</span> <span m='55620'>the College</span> <span m='56080'>of</span> <span m='56210'>San</span> <span m='56320'>Mateo</span> <span m='56690'>to</span> <span m='57170'>get</span> <span m='57630'>some</span> <span m='58090'>of my</span> <span m='58460'>GEs.</span> <span m='59390'>And</span> <span m='60450'>then</span> <span m='60850'>after that</span> <span m='61340'>I</span> <span m='61420'>transferred</span> <span m='61810'>up</span> <span m='61940'>to</span> <span m='62820'>Sacramento</span> <span m='63350'>State</span> <span m='63600'>University,</span> <span m='64150'>where</span> <span m='64440'>I</span> <span m='65330'>obtained</span> <span m='65700'>a</span> <span m='65810'>BS</span> <span m='66080'>degree</span> <span m='66380'>in</span> <span m='66480'>criminal</span> <span m='66800'>justice.</span> <span m='68370'>After</span> <span m='68600'>that,</span> <span m='69180'>I</span> <span m='69540'>applied</span> <span m='69900'>to</span> <span m='70070'>a</span> <span m='70130'>couple</span> <span m='70350'>different</span> <span m='70600'>agencies,</span> <span m='71340'>where</span> <span m='71520'>I</span> <span m='71550'>got</span> <span m='71750'>hired</span> <span m='72010'>on</span> <span m='72130'>with</span> <span m='72250'>El</span> <span m='72430'>Cerrito.</span> <span m='73450'>And</span> <span m='74410'>after</span> <span m='74570'>getting</span> <span m='74900'>hired</span> <span m='75150'>on</span> <span m='75260'>with</span> <span m='75380'>El</span> <span m='75570'>Cerrito,</span> <span m='75880'>I went</span> <span m='76030'>over</span> <span m='76260'>to</span> <span m='76900'>the</span> <span m='77180'>Alameda</span> <span m='77310'>County</span> <span m='77540'>Sheriff's</span> <span m='77820'>Office,</span> <span m='78140'>where</span> <span m='78500'>we</span> <span m='78620'>did</span> <span m='78780'>our</span> <span m='79470'>police</span> <span m='79780'>training,</span> <span m='80190'>kind</span> <span m='80300'>of like</span> <span m='80460'>the</span> <span m='80540'>police</span> <span m='80830'>academy,</span> <span m='81510'>basically.</span> <span m='82840'>And</span> <span m='83000'>I</span> <span m='84390'>got</span> <span m='84600'>my</span> <span m='84750'>police</span> <span m='85020'>training</span> <span m='85240'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='86540'>What</span> <span m='86720'>I</span> <span m='86800'>know</span> <span m='86990'>now</span> <span m='87630'>that</span> <span m='87800'>I</span> <span m='87830'>wish</span> <span m='88080'>I</span> <span m='88120'>knew</span> <span m='88620'>when</span> <span m='88810'>I</span> <span m='88830'>was</span> <span m='89000'>in</span> <span m='89060'>high</span> <span m='89230'>school</span> <span m='89550'>is</span> <span m='91820'>basically</span> <span m='93020'>to</span> <span m='94260'>stay</span> <span m='94530'>more</span> <span m='94720'>focused</span> <span m='95190'>on</span> <span m='96820'>my</span> <span m='96940'>education,</span> <span m='97460'>basically.</span> <span m='99480'>Education</span> <span m='99970'>has gone</span> <span m='100060'>a</span> <span m='100250'>long</span> <span m='100480'>way</span> <span m='100650'>for</span> <span m='100770'>me</span> <span m='101230'>in</span> <span m='101340'>my</span> <span m='101450'>career.</span> <span m='102570'>I</span> <span m='102660'>know</span> <span m='102780'>a</span> <span m='102800'>lot</span> <span m='102950'>of</span> <span m='102990'>people</span> <span m='103220'>see</span> <span m='103480'>being</span> <span m='103630'>a</span> <span m='104010'>police</span> <span m='104280'>officer as</span> <span m='104720'>fun,</span> <span m='105770'>and</span> <span m='106030'>you</span> <span m='106120'>guys</span> <span m='106340'>get</span> <span m='106450'>to</span> <span m='106510'>see</span> <span m='107160'>the</span> <span m='107280'>fun</span> <span m='107470'>stuff</span> <span m='107740'>we</span> <span m='107850'>do,</span> <span m='108080'>whether</span> <span m='108370'>it's like</span> <span m='108670'>pursuits</span> <span m='109050'>and</span> <span m='109150'>foot</span> <span m='109320'>chases.</span> <span m='109740'>But</span> <span m='110530'>a</span> <span m='110600'>lot</span> <span m='110760'>of</span> <span m='110820'>stuff</span> <span m='111070'>we</span> <span m='111190'>do</span> <span m='111380'>also,</span> <span m='111940'>we</span> <span m='112450'>have</span> <span m='112540'>to</span> <span m='112620'>document</span> <span m='113030'>our</span> <span m='113130'>reports.</span> <span m='114390'>And</span> <span m='114710'>we've</span> <span m='115310'>got</span> <span m='115420'>to</span> <span m='115470'>be</span> <span m='115590'>able</span> <span m='115730'>to</span> <span m='115920'>articulate</span> <span m='116570'>and</span> <span m='116880'>be</span> <span m='117010'>able</span> <span m='117110'>to</span> <span m='117190'>testify</span> <span m='117670'>in</span> <span m='117750'>court</span> <span m='118160'>and</span> <span m='118410'>document</span> <span m='119290'>things,</span> <span m='119640'>basically.</span> <span m='121920'>So</span> <span m='122230'>I</span> <span m='122380'>think</span> <span m='122840'>education</span> <span m='123290'>plays</span> <span m='123500'>a</span> <span m='123570'>crucial</span> <span m='123920'>role in</span> <span m='124090'>what</span> <span m='124320'>we</span> <span m='124440'>do.</span> <span m='125120'>So I</span> <span m='125520'>would</span> <span m='125710'>have</span> <span m='125790'>been</span> <span m='125960'>better</span> <span m='126180'>focused</span> <span m='127130'>probably</span> <span m='127430'>in</span> <span m='127690'>high</span> <span m='127860'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='128910'>And</span> <span m='129120'>if</span> <span m='129460'>you</span> <span m='129669'>are</span> <span m='129800'>in high</span> <span m='129919'>school</span> <span m='130020'>and</span> <span m='130530'>you're</span> <span m='131910'>thinking</span> <span m='132090'>about</span> <span m='132290'>being</span> <span m='132430'>a</span> <span m='132490'>police</span> <span m='132800'>officer,</span> <span m='133190'>I</span> <span m='133240'>suggest</span> <span m='133650'>you,</span> <span m='135390'>wherever</span> <span m='135750'>you</span> <span m='135810'>guys</span> <span m='136060'>live,</span> <span m='136780'>look into</span> <span m='137450'>maybe</span> <span m='138420'>their</span> <span m='139290'>Explorer</span> <span m='139770'>Program,</span> <span m='140340'>the</span> <span m='140420'>police</span> <span m='140630'>department's</span> <span m='141040'>Explorer</span> <span m='141390'>Program.</span> <span m='142380'>It's</span> <span m='143170'>a</span> <span m='143230'>great</span> <span m='143460'>way</span> <span m='143600'>to</span> <span m='143710'>learn</span> <span m='144330'>basically</span> <span m='144970'>the</span> <span m='145060'>basics</span> <span m='145470'>of</span> <span m='145550'>what</span> <span m='145710'>we</span> <span m='145860'>do</span> <span m='146670'>and</span> <span m='147650'>kind</span> <span m='147830'>of</span> <span m='147880'>get</span> <span m='148370'>a</span> <span m='148460'>feel</span> <span m='148700'>for</span> <span m='148850'>the</span> <span m='148940'>job.</span> <span m='150780'>And</span> <span m='151170'>hopefully</span> <span m='151550'>that</span> <span m='151690'>will</span> <span m='151800'>help</span> <span m='152020'>you</span> <span m='154650'>further</span> <span m='155080'>decide</span> <span m='155410'>whether</span> <span m='155570'>you</span> <span m='155640'>want</span> <span m='155780'>to</span> <span m='155820'>be</span> <span m='155910'>a</span> <span m='155960'>police</span> <span m='156200'>officer</span> <span m='156640'>or</span> <span m='156820'>not</span> <span m='157790'>and</span> <span m='158000'>help</span> <span m='158140'>you</span> <span m='158240'>make</span> <span m='158430'>the</span> <span m='158970'>decision,</span> <span m='159410'>basically,</span> <span m='159880'>to</span> <span m='159960'>become</span> <span m='160200'>a</span> <span m='160250'>police</span> <span m='160530'>officer.</span> </p>","file":{"id":314979,"video_id":"2869318143001","name":"1492-Bailey-PoliceOfficer1","duration":161960,"thumbnail_url":null}});