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POLICE OFFICER, IN-DEPTH: Honoring His Uncle's Memory By Helping People Every Day

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Bailey, a Police Officer, describes what he loves most about his job, its challenges, the key decision that put him on this path, whether it's hard to get a job in his field, and work-life balance. Part of his motivation in becoming an officer was to honor his uncle, who died when Bailey was young.

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

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Trade/vocational School
High school degree
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m='11560'>we</span> <span m='11730'>actually</span> <span m='12130'>do</span> <span m='12370'>it</span> <span m='12430'>on</span> <span m='12530'>a</span> <span m='12580'>day</span> <span m='12740'>to</span> <span m='12820'>day</span> <span m='12960'>basis.</span> <span m='14110'>When</span> <span m='14440'>people</span> <span m='14640'>are</span> <span m='14740'>calling</span> <span m='15090'>for our</span> <span m='15430'>help,</span> <span m='15760'>we</span> <span m='15920'>go</span> <span m='16110'>there</span> <span m='16590'>and</span> <span m='16915'>we</span> <span m='17240'>do</span> <span m='17330'>whatever</span> <span m='17570'>we</span> <span m='17690'>can</span> <span m='17930'>to assist.</span> <span m='19020'>And</span> <span m='19210'>it's</span> <span m='19500'>all</span> <span m='19690'>different</span> <span m='19950'>types</span> <span m='20600'>of</span> <span m='21140'>helping,</span> <span m='21960'>different</span> <span m='22190'>types</span> <span m='22360'>of</span> <span m='22410'>situations,</span> <span m='22940'>scenarios,</span> <span m='23510'>and</span> <span m='25570'>being</span> <span m='26060'>able</span> <span m='26280'>to</span> <span m='26360'>lend a</span> <span m='26650'>hand,</span> <span m='26940'>or</span> <span m='28440'>do CPR</span> <span m='28920'>on</span> <span m='29110'>somebody,</span> <span m='29600'>or</span> <span m='30410'>help</span> <span m='30620'>someone</span> <span m='30880'>that</span> <span m='31150'>has</span> <span m='31540'>a</span> <span m='31580'>gunshot</span> <span m='32080'>wound,</span> <span m='32240'>or</span> <span m='32495'>just</span> <span m='33520'>even</span> <span m='33710'>helping</span> <span m='33840'>a kid,</span> <span m='34480'>just</span> <span m='34670'>mentoring</span> <span m='35070'>somebody.</span> <span m='35550'>We</span> <span m='35860'>play</span> <span m='36370'>a</span> <span m='36500'>lot</span> <span m='36660'>of</span> <span m='36720'>different</span> <span m='36970'>roles,</span> <span m='37330'>and</span> <span m='37795'>we</span> <span m='38060'>wear</span> <span m='38350'>all</span> <span m='38470'>different</span> <span m='38740'>types</span> <span m='38940'>of</span> <span m='39000'>hats</span> <span m='39260'>in this</span> <span m='39520'>profession.</span> </p><p><span m='41060'>One</span> <span m='41080'>of</span> <span m='41180'>my</span> <span m='41380'>aha</span> <span m='41690'>moments</span> <span m='42120'>of</span> <span m='42470'>when</span> <span m='42650'>I</span> <span m='42710'>decided</span> <span m='43200'>to</span> <span m='43260'>be a</span> <span m='43480'>police</span> <span m='43870'>officer</span> <span m='44165'>was</span> <span m='46400'>early</span> <span m='47620'>on</span> <span m='47810'>in</span> <span m='48070'>high</span> <span m='48250'>school</span> <span m='48480'>for</span> <span m='48620'>me.</span> <span m='49380'>One</span> <span m='49760'>of</span> <span m='49800'>my</span> <span m='49910'>favorite</span> <span m='50200'>uncles</span> <span m='50570'>committed</span> <span m='50860'>suicide,</span> <span m='52600'>and</span> <span m='53030'>I</span> <span m='53100'>remember</span> <span m='53400'>talking to him</span> <span m='53850'>about</span> <span m='54870'>becoming</span> <span m='55440'>a</span> <span m='55510'>police</span> <span m='55850'>officer</span> <span m='56280'>and</span> <span m='56390'>how</span> <span m='56590'>much</span> <span m='56930'>he</span> <span m='57180'>respected</span> <span m='57660'>officers.</span> <span m='58280'>And</span> <span m='59070'>I</span> <span m='60070'>kind</span> <span m='60570'>of</span> <span m='61070'>just</span> <span m='61300'>wanted</span> <span m='61570'>to</span> <span m='61670'>carry</span> <span m='61990'>on</span> <span m='62140'>that,</span> <span m='65690'>I</span> <span m='65780'>mean</span> <span m='65980'>that</span> <span m='66270'>what we</span> <span m='66650'>talked</span> <span m='66950'>about,</span> <span m='67210'>basically.</span> <span m='67830'>And</span> <span m='69730'>carry</span> <span m='70120'>on--</span> <span m='70690'>because</span> <span m='70880'>I</span> <span m='70940'>know</span> <span m='71370'>being</span> <span m='71560'>a</span> <span m='71610'>police</span> <span m='71890'>officer is</span> <span m='72330'>well</span> <span m='72520'>respected,</span> <span m='74140'>and</span> <span m='74990'>that</span> <span m='75230'>was</span> <span m='75330'>my</span> <span m='75440'>favorite</span> <span m='75720'>uncle.</span> <span m='75975'>And</span> <span m='76230'>when he</span> <span m='76390'>committed</span> <span m='76680'>suicide,</span> <span m='77220'>I</span> <span m='77320'>kind of</span> <span m='77600'>lost</span> <span m='78010'>a</span> <span m='78290'>piece</span> <span m='78570'>of</span> <span m='78650'>me.</span> <span m='78800'>And</span> <span m='78890'>it's</span> <span m='79030'>kind</span> <span m='79200'>of</span> <span m='79260'>a</span> <span m='79370'>way</span> <span m='80310'>for me</span> <span m='81200'>just</span> <span m='81410'>to</span> <span m='81940'>put</span> <span m='82400'>him</span> <span m='82510'>back</span> <span m='82690'>in</span> <span m='82790'>my</span> <span m='82940'>heart</span> <span m='83220'>and</span> <span m='83410'>kind</span> <span m='83600'>of</span> <span m='83680'>like,</span> <span m='84310'>hey,</span> <span m='84700'>I</span> <span m='84800'>did</span> <span m='84880'>this</span> <span m='85970'>like what</span> <span m='86330'>we</span> <span m='86450'>talked</span> <span m='86720'>about kind of</span> <span m='87010'>thing.</span> </p><p><span m='89300'>There's</span> <span m='89480'>going to</span> <span m='89610'>be</span> <span m='89710'>a</span> <span m='89770'>lot</span> <span m='89910'>of</span> <span m='89960'>different</span> <span m='90210'>aha</span> <span m='90470'>moments</span> <span m='90830'>for</span> <span m='90940'>everybody.</span> <span m='91490'>Like</span> <span m='91720'>I</span> <span m='91750'>said,</span> <span m='91940'>I've</span> <span m='92030'>always</span> <span m='92290'>wanted</span> <span m='92430'>to</span> <span m='92490'>be</span> <span m='92600'>a</span> <span m='92670'>cop</span> <span m='92970'>since</span> <span m='93080'>I</span> <span m='93120'>was</span> <span m='93250'>younger.</span> <span m='93550'>But</span> <span m='93700'>that</span> <span m='93740'>was</span> <span m='93900'>kind</span> <span m='94060'>of</span> <span m='94120'>my,</span> <span m='94920'>I've</span> <span m='95000'>definitely</span> <span m='95350'>got</span> <span m='95510'>to</span> <span m='95630'>do</span> <span m='95750'>this,</span> <span m='96950'>I've</span> <span m='97160'>got</span> <span m='97250'>to</span> <span m='97310'>do</span> <span m='97410'>this</span> <span m='97560'>job,</span> <span m='98080'>I've</span> <span m='98240'>got</span> <span m='98370'>to</span> <span m='98410'>get</span> <span m='98540'>in</span> <span m='98630'>this</span> <span m='98780'>profession.</span> <span m='99220'>This</span> <span m='99330'>is</span> <span m='99430'>something</span> <span m='99660'>I've</span> <span m='99740'>got</span> <span m='99910'>to</span> <span m='99970'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='101060'>Is it hard</span> <span m='101420'>to get in</span> <span m='101580'>this</span> <span m='101730'>field?</span> <span m='104130'>Yeah,</span> <span m='104490'>and</span> <span m='104520'>no.</span> <span m='104800'>It</span> <span m='104980'>is</span> <span m='105310'>pretty</span> <span m='105510'>challenging.</span> <span m='108410'>There's</span> <span m='108670'>a</span> <span m='108750'>lot</span> <span m='108930'>of</span> <span m='108970'>people</span> <span m='109150'>that</span> <span m='109320'>want</span> <span m='109450'>to</span> <span m='109490'>be</span> <span m='109680'>police</span> <span m='110020'>officers,</span> <span m='110500'>and</span> <span m='110840'>a</span> <span m='111220'>lot</span> <span m='111400'>of</span> <span m='111480'>the</span> <span m='112280'>stuff</span> <span m='112520'>you've</span> <span m='112620'>got</span> <span m='112870'>do</span> <span m='113100'>and</span> <span m='113570'>the</span> <span m='113750'>steps</span> <span m='114020'>that</span> <span m='114150'>you</span> <span m='114240'>have</span> <span m='114400'>to</span> <span m='114490'>take</span> <span m='114680'>to</span> <span m='114730'>become</span> <span m='114960'>a</span> <span m='115000'>police</span> <span m='115270'>officer</span> <span m='116160'>may</span> <span m='116340'>be</span> <span m='116480'>challenging.</span> <span m='117620'>Some of the</span> <span m='117860'>things</span> <span m='118040'>you</span> <span m='118130'>have</span> <span m='118360'>to</span> <span m='118450'>do--</span> <span m='120280'>that's</span> <span m='120550'>apply to</span> <span m='120820'>the</span> <span m='120960'>police</span> <span m='121210'>department,</span> <span m='122250'>you'll</span> <span m='122630'>have</span> <span m='122760'>to</span> <span m='122830'>take</span> <span m='123000'>a</span> <span m='123050'>written</span> <span m='123230'>exam,</span> <span m='123880'>do</span> <span m='124080'>an</span> <span m='124160'>oral</span> <span m='124430'>exam,</span> <span m='125590'>and</span> <span m='125790'>then</span> <span m='126800'>usually</span> <span m='127130'>take</span> <span m='127330'>a</span> <span m='127760'>physical</span> <span m='128229'>agility</span> <span m='128639'>test.</span> </p><p><span m='129880'>And</span> <span m='131130'>after</span> <span m='131310'>that,</span> <span m='131790'>probably</span> <span m='132060'>take</span> <span m='132330'>a</span> <span m='133790'>medical</span> <span m='134340'>test,</span> <span m='134640'>and</span> <span m='134940'>they'll</span> <span m='135090'>do an</span> <span m='135450'>extensive</span> <span m='135910'>background</span> <span m='136360'>check</span> <span m='136630'>on</span> <span m='136780'>you.</span> <span m='137480'>And</span> <span m='138090'>you'll</span> <span m='138210'>also</span> <span m='138500'>have</span> <span m='138610'>to</span> <span m='138700'>do</span> <span m='138840'>either</span> <span m='139230'>a</span> <span m='139520'>polygraph</span> <span m='140020'>test</span> <span m='140420'>or</span> <span m='140560'>a</span> <span m='140610'>lie-detector</span> <span m='143020'>test.</span> <span m='144150'>And</span> <span m='144410'>after</span> <span m='144760'>that,</span> <span m='144930'>you've</span> <span m='145000'>got</span> <span m='145100'>to</span> <span m='145140'>go</span> <span m='145260'>through</span> <span m='145430'>about</span> <span m='145720'>6</span> <span m='145870'>and</span> <span m='146030'>1/2</span> <span m='146190'>months</span> <span m='146440'>of</span> <span m='146520'>training</span> <span m='146900'>out</span> <span m='147140'>here,</span> <span m='147500'>if</span> <span m='147760'>you're</span> <span m='147920'>in</span> <span m='147990'>California.</span> <span m='148520'>So</span> <span m='148710'>6</span> <span m='148880'>and</span> <span m='149050'>1/2</span> <span m='149220'>months</span> <span m='149500'>of</span> <span m='150250'>police</span> <span m='150550'>training,</span> <span m='151500'>and</span> <span m='152020'>that's</span> <span m='152330'>pretty</span> <span m='153240'>challenging.</span> </p><p><span m='154340'>For</span> <span m='154790'>this</span> <span m='154970'>profession</span> <span m='155450'>as</span> <span m='155580'>an</span> <span m='155680'>officer,</span> <span m='156460'>the</span> <span m='156560'>work-life</span> <span m='157380'>balance</span> <span m='157740'>is</span> <span m='158470'>pretty</span> <span m='158670'>equal.</span> <span m='162260'>As</span> <span m='162520'>a</span> <span m='162570'>police</span> <span m='162840'>officer</span> <span m='163110'>you've</span> <span m='163200'>got</span> <span m='163300'>to</span> <span m='163340'>maintain</span> <span m='163720'>a</span> <span m='163750'>lot</span> <span m='163900'>of</span> <span m='163970'>training.</span> <span m='165010'>And</span> <span m='165070'>we</span> <span m='165180'>go</span> <span m='165560'>do</span> <span m='165740'>a</span> <span m='165770'>lot</span> <span m='165980'>of</span> <span m='166020'>training.</span> <span m='166300'>And</span> <span m='166400'>also</span> <span m='166620'>we've</span> <span m='166730'>got to</span> <span m='167060'>go to</span> <span m='167210'>a</span> <span m='167260'>lot</span> <span m='167430'>of</span> <span m='167500'>court,</span> <span m='167890'>if</span> <span m='167990'>you</span> <span m='168080'>make</span> <span m='168300'>a</span> <span m='168350'>lot</span> <span m='168530'>of</span> <span m='168630'>arrests</span> <span m='169100'>or write</span> <span m='169310'>tickets.</span> <span m='170810'>But</span> <span m='170860'>other than</span> <span m='171220'>that,</span> <span m='172000'>maintaining</span> <span m='173230'>your</span> <span m='173490'>work-life</span> <span m='173910'>balance</span> <span m='174170'>is</span> <span m='174310'>pretty</span> <span m='175300'>good.</span> <span m='178155'>It's</span> <span m='178620'>not</span> <span m='178770'>too</span> <span m='178850'>difficult</span> <span m='179110'>at</span> <span m='179370'>all,</span> <span m='179680'>actually.</span> </p>","file":{"id":314980,"video_id":"2869318188001","name":"1493-Bailey-PoliceOfficer2","duration":180257,"thumbnail_url":null}});