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POLICE OFFICER & DETECTIVE, IN-DEPTH: I Like Helping People

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Brian is a Police Officer & Detective. Brian describes what he likes and dislikes about the police department, key decisions he made in his career and the difficulty of his job. Brian also describes what he does in his spare time when he's not working.

School: San Jose State University
Degree: Administration Of Justice
Job Title: Police Officer & Detective
Employer: San Francisco Police Department

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
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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, Travel, Outdoor, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Teamwork, Strength/stamina, People skills, Empathy, Organizational skills, Courageous

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
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m='19890'>funding</span> <span m='20240'>for</span> <span m='20520'>programs</span> <span m='21410'>to</span> <span m='22590'>assist</span> <span m='22870'>those</span> <span m='23030'>people.</span> </p><p><span m='24310'>Some</span> <span m='24430'>of</span> <span m='24490'>the</span> <span m='24570'>key</span> <span m='24820'>decisions</span> <span m='25330'>that I've</span> <span m='25520'>made--</span> <span m='25740'>well,</span> <span m='25900'>one</span> <span m='26110'>of the</span> <span m='26330'>decisions</span> <span m='26500'>I</span> <span m='26570'>made</span> <span m='26855'>is to</span> <span m='27140'>apply</span> <span m='27400'>to</span> <span m='27660'>the</span> <span m='27940'>San Francisco</span> <span m='28220'>Police</span> <span m='28380'>Department .</span> <span m='29550'>So</span> <span m='30180'>that's</span> <span m='30360'>the only</span> <span m='30520'>police</span> <span m='30770'>department</span> <span m='31080'>I</span> <span m='31120'>wanted</span> <span m='31370'>to</span> <span m='31430'>work</span> <span m='31670'>for.</span> <span m='34620'>As</span> <span m='34880'>a</span> <span m='34950'>police</span> <span m='35390'>officer,</span> <span m='35830'>you</span> <span m='36040'>make</span> <span m='36260'>hundreds</span> <span m='36620'>and</span> <span m='36710'>hundreds</span> <span m='37000'>of</span> <span m='37050'>decisions</span> <span m='37520'>every</span> <span m='37750'>day,</span> <span m='37970'>so</span> <span m='38120'>it would be</span> <span m='38520'>tough</span> <span m='38720'>for</span> <span m='38810'>me</span> <span m='38940'>to</span> <span m='39010'>narrow</span> <span m='39250'>down</span> <span m='39490'>which</span> <span m='39680'>decisions</span> <span m='42830'>best</span> <span m='43140'>benefited</span> <span m='43650'>me</span> <span m='43830'>in</span> <span m='43940'>my</span> <span m='44300'>career.</span> <span m='44660'>But I</span> <span m='45100'>make</span> <span m='45890'>hundreds</span> <span m='46280'>of</span> <span m='46350'>decisions</span> <span m='46760'>every</span> <span m='46960'>day,</span> <span m='47340'>hopefully</span> <span m='47580'>I</span> <span m='47760'>make</span> <span m='47930'>the</span> <span m='48030'>right</span> <span m='48230'>decisions</span> <span m='48730'>is all</span> <span m='49050'>I can say.</span> </p><p><span m='50430'>It's</span> <span m='50510'>always</span> <span m='50780'>been</span> <span m='51280'>competitive</span> <span m='51850'>to</span> <span m='51950'>become</span> <span m='52225'>a</span> <span m='52500'>San</span> <span m='52785'>Francisco</span> <span m='53070'>police</span> <span m='53140'>officer</span> <span m='53560'>because</span> <span m='54780'>we're</span> <span m='54880'>well</span> <span m='55140'>compensated,</span> <span m='55886'>good</span> <span m='56690'>insurance</span> <span m='57110'>packages,</span> <span m='58350'>and</span> <span m='59050'>in</span> <span m='59410'>today's</span> <span m='59810'>day and</span> <span m='60090'>time</span> <span m='60670'>we</span> <span m='60740'>have</span> <span m='60960'>an</span> <span m='61290'>excellent</span> <span m='61690'>pension</span> <span m='61990'>program.</span> <span m='63410'>A</span> <span m='63770'>lot</span> <span m='63940'>of</span> <span m='64010'>companies</span> <span m='64450'>in</span> <span m='64530'>our</span> <span m='64920'>economy</span> <span m='65330'>now,</span> <span m='67020'>employees are</span> <span m='67300'>on</span> <span m='67500'>their</span> <span m='67670'>own</span> <span m='67850'>with</span> <span m='67970'>their</span> <span m='68090'>pensions,</span> <span m='68550'>so</span> <span m='69810'>we're</span> <span m='70330'>fortunate</span> <span m='70800'>in</span> <span m='70880'>that</span> <span m='71040'>capacity.</span> <span m='72700'>I</span> <span m='72850'>would</span> <span m='73010'>say</span> <span m='73510'>the</span> <span m='73610'>competition</span> <span m='74380'>right</span> <span m='74690'>now</span> <span m='75610'>is</span> <span m='75970'>very</span> <span m='76530'>difficult,</span> <span m='77270'>but</span> <span m='79421'>a</span> <span m='79900'>college</span> <span m='80200'>degree</span> <span m='81790'>is</span> <span m='82230'>almost</span> <span m='82810'>required.</span> <span m='83490'>When</span> <span m='83580'>I</span> <span m='83640'>first</span> <span m='83870'>came</span> <span m='84130'>in,</span> <span m='84855'>a</span> <span m='85270'>high</span> <span m='85470'>school</span> <span m='85730'>degree</span> <span m='85840'>and</span> <span m='86310'>maybe</span> <span m='86550'>two</span> <span m='86720'>years</span> <span m='86980'>of</span> <span m='87110'>a</span> <span m='87440'>junior</span> <span m='87770'>college</span> <span m='88480'>would</span> <span m='88630'>suffice.</span> <span m='89160'>Now</span> <span m='89350'>you</span> <span m='89470'>need</span> <span m='89680'>a</span> <span m='89840'>four-year</span> <span m='90190'>degree.</span> </p><p><span m='91190'>As</span> <span m='91390'>a</span> <span m='91490'>police</span> <span m='91740'>officer</span> <span m='92000'>takes</span> <span m='92250'>a</span> <span m='92290'>lot</span> <span m='92520'>of</span> <span m='92600'>the</span> <span m='93210'>work.</span> <span m='93520'>You</span> <span m='93600'>have</span> <span m='93720'>to</span> <span m='93810'>make</span> <span m='94010'>a</span> <span m='94320'>conscious</span> <span m='94710'>effort</span> <span m='95080'>to--</span> <span m='95910'>you</span> <span m='96330'>see</span> <span m='96800'>a</span> <span m='97010'>lot</span> <span m='97170'>of</span> <span m='97240'>things</span> <span m='97700'>on</span> <span m='97880'>this</span> <span m='98080'>job</span> <span m='98400'>here</span> <span m='98560'>in</span> <span m='98630'>San</span> <span m='98830'>Francisco.</span> <span m='99470'>A</span> <span m='99740'>lot</span> <span m='99950'>of</span> <span m='100040'>things</span> <span m='100320'>are</span> <span m='102500'>not</span> <span m='102770'>good,</span> <span m='103850'>and</span> <span m='106950'>it's</span> <span m='107260'>tough</span> <span m='107470'>to</span> <span m='107660'>leave</span> <span m='107950'>those</span> <span m='108140'>on</span> <span m='108240'>the</span> <span m='108340'>job.</span> <span m='109915'>Being</span> <span m='110190'>a 20-year</span> <span m='110470'>vet,</span> <span m='111180'>I have</span> <span m='111380'>learned</span> <span m='111860'>now</span> <span m='112140'>to</span> <span m='112560'>leave</span> <span m='113500'>some of</span> <span m='113730'>the</span> <span m='113860'>negative</span> <span m='114270'>aspects</span> <span m='114810'>of</span> <span m='114910'>this</span> <span m='115080'>job</span> <span m='116250'>at</span> <span m='116440'>the</span> <span m='116530'>job</span> <span m='116940'>and</span> <span m='118130'>engage</span> <span m='118760'>myself</span> <span m='119220'>in</span> <span m='119350'>activities,</span> <span m='119950'>such</span> <span m='120230'>as</span> <span m='120380'>snow</span> <span m='120740'>skiing,</span> <span m='121200'>golf,</span> <span m='122280'>playing</span> <span m='122480'>with</span> <span m='122690'>my</span> <span m='122830'>puppies,</span> <span m='125260'>and</span> <span m='125700'>having</span> <span m='125930'>a</span> <span m='126010'>good,</span> <span m='126190'>stable</span> <span m='126460'>home</span> <span m='126620'>life.</span> </p>","file":{"id":595426,"video_id":"","name":"3006-Brian - IN DEPTH.mp4","duration":127919,"thumbnail_url":null}});