It is the duty of law enforcers to catch, detain, or arrest those who break the law. Along with the physical portion of this job comes an enormous amount of time involved in paper work due to keeping factual records of all incidents they are involved with. Law enforcers often patrol their assigned locales for any odd or unusual goings-on. Detectives use investigative techniques like collecting data and evidence in order to solve some crimes. Within the spectrum of law enforcement are other job titles besides that of police and detectives such as possibly EMTs, firefighters or game wardens. There might come a time in any of these professions that they will need to make an appearance in a court of law to testify.
Anyone interested in basic law enforcement needs at least a minimum of a high school diploma with some law enforcement specialties requiring a few college courses or even, a college degree. An asset to these positions would be to be active in various sports or enroll in a gym to maintain a peak physical condition. You might even consider learning a foreign language depending what demographic area you are residing in or if your aim is in the Federal genre.
Depending upon which law enforcement area you involve yourself in, a training period will be required before going to your first assignment. If you enter a larger town facility or state that would mean a specialized 12 to 14 week police academy. Classes include accident analysis, civil rights, local ordinances, and constitutional and state laws. Training will be provided for emergency reaction, first aid, firearms patrolling, traffic control, and self-defense. Larger cities employ high school graduates as police cadets. These trainees do the administrative work as they attend courses until they attain the age requirement for force appointment.
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