Why you should consider a career in law enforcement
February 28, 2012
In the current economic environment of high unemployment and uncertain job security, a career in law enforcement is something many people are considering. If you’re one of those people, you should know that law enforcement can be an extremely rewarding career path, with opportunities at the local, state and federal levels. Police work isn’t going to make you a millionaire, but it does offer long-term job security, as well as good pay and benefits.
Aside from the financial considerations of a career in law enforcement, one of the biggest benefits of the job is the knowledge that you’re making a positive contribution to the well being of your community by upholding the law and maintaining order in a wide variety of circumstances. Whether you’re serving in a big city, a small town, or a rural area, you’ll have the respect of citizens who know they can rely on you to keep the peace and ensure the safety of the community at large. You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you have a chance to be a force for good in life or death situations, possibly saving lives, staving off injury and preventing crimes. A career in law enforcement means you’ll be called upon to help out in a wide variety of emergencies, including fender benders, robberies, assaults and domestic disputes.
There are many aspects of a career in law enforcement to consider. Each policing agency has various specialties, including patrol officers, K-9 police, detectives and forensic officers. Other specialties in law enforcement include special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams, firearms training and instruction, correctional work in jails and courtrooms and harbor patrol.
Sheriff’s Departments offer careers in law enforcement at the county level. They tend to be smaller than municipal police departments and usually have less than 50 officers. State Police Departments patrol the highways to enforce traffic laws, respond to accidents and monitor for criminal activity like drug trafficking.
At the federal level, a career in law enforcement is another source of police work for applicants to consider. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is tasked with investigating violations of federal law and national security. FBI officers investigate a wide variety of criminal activity, including bank robberies, kidnapping, narcotics trafficking and terrorism.
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) is another federal policing department that offers a career in law enforcement relating to the trafficking of narcotics and illegal drugs. Other federal agencies with good employment in law enforcement are the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Secret Service, the U.S. Customs, the Fish and Game Department, the Federal Air Marshals and the U.S. Border Patrol.
All in all, there are many opportunities for a wide range work if you’re looking for a career in law enforcement. Police work offers a rewarding career with good pay and benefits, excellent job security and plenty of opportunity for advancement.