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Enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts. May patrol courthouse, guard court or grand jury, or escort defendants.

    Work Activities
    • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
    • Drive vehicles or patrol specific areas to detect law violators, issue citations, and make arrests.
    • Take control of accident scenes to maintain traffic flow, to assist accident victims, and to investigate causes.
    • Verify that the proper legal charges have been made against law offenders.
    • Record daily activities and submit logs and other related reports and paperwork to appropriate authorities.
    • Execute arrest warrants, locating and taking persons into custody.
    • Supervise law enforcement staff, such as jail staff, officers, and deputy sheriffs.
    • Notify patrol units to take violators into custody or to provide needed assistance or medical aid.
    • Serve statements of claims, subpoenas, summonses, jury summonses, orders to pay alimony, and other court orders.
    • Question individuals entering secured areas to determine their business, directing and rerouting individuals as necessary.
    • Place people in protective custody.
    • Patrol and guard courthouses, grand jury rooms, or assigned areas to provide security, enforce laws, maintain order, and arrest violators.
    • Transport or escort prisoners and defendants en route to courtrooms, prisons or jails, attorneys' offices, or medical facilities.
    • Manage jail operations and tend to jail inmates.
    • Locate and confiscate real or personal property, as directed by court order.
    Skills
    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge
    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $60,980/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $29.32/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 24,740
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,640
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Attention to Detail
    • Concern for Others
    Tools
    • Surveillance video or audio recorders
    • Police vehicles
    • Notebook computers
    • Handguns
    • Handcuffs
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Map creation software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software