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Police Patrol Officers

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Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

    Work Activities
    • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
    • Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
    • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.
    • Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
    • Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.
    • Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
    • Process prisoners, and prepare and maintain records of prisoner bookings and prisoner status during booking and pre-trial process.
    • Testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
    • Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and exhibit safe driving procedures.
    • Relay complaint and emergency-request information to appropriate agency dispatchers.
    • Photograph or draw diagrams of crime or accident scenes and interview principals and eyewitnesses.
    • Evaluate complaint and emergency-request information to determine response requirements.
    • Patrol specific area on foot, horseback, or motorized conveyance, responding promptly to calls for assistance.
    • Investigate traffic accidents and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed.
    • Direct traffic flow and reroute traffic in case of emergencies.
    • Issue citations or warnings to violators of motor vehicle ordinances.
    • Inform citizens of community services and recommend options to facilitate longer-term problem resolution.
    • Provide road information to assist motorists.
    • Act as official escorts, such as when leading funeral processions or firefighters.
    • Inspect public establishments to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.
    • 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.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • 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.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

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

    • 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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    • Ohio Annual Salary $62,800/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $30.19/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 24,740
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,640
    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Leadership
    • Two way radios
    • Police vehicles
    • Notebook computers
    • Handguns
    • Biological evidence collection kits
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Internet browser software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.