Police:the Job And The Life

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Introduction Police officers are the people who enforce the laws. Officers work to prevent crimes as well as apprehend all offenders. Being a police officer is a very demanding occupation. It is usually shift work and has irregular hours. Police Officers play a huge role in the day to day running of society.

Definition of Police The Police are an agency of a community or government that are responsible for maintaining order in society, and preventing and detecting crime. The basic police mission is preserving order by enforcing laws.

Job Description: The goals of an officer are to prevent crime, investigate crime and apprehend the offenders. They also control traffic, maintain public order, and deal with emergencies and disasters. Police officers work irregular hours, which is usually shift work.

Skills Needed: A police officer should be physically fit, athletic and willing to face danger. They have to maintain their cool in a crisis situation.

Police work is more than just a job, it is a commitment. Sometimes the demands of the job seem exceedingly high, but officers have to be willing to do their job to the best of their abilities every day.

Becoming an officer: To become an officer you must successfully complete the Standardized Testing Program which includes: written exams, a driving skills, a 2.4 km run, a trigger pull and hand dynamometer test, a medical examination a psychological examination. Then after a thorough background investigation an officer can be hired by a department or the municipality. The officer is then sworn in and becomes an active member of the police department.

Education and Training Needed Different police forces have different educational requirements, but at the very least, you'll need to have finished high school. After that you could complete either specialized police training or a university degree...

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