Career Research Project

Ben Rowley Law Enforcement

Necessary Job Skills

- Capacity for multi-tasking.

-Ability to use good judgement.

-Demonstrating assertiveness.

Education Requirements

-High school diploma as a minimum but they would like a bachelors degree for federal police jobs.

University of Michigan


I would like to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is about 5 hours and 50 minutes away. It is a Big Ten school and was founded in 1817. The college is ranked in the top 30 best colleges in the country. There are more than 900 student organizations to join. Their biggest rival is the Ohio State Buckeyes.

"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get,"

These words to live by were said by Forrest Gump in a movie. I have no relationship with him. I first heard him say it a couple of years ago in 7th or 8th grade. The words to me mean that you can never predict what will happen next everything will be different. You will always be on an adventure. They remind me that what I do doesn't always affect the future because the future will always change. You can't make huge plans because life will change.

Role Model:

My role model is my mom. My mom works two jobs both are for accounting. She works one which is part time doing accounting things for our church and she works full time at Hammond Henry Hospital doing more accounting things. She has worked as an accountant for some time after she graduated from college. She went to high school here in Geneseo and went to college in Bloomington at Illinois State. She is married to my father and the mother of me and my two brothers.

She is so important to me because of all the things I have learned from her. She has taught me so many things that I live by. She keeps this family of ours together so well. She always tries her hardest to make it to both my brother's and my sporting events as well as academic things. She always finds time to help us out with homework and any problems we may have even if she is busy. She tries to do the right thing all the time whether it helps her or not. She is always there for my family.

Career Information: Police Officer

What is this job like?

Police and detectives enforce laws. They catch criminals. They collect evidence. At times they testify in court. Others patrol set areas to prevent crime. Some patrol and give out traffic tickets. Some police direct traffic. Most police wear uniforms; detectives and special agents work in regular clothes. Most detectives are part of regular police forces. Special agents work for Federal and State agencies. They file reports about what they've done during the day.

Most police work on foot or ride in cars. Some, however, ride horses, bikes, or motorcycles. Some work in boats on rivers and in harbors. Some police work with dogs.

Most police and detectives work at least 40 hours a week. When they work longer, they get extra pay. Because police work is a 24-hour-a-day job, some police have to work nights and weekends. They have to be ready to go to work at all times. Police may work very long hours on a case. Some have to travel a lot, often on short notice.

Some police work outdoors in all kinds of weather. Some take very big risks when they chase criminals in cars or when they make an arrest. The job can be very stressful and dangerous for the police officer. The officer's family may worry a lot. Good training, teamwork, and good equipment reduce the number of injuries and deaths among police officers.

How do you get ready?

Most police officers must be U.S. citizens. They must be healthy and strong and of good character. To get a job, a person must pass a written test, be at least a high school graduate, and have some work experience.

Some local, special, and State police units want recruits to have some college training. All Federal police agencies require a college degree. Many police units encourage new recruits to take college courses in police work.

How much does this job pay?

The middle half of all police and sheriff's patrol officers earned between $35,600 and $59,880 a year in 2006. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $27,310. The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $72,450 a year.

The middle half of all police and detective supervisors earned between $53,900 and $83,940 a year in 2006. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $41,260. The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $104,410 a year.

The middle half of all detectives and criminal investigators earned between $43,920 and $76,350 a year in 2006. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $34,480. The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $92,590 a year.

Police get paid for overtime. Police also receive paid vacation, sick leave, and medical and life insurance. Often they get money for uniforms. Many retire at half-pay after 25 or 30 years of service.

How many jobs are there?

There were about 861,000 police and detectives in 2006. About 79 percent worked for local governments. They worked mainly in cities and towns with more than 25,000 people. The rest worked for State or Federal police agencies.

What about the future?

Employment of police and detectives is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2016. This is because people are concerned about crime and safety. Many people are attracted to police work because it is challenging. There will be a lot of opportunities for people who want to be police officers at local police departments. People who have military experience, college training in police science, or both should have the best chance of getting a job.

Quotation Sandwich:

   I have what it to takes both mentally and physically to become a police officer or high up law enforcer. In the article, "Career Information: Police Officer", they talk about how you need to be strong and healthy as well as better education for higher jobs, "They must be healthy and strong and of good character. To get a job, a person must pass a written test, be at least a high school graduate, and have some work experience"(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 1). To become a police officer you must have a high school diploma. To get a job higher up than a police officer or a federal police job you must get a college degree and take specific policing courses. In upcoming years there are going to be more jobs involving law enforcement because people are more concerned about crime and safety. Most police officers work around 40 hours a week but if they go overtime they get paid extra. This job could at times be very slow but at other times could be very intense and very dangerous. Lives may be at risk but with great training, equipment, and teamwork they can be reduced with little injuries.

Works Cited:

"Career Information: Police Officer." Education.com. Web. 21 May 2014. <http://www.education.com/reference/article/career-information-police-officer/>.

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