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Police Patrol Officers

Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.   (O'Net 33-3051.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Accident Prevention Squad Police Officer, Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent, Animal Cop, Assistant Chief of Police, Border Guard, Border Patrol Agent, Border Patrol Officer, Border Police, Cadet, Campus Police Officer, City Constable, City Marshal, Community Service Patrol Officer, Complaint Evaluation Officer, Constable, Cop, Crime Prevention Police Officer, Crime Scene Officer, Customs Patrol Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Desk Officer, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Drug Enforcement Agent, Harbor Patrol Police, Highway Patrol Officer, Highway Patrol Pilot, Immigration Guard, K-9 Police Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Marshal, Motorcycle Police, Mounted Police, Officer, Park Ranger, Patrol Driver, Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Patrolman, Peace Officer, Police Booking Officer, Police Cadet, Police Canine Patrol Officer, Police Inspector, Police Officer, Police or Patrol Park Officer, Police Patrol Officer, Police Sergeant, Police Worker, Policeman, Policewoman, Protective Officer, Protective Service Specialist, Public Safety Officer, Public Safety Police, Ranger, Safety Instruction Police Officer, Safety Patrol Officer, Security Police, State Highway Police Officer, State Patrol Officer, State Trooper, SWAT Team Member (Special Weapons and Tactics Team Member), Town Marshal, Traffic Officer, Training Sergeant, Trooper, Uniform Patrol Police Officer
 
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    Wages
    for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers which includes:
                          - Police Patrol Officers
                          - Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 16.03   $ 18.01   $ 22.33   $ 28.00   $ 32.98   $ 23.25  
    Yearly $33,350   $37,450   $46,440   $58,240   $68,590   $48,360  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 16.87   $ 20.12   $ 24.83   $ 29.54   $ 34.98   $ 25.07  
    Yearly $35,100   $41,850   $51,650   $61,450   $72,750   $52,140  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 16.30   $ 18.29   $ 22.48   $ 27.92   $ 31.97   $ 23.32  
    Yearly $33,900   $38,040   $46,770   $58,070   $66,500   $48,510  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 15.58   $ 17.18   $ 20.30   $ 26.11   $ 31.74   $ 21.92  
    Yearly $32,400   $35,740   $42,220   $54,320   $66,020   $45,590  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers which includes:
                                  - Police Patrol Officers
                                  - Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 1,338 1,431 0.7% 53
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers which includes:
                                - Police Patrol Officers
                                - Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 85.4%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 9.2%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 3.3%
    Federal government, all industries 1.9%
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 0.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Police Patrol Officers
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  • 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.
     
  • Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
     
  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
     
  • Patrol specific area on foot, horseback, or motorized conveyance, responding promptly to calls for assistance.
     
  • Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.
     
  • Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
     
  • Investigate traffic accidents and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed.
     
  • Testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
     
  • Photograph or draw diagrams of crime or accident scenes and interview principals and eyewitnesses.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Patrol Officers  updated June 2008
     


    Knowledge
    for Police Patrol Officers
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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Patrol Officers  updated June 2008
     


    Skills
    for Police Patrol Officers
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  • 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.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
     
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Patrol Officers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Police Patrol Officers
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  • 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.
     
  • 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).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
     
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
     
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Patrol Officers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Activities
    for Police Patrol Officers
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Patrol Officers  updated June 2008
     


    Interests
    for Police Patrol Officers
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Patrol Officers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Police Patrol Officers
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Patrol Officers  updated June 2008
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Police Patrol Officers
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Police Patrol Officers
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Patrol Officers  updated June 2008
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Police Patrol Officers
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Criminal Justice/Police Science.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    Related Occupations
    Occupations with skill requirements similar to Police Patrol Officers
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  • Correctional Officers and Jailers
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  • Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
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  • First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
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  • Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
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  • Municipal Firefighters
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Patrol Officers 
     

     
     
     
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