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Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, state, or federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts. Includes police officers working at educational institutions.

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    Work Activities

    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.
    • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
    • 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.
    • Drive vehicles or patrol specific areas to detect law violators, issue citations, and make arrests.
    • Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and exhibit safe driving procedures.
    • Relay complaint and emergency-request information to appropriate agency dispatchers.
    • Verify that the proper legal charges have been made against law offenders.
    • Photograph or draw diagrams of crime or accident scenes and interview principals and eyewitnesses.
    • Execute arrest warrants, locating and taking persons into custody.
    • 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.
    • Supervise law enforcement staff, such as jail staff, officers, and deputy sheriffs.
    • Direct traffic flow and reroute traffic in case of emergencies.
    • 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.
    • Inform citizens of community services and recommend options to facilitate longer-term problem resolution.
    • Locate and confiscate real or personal property, as directed by court order.
    • Provide road information to assist motorists.


    • 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 that 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).


    • 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 Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 24,870
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,760

    Typical Education


    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
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Leadership


    • Two way radios
    • Police vehicles
    • Handguns
    • Handcuffs
    • Biological evidence collection kits


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