|Overview:||Police officers are responsible for local area crime prevention through patrolling and public relations activities. They meet with neighborhood leaders to orient them in ways to reduce community crime rates. They investigate accidents, issue summons to law violators, and give first aid.|
|Duties:||They patrol assigned territories with patrol cars, motorcycles or on foot to interact with community residents. They monitor vehicles and pedestrians to detect and investigate unusual activities.
They meet with neighborhood leaders to win their cooperation in reducing crime rates. They conduct crime reduction training sessions for parents and leaders. Give public recognition.
Control both motor vehicle traffic & pedestrian traffic during peak periods. Investigate causes of accidents and administers first aid to injured persons. They issue summons to violators.
They act as a mediator to defuse conflict between individuals or groups as a means of preventing violence. They use crowd control methods on horseback or attack dogs during protests & riots.
|Degree(s):||A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
A.S./B.A. QCC/John Jay Dual/Joint Criminal Justice
A.S. Criminal Justice
|Job Outlook:||Employment of police officers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Opportunities in local police departments will be favorable for individuals who meet the psychological, personal, and physical qualifications. Jobs in local police departments or those in urban communities may be the easiest to get. Bilingual applicants with military experience or college training in police science will have the best opportunities.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$28,000 to $31,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||An increasing number of cities and states require applicants to have either an associate degree or bachelor's degree in law enforcement, criminal justice or justice administration. Written and physical examinations are required. Knowledge of a foreign languages is an asset. Police officers usually receive formal training in constitutional law and civil rights, state law and local ordinance and accident investigation.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.