US Police Departments
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that new job openings within the field of criminal justice will increase by 15% over the next decade. This translates to thousands of new positions becoming available to job seekers. Professions in criminal justice, including administration, law enforcement, and legal assisting, offer salaries ranging from $35,000 to $80,000 a year. Many of these jobs require criminal justice coursework, as well as on-the-job training. No matter what career you choose to pursue in criminal justice, you'll have to pass a criminal history check. Most states have laws against hiring criminal justice professionals who have been convicted of felonies. A credit check is often the next component of the background check, and may include your employment history, asking basic questions about what kind of employee you were, and why you left or resigned. Sometimes, agencies will conduct a neighborhood check and home visit. The best way to get through the process is to be open, honest and upfront with your background investigator.
Always in demand, police jobs are listed by city or federal agency. Police officers are the most visible members of the criminal justice profession. Patrol officers issue traffic citations, investigate minor crimes and traffic crashes and assist members of the public while they patrol the streets of their community. While the rank of patrol officer is the entry level for police professionals, extensive training and certification is required to wear a badge. Many departments will offer to sponsor well-qualified candidates to gain the necessary training through their state or local police academy. The median national salary for patrol officers is $62,000.
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Police detectives investigate crimes. They also search for and apprehend criminals. Unlike patrol officers, detectives spend their days following up on crimes that have already been committed, as opposed to actively patrolling. In 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that there were approximately 112,200 detectives and criminal investigators employed in the United States. Detectives need to be able to take control of a crime scene and direct other officers at the scene. When first called out to investigate a case, a criminal investigator can expect to work long hours. It is imperative to gather as much fresh evidence as possible and to track every fresh lead as soon as is practical. As a result, it is not uncommon to work up to 20 hours straight, after initially responding to a crime scene.
|New York City Police Dept||8,220,196||35,216||4.28|
|Chicago Police Dept||2,824,434||13,336||4.72|
|Los Angeles Police Dept||3,870,487||9,504||2.46|
|Philadelphia Police Dept||1,435,533||6,778||4.72|
|Houston Police Dept||2,169,544||4,892||2.25|
|DC Metro Police Dept||588,292||3,913||6.65|
|Phoenix Police Dept||1,541,698||3,231||2.1|
|Dallas Police Dept||1,239,104||3,122||2.52|
|Miami-Dade Police Dept||1,082,395||3,120||2.88|
|Detroit Police Dept||860,971||3,049||3.54|
|Baltimore Police Dept||624,237||2,952||4.73|
|Suffolk County Police Dept||1,308,750||2,644||2.02|
|Nassau County Police Dept||1,030,495||2,600||2.52|
|Las Vegas Metro Police Dept||1,341,156||2,390||1.78|
|San Francisco Police Dept||733,799||2,303||3.14|
|Boston Police Dept||591,855||2,169||3.66|
|Memphis Police Dept||669,264||2,062||3.08|
|Milwaukee Police Dept||572,938||1,960||3.42|
|San Diego Police Dept||1,261,196||1,922||1.52|
|Honolulu Police Dept||905,903||1,911||2.11|
|Baltimore Police Dept||785,567||1,888||2.4|
|Columbus Police Dept||735,981||1,829||2.49|
|San Antonio Police Dept||1,316,882||1,795||1.36|
|Atlanta Police Dept||497,290||1,701||3.42|
|Jacksonville Sheriffs Office||797,350||1,629||2.04|
|Indianapolis Metro Police Dept||797,268||1,607||2.02|
|Cleveland Police Dept||439,888||1,584||3.6|
|Denver Police Dept||573,387||1,523||2.66|
|Prince George Police Dept||647,701||1,522||2.35|
|Charlotte Police Dept||733,291||1,481||2.02|
|Fairfax County Police Dept||976,392||1,427||1.46|
|New Orleans Police Dept||220,614||1,425||6.46|
|Austin Police Dept||716,817||1,415||1.97|
|Fort Worth Police Dept||670,693||1,412||2.11|
|Kansas City Police Dept||447,725||1,393||3.11|
|San Jose Police Dept||934,553||1,386||1.48|
|St Louis Police Dept||348,197||1,348||3.87|
|Seattle Police Dept||585,118||1,277||2.18|
|Newark Police Dept||280,158||1,229||4.39|
|Montgomery Police Dept||911,528||1,199||1.32|
|Louisville Metro Police Dept||624,030||1,184||1.9|
|Nashville Police Dept||564,169||1,180||2.09|
|El Paso Police Dept||616,029||1,095||1.78|
|Cincinnati Police Dept||332,388||1,062||3.2|
|Miami Police Dept||410,252||1,054||2.57|
|Tucson Police Dept||523,299||1,052||2.01|
|Oklahoma City Police Dept||542,199||999||1.84|
|Tampa Police Dept||337,220||992||2.94|
|Long Beach Police Dept||473,959||972||2.05|
|Albuquerque Police Dept||513,124||963||1.88|
The median annual income for detectives and criminal investigators is around $78,000. Salaries depend greatly on location and which agency you work for, as well as the number of years of service. It is important to realize that police detectives are not entry-level workers. You must go through an rigorous testing, an extensive review process, and have a minimum of two years of experience as a police officer first. The PoliceEmployment.com website provides useful information on federal police careers, trooper careers, and correctional officer jobs. It also provides information on law enforcement interviewing and federal career testing. The following enforcement agencies each have their own application process, and offer successful candidates varied career development pathways.
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US Department of Homeland Security
US Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security is charged with protecting the American people, infrastructure and resources. The third largest Cabinet department, DHS was established by the Homeland Security Act. The new department consolidated 22 executive branch agencies, including the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Secret Service, the Transportation Security Administration, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. DHS employs 216,000 people in its mission to patrol borders, protect travelers and our transportation infrastructure, enforce immigration laws, and respond to disasters and emergencies. The agency also promotes preparedness and emergency prevention among citizens. Policy is coordinated by the Homeland Security Council at the White House, in cooperation with other defense and intelligence agencies, and led by the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.
US Department of Justice
US Department of Justice
The Department of Justice is committed to providing employment and professional development. To assist employment efforts, the Department provides all DOJ agencies with the ability to attract, employ, and retain talented individuals. These activities reflect the unique employment needs of new college graduates, and the appropriate tools and strategies that should be utilized in recruitment, hiring, and development. In addition to posting job vacancies on DOJ at USAJobs, some Justice Department agencies list career opportunities on their own websites.