Police Patrol Officer

What does a Police Patrol Officer do?
A Police Patrol Officer is responsible for patrolling an assigned area to prevent and discover crime and to enforce regulations. Duties may include: conducting investigations, making arrests, and testifying in court; responding to calls and taking necessary action at the scene of crime or disturbance; completing reports/forms and routine paperwork.

How do you prepare?
To be a Police Patrol Officer, a minimum of an associate's degree in criminal justice and/or additional certifications is required and at least 12 to 18 months of law enforcement experience. Itís a good idea to be healthy and strong and of good character.

What’s the pay like?
As a Police Patrol Officer in Iowa you can expect to earn approximately $45,070 a year, according to Iowa Workforce Development.

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