LEVEL 1 Police Officer EARNINGS $30,000 to $45,000 a year REQUIREMENTS Reach basic recruit requirements, including passing physical and written test High school degree Some areas require that you have a college education RESPONSIBILITIES Enforcing laws of city and state; paperwork; patrolling by car and/or walking
Level 2 Experienced Police Officer LEVEL 2 Experienced Police Officer EARNINGS $45,000 to $65,000 a year REQUIREMENTS At least 2 years of experience as a police officer RESPONSIBILITIES Enforcing laws of city and state; paperwork; patrolling by car and/ or walking; training incoming new officers
LEVEL 3 Sergeant EARNINGS $60,000 to $70,000 a year REQUIREMENTS At least 3 years of experience as a experienced police officer Pass promotion test RESPONSIBILITIES Watching police officers’ administrative work and fieldwork; possibly watching a specialized unit.
Level 4 Lieutenant LEVEL 4 Lieutenant EARNINGS $65,000 to $75,000 a year REQUIREMENTS Experience as a sergeant Pass promotion test RESPONSIBILITIES Watching sergeants as they take care of police officers in the field or at their desks.
Level 5 Captain LEVEL 5 Captain EARNINGS $70,000 to $85,000 a year REQUIREMENTS Experience as a lieutenant Pass promotion test RESPONSIBILITIES Watching and overseeing the entire district; assigning police officers to cars; supervising all employees.
Now that you know the levels now its time you learn about the education needed for the job requirements. Such as Education, Skills, Daily tasks, Working Conditions, Related careers, career paths, Advantages, Disadvantages.
Education One of the requirements you need to be a patrol man is you need at least a High School education and a high school diploma. You also need an education in Law & Criminal Justice. Some schools you can attend in Illinois are: Elgin Community College-2 years St. Xavier Univerity-4 years Westwood College in Chicago Du Page-4 years Westwood College in Chicago O’hare-2 years Many areas now REQUIRE a college diploma of 2 years.
Skills That are Needed to be a Police Officer You have to be able to multi-task, Active listener, Public Speaking, Social Perspectives, Critical Thinking, Reading Comprehension, and one of the most important Negotiation.
Daily Tasks What is a typical day in a Police Officer’s life No day is the same but if you are not specific a typical day is: Is to be on patrol for their assigned hours Also to answer to emergency calls and roll calls Do paperwork Monitor schools, malls, government buildings Depending on what level your at you need to train new coming officers You have to check your patrol car before going on duty
Daily Tasks Continued Also you need to go to the daily meeting in the beginning of your shift If the lights go out in the area they have to patrol the streets where the traffic lights go out because they have to maintain the organization of the streets Depending on your level you have to assign patrol cars to police officers Also document all the files in the office
Working Conditions YYour working conditions vary by level and the WEATHER WWhatever the weather you still have to go on patrol TThe way that weather affects your working conditions is that studies show that if the weather is calm and fair it can trigger criminals to attack due the weather they do crimes therefore you have a busier day than normal but in the bad weather times and the winter times the crime rate goes down and your days are more calm
Benefits You get Medicare for all the family You also get a pension Another benefit is that you get retirement benefits
Related Careers Security guards Federal agent Detective Criminal Investigator Fire inspectors Dispatchers
Advantages Some advantages of being a police officer is that you can get early retirement. You also get benefits as explained in Benefits slide before Another advantage is that you can work overtime to get more hours in your payroll
Disadvantages One disadvantage is that you sometimes have to work on holidays Another disadvantage is that in certain places the patrol roll in a police’s life can be sometimes dangerous Also an disadvantage is that you have to work the hours that are assigned to you no matter what time areas are