Police officers have a ton of responsibilities, you're always on your toes and you have to be ready for anything. Police officers have many different jobs, they enforce laws, help maintain order and something as simple as giving someone directions. Police officers can collect evidence; testify in court, patrol, direct traffic ECT. When police officers are on patrol, they could be patrolling either by car, foot, bicycle, motorcycle or horse. Some police officers patrol by boats so that they can make sure people obey the laws even in the waters.
To be a police officer you must be a U.S. citizen. In order to become a police officer you must pass a series of test proving that you are strong, healthy and a good character. You must pass a written test, have worked some place previously, and graduated high school to meet the requirements to be sent to a police academy. You don't necessarily have to go to college in order to be a police officer, but some places want you to have at least two years.
Police officer's get paid around $54,000 a year, but they also get paid for overtime. If a patrol officer writes someone a ticket and that person decides to challenge the ticket and bring the officer to court, the officer would get paid extra for overtime. Police officers also get paid for vacations, and sick days. Some other benefits police officers get is medical and life insurance. After about 25-30 years of working on the force a lot of officer's retire and get half-pay.
Each police officer writes about 10-15 tickets a day. More than $100,000 tickets are given out each day, more than 41 million tickets are given out each year. Being a police officer can put a lot of stress on your shoulders, in 2010 there were 160 on the job deaths. 59 of those deaths were caused by gunfire, and 44 were caused by automobile accidents. Police officer deaths rose 37% in 2010; it's common that the number of police deaths vary year to year. In 2010, West Memphis, Arkansas two police...