Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers :

Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $51,960.00
Average Time to Fill 0 days
Typical Education Certificate / Credential
Typical Experience
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 8,469
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 7.46 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Conflict Management
Work Ethic
Written Communication
Critical Thinking
Oral Communication
Following Directions
Intellectual Risk-taking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Performing General Physical Activities

Perform tactical law enforcement operations
Employ firearms
Ride horses during law enforcement work
Distribute enforcement citations
Perform property or facility security sweeps
Confiscate prohibited or dangerous items
Maintain public order or security
Serve court ordered documents
Serve summonses or subpoenas
Control situations through non-lethal use of force
Apprehend suspects or perpetrators of criminal acts
Detain suspects or witnesses
Serve arrest, search, or seizure warrants
Apply appropriate physical restraint
Locate illegal narcotics using drug-sniffing dogs
Issue warnings or citations
Enforce laws, ordinances, or regulations
Identify public safety hazards
Guard area or premises
Search for contraband on person or in facilities
Rescue people or animals from dangerous or hazardous situations
Operate emergency fire or rescue equipment
Escort prisoners to courtrooms, prisons, or other facilities

Getting Information

Identify trends and patterns in criminal activity
Gather physical evidence
Conduct legal searches or investigations
Review facts to determine if criminal act or statue violation is involved
Review traffic routing or control plans
Request reports or records
Perform manual or electronic surveillance to detect or record suspicious or illegal activities
Search for missing persons
Analyze evidence or facts
Review laws for understanding and application
Interview people to gather information about criminal activities
Interview people to obtain information about actions or status of individuals
Interview witnesses, suspects, or claimants
Identify laws or court decisions relevant to pending cases
Review maps to determine location or routes
Investigate illegal or suspicious activities
Investigate accidents to determine causes
Locate persons through skip tracing
Investigate complaints, disturbances, or violations
Conduct legal research

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Implement visual flight procedures as conditions allow
Employ aviation emergency procedures
Determine admissibility of evidence
Arrest suspects or perpetrators of criminal acts
Employ legal arrest, search, or seizure tactics
Determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend organizational or legal action
Determine negligence or violation of laws or regulations
Issue summonses or subpoenas
Employ rules of evidence procedures
Conduct evacuation procedures
Respond to in-flight data
Determine response needed to dispatch emergency assistance
Handle infectious materials safely according to procedures
Correct grammar, punctuation, or spelling in written materials

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