Police and Detectives
What Police and Detectives Do
officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who
are sometimes called agents or special agents, gather
facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Police and detective work can be
physically demanding, stressful, and dangerous. Police officers have one of the
highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations. Working around the
clock in shifts is common.
How to Become a Police Officer or Detective
Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college degree. Most police and detectives must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training.
Pay - Outlook
The median annual wage for police and detectives was $60,270 in May 2015. Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 4 percent by 2024.