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Do You Have a Career in Law Enforcement? 2012

Do You Have a Career in Law Enforcement? 2012

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Is a Career in Law Enforcement for you?
If you want to to do something worthwhile, like give something back to yourcommunity, then a career in the law enforcement could be for you.A job in the law enforcement, put simply, will be to reduce crime and the fear of crime. Achieving this will mean:meeting daily challengesaccepting responsibilityworking as a teamgaining the respect of your communityand much more besides! There are many different ways you can contribute in the law enforcement. Belowyou will find out in much more detail the vast range of skills sets a law enforcementprofessional needs to do his or her job. Read on, and based on your own skills andinterests, try to determine your place in law enforcement.
Discussion: Have your instructor discuss the skills needed to be a policeofficer and what skills you have or hope to gain in order to be an officer of the law.From computer wiz to youth counselor to communications technician —crime -fighters come in many sizes and skill-sets. There are a variety of lawenforcement jobs available to those who pass the police exam and make itthrough police academy training. If you have a specialized skill, chances are there is a special unit of the lawenforcement community that is right for you. Some police officers specialize in such diverse fields as chemical andmicroscopic analysis, training and firearms instruction, or handwriting andfingerprint identification. About 10 percent of local and special law enforcement officers perform jail-related duties, and around 4 percent work in courts. 
Others work with special units such as horseback, bicycle, motorcycle orharbor patrol, canine corps, special weapons and tactics (SWAT) oremergency response teams. Some law enforcement jobs are more difficult to obtain and more dangerousthan others, but all are rewarding in their own way. 
 A Police organization is organized according to operational tasks. Thefollowing is a list of divisions within a police department. Each police department is divided differently. Some will have far fewerdivisions, while others may have many more than are listed here. Have your instructor disuss the functions of the Divisions or Squads listedbelow.
Police Officer
Could you join your local police force and make a difference in your community?Find out what life is really like on the beat. You must be a person who thrives on challenges, and are willing to work hard tolearn the skills necessary for this difficult but critical role.Don't doubt that this can be a tough and unpredictable job, but it is also anextremely rewarding position. Every day when you put on your uniform and go towork, you will be making life safer and more secure for your friends and neighbours,and making your town a better place to live.Nothing is more valuable than that. Through our comprehensive training course you will learn to:protect the public from violenceprovide a reassuring presence in the communitysupport victims of crime and offer help to those who have witnessed crimesinvestigate complex crimes using a mixture of cutting-edge technology andtime-proven traditional methods
At the center of police law enforcement is patrol. This involves movement of uniformed police personnel, on foot or in vehicles, through designated areas.In most departments, at least half of all police personnel are assigned topatrol. Officers on patrol have a variety of duties that include: interviewingand interrogating suspects; arresting lawbreakers; controlling crowds atpublic gatherings; enforcing laws regulating public conduct; intervening in
personal, family, and public disputes; issuing warnings and citations; andproviding miscellaneous services to members of the public. 
Staff Functions
Staff functions are activities performed by police officers to helpadministrators organize and manage the police agency. Personnelrecruitment, selection, and training, planning, finance, employee services,public relations and use of civilian personnel are examples of staff work. 
Crime Laboratory
Because solutions to many crimes are found through the application of physical and biological sciences, the crime laboratory is of great value to lawenforcement officers. If you've ever watched television's CSI, you know thepainstaking efforts taken by the various DNA, fingerprinting, blood and otheranalysts and how important they are to establishing a suspect's guilt orinnocence. 
Police mobility is crucial to crime prevention and quickly and efficientlyresponding to emergencies. Police officers must have the capability to movesafely and swiftly to meet their responsibilities.
Communications in a police agency are the lifeline of the organization. Mostpolice department communication systems have three parts: the telephonesystem, command and control operations, and radio communications.
Information is gathered to keep police officials attuned to happenings in their jurisdictions by providing insight into community conditions, potentialproblem areas, and criminal activities. 
Internal Affairs
Another auxiliary staff service is internal discipline. Transparent disciplineand accountability are vital to maintaining any police agency's integrity withemployees, elected leaders and the public. Internal discipline, also known asinternal affairs or professional standards, involves objective investigation of citizen and officer complaints related to police department services andpersonnel.
Coroner's Liaison Unit
Unit works with the Coroner’s Office and assists in identification of deceasedvictims. 
Financial Crimes Unit
Investigates all crimes dealing with:

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