by RICK JONES
I encourage job seekers to use this guide to learn about law enforcement and the job opportunities in those fields. All of the URL’s below are live links in the digital replica of Search & Employ®. You can access the digital magazine as well as PDF’s of this issue and back issues from http://recruitmilitary.com/search-and-employ.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics, a part of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) branch of the United States Department of Justice, publishes descriptive and statistical information on various kinds of law enforcement agencies. The most recent publications include:
Local Police Departments, 2007, published in December 2010 www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/lpd07.pdf
Sheriffs’ Offices, 2007 – Statistical Tables, published in December 2012 www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/so07st.pdf
Hiring and Retention of State and Local Law Enforcement Officers, 2008 – Statistical Tables,
published in October 2012 www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/hrslleo08st.pdf
Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2008, published in June 2012 www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fleo08.pdf
Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2009, published in August 2012 www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cpffcl09.pdf
Probation and Parole in the United States, 2012, revised in April 2014 www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ppus12.pdf
Information on private companies is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a part of the United States Department of Labor. The BLS has published projections on employment in an “industry group” called Investigation and Security Services at www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_207.htm. That group has an NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System) code of 5616; see “Your Guide to Industrial and Occupational Employment Statistics” in this magazine.
Another BLS publication, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, has six chapters on Protective Service Occupations. Each chapter covers the nature of the work, the work environment, qualifications, pay, job outlook, similar occupations, and contacts for more information.
Chapters on Community and Social Service Occupations include:
Federal websites include:
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives www.atf.gov/
Drug Enforcement Administration www.justice.gov/dea/index.shtml
Federal Bureau of Investigation www.fbi.gov
National Security Agency www.nsa.gov
National Security Division www.justice.gov/nsd
U.S. Marshals Service www.justice.gov/marshals/
United States Secret Service www.secretservice.gov
A non-government website, “The Official Directory of State Patrol & State Police” (www.statetroopersdirectory.com/#Menu) contains links to the official sites of all such agencies.
Many police academies have produced videos on academy life. Links to videos on the Virginia State Police Video Channel on YouTube are on: www.vsp.state.va.us/Employment_Trooper_Recruitment.shtm.
A link to “The Academy Challenge 2011,” a video of the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy, is on: www.stlouisco.com/LawandPublicSafety/PoliceAcademy/BasicTraining/AcademyIntroVideo
Independent magazines and media websites are also excellent sources of information. Here is a sampling:
American COP http://americancopmagazine.com/
American Police Beat www.apbweb.com
Campus Safety Magazine www.campussafetymagazine.com
Law and Order www.hendonpub.com/law_and_order
Law Enforcement Product News www.officer.com/magazine/lepn/issue/2014/sep
Law Enforcement Technology www.officer.com/magazine/let/issue/2014/sep
Law Officer www.lawofficer.com
Police and Security News http://policeandsecuritynews.com/
Police Fleet Manager www.hendonpub.com/police_fleet_manager
Police K-9 Magazine www.policek-9magazine.com/
Police News Magazine www.policenews-magazine.com
Security Dealer & Integrator www.securityinfowatch.com/magazine/secu/issue/2014/sep
Security Management www.securitymanagement.com
Security Sales & Integration www.securitysales.com
Security Technology Executive www.securityinfowatch.com/magazine/stec/issue/2014/sep
SWAT Digest www.swatdigest.com
Tactical Response www.hendonpub.com/tactical_response
Rick Jones is vice president of sales at RecruitMilitary and a former master gunnery sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.