YOUR RESEARCH GUIDE TO A CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT


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.

www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/correctional-officers.htm

www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/fire-inspectors-and-investigators.htm

www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/firefighters.htm

www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm

www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/private-detectives-and-investigators.htm

www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/security-guards.htm

 

Chapters on Community and Social Service Occupations include:

www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/probation-officers-and-correctional-treatment-specialists.htm

www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-and-behavioral-disorder-counselors.htm

 

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

Connections.com                              www.corrections.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

Officer.com                          www.officer.com

Police                                              www.policemag.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

PoliceOne.com                                 www.policeone.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.

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This article was written by Liz Wheeler