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


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

Sheriffs’ Offices, 2007 – Statistical Tables, published in December 2012

Hiring and Retention of State and Local Law Enforcement Officers, 2008 – Statistical Tables,

published in October 2012

Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2008, published in June 2012

Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2009, published in August 2012

Probation and Parole in the United States, 2012, revised in April 2014

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 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 

Drug Enforcement Administration        

Federal Bureau of Investigation                       

National Security Agency                    

National Security Division                   

U.S. Marshals Service                         

United States Secret Service               


A non-government website, “The Official Directory of State Patrol & State Police” ( 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:

A link to “The Academy Challenge 2011,” a video of the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy, is on:


Independent magazines and media websites are also excellent sources of information. Here is a sampling:

American COP                        

American Police Beat              

Campus Safety Magazine                            

Law and Order                        

Law Enforcement Product News           

Law Enforcement Technology  

Law Officer                                 


Police and Security News        

Police Fleet Manager   

Police K-9 Magazine    

Police News Magazine                                    

Security Dealer & Integrator     

Security Management              

Security Sales & Integration     

Security Technology Executive            

SWAT Digest                         

Tactical Response                  


Rick Jones is vice president of sales at RecruitMilitary and a former master gunnery sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.

About the Author

This article was written by Liz Wheeler