Law Enforcement Careers

More than 800,000 men and women are employed in law enforcement work at the local, state, and federal levels in America.  Critical shortages exist at all levels of police service, but perhaps no more dire than in municipal and county law enforcement.  Recruiting efforts are underway across the nation that are unmatched in history!  Many police and sheriffs’ agencies are conducting nationwide recruiting drives, offering employment signing bonuses, providing attractive educational incentives, assisting with moving expenses, guaranteeing retirement options that rival any other public service, and are conducting applicant screening and testing in states other than the location of their department.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police estimates that nearly two-thirds of America’s police department have vacancies.  Promotional opportunities abound. Cities, townships, counties, and states currently search the nation for professional police executives and managers to lead their law enforcement departments.

While nearly all federal departments have a position for criminal investigator, some of the law enforcement agencies that recruit heavily to attract baccalaureate graduates are the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Capitol Police.  There are also numerous other federal law enforcement agencies that require well-educated and talented law enforcement and criminal justice majors.

Protecting & Saving Lives

Few if any other professions outside of law enforcement can provide its practitioners the exhilaration and public gratitude they will experience by protecting and saving lives as they capture dangerous criminals, maintain pubic order, and provide services to those least able to help themselves in our communities.  Some of the litany of services rendered by police officers range from the mundane – assisting someone who is locked out of their home – to the critical care required in the emergency delivery of a child, or rescuing a motorist from a burning vehicle.