Well the work of a police officer may appear glamorous and exciting on T.V or in movies, but itâ€™s actually more diverse than youâ€™d guess from popular dramas in general, police officers enforce the statutes, laws and regulations that are created by government to protect life and property. But the actual life of a police officer is spend on responding to crimes in progress, patrolling assigned areas to maintain public safety, interviewing witnesses and suspects, apprehending fugitives, collecting evidence, writing reports and providing testimony in court. Police officers usually work a 40-hour week, but paid overtime work is common. Shift work is often necessary because police protection must be provided around the clock. Police officers need to meet physical agility, strength, fitness and vision requirements. They also need to be prepared for the risks associated with pursuing speeding motorists, apprehending criminals and dealing with public disorders. Police officers need to be prepared for the risks associated with pursuing speeding motorists apprehending criminals and dealing with public disorders. The salary range for police patrol officer in 1998 was $22,270 to $63,580, says the OOH. Salaries are determined through union negotiation, typically. Smith says that in his California agency, the monthly salary is from $3,892 to $4,732.
Requirements vary slightly from state, but the minimum education needed at California police department is a high school certificate. The minimum age for application is 21. Experts recommend you take an undergraduate degree in an area related to the field. Criminology is a popular choice. Well I think the more education you have the better you are off. Well when you apply for the job a rigorous testing and screening process will undergo. But you are required to take several physical and mental tests. Well they say if you the applicant goes through the police academy is going to be looked upon favorably as a possible employee.