When citizens call us for a crime that is either in progress or already taken place, a police officer gathers statements from the victim and witnesses, video footage is collected as evidence for an unidentified suspect. The case is then forwarded to the investigating detective who attempts to exhaust all leads to identifying and locating the suspect. I like to do as much of this for the detectives as I can, and they have noticed.
Usually someone with a tactical or undercover title will apprehend the suspect later once identified and there is probable cause to arrest, or a warrant for the arrest has been coordinated and approved through a judge.
To apply to be a detective or special operations, one must set themselves apart from their peers in investigating crimes and making a scene safe in a dynamic, rapidly-changing, stressful environment. A few years on regular police patrol (proactive stops and calls for service) usually results in the necessary experience to reach a point of applying and interviewing for those opportunities which includes SWAT team, undercover officers, intelligence, narcotics, and a few others.
Cadet School (police officer training) and have completed and passed State certified Test, but still need on-the-job training (OJT) under a senior officer. They might also need to complete a probationary period to demonstrate what they learned and where they need to improve in order to be a successful Officer of the law.
2. In order for anyone no matter what career you enter you always want to be ahead of the game. Always strive to achieve your ultimate goal. If that's by furthering your career by attending a college or University in your field of work. Always remember that your greatest critic and your worst enemy is you. So whatever career you chose just make sure that you are loving what you do and not doing it to just collect a paycheck.
I hope I answered all your questions sorry for the late response I was out on vacation for a week just got back. Happy Holidays!!
Michael W. Blanchette
Michael W.’s Answer
They then fulfill a specific time frame of training with a Field Training Officer (veteran officer).
Once training is complete, they usually patrol in a marked police 1 or 2 person car.
Between calls for service, they will enforce vehicle laws, and also park the cruiser and speak with area business owners and civilians in the area they are assigned to patrol. They also back-up other officers on their calls for added safety.
A large part of the job is paperwork unfortunately. Fortunately technology is slowly helping cut down time doing paperwork. Many police cruisers have laptops in them which allow the officers to stay on the streets, park, and complete paperwork on the computer.
Always be aware of your surroundings, and know where you are at ALL TIMES. If "doo-doo hits the fan", you need to be able to call for back-up and give a precise location, so they find you! Remember, always treat people like you would want to be treated, in the same circumstance! Never think a question is stupid. The ONLY stupid question that exists is the one you were afraid to ask!
Once your a patrol officer for a while, keep your eyes open for available special assignments ...
Wish you the best!