Updated Austin, Texas
Samuel, great question as the role of the cop is ever evolving. What started out as a typical "chasing bad guys" job has evolved into an officer being a chameleon of sorts. As a Patrol Officer you are expected to respond to calls, assist with investigations, be a mediator in disputes, or just be an ambassador of your area. As a patrolman I did my fair share of report writing as most if not all calls that you respond to require documentation of sorts. INS agents have always been police officers with arrest authority. Most local police departments do NOT enforce INS duties as INS arrest authorities have Federal arrest authority and local police officers only have state and county arrest authority.