Occupation Summary

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

O*NET 33-3051.00


Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 16.41%.
Education Level:
High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate). According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Public Service

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Labor Market Information

2018 Statewide average hourly wage $29.74
2018 National average hourly wage $31.44
2016 National employment 684,200
2016 Texas employment 63,666
Texas projected employment by 2026 74,116
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 5,393

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Other Activities

  • Advise personnel on environmental standards
  • Analyze existing evidence or facts
  • Apply appropriate physical restraint
  • Apply hazardous materials information
  • Apprehend suspects or perpetrators of criminal acts
  • Arrest suspects or perpetrators of criminal acts
  • Collaborate with co-workers, agencies, and organizations to provide protection
  • Communicate details in protective services settings
  • Compile biological data or information
  • Conduct business, market, or managerial research
  • Conduct evacuation procedures
  • Conduct individual, group, or family interventions
  • Conduct informational presentations
  • Conduct interviews to gather information
  • Conduct legal research
  • Conduct legal searches or investigations
  • Conduct safety drills
  • Control situations through non-lethal use of force
  • Control traffic to increase traffic flow or increase safety
  • Coordinate emergency requests or response units
  • Coordinate interagency support efforts
  • Correct grammar, punctuation, or spelling in written materials
  • De-escalate aggressive, hostile, or use of force situations
  • Detect machinery or equipment malfunctions by listening for abnormalities
  • Determine admissibility of evidence
  • Determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend organizational or legal action
  • Determine negligence or violation of laws or regulations
  • Determine object trajectories
  • Determine response needed to dispatch emergency assistance
  • Determine tax liability
  • Develop public policies, procedures, or standards
  • Direct highway transportation activities
  • Direct human or vehicle traffic
  • Distribute enforcement citations
  • Draft laws or legislation
  • Draft legally binding agreements
  • Drive automobile, van, or light truck
  • Drive vehicles in law enforcement, security, emergency, rescue, or firefighting settings
  • Employ aircraft safety regulations
  • Employ arrest, search, or seizure legal statutes
  • Employ aviation emergency procedures
  • Employ firearms
  • Employ rules of evidence procedures
  • Enforce laws, ordinances, or regulations
  • Escort prisoners, defendants or individuals needing protection
  • Evaluate impact of governmental regulations or laws
  • Explain traffic or transportation situations
  • Gather physical evidence
  • Guard area or premises
  • Handle infectious materials safely according to procedures
  • Identify firearms or weapons
  • Identify laws or court decisions relevant to pending cases
  • Identify physical or emotional abuse
  • Identify public safety hazards
  • Identify trends and patterns in criminal activity
  • Implement visual flight procedures as conditions allow
  • Improve physical appearance, conditioning, skill, or technique through physical training
  • Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, fire code, or fire hazard compliance
  • Interpret laws or legislation
  • Investigate complaints, disturbances, or violations
  • Issue citations or warnings for violation of laws
  • Issue summonses or subpoenas
  • Judge criminal or civil cases
  • Judge terrain conditions for vehicle or equipment operation
  • Locate illegal narcotics using drug-sniffing dogs
  • Locate persons through skip tracing
  • Locate positions with geographic coordinates
  • Maintain business or financial records, reports, or files
  • Maintain daily logs or records
  • Maintain emergency procedures
  • Maintain firearms proficiency
  • Maintain flight records or logs
  • Maintain operational records, reports, or files
  • Maintain production or work records
  • Maintain public records, reports, or files
  • Manage community relations for law enforcement agency
  • Manage detailed records or files in law enforcement or security setting
  • Manage handling of hazardous, toxic, or non-compliant materials
  • Monitor court orders or procedures in courtroom
  • Monitor equipment or machine operation to detect problems
  • Monitor inmate activity
  • Monitor traffic conditions
  • Observe vehicular or pedestrian traffic
  • Operate camera or camera equipment
  • Operate emergency fire or rescue equipment
  • Operate helicopters in accordance with standard operating procedures
  • Operate high energy linear accelerator
  • Operate high voltage apparatus
  • Operate highway passenger or transport vehicles
  • Operate navigation technology or equipment
  • Operate telecommunications equipment in law enforcement or fire or emergency setting
  • Oversee work progress to verify safety or conformance to standards
  • Perform continuing education to maintain licenses, certifications, qualifications, and knowledge currency
  • Perform emergency medical procedures
  • Perform manual or electronic surveillance
  • Perform tactical law enforcement operations
  • Pilot small aircraft
  • Practice emergency firefighting or rescue preparedness procedures
  • Prepare business, operational, or managerial reports
  • Prepare records of prisoner bookings or status
  • Prepare technical or scientific reports
  • Provide first aid
  • Relay information to supervisor or officials
  • Relay traffic signals
  • Request reports or records
  • Rescue people and animals from dangerous situations
  • Resolve conflicts in external or public settings
  • Resolve customer or public complaints
  • Resolve worker or organizational conflicts or grievances
  • Respond to in-flight data
  • Review facts to determine if criminal act or statue violation is involved
  • Review laws for understanding and application
  • Review maps
  • Review traffic routing or control plans
  • Ride horses during law enforcement work
  • Search for contraband on person or in facilities
  • Search for missing persons
  • Serve arrest, search, or seizure warrants
  • Serve summonses or subpoenas
  • Store criminal evidence to ensure security and avoid loss or contamination
  • Submit state and federal reports
  • Testify in court
  • Train others in work-related knowledge or skills
  • Train others in work-related procedures or techniques

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** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.