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What’s It Like?

What is it really like to be a police officer? Images of law enforcement served up by the media through television, movies, and even the local news are often a poor reflection of what the job is really like. While the dangers of the job are real, and you will be trained to expertly handle any situation, the bulk of police work involves real people and real problems in real time. Discover what it is like to be a law enforcement officer.

Types of Law Enforcement Agencies

Photo of a Detectives BadgeLearn about the various types of law enforcement agencies from state police to county sheriffs. Learn More »

Real People. Real Stories.

Sergeant Dan Liu, Family Services Division, Portland Police Bureau, OR

I started on a different career path right after high school. Initially, I got into the teachi...

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Types of Sworn Law Enforcement Careers

Photo of officers with a horseExplore the depth and breadth of sworn law enforcement career opportunities. Learn More »

Civilian Law Enforcement Alternatives

Man sitting at desk looking at a computer monitorLearn about civilian opportunities in law enforcement. Learn More »

What Is Community Policing?

Nonprofits and Service Providers – Partnerships with entities such as support groups, issue and advocacy organizations, and the faith-based community.How do officers transform communities through proactive problem solving and collaborative partnerships? Learn More »