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
Learn about the various types of law enforcement agencies from state police to county sheriffs. Learn More »
Take a Virtual Ride-Along
Ride along with Officers Davis and Ramirez. See what community policing is like and if it might be a good fit for you. Learn More »
Real People. Real Stories.
Officer Nicholas Thompson, Troutdale Police Department, OR
I joined the military right out of high school and spent three years on active duty. I loved the militar...
Types of Sworn Law Enforcement Careers
Explore the depth and breadth of sworn law enforcement career opportunities. Learn More »
Civilian Law Enforcement Alternatives
Learn about civilian opportunities in law enforcement. Learn More »
What Is Community Policing?
How do officers transform communities through proactive problem solving and collaborative partnerships? Learn More »