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A Rich History and a Bright Future

As a law enforcement officer, you will join the ranks of a storied profession that dates back centuries. Modern policing is a great mix of tried and true methods combined with application of the latest cutting-edge theories and technologies. The profession is growing and advancing to meet the needs of the 21st century environment.

Law enforcement is a growth industry, and the future of the profession could not be brighter. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in policing are expected to grow over the next 10 years due in part to increases in retirements combined with increased demand to meet homeland security needs. Thousands of agencies across the country are looking to fill their ranks with qualified individuals. Most departments are up-sizing, not downsizing.

Opportunities in law enforcement extend beyond basic employment. Today, the role of police is evolving to encompass broader areas of influence, from local community problems to global terrorist attacks. To meet this need, approaches to policing are not what they used to be. Today, more and more agencies are moving away from traditional reactive methods and are emphasizing community and intelligence-based policing. The impact an officer can have on a community goes far beyond arrest and prosecution of criminals. The focus is on problem solving, analysis, and collaboration among community groups and other police agencies.

Police photos throughout time