About Different Types of Jobs in Law Enforcement


There are a number of positions to choose from when considering a career in law enforcement. From local to federal, there is most likely a career out there to fill your needs.

State Troopers and Police Officers

  • State troopers assist in the protection of safe highways and assist in helping troubled motorists. However, trooper duties may vary by state. Other than serving our highways, troopers can also serve in Chaplain Corps and as bailiffs in the courthouse.
    Police officers assist in many different areas including crime prevention, armed security, patrolling areas and events and policing traffic accidents and traffic violations. Police officers also respond to emergencies such as shootings, burglaries and bomb threats.

Parole and Probation Officers

  • The roles of parole and probation officers are to assist the government with the overcrowding of correctional facilities. To accomplish this, offenders may be put on probation or parole. It is the job of parole and probation officers to oversee the offenders. These officers ensure that the offenders follow the necessary guidelines that are assigned to them in order for the offenders to remain in society.

Correctional Officers

  • Some may refer to correctional officers as detention officers. They are responsible for maintaining order in institutions while enforcing the rules and regulations of the facility. Correctional officers inspect the facilities, mail and visitors for prohibited items. Other duties may include (but are not limited to) making reports on inmate conduct and the work they perform.

FBI Agent

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are responsible for investigating violations in federal law. Some duties may include the examination of business records, investigating white-collar crimes, wiretapping and surveillance.

Secret Service Special Agent

  • The Secret Service protects Presidents, Vice Presidents, presidential candidates and their immediate families, as well as former Presidents and their spouses (unless they remarry) and their children until they turn 16 years old. They also protect visiting leaders from foreign states or governments. As for the field of investigation, the Secret Service performs investigations in several areas. Some of them are counterfeiting, different types of fraud, electronic funds transfers, money laundering and false documents pertaining to identification.

U.S. Marshals

  • U.S. Marshals are selected by the President or the U.S. Attorney General. Some marshals direct activities in district offices. The U.S. Marshal Service also has deputy marshals to perform duties in the following areas: Judicial and Courthouse Security, Fugitive Apprehension, Prisoner Security and Transportation, Protection of Witnesses and Asset Forfeiture.

Border Patrol

  • The Border Patrol is run by the Department of Homeland Security. The Border Patrol is a branch of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection department. The main duties of the United States border patrol are to detect and arrest illegal aliens and smugglers. Electronic equipment and aircraft assists the patrol agents in performing their duties.

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