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Occupation Description:
  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.
  Specialized Occupations:
   Police Patrol Officers (ONET code: 33-3051.01)
  Occupation Description:
  Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.
  Typical Tasks:
  • Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
  • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.
  • Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.
  • Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
  • Testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
  • Evaluate complaint and emergency-request information to determine response requirements.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences..
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people..
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions..
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects..
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems..
  * Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs (ONET code: 33-3051.03)
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Education & Training:
  Moderate-term on-the-job training (1 to 12 months)
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License Authority for Police Officer:  (License details)
  Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Police Officer Standards and Training Council
285 Preston Avenue
Meriden, CT   006450
(203) 238-6694

License Authority for Police Officer (Probationary):  (License details)
  Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Police Officer Standards and Training Council
285 Preston Avenue
Meriden, CT   006450
(203) 238-6694

Wage Information:
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $76,060.00 $36.57 $36.29 $25.98 - $41.12
Bridgeport/Stamford $76,709.00 $36.88 $36.35 $25.67 - $40.90
Danbury $73,639.00 $35.40 $34.66 $25.68 - $39.22
Hartford $77,193.00 $37.11 $37.10 $26.33 - $44.32
New Haven $76,420.00 $36.74 $36.19 $25.67 - $41.48
New London/Norwich $74,123.00 $35.64 $35.08 $26.08 - $39.04
Waterbury $74,803.00 $35.96 $35.55 $26.34 - $39.62
Torrington $75,349.00 $36.23 $37.22 $26.34 - $48.27
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Occupation Outlook:
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2016 2026
State of Connecticut 6,320 6,420 0.1% 412
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, but the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
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