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Types of Law Enforcement Careers

January 19th, 2010

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Law enforcement careers are some of the most plentiful in the nation, as new units open up nearly every year.  Law enforcement opportunities extend far beyond the typical scope of employment, and reach on to positions that were previously not considered only a few years ago.  With crime on the rise, it become more important to recruit valuable employees who are up to the task of patrolling the streets and keeping criminals in check.

Law enforcement careers can range from typical police work up to FBI and CIA units.  While it seems like there is a massive difference between the two, many police departments are slowly becoming more specialized as the times call for it.  There used to be only one type of police officer: the kind who pulled you over for tickets, researched into domestic disputes, tracked down murderers, you get the picture.  However, now there are detectives for every department, and new departments to say the least that are in charge of every type of miniscule difference in crimes.  Narcotics teams track drug trafficking and help out the border patrol, while the homicide unit focuses (of course) on homicides.

Depending what element of crime you are most intrigued by, can cement your place within a law enforcement career.  If you are more interested in the criminal mindset, then detective work seems most like a possible law enforcement career.  However, keep in mind that the media has portrayed law enforcement to be a career which is vastly different from that in the real world.  There are not always leads in cases, and many cases go unsolved for years before any evidence pops up.  Forensic analysis is another new part of law enforcement which requires a special degree to even get hired for many law enforcement centers.  Forensics is one way that modern technology has now allowed us to solve cases through evidence that the criminal may have left lying around.  This advance in technology has helped solve a multitude of crimes and has opened up a new realm of law enforcement.

If you want to get even more specialized than police departments offer, there are always the FBI and CIA, two organizations which have been around for decades.  Despite their longevity, however, these organizations have come up with new departments almost every year, as the times have evolved (and crime as well).  If you are more intrigued with the new departments such as terrorist units, then you will have to get advanced degrees within the subject to even be considered for the profession.  However, these organizations are more on the fringe of the traditional notion of law enforcement careers.  No matter what path law enforcement takes you, it is a welcome relief from the daily life of ordinary citizens and allows you a glimpse into the more “daredevil” world of criminals. 

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