Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.
Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent (ALE Agent), Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), Officer, Patrol Officer, Peace Officer, Police Officer, Police Patrol Officer, Public Safety Officer, State Trooper, Uniform Patrol Police Officer
Employment of Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.
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