Your Research Guide To A Career In Law Enforcement Or Security
By Rick Jones, vice president of sales at RecruitMilitary and a former master gunnery sergeant in the United States Marine Corps
I encourage job seekers to use this guide to learn about law enforcement and security and the job opportunities in those fields.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics, a part of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) branch of the United States Department of Justice, publishes descriptive and statistical information on various kinds of law enforcement agencies. The most recent publications include:
Campus Law Enforcement, 2011-12, published in January 2015
Local Police Departments, 2013: Equipment and Technology, published in July 2015
Local Police Departments, 2013: Personnel, Policies, and Practices, published in May 2015
Sheriffs’ Offices, 2007 – Statistical Tables, published in December 2012
Hiring and Retention of State and Local Law Enforcement Officers, 2008 – Statistical Tables, published in October 2012
Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2008, published in June 2012
Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2009, published in August 2012
A non-government website, “The Official Directory of State Patrol & State Police” contains links to the official sites of all such agencies.
Information on private companies is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a part of the United States Department of Labor. The BLS has published projections on employment in an “industry group” called Investigation and Security Services. That group has an NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System) code of 5616; see “Your Guide to Industrial and Occupational Employment Statistics.”
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the BLS, has six chapters on Protective Service Occupations. Each chapter covers the nature of the work, the work environment, qualifications, pay, job outlook, similar occupations, and contacts for more information.
Chapters on Community and Social Service Occupations include:
Many police academies have produced videos on academy life. For example, the Virginia State Police Recruitment Video and “The Academy Challenge 2011,” a video of the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy.
To learn about the issues in law enforcement and security, I suggest that you read magazines and view media websites on the subjects. Most of the magazines are available both in print and on line. In the listing below, the name of the publisher follows the name of the magazine or site.
American Cop FMG Publications
American Police Beat American Police Beat
Campus Safety Magazine EH Publishing, Inc.
CorrectionsOne.com Praetorian Group
Homeland1.com Praetorian Group
K-9 Cop Magazine Largo Communications
Law and Order Hendon Publishing Company
Law Enforcement Product News Cygnus Business Media
Law Enforcement Technology Cygnus Business Media
Law Officer Pennwell Corporation
Officer.com Cygnus Business Media
Police Bobit Business Media
Police and Security News Days Communications Inc.
Police Fleet Manager Hendon Publishing Company
Police K-9 Magazine Largo Communications
PoliceOne.com Praetorian Group
Security Dealer & Integrator Cygnus Business Media
Security InfoWatch Cygnus Business Media
Security Management ASIS International
Security Sales & IntegrationEH Publishing, Inc.
Security Technology Executive Cygnus Business Media
Tactical Response Hendon Publishing Company
By Rick Jones