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Police Patrol Officers - 33-3051.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent (ALE Agent)
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Officer
  • Patrol Officer
  • Peace Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Police Patrol Officer
  • Public Safety Officer
  • State Trooper
  • Uniform Patrol Police Officer

SOC Occupation Groups

33-0000 Protective Service Occupations
33-3000 Law Enforcement Workers
33-3050 Police Officers
33-3051.00 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
33-3051.01 Police Patrol Officers

Related Occupations


  • Act as official escorts, such as when leading funeral processions or firefighters.
  • Direct traffic flow and reroute traffic in case of emergencies.
  • Evaluate complaint and emergency-request information to determine response requirements.
  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
  • Inform citizens of community services and recommend options to facilitate longer-term problem resolution.
  • Inspect public establishments to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Investigate traffic accidents and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed.
  • Issue citations or warnings to violators of motor vehicle ordinances.
  • Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and exhibit safe driving procedures.
  • Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
  • Patrol specific area on foot, horseback, or motorized conveyance, responding promptly to calls for assistance.
  • Photograph or draw diagrams of crime or accident scenes and interview principals and eyewitnesses.
  • Process prisoners, and prepare and maintain records of prisoner bookings and prisoner status during booking and pre-trial process.
  • 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.
  • Provide road information to assist motorists.
  • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.
  • Relay complaint and emergency-request information to appropriate agency dispatchers.
  • Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
  • Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.
  • Testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer first aid.
  • Apprehend criminal suspects.
  • Assist motorists or pedestrians.
  • Communicate situation details to appropriate personnel.
  • Determine operational procedures.
  • Direct vehicle traffic.
  • Inform the public about policies, services or procedures.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with security or safety regulations.
  • Interview people to gather information about criminal activities.
  • Investigate accidents to determine causes.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Issue warnings or citations.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Maintain public order or security.
  • Maintain surveillance of individuals or establishments.
  • Monitor access or flow of people to prevent problems.
  • Patrol properties to maintain safety.
  • Prepare investigation or incident reports.
  • Recommend improvements to increase safety or reduce risks.
  • Record crime or accident scene evidence with video or still cameras.
  • Record information about suspects or criminals.
  • Relay information about incidents or emergencies to personnel using phones or two-way radios.
  • Respond to emergencies to provide assistance.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Accident Investigator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Anti-tank Missileman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Basic Military Police and Corrections Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Boarding Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Critical Skills Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Dog Handler (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Cannoneer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • GWOT IA/ILO Detainee Operations Interrogator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Indirect Fire Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Individual Augmentation (IA) Support Assignment Military Police (Law and Order Specialist) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Assaultman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Squad Leader (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Unit Leader (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Kennel Master (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Operations Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Unit Leader (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Light Armored Reconnaissance Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Machine Gunner (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Maritime Enforcement Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Master-At-Arms (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Master-at-Arms Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Military Police Law Enforcement Advisor (MPLEA) (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Military Working Dog (MWD) Handler (Army - Enlisted)
  • Military Working Dog Handler (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Mortarman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Navy Law Enforcement Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Nuclear Weapons Security Specialist (NWSS) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Physical Security Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Port Security Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Protective Service Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Rifleman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Security Force Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Weapons Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Reaction Team (SRT) Member (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Master Homeland Security Specialist
  • Police Officer I

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Accident-Prevention-Squad Police Officer
  • Border Guard
  • Complaint Evaluation Officer
  • Customs Patrol Officer
  • Park Ranger
  • Pilot, Highway Patrol
  • Police Inspector II
  • Police Officer I
  • Police Officer, Booking
  • Police Officer, Crime Prevention
  • Police Officer, Safety Instruction
  • Protective Officer
  • Public-Safety Officer
  • State-Highway Police Officer