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Working As A Law Enforcement Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • $77,210

    Average Salary

What Does A Law Enforcement Specialist Do At County of Riverside-Tap

* Provide a fair and unbiased pre-employment psychological assessment of each sworn law enforcement applicant in language that is understood by the applicants and those making the final hiring decision and in anticipation of applicant appeals and litigation; maintain and enforce strict confidentiality in matters pertaining to assessments and evaluations.
* Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the activities of law enforcement officer pre-employment testing and evaluation; assess the needs of the law enforcement officer recruitment and selection effort to determine program and service priorities, and conduct outcome and adverse impact research as needed.
* Evaluate effectiveness of existing psychological tests, and, within County and CA
* POST guidelines, recommend and/or implement new or modified testing; review policies, procedures and methods used for effectiveness and consistency with service goals.
* Continually evaluate and assess the program relative to effective utilization of resources and achievement of goals, implementing changes as necessary; keep abreast of all local, State, Federal, and other regulatory agency laws, rules, regulations, and policies and procedures applicable to the program to ensure compliance.
* Conduct psychological testing and assessment of non-sworn applicants at the request of the Human Resources Department's Occupational Health Program.
* Direct and ensure the maintenance of records, preparation of reports, and the clerical and housekeeping functions necessary for program operations; prepare correspondence and reports as required.
* Represent County Employee Health Medical services in relation to various public and private agencies in matters related to law enforcement psychological testing; under direction and guidance, respond to administrative and legal challenges to psychological testing rejections by applicants and others.
* Participate in management staff meetings to assist in the development of program policies, procedures and objectives.

What Does A Law Enforcement Specialist Do At Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

* Instructing law enforcement training curricula in the topical area(s) for which you are applying,
* OR
* Performing applicable law enforcement functions related to the topical area(s) for which you are applying.
* The law enforcement topical areas include: firearms, driver training, marine training, active shooter, behavioral science, general investigative skills, counterterrorism, physical techniques, financial fraud, forensics and special investigations, computer network forensics, digital photography/video, electronic surveillance, enforcement operations, and law enforcement leadership.
* Some Term Instructor positions located in Artesia, New Mexico, will require you to speak Spanish proficiently.
* This will be demonstrated and tested via a practical oral exercise during the interview process.
* The oral test will involve a series of 10 questions delivered in Spanish followed by your accurate response in Spanish.
* You will be required to effectively PASS the oral test in order to receive further consideration.
* The test will not test subject knowledge.
* The questions will be on topics that anyone can speak to and will test Spanish speaking comprehension and grammar.
* Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).
* Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.
* You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
* Time-in-grade**requirements must be met by any applicant who within the previous 52 weeks held a general schedule position under a term or permanent appointment in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch.
* The time-in-grade requirement for this position is 1 year at the GS
* level in the federal service.
* The time-in-grade requirement must be met at the time your resume is reviewed.
* Physical Techniques Instructor Positions:
* Physical Examination
* Conducted by the Medical Officer of the FLETC, this is a routine physical examination in accordance with Optional Form 178.
* No invasive procedures will be included (e.g., blood work).
* Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) test
* A fitness test consisting of five different elements, you must pass with a minimum 40 percentile in each event.
* PEB score charts delineated by age and gender may be found here.
* Firearms Instructor Positions:
* You must pass an initial firearms proficiency or qualification course of fire with an 85% score which equates to 255 points out of a possible of 300 points.
* The qualification course is the standard 60-round course of fire used in the Firearms Instructor Training Program (FITP).
* Education
* Additional information
* DHS uses E
* Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States.
* Learn more about E
* Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
* To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.
* To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for suitability, Secret, Top Secret, or Top Secret/SCI as a condition of placement into these positions.
* This will include a credit check after a tentative job offer is given, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
* Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations.
* Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission.
* To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above

What Does A Law Enforcement Specialist Do At Ascension Health

* Performs proactive monitoring of and timely responses to potential/actual security threats.
* Investigates, documents and manages security incidents and hazards.
* Maintains knowledge/follows policies and procedures regarding alarms and emergency/disaster preparedness plans.
* May facilitate planned drills and simulations.
* Provides information and assistance to staff and visitors to promote safety.
* Intervenes in potential violent situations and reports any conditions of risk or hazards to ED staff.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* Preserves the peace and provides a safe environment for staff, patients and visitors.
* Coordinates mutual aid/backup as necessary.
* Provides an armed/uniformed presence in the ED.
* Keeps a marked vehicle in the designated parking space in the front of the ED

What Does A Law Enforcement Specialist Do At Wolters Kluwer

* As the Law Firm Specialist, you will serve as one of the primary points of contact for implementing multiple sets of law firms/vendors who are key suppliers for our common corporate customers.
* Responsible for intake, resolve, and triage incoming customer inquiries and work within teams to support newly implemented customers.
* This position also serves as a technical, business, and industry subject matter expert to provide unsurpassed levels of customer service while balancing the needs of the organization as a whole.
* Additionally, you will work to meet the customers' and organization's goals through work on documentation, cross-training and report on existing processes and Solutions

What Does A Law Enforcement Specialist Do At Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

* To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.
* To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.
* This will include a credit check after a tentative job offer is given, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
* Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations

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How To Become A Law Enforcement Specialist

Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college degree. Most police and detectives must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and able to meet rigorous physical and personal qualification standards. A felony conviction or drug use may disqualify a candidate.


Police and detective applicants must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, although many federal agencies and some police departments require some college coursework or a college degree. Many community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice, and agencies may offer financial assistance to officers who pursue these, or related, degrees. Knowledge of a foreign language is an asset in many federal agencies and geographical regions.

Fish and game wardens applying for federal jobs with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service typically need a college degree; and those applying to work for a state’s natural resources department often need a high school diploma or some college study in a related field, such as biology or natural resources management.

Federal agencies typically require a bachelor's degree. For example, FBI and DEA special agent applicants are often college graduates.

State and local agencies encourage applicants to continue their education after high school, by taking courses and training related to law enforcement. Many applicants for entry-level police jobs have taken some college classes, and a significant number are college graduates. Many community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice. Many agencies offer financial assistance to officers who pursue these or related degrees.


Candidates for appointment usually attend a training academy before becoming an officer. Training includes classroom instruction in state and local laws and constitutional law, civil rights, and police ethics. Recruits also receive training and supervised experience in areas such as patrol, traffic control, firearm use, self-defense, first aid, and emergency response.

Federal law enforcement agents undergo extensive training, usually at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, or at a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Detectives normally begin their careers as police officers before being promoted to detective.

FBI special agent applicants typically must have at least 3 years of professional work experience in areas ranging from computer science to accounting.

Other Experience

Some police departments have cadet programs for people interested in a career in law enforcement who do not yet meet age requirements for becoming an officer. These cadets do clerical work and attend classes until they reach the minimum age requirement and can apply for a position with the regular force. Military or police experience may be considered beneficial for potential cadets.

Cadet candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually be at least 21 years old, have a driver’s license, and meet specific physical qualifications. Applicants may have to pass physical exams of vision, hearing, strength, and agility, as well as written exams. Previous work or military experience is often seen as a plus. Candidates typically go through a series of interviews and may be asked to take lie detector and drug tests. A felony conviction may disqualify a candidate.


Police officers usually become eligible for promotion after a probationary period. Promotions to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain usually are made according to a candidate's position on a promotion list, as determined by scores on a written examination and on-the-job performance. In large departments, promotion may enable an officer to become a detective or to specialize in one type of police work, such as working with juveniles.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Police, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to speak with people when gathering facts about a crime and to express details about a given incident in writing.

Empathy. Police officers need to understand the perspectives of a wide variety of people in their jurisdiction and have a willingness to help the public.

Good judgment. Police and detectives must be able to determine the best way to solve a wide array of problems quickly.

Leadership skills. Police officers must be comfortable with being a highly visible member of their community, as the public looks to them for assistance in emergency situations.

Perceptiveness. Officers, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to anticipate a person’s reactions and understand why people act a certain way.

Physical stamina. Officers and detectives must be in good physical shape, both to pass required tests for entry into the field, and to keep up with the daily rigors of the job.

Physical strength. Police officers must be strong enough to physically apprehend offenders.

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Top Law Enforcement Specialist Skills

  1. Law Enforcement Agencies
  2. Civilian Personnel
  3. Public Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Interfaced and coordinated with other law enforcement agencies to gather facts or evidence for use in assigned cases as necessary.
  • Controlled entry and exit of military and civilian personnel vehicles and other equipment at access points to restricted areas.
  • Ensured vessels do not pose a threat to public safety and the ports of San Francisco, Ca.
  • Formulated exercise scenarios designed to measure effectiveness of security procedures for installation resources.
  • Inspect facilities, supplies, vehicles, and equipment to ensure conformance to standards.

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