Police Officer Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 56,794 Police Officer resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Police Officer Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Law Enforcement, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Police Officer Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Police Officer CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand police officer skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a police officer : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Police Officer
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 56,794 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a police officer job required by employers is 0.5 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average police officer job listing asks for 0.5 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average police officer candidate have?
The average police officer resume contains 4.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your police officer skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from police officer resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Law Enforcement Specialist (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Police Officer
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Legal Support Services
  • Administered immediate medical attention and acquired my CPR/First-Aid & AED Certification through AHA.
  • Monitor Property with CCTV system.
  • Conducted employees evaluations, disciplinary actions, invoices and terminations.
  • Centralized all incoming requests for DIA SCIF accreditations and de-accreditations.
  • Conduct PSD for High Rankings US, ANA/ANP/NDS and ISAF Commanders outside the wire.
Police Officer

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Police Officer
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Experienced with green dogs and training to obtain particular specialty certification for canine teams.
  • Conduct DUI Enforcement when needed.
  • Lead instructor for firearms training provided to DoD personnel deploying to hostile areas.
  • Acted as a first responder when dispatched, attending to emergencies until the arrival of emergency professionals.
  • Lead instructor for firearms training provided to federal law enforcement officers.
Security Police Officer (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Police Officer
Some College Courses
Some College Courses - Business/Commerce
  • Monitored CCTV Monitors to ensure orderly behavior at all times.
  • Maintained professionalism at all times while assisting in control of disturbances exhibiting patience and calm demeanor.
  • Trained in CPR and First Aid .
  • Check incoming employees IDs, and bags Sign in/outcontractorss andvisitorss, check bags.
  • Worked at the FMC Plant Checking truck drivers in and out Motioning CCTV Checking in vehicles at Halliburton Secured The Building
Police Officer

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Police Officer
Certificate - Mechanical Engineering
  • Reviewed and prepared departmental reports for District Commanders.
  • Created K-9 Policies and Procedures for the Cecil County Sheriff's Office.
  • Served as unit training officer for all tactical and firearms training.
  • Assigned as Commander of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), 2008 2010.
  • Eradicated robbery ring that plagued U of M campus for 3 months, closing 27 active cases.
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As a police officer, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Police Officer roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of police officer resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Police Officer Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Police Officers. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Police Officers to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%