Police Officer apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Police Officer

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Police Officer apprenticeship

DOT code: 375.263-014

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Patrols assigned beat on foot, on motorcycle, in patrol car, or on horseback to control traffic, prevent crime or disturbance of peace, and arrest violators: Familiarizes self with beat and with persons living in area. Notes suspicious persons and establishments and reports to superior officer. Reports hazards. Disperses unruly crowds at public gatherings. Renders first aid at accidents, and investigates causes and results of accident. Directs and reroutes traffic around fire or other disruption. Inspects public establishments requiring licenses to ensure compliance with rules and regulations. Warns or arrests persons violating animal ordinances. Issues tickets to traffic violators. Registers at police call boxes at specified interval or time. Writes and files daily activity report with superior officer. May drive patrol wagon or police ambulance. May notify public works department of location of abandoned vehicles to tow away. May accompany parking meter personnel to protect money collected.

Work Process Schedule

Task Hours
A. Pre-Assignment 100
B. Massachusetts Criminal Justice Academy 620
C. Communications 300
D. Patrol 1500
E. Traffic 800
F. Investigation 800
G. Arrest 880
H. Public Relations 280
I. Weapons Training and Self Defense 160
J. Narcotics and Drug Procedures 280
K. Court and Trial Procedures 200
L. Nature and Control of Civil Disorder and Crowds 80
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) total hours: 6000
Additional Emergency Medical Technician training may be required.

Related technical instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. The following is a general listing of instruction topics for this trade. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.

College math
Introduction to economics

Psychology of human behavior
State and local government
Physical science


English composition
American literature
Oral communications

Trade theory
Introduction to law enforcement
Police operations
Criminal procedure
Police administration
Laws of arrest, search and seizure
Criminal deviance
Introduction to security
CPR and first aid
Business machines

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