City Law Enforcement Jobs

Police Officer

City police officers are responsible for enforcing the law within the city limits. New officers usually spend time on the street patrolling a certain area of the city. This may be in a car, on a motorcycle or bicycle or on foot. A city police officer probably experiences more diverse situations than any other law enforcement officer. This is because they can encounter nearly every type of criminal activity. They may respond to a burglary in progress, a domestic dispute, a shooting, a kidnapping, a suicide, etc. Even though we think of some crimes as being strictly a federal crime such as bank robbery, the first officers responding to the bank's alarm will not be the FBI. It will probably be the city police officer who is closest to the bank. Police officers are also responsible for providing public assistance, answering calls related to traffic incidents and other emergencies, collecting, preserving and maintaining evidence, serving arrest warrants, and performing other related activities as needed or required. They are usually required to work various shifts including the weekends.

After several years on the job, officers are eligible for a promotion to the rank of sergeant, lieutenant, detective, etc. They can also apply for a specialized unit. Listed below are some of the more common divisions that most departments have.

  • Homicide
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Fraud
  • Computer Forensics
  • Juvenile
  • Sex Crimes
  • Polygraph Section
  • Motorcycles
  • Canine
  • Bicycle
  • Foot Patrol
  • Crime Prevention
  • Bomb Squad

Town Marshal

Some cities have a Town Marshal's Office. This may be in lieu of a police department or in addition to the city police. Some small towns which only have one or two law enforcement officers will refer to them as marshals rather than city police officers. However, there are towns which will have a Marshal's Office that employs 30 or more sworn Deputy Marshals.

In some cities, the Marshal will function as the Chief of Police. He reports to the Mayor and Town council. The Marshal and his deputies are responsible for the enforcement of those provisions of the Town Code including zoning ordinances, the preservation of law and order, and the protection of life and property. In some cities, the Marshal's Office provides court services to the Municipal Court. This includes providing security at the courthouse, serving subpoenas issued by the court and collecting any fines owed to the court.