Highway patrol officers who are sometimes called “state troopers” are actually state police. Their job is to ensure that highways are safe for all the people using them. In addition to enforcing traffic laws and responding to emergencies and accidents they come to the rescue of individuals who are lost or stranded. Highway patrol officers can also be put in charge of transporting prisoners from one location to another. On occasion they are expected to write police reports and they may be called as witnesses in trials related to incidents that took place under their watch. Those with experience may participate in training newly recruited highway patrol officers on such skills as how to handle firearms and how to recognize when drivers may be under the influence. The website httpeducation-portal.com says that every state except Hawaii employs highway patrol officers. In most cases highway patrol officers must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. However some states give preference to those with two years of college especially when they have taken courses in criminal justice law enforcement and political science. Applicants for highway patrol officer jobs must pass an initial physical test and once hired they are screened periodically to make sure they remain physically fit. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) says that job opportunities for highway patrol offers should increase in the coming decade. Those who have military backgrounds who speak more than one language or who have taken college courses in law enforcement are usually given priority when there are job openings. Annual earnings for highway patrol officers vary widely but the median salary is approximately $55180.
|Education Required:||High School Diploma and Specialized Training|
|Tasks:||Enforces traffic laws.
Apprehends criminals on a state-wide basis.
Aids traffic accident victims.
Attends to emergency situations.
|Also Called:||State Trooper
Law Enforcement Officer