Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers


Maintain order, enforce laws and ordinances, and protect life and property in an assigned patrol district. Perform combination of following duties: patrol a specific area on foot or in a vehicle; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.


2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 11,370 14.27 8.90 16.96 29,690 18,520 35,270
Joplin MSA 220 11.65 8.07 13.43 24,220 16,790 27,940
Springfield MSA 280 11.50 9.15 12.67 23,910 19,030 26,350
St Louis MSA 5,690 15.97 10.01 18.94 33,210 20,820 39,400
Kansas City* 2,900 15.10 8.95 18.17 31,405 18,608 37,803
Central Region* 900 11.50 7.12 13.69 23,914 14,801 28,471
Northeast Region* 190 11.21 8.03 12.80 23,325 16,712 26,632
Northwest Region* 230 12.43 9.68 13.80 25,853 20,138 28,711
Ozark Region* 480 11.29 9.18 12.35 23,486 19,096 25,681
South Central Region* 210 10.06 7.74 11.22 20,922 16,108 23,329
Southeast Region* 680 12.38 10.11 13.52 25,749 21,021 28,113
Southwest Region* 460 10.74 8.20 12.01 22,344 17,064 24,985
St. Louis County* 2,230 16.10 9.60 19.35 33,497 19,975 40,258
West Central Region* 410 11.69 8.70 13.19 24,326 18,103 27,437
Jefferson/Franklin Consortium* 510 14.85 11.55 16.51 30,895 24,017 34,333

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 11,900 15,340 3,440 28.91 595 Outstanding
Kansas City MSA 4,100 4,960 860 20.98 172 Outstanding
St Louis MSA 5,500 6,780 1,280 23.27 243 Outstanding
Northeast Region* 550 700 150 27.27 27 Outstanding
Northwest Region* 440 510 70 15.91 9 Great
Ozark Region* 610 810 200 32.79 33 Outstanding
South Central Region* 270 360 90 33.33 15 Outstanding
Southeast Region* 540 700 160 29.63 28 Outstanding
Southwest Region* 340 420 80 23.53 16 Outstanding
West Central Region* 440 560 120 27.27 21 Outstanding

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This Occupation generally requires Long-term on-the-job training (> 12 months)
or training in one of the following
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminalistics and Criminal Science (NEW)