Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers (33-3051)

Occupation description:  Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 1,3691,402 2.43 4649
United States 680,000714,200 5.03,420 22,42025,840

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 30.1716.4621.15 28.6937.5747.36
Alaska 38.2325.8230.70 38.6345.0549.35
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 38.7526.6833.00 40.8345.5248.62
Fairbanks North Star Borough 35.9025.2629.48 35.3242.1447.42
Southeast Region 35.5125.6929.57 35.7842.2845.95
Balance of State 39.4724.0029.48 37.9848.4458.56

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,44497 6.728.1 14.2
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation180
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation119
UI claimants previously working in occupation92
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 536
Number of job position postings 247
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.2

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens
Confined Space Entry

 Degree
Alaska Job Corps   (Palmer)
Security & Protective Services

 Degree
Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Confined Space Entry
Confined Space Rescue

 Degree
Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
First Aid/CPR and AED

 Degree
Alaska Technical Center   (Kotzebue)
CPR/First Aid

 Degree
Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
AFTER - Alaska Fuel Transporter Emergency Response
Confined Space Entry & Rescue - ER15
Contingency Planning - ER08
Emergency Response to Terrorism (Basic Concepts) - ER11
First Aid/CPR/AED - S11
Hazardous Materials Technician Annual Refresher - ER03
Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Annual Refresher - HW04
Hazardous Waste Operations & Hazardous Materials Technician - ER02
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response - HW02
Highway Emergency Operations - ER07
Highway Specialist - ER04
On-Scene Incident Commander - ER09
Permit Required Confined Space Entry - S01
Permit Required Confined Space Entry and Fire Watch - S01a
Permit Required Confined Space Rescue - S02
Wilderness First Aid - S12

 Degree
AVTEC   (Seward)
Basic First Aid and CPR Certificate

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens
Confined Space Entry (OSHA and NSTC Offered)
Confined Space Rescue (OSHA)
CPR with AED and First Aid Certificate

 Degree
Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
First Aid/CPR and AED Certificate

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
American Heart Association CPR/First Aid
Confined Space Procedures Certificate

 Degree
Multimed   (Anchorage)
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Wilderness First Aid
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Basic First Aid and ASHI CPR & AED
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Basic First Aid for the Community and Workplace
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Blood Borne Pathogens
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) CPR and AED for the Community & Workplace
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Wilderness Basic First Aid
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Wilderness First Aid

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Bloodborne Pathogens / 045
First Aid/CPR/AED / 048
Infant First Aid / 057

 Degree
Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
First Aid/CPR/AED

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry Certificate
CPR/First Aid Certificate

 Degree
Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
C.E.R.T. TRAINING Certificate
CPR/1st Aid Certificate
SNS Emergency Management Certificate

 Degree
Team One Alaska   (Anchorage)
Heartsaver CPR/AED
Heartsaver First Aid
Heartsaver First Aid/CPR Combination

 Degree
TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
Bloodborne Pathogens
CPR/First Aid with AED

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Homeland Security OEC
Homeland Security & Emerg Mgmt Bac

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Law Enforcement OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Law Enforcement AAS
Law Enforcement OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
Confined Space Entry

 Degree
VIP Alaska   (Kenai)
AED
CPR
First Aid
First Aid and CPR with AED

 Degree
Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS   (Lander)
Wilderness First Aid Certificate

 Degree
Yuut Elitnaurviat   (Bethel)
Advanced VPO/TPO Academy
Basic VPO/TPO Academy
Regional VPSO Training

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s First Responders (March 2014)