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Law Enforcement Administration

Managerial and executive positions in law enforcement are available at the local, state and federal levels. This article discusses education options in the field and will help you determine whether a career in law enforcement is a good fit.

Inside Law Enforcement Administration

Many public safety and law enforcement patrol officers and detectives strive to obtain administrative and supervisory positions. Law enforcement administrators ensure that police departments and other law enforcement organizations run smoothly. They supervise staff while promoting and executing regulations for law enforcement specific to their agencies. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), for example, is an organization that deals with enforcing the laws and regulations that relate to illegal drugs.

Most law enforcement administrators start out as patrol officers and work their way up the ranks. It's at the patrol level (corporal) that officers learn the streets and people of the communities they serve and protect. After serving as corporal for a year or two, officers can then be considered for promotions to sergeant, lieutenant or captain. Depending on the agency, exceptional officers with an educational background in law enforcement administration can skip ranks and advance quickly.

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