Law enforcement officers, including those who work on the local police level, often specialize in a particular area of work. There really is no such thing as a typical day. The general tasks each officer will perform are typical.

Check In

The first two things officers do at the beginning of each shift are get briefed on all pertinent occurrences since the previous shift and obtain the daily assignment.


To be effective, officers need to patrol their assigned area and conduct investigations into suspicious behavior or observances as needed.


File Reports

A task included in an officer’s typical day, regardless of the work he does, is writing and filing accurate and in-depth reports.



Officers are expected to make sure people they encounter are observing the law, whether the officer is on duty or not.



Because police officers are role models, they might be asked to speak at schools or to represent the department at community events.