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Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition

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Correctional Officers

Correctional officers, also known as detention officers, are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in a jail, reformatory, or penitentiary.

This category includes a) correctional officers; b) jailers; and c) bailiffs, also known as marshals or court officers

Police and Detectives

People depend on police officers and detectives to protect their lives and property. Law enforcement officers, some of whom are State or Federal special agents or inspectors, perform these duties in a variety of ways depending on the size and type of their organization.

This category includes: a) uniformed police officers; b) sheriffs and deputy sheriffs; c) state police officers, sometimes called State troopers or highway patrol officers; d) detectives; fish and game wardens; e) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents; f) U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents; g) U.S. marshals and deputy marshals; h) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agents; i) Bureau of Diplomatic Security special agents; j) U.S. Border Patrol agents; k) immigration inspectors; l) customs inspectors; m) Federal air marshals; n) U.S. Secret Service special agents and U.S. Secret Service uniformed officers.

Private Detectives and Investigators

Private detectives and investigators assist individuals, businesses, and attorneys by finding and analyzing information.

This category includes a) private detectives; b) computer forensic investigators; c) legal investigators; d) corporate investigators; e) financial investigators; f) store detectives, also known as loss prevention agents; and g) hotel detectives

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

Probation officers, parole officers, and correctional treatment specialists work with and monitor offenders to prevent them from committing new crimes.

This category includes: a) probation officers, who are called community supervision officers in some States; b) correctional treatment specialists, who may also be known as case managers; c)parole officers; and (d) pretrial services officers.

 

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