A police department is a government authority that works within a particular geographical district to keep order and maintain public safety by fighting crime, training police officers and providing police services. The duty of police officers is not only to protect people's lives by patrolling, surveillance or direct response but to also prevent crime by collaborating with community volunteers to build safe and stable communities.
Police units are distributed across the area of jurisdiction to provide localized quick assistance. Small units are sometimes called police precincts. Auxiliary police include trained law enforcement officers and volunteers who can operate part-time in providing police services. The chief of police is the top official in the hierarchy of a police station or department and whose primary task is to manage the work of police officers and detectives. Detectives act as criminal investigators and are sometimes called special agents.
How do I report a crime to the police station?
When a crime is occurring in front of you, immediately call 911, take note of what is happening, see if there are weapons or motor vehicles, and note the number and physical characteristics of the people involved.
How can I clear a warrant in my name?
To clear a warrant, you need to return to the court that issued the warrant and wait for the decision of the judge and then update the local police department, police precinct or station house.
How can I become a law enforcement officer?
There is a list of criteria that a person needs to fulfill to become a police officer. An officer must pass medical and psychological exams and background checks, have at least 60 college credits or satisfactory military experience, be a U.S. citizen and usually a resident of the local state, as well as own a valid driving license and a criminal record clear from felony convictions. Some communities have different requirements, so it's best to check with them.