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Law Enforcement Specialists

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

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Work Environment

Law enforcement specialists in the military work both indoors and outdoors depending on their assignment. They may work outdoors while conducting investigations or patrolling facilities.

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Law enforcement specialists are equipped with the latest law enforcement tools and techniques for keeping the peace. They are responsible for investigating crimes that are committed within military bases. They also control traffic, respond to emergencies, conduct lawful arrests, interview the arrested suspects, guard military installations and correctional facilities, and conduct patrolling activities.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Law enforcement specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Military/civil laws and jurisdiction
  • Investigation and evidence collection procedures and techniques
  • Arrest and physical restraint techniques
  • Self-defense and use of firearms
  • Crime scene processing
  • Interpersonal communications skills
  • Search/restraint and custody/control procedures
  • Crime prevention

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Interest in law enforcement and crime prevention
  • Willingness to perform potentially dangerous work

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