When studying for my business degree, I had considered a second major in law enforcement or criminal justice to supplement my educational career, and explored both entry-level and management career options in the field. Even though I eventually pursued a career in business and marketing, there were several law enforcement careers that appealed to me.
If you are taking law enforcement courses or completing a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement or criminal justice, you may be a good candidate for a senior-level position or management position during your career. A master’s degree in law enforcement can open up numerous opportunities for management positions with the Federal government, State government and even some local positions. Here are some of the common management opportunities available in the field of law enforcement:
Management Positions with the Federal Government
Graduates of a law enforcement or criminal justice degree program who want to work for the Federal government may consider a management position with the FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, or the DEA. Individuals who do pursue senior-level positions with the government are eligible for attractive benefits packages, including paid vacation and holidays, long-term care insurance and access to a retirement savings plan.
Police Chief or Detective Supervisor
Management positions in this field may include chief detective, police chief, or detective supervisors. These individuals are trained to lead teams of law enforcement officers and detectives and also provide training. Police chiefs and detectives may be assigned to remote locations for long periods of time, work on confidential projects, and be required to travel to different police departments to fulfill their job duties.
Surveillance Supervisor or Trainer
Individuals who specialize in surveillance may have advanced skills and knowledge about surveillance systems and technologies, and advanced problem-solving skills. Management positions in this field may include surveillance supervisor, senior surveillance specialist, or surveillance trainer. In many cases, these individuals will work with a team of surveillance specialists and law enforcement officers on various assignments. They may be hired to work in casinos, hotels, resorts, banks, and for government agencies.
Intelligence Positions with the Federal Government
The Department of Defense is the largest employing department for intelligence positions, and may hire individuals with advanced degrees in the fields of law enforcement, criminal justice and law. Intelligence positions include intelligence analysts, security officers, defense engineers, counterintelligence specialists, biometrics specialists and jobs in the field of defense security. Many of these positions demand advanced degrees and several years of experience. Some are top secret and confidential positions, and demand several months or years of on-the-job training. Others can lead to supervisory or management positions.
Management opportunities for law enforcement professionals abound, but many require several years of training and a strong job performance record. From surveillance to detective positions, individuals who are committed to a long-term career in the field of law enforcement can choose from several attractive management positions.