Job Family: Law Enforcement, Security, and Protective Services Law Enforcement and Security Specialists
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | Coast Guard  | National Guard

Supplemental Information
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Photo 1: Military police chat before going on duty. Photo 2:
Police officer trains with his dog.

Trisha Carroll
Occupation: Law Enforcement and Security Specialist

I had the honor of being one of the first women to go to a law enforcement team in the Coast Guard. When I put in for a transfer to San Dieg…

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Christopher Vogt
Occupation: Military Working Dog Handler

As early as the age of five, I knew I wanted to join the Military. I even knew which Service I wanted to join since my father was in th…

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Short Description
The military services have their own law enforcement and police forces. These specialists investigate crimes committed on military property or that involve military personnel. Military police do many of the same things as civilian officers, control traffic, prevent crime, and respond to emergencies. They also guard military bases and inmates in military correctional facilities.


What They Do
Law enforcement and security specialists in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Investigate criminal activities and activities related to espionage, treason, and terrorism
  • Interview witnesses and arrest suspects
  • Guard correctional facilities and other military installations
  • Patrol areas on foot, by car, or by boat
  • Perform fire and riot control duties
  • Provide strategic weapons and cargo security
  • Conduct customs and protective service operations

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school subjects include government and speech. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Interest in law enforcement and crime prevention
  • Willingness to perform potentially dangerous work

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Training length varies depending on specialty. Course content typically includes:
  • Civil and military laws
  • Investigation and evidence collection procedures and techniques
  • Prisoner control and discipline
  • Use of firearms and hand-to-hand defense techniques
  • Traffic and crowd control procedures

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


Civilian Counterparts
Civilian law enforcement and security specialists work for state, county, or city law enforcement agencies. They may also work in prisons, intelligence agencies, and private security companies. They perform similar duties to those performed in the military. They may be called police officers, detectives, private investigators, undercover agents, correction officers, or security guards.

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