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LAW ENFORCEMENT
Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
 
Job Description
Correction officers guard inmates in penal institutions in accordance with established policies, regulations and procedures. They observe the conduct and behavior of inmates, search and escort inmates and assign them to work duties. They also prepare written reports.
 
Law enforcement officers or police officers patrol their assigned area on foot, motorcycle, patrol car to control traffic, prevent crime and arrest violators. They disperse unruly crowds, render first aid and conduct investigations. They also write and file activity reports.
 
Telecommunicators respond to incoming calls for assistance and dispatch personnel and equipment to the scene of an emergency. They determine the nature of problems and assistance needed and may provide pre-arrival instructions to callers.
 
Working Conditions
These positions work under a high degree of stress. Correction and law enforcement officers work in dangerous situations. Correction officers usually work inside an institution, whereas law enforcement officers are usually assigned out in the community.
 
Wages
Beginning corrections officer and law enforcement apprentices usually start at 75 to 90 percent and telecommunicator apprentices usually start at 77 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job training hours, wages increase usually every six months until the journey-level rate is achieved.
 
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship lasts two and one-half years. Apprentices must complete a minimum number of related training and on-the-job training hours. The number of hours required depends on the program.
 
Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must meet all qualifications and standards established for full-time employees in any law enforcement agency affiliated with one of the registered programs. Applicants must never have been convicted of any felony as defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes. Applicants may be required to take a medical exam that covers the same qualifications as required for admittance to the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training´s Basic Police Academy in Monmouth.
 
Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
 
These programs are only open to employees of training agents registered with the local apprenticeship committee.
 
Apprenticeship Committees

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