What does a Public Safety Officer do?

Public safety officers serve the public and provide services to local entities including police, firefighting, and rescue squats. They also provide public safety and law enforcement services at facilities including universities or state buildings. Public safety officers patrol assigned areas to observe and investigate suspicious behavior. They are responsible for law enforcement and apprehending suspects, and preparing incident reports. Public safety officers ensure the people and property on their designated watch are safe and respond to calls and investigate and report suspicious incidents and activities.

Public safety officers involved in an incident will secure and record evidence and interview bystanders, witnesses, and victims, and when fitting, they assist in apprehending suspects and perpetrators. They are responsible for preparing accident and crime reports and helping the public with criminal and civil issues or questions and concerns. At public gatherings, they direct traffic and maintain order. Public safety officers need a minimum high school diploma or equivalency, including a GED and certification as a law enforcement officer.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
28%
2 - 4
23%
5 - 7
1%
8+
48%

Common Skill Sets

Typing
Filing
Excellent Customer Service
Report Writing
First Aid
English
CPR Certified
Speaking

Public Safety Officer Seniority Levels

Police Officer
10% made the transition
Security Officer
54% made the transition
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Public Safety Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$38,691 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$25K
Median: $39K
$60K
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