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Traffic Cop

A traffic cop is an officer that works within the traffic bureau of the police department to enforce traffic laws and keep the community safe. Traffic cops are responsible for the safety of all motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians on the roadways. They patrol roads, issue tickets, and direct traffic. Depending on the city, traffic cops may also investigate hit and run accidents. This can be a high-stress job, and candidates should be in good physical and mental condition. Long hours and irregular shifts are also common.

Although a bachelor's degree is not generally required, some departments may prefer potential recruits who have taken a minimum amount of college-level courses. Criminal justice is one area of study that may be desirable in this field. Traffic cops go through the police training academy just like other recruits. They learn how to use radios, handcuffs, service revolvers and semiautomatic pistols. Candidates must have history of lawful behavior and a good driving record.

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