police officer




Police officers use investigation methods to prevent crime, to pursue and apprehend criminals, and protect the public from violent and criminal activities. They perform surveillance and patrol activities to prevent crimes and apprehend offenders. They provide support to victimised parties and the public at large, and fulfil administrative duties.

Scope notes

Includes state police officer.

Alternative label

  • policewoman

  • police constable

  • constable

  • state trooper

  • law enforcement officer

  • railway police officer

  • patrol officer

  • mounted police officer

  • highway patrol officer

  • state police officer

  • public roads surveillance officer

  • railroad police officer

  • policeman

Regulatory aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/services/free-movement-professionals/qualifications-recognition_en


Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



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