Career Information

Law Enforcement, Investigative, and Corrections

The safety of our nation's cities, towns, and highways greatly depends on the work of police, detectives, and special agents, whose responsibilities range from controlling traffic to preventing and investigating crimes.

Police and Detectives who work in small communities have many duties. They may direct traffic at the scene of a fire, investigate a burglary, and give first aid to an accident victim. In large police departments, officers are detailed either to patrol or to traffic duty. Others are experts in chemical and microscopic analysis, firearm identification, and handwriting and fingerprint identification. A few officers may work with special units, such as mounted and motorcycle police, harbor patrols, helicopter patrols, canine corps, mobile rescue teams, and youth aid services.

Detectives and Special Agents are plain-clothes investigators who gather facts and collect evidence for criminal cases. They conduct interviews, examine records, observe the activities of suspects, and participate in raids or arrests.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agents investigate violations of federal laws in connection with bank robberies, theft of government property, organized crime, espionage, sabotage, kidnapping, and terrorism. Special Agents employed by the U.S. Dept. of Treasury work for the U.S. Customs Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; the U.S. Secret Service; and the Internal Revenue Service. Customs Agents enforce laws preventing the illegal smuggling of goods across U.S. borders. Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms Agents might investigate suspected illegal sales of guns or the underpayment of taxes by a liquor or cigarette manufacturer. U.S. Secret Service Agents protect the President, Vice President, and their immediate families, Presidential candidates, ex-Presidents, and foreign dignitaries visiting the U.S. They also investigate counterfeiting, the forgery of government checks or bonds, and the fraudulent use of credit cards. Internal Revenue Service Special Agents collect evidence against individuals and companies that are evading the payment of federal taxes.

State Police Officers (sometimes called State Troopers or Highway Patrol Officers) patrol highways and enforce laws and regulations that govern their use. They issue traffic citations to motorists who violate the law. At the scene of an accident, they direct traffic, give first aid, and call for emergency equipment including ambulances.

Security Guards, also called Security Officers, patrol and inspect property to protect against fire, theft, vandalism, and illegal entry. Their duties vary with the size, type, and location of their employer. Places of employment include office buildings, banks, hospitals, department stores, museums, art galleries, ports, airports, railroads; factories, laboratories, government buildings, data processing centers, military bases, universities, parks, social affairs, sports events, conventions, and other public gatherings in armored cars, and as personal bodyguards.

Correctional Officers are charged with the safety and security of persons who are serving time in a correctional institution. They keep order among inmates and enforce the rules of the prison for the safety, health, and protection of the inmates, officers, and other workers. They oversee inmates while they eat, bathe, work, sleep, attend classes, and take part in sports and other pastimes. Sometimes it is necessary to search inmates and their living quarters for weapons or drugs, to settle disputes between inmates, and to enforce discipline.

Claims Adjusters investigate, negotiate, and settle all claims made against an insurance company by its policyholders. They determine whether the policy covers the claim and the amount of the loss. If the company is liable, they negotiate with the claimant and settle valid claims. Some issue checks to valid claimants and others submit their findings to claim examiners.

Jobs obtained by SUNY-Oswego Public Justice Graduates:

Claims Adjusters Continental Insurance Co. - Waltham, Mass.
Commercial Union Insurance Co. - Jericho, NY
Claims Investigator Equifax, Inc. (Insurance Co.) - Syracuse, NY
Confidential Investigator New York City Board of Education - NYC, NY
Correctional Officers Federal Bureau of Prisons - Terre Haute, Ind.
Jamesville Penitentiary - Jamesville, NY
Onondaga Co. Police Dept. - Syracuse, NY
Criminal Investigator State Department - Georgia
Deputy Sheriffs Monroe County Sheriff's Dept. - Key West, Fla.
Arapahoe Co. Sheriff's Dept. - Littleton, Co.
Monroe County Sheriff's Dept. - Rochester, NY
Discrimination Investigator U.S. Department of Labor - Syracuse, NY
Forensic Chemist New York State Police - Albany, NY
Investigative Coordinator Falvo Private Investigators
Investigators Oswego Co. Dept. of Social Services - Mexico, NY
District Attorney's Office - Schenectady, NY
Loss Prevention Investigator Stone & Webster - Lycoming, NY
Loss Prevention Manager Jamesway Corporation - Hanover, Maryland
Loss Prevention Officer Ames - Buffalo, NY
Police Officers Roanoke City Police Dept. - Roanoke, Virginia
Suffolk County Police Dept. - Long Is., NY
City Police Depts. in Oswego, Fulton, Syracuse, Utica, Hamilton & Watertown, NY, Farmington, Conn. & Wilmington, N.C.
Public Safety Officer, SUNY College at Oswego - Oswego, NY
Secret Service Special Agent United States Secret Service - Syracuse, NY
Security Inspector Brookhaven National Labs, Inc. - Upton, NY
Security Officers/Guards Nine Mile II - Oswego, NY
Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. - Lycoming, NY
I B M - White Plains, NY
Oswego City School District - Oswego, NY
K-Mart - Cheektowaga, NY
University of Rochester - Rochester, NY
Finger Lakes Security Agency - Ithaca, NY
State Trooper, New York State Police