When applying for various law enforcement jobs the term “Peace Officer” may be used. While the term can vary from state to state it usually means a position that carries a badge, has the power to arrest, and also carries a firearm. A police officer, deputy sheriff, state trooper, and special agent all have the similarity of being peace officer positions. There is also the term “Sworn” which generally means sworn in as a peace officer. Federal law enforcement positions get their authority from federal law. However, many federal law enforcement positions are also recognized as peace officers under state law which gives the authority to enforcement state and local laws. When determining your law enforcement career path it is helpful to have an idea as to if you want to apply for sworn or non sworn positions.
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