Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers


Will "Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 20% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Totally Safe

or 10% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $30.36 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 167 out of 707

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People Employed (US)

Median Annual Wage (US)

Job description

Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.

SOC Code: 33-3051

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My name isn't your bidness. (Could go either way) says
There is a lot of talk about things like the androids from D:BH so I think it could go either way if artificial intelligence is improved.
Oct 09, 2020 at 08:36 AM
Khan (Small chance) says
Competent police officers require human communication skills and human coordination (for the later see the old “robots struggle to walk up stairs” problem)
Apr 06, 2020 at 03:01 PM
frankie (Small chance) says
as police need to have good decision making skills as robots do not
Mar 10, 2020 at 02:35 PM
Anonomous (Small chance) says
Feb 20, 2020 at 06:05 PM
Meep (Could go either way) says
Because if you only go up to 20 years from now it may change past then.
Jan 06, 2020 at 04:15 PM
Lachlan Beck (No chance) says
Because Robots lack the feeling of emotions and aren't able to be empathetic to other humans or robots therefore they lack a key skill of being an officer
Sep 03, 2019 at 11:42 PM
Hope Pringle says
Yeah, I want to see a person behind the badge, not some dumb robot who can feel for the victims or people in general! I want to be a police officer when I grow up NO robot will take my job. I will not let that happen!
Aug 15, 2019 at 02:27 AM
Ben says
A computer has the capacity to think thousands of times faster than a human. When AI and robotics reach the level of performing the job... People can't compete. Almost perfect job performance...or a human... You choose. Computers aren't stressed out, they have no bias... They are, in every way capable of being better at the job...
Aug 25, 2019 at 03:58 PM
MArc (No chance) says
When on a traffic stop or responding to a domestic dispute or whatever, people want to see a real human being, not some dumb robot that has no emotion. Us humans want the ability to communicate with each other not some robot.
May 06, 2019 at 04:30 PM

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