Officer Employment Requirements

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Officer Employment Requirements

Education, Training and Experience Required:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • English proficiency.
  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Possess a valid driver's license and have an acceptable driving record.
  • Must not be a current user of controlled substances
  • Must not be a convicted felon or have disqualifying criminal histories or pending criminal or civil actions.
  • Must have acceptable MMPI (or related psychological examination) score.
  • Must demonstrate physical agility through prescribed testing.
  • Subject to post offer, pre-employment drug screen.
  • Subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and pre-employment polygraph.
  • Subject to signing a confidentiality agreement.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to operate two-way radios, vehicle and handheld types; radar equipment and breathalyzer equipment.
  • Ability to read, understand and interpret ordinances, laws and other operating procedures and communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to drive a vehicle safely and efficiently while under stress and while communicating on a radio.
  • Ability to deal effectively with others in both stressful and routine day to day situations.
  • Willingness to follow orders, and to work with others.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentially. Must be honest in dealing with the public and obey all laws.
  • Ability to work rotating shifts, holidays, weekends, and long hours as necessary.
  • Ability to read and interpret maps and give directions as needed.
  • Ability to handle emergency situations in a calm manner.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Successfully complete the departmental Field Training Program under the direction of a Field Training Officer during the one year probation period.
  • Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
  • Patrol City streets, parks, commercial and residential areas to preserve the peace and enforce the law, control vehicular traffic, prevent or detect and investigate misconduct involving misdemeanors, felonies and other law.
  • Interrogates suspects, interviews witnesses and drivers.
  • Investigates and renders assistance at scene of vehicular accidents.  Summons ambulances and other law enforcement vehicles.  Takes measurements and draws diagram of scene.
  • Coordinates activities with other officers or other City departments as needed.  Exchanges information with officers in other law enforcement agencies, and obtains advice and direction from supervisors regarding cases, polices and procedures, as needed and assigned.
  • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.  Preserve evidence using training and standard acceptable practices.  Complete daily log of activity.
  • Monitor, note, report and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
  • Operate cell phones, two-way radios, handguns; shotguns, rifles, radar equipment, breathalyzer equipment, camera equipment and other equipment as required and demonstrate proficiency as required.
  • Identify, pursue, physically apprehend and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
  • Drive patrol vehicle responding promptly to calls for assistance.
  • Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statue violations were involved.
  • Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
  • Investigate traffic accidents and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed.
  • Testify credibly in court to present evidence or acta as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
  • Read and interpret maps and give directions.  Photograph or draw diagrams of crime or accident scenes and interview principals and eyewitnesses.
  • Maintains departmental equipment, supplies and facilities
  • Maintains contact with the general public, court officials and other city officials in the performance of police operating activities.
  • Maintain confidentiality of records.
  • Provide assistance to other departments as needed.
  • Perform other duties as required.