In an entry level capacity, performs Police Officer duties, including but not limited to communicating information, dealing with critical and dangerous situations, safely driving in routine and emergency situations, effecting arrests, transporting arrestees, gathering information from victims, witnesses and suspects, handling firearms with proficiency and safety, working a rotating shift. New Recruits will be paid during their training, which includes a 24 week academy and 16 weeks of field training.
Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities:
(This job description does not intend to list every function of the position.)
Communicating Through Radio (Duties Include): Comprehending radio transmissions being received over multiple law enforcement radio channels. Communicating information effectively while transmitting on the radio. Dealing with High Pressure and Potentially Dangerous Situations (Duties Include): Recognizing situations of potential danger to police personnel, citizens, traffic and surrounding property. Exercising sound judgment in dealing with critical situations. Maintaining calm in high pressure or dangerous situations. Detecting and Collecting Evidence (Duties Include): Providing a basis for probable cause that a crime has been committed and indicates who committed it. Driving (Duties Include): Operating a law enforcement vehicle safely in non-emergency (routine) and emergency situations. Responding to the radio-mike while performing multiple functions including; floor pedals, gearshift, steering wheel and the radio (during both daylight and dark hours); in excess of posted speed limits; in congested traffic conditions; in unsafe road conditions caused by such factors as rain, ice, snow, fog, smoke, etc. Effecting Arrests (Duties Include): Determining if probable cause exists for arrest. Effecting arrests using the techniques and equipment appropriate to meet the resistance presented by suspects. Taking photographs of and obtaining fingerprints from arrested suspects. Transporting arrestees and mental subjects using appropriate force and restraint. Handling Abuse (Duties Include): Both verbal and physical when dealing with hostile suspects and others encountered in antagonistic environments. Information Gathering and Disseminating (Duties Include): Effectively communicating with people of all ages from diverse economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds while providing information and directions, mediating disputes, advising of rights and legal processes and testifying in judicial setting. Using proper phone procedures. Gathering information by interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects. Performing Patrol Functions (Duties Include): Working rotating shifts. Walking on foot patrol. Checking doors and windows for security. Performing First Aid/CPR functions at accident and disaster scenes. Removing injured people from dangerous situations by lifting, dragging, or carrying them. Directing traffic. Safely conduct traffic stops on traffic violators. Controlling crowds. Recognizing potentially dangerous situations and evacuating people from affected area. Stopping and detaining suspicious vehicles and persons. Performing searches of people, vehicles, buildings and outdoor areas.
Reporting/Form Completion (Duties Include): Selecting and utilizing appropriate report forms. Using appropriate grammar and construction in the thorough preparation of investigative reports, summonses, affidavits, warrants and other required forms. Utilizing Firearms (Duties Include): Loading, unloading, aiming and firing handguns from a variety of positions at levels of proficiency and safety prescribed by qualification standards. NOTE: A Police Agent should maintain a level of physical fitness to be able to safely perform all duties, especially those requiring maximum levels of exertion, e.g., arrest control, suspect chase. Performs work that requires the following physical abilities: Regular and reliable attendance. Keyboarding skills, with word processing functions to prepare reports, generate criminal histories, enter data on computer and mobile data terminals (MDT’s) and other required forms. The ability to follow supervisor’s instructions. The ability to work a rotating shift, including nights, holidays and weekends. Performs work that requires: Vision (Examples Include): To pass a driver's test. To shoot a handgun or shotgun, day or night. To read a CRT or printed matter. To read a driver's license or license plates, both day and night. To be able to differentiate between colors and shades of color. To have visual acuity near, visual acuity far, color discrimination to identify a suspect, vehicle, environmental surroundings, etc. An Agent uses vision while driving, performing searches, reading legal documents and a variety of other written material. Must maintain awareness of surroundings at all times. Uses near, far, depth perception and peripheral vision. Uses vision in dim lighting to read. Uses vision on a constant basis. Night vision is required. Hearing (Examples Include): To hear, understand and comprehend radio transmissions in order to respond appropriately to unforeseeable events and calls that characterize police work. To listen, comprehend and take reports while interviewing witnesses, victims and suspects. To hear and distinguish sounds and remain vigilant to potential for hazardous/dangerous situations to self and others. To hear and remain alert in chaotic, unpredictable and confusing situations where high volume of background noise may be present. Must be proficient at responding to and listening to radio communications. Must have the ability to multi-task while listening. Listens to surrounding sounds while taking reports. Listens to radio while in chaotic situations. Must maintain awareness of surroundings at all times. Uses hearing on a constant basis.
Manual Dexterity (Examples Include): To manipulate equipment, during driving and arrest control. Uses a keyboard and touch screen, camera and fingerprint equipment (CSI’s). Must have manual dexterity to manipulate gas and brake pedals in vehicle by foot on a frequent basis. Walking/Standing (Examples Include): To stand in conjunction with walking while performing job tasks of investigation, use of force techniques and directing traffic on an occasional to frequent basis. Standing time is higher for traffic patrol and some other assignments. Standing increases with traffic and crowd control. Walking increases on third shift due to building searches. Balance (Examples Include) : To balance on occasion while running, chasing a suspect or climbing. To maintain balance while on stairs, outdoor and uneven terrain and ladders. To maintain balance while using force techniques that exceeds that seen in normal standing and walking. To work with resistive people and be involved in climbing and walking/running on uneven terrain and while on bicycle patrol. Twisting and Turning at the Waist (Examples Include): To twist and turn during baton, cuffing and arrest techniques. To twist and turn while seated in car to write notes (approximately 15-20 degrees of spinal rotation). Twist and turn while driving and to use keyboard in car if it has not been removed from stand. Twisting occurs on a constant basis. Lifting (Examples Include): To lift items such as traffic cones, briefcase, gear bag, first-aid kits, accident investigation kits, evidence and the car's spare tire, weighing approximately 25-34 pounds. A typical gear bag weighed at 11 to 24 pounds, the briefcase 16 to 36 pounds. This is a combined weight of 27 to 60 pounds. Lifting these items is required from floor level or from below the knee on an occasional basis. Required to lift from trunk and car miscellaneous equipment weighing from 2 to 34 pounds from knee through chest level, e.g., briefcase. The heaviest item lifted and dragged was identified to be a person (100 pounds or more), usually drunk or impaired, or a protester. Required to lift from knee through chest level people during arrest control or emergent situations, on an occasional basis. To wear a personal protection vest weighing from 2 to 6 pounds and to wear a gun belt weighing 9 pounds. This is a combined weight of approximately 15 pounds and the Agent wears the items throughout the work shift. Required to lift above shoulder level on an occasional basis a rifle from rack weighing up to 10 pounds. Motorcycle traffic patrol Agents must be able to pick up a motorcycle from the ground that weighs approximately 620 pounds. Weight of equipment varies and increases significantly for SWAT Team members. Gear bags moved from personal vehicle to patrol vehicle or from office to patrol vehicle. Pushing (Examples Include): To push to position spotlights and open/close the window between the front and back seat of the patrol car (measured in the light industrial category --1 to 10 pounds of horizontal force). It is noted that hand and wrist positions observed included lateral pinch, palmar pinch and wrist extension. A power grip is required for less than 6 seconds to release the window. To push when apprehending suspects and applying baton or handcuff maneuvers. The forces encountered will be varied depending on the resistance encountered. Forces will vary from light to heavy (greater than 45 pounds of horizontal force). Pushing occurs on a frequent basis. On occasion, must push an automobile.
Cardiovascular Endurance (Examples Include): To run fast and far enough to pursue fleeing suspects. To run to safety when confronting certain situations. To perform rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles. Muscular Strength (Examples Include): To rescue endangered persons. To physically separate individuals who are fighting or preparing to fight. To lift, carry and drag heavy objects and use body force to gain entrance through barriers. Hand Functions/Gripping (Examples Include): Fine-finger dexterity. Gross-finger dexterity. Simple grasping, power grip and twisting at the wrist. To grip steering wheel, motorcycle handles and/or equipment on a frequent to constant basis. Sitting (Examples Include): To sit while driving to patrol the assigned area, write reports, observe scenes and during briefing sessions. To sit at a desk for periods of time to perform administrative work. Sitting occurs on an occasional to frequent basis. Pulling (Examples Include): To pull to position spotlights, opening and closing a window between the front and back seat of the patrol car and when arresting suspects. Forces and grips encountered are as described in Pushing. Pulling occurs on a frequent basis. Climbing (Examples Include): To climb over and through openings and pull oneself up over obstacles. To climb stairs, ramps, fences, uneven terrain, ladders and other obstacles on an occasional basis. Stooping/Bending (Examples Include): To stoop in conjunction with standing during a traffic stop. To have the spine in a flexed posture while sitting. Bending during traffic stops, picking up evidence, entering codes to doors in office, writing citations while standing, changing tires. Flexibility (Examples Include): To work varied hours and adjust sleep patterns without affecting job performance in a negative manner. To function with little rest. Kneeling (Examples Include): To kneel while performing arrest techniques on an occasional basis. Kneeling may increase on a SWAT call and perimeter calls. Pinching (Examples Include): To write, holding a clipboard, license, papers on an occasional basis; radio control for traffic patrol when on a motorcycle. Carrying/Maneuvering (Examples Include): To carry items (as noted in Lifting), from the department to the patrol car and back a minimum of two times daily. The average distance the load is carried is 250 feet to 1500 feet. Required to carry or maneuver (push/pull) on a constant basis personal protection vest weighing 4-5 pounds and boots weighing two pounds each, as well as speed gun, handgun, rifle/shotgun, helmet and radio controls (weighing up to 10 pounds) in vehicle. Also maneuver equipment on belt (gun, baton, handcuffs, flashlight, radio) ranging from 12-15 pounds, a gear bag weighing 11-24 pounds in and out of vehicle daily, saddle bag for traffic, 25-34 pounds for changing a tire, 35-50 pounds for SWAT ballistic shield, 51-75 pounds for SWAT gear bag moved in and out of vehicle daily and people during arrest control or emergent situations weighing over 100 pounds on an occasional basis. Crouching (Examples Include). A Police Agent may crouch during observations, searches, or SWAT calls on an occasional basis. Reaching (Examples Include): To use radio and other equipment and during arrest control on a frequent basis. Jumping (Examples Include): To jump down from elevated surfaces and over obstacles, fences, ditches and streams on an occasional basis. Running (Examples Include): To run in pursuit of a suspect on an occasional basis. Squatting. IMPORTANT JOB FUNCTIONS Crawling (Examples Include): To crawl in confined areas, window, during car search on a rare basis.
Education: A bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited institution of higher learning or from an accredited program. The accreditation must be recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. Degrees from foreign universities will be professionally assessed. Age: At least twenty-one (21) years of age at time of hire. Citizen of the United States, or proper I-9 documentation.
LATERAL CANDIDATES In addition to the above essential qualifications, lateral candidates must have an active Peace Officer certification and at least two (2) years of Patrol experience.
KSA's and Physical/Mental Reqs:
Decision Making (KSAs Include): Applies knowledge and reasoning to make prompt and effective decisions quickly in both routine and non-routine situations. Evaluates alternative courses of action and selects the most acceptable alternatives. Makes sound decisions in a timely manner and takes appropriate action.
Integrity (KSAs Include): Represents honesty and truthfulness in daily activities as well as in all reports and testimony. Conducts activities that represent the department in a light that establishes public trust and confidence. Self-Control (KSAs Include): Maintains composure and performs effectively in high-pressure situations. Refrains from overreacting when subjected to physical or verbal abuse. Exercises restraint and uses the appropriate amount of force necessary to handle a given situation. Assertiveness (KSAs Include): Asserts self when necessary to exert control over others. Approaches situations that are suspicious in nature. Observation Skills (KSAs Include): Recognizes conditions or circumstances that indicate something might be wrong, unusual, or out of the ordinary; utilizes senses of sight and hearing to assist in recognition. Written Communication (KSAs Include): Writes clearly and concisely. Uses proper grammar, punctuation and spelling. Writes reports that are well organized, complete and accurate. Writes reports, takes notes and gives citations. Need for legible handwriting increases for traffic patrol agents on motorcycles because of lack of computer. Verbal Communication (KSAs Include): Speaks in a clear, understandable manner and comprehends various types of information. Communicates effectively with persons from diverse economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Speaks with good pronunciation, projects voice clearly. Teamwork (KSAs Include): Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors and other law enforcement officials. Recognizes situations where teamwork, not sole effort, is needed. Shares information and works cooperatively with others. Complies with departmental rules and regulations. Follows orders. Is able to accept advice and constructive criticism in a positive manner. Dependability (KSAs Include): Is reliable, thorough, punctual, and accurate. Assumes responsibility for share of workload. Works with minimal supervision. Learning (KSAs Include): Comprehends new information and applies that which has been learned on the job. Understands and conceptually applies information that is provided in writing or verbally. Retains information. Interpersonal Behavior (KSAs Include): Sensitive to the feelings of others and resolves problems in ways that do not arouse antagonism. Interacts and deals effectively with people from varying social and cultural backgrounds. Courteous and respectful. Exercises compassion and empathy for persons in varied situations and with varied backgrounds. Adaptability (KSAs Include): Adapts to changes in working conditions (e.g., changes in patrol assignment, shift changes, different types of incidents that must be handled one right after the other, weather conditions, etc.) Driving Skills: Demonstrates ability to control vehicle in routine and emergency situations. Maintains a good driving record. Complies with departmental and state driving and safety regulations. Must be proficient at driving while multi-tasking and requires driving in various weather conditions at various speeds. COMMITMENT TO QUALITY SERVICE (KSAs Include): Educates and informs citizens and customers on a variety of issues surrounding law enforcement, develops a rapport with citizens, answers citizens’ questions and understands citizens’ concerns, demonstrates problem-solving for citizens, demonstrates involvement in Community-Oriented Problem Solving (COPS) and displays a positive relationship with citizens, as well as with other employees throughout the department and City.
OFFICER SAFETY (KSAs Include): Applies appropriate safety precautions in hazardous and potentially dangerous situations. Maintains a safe position when dealing with suspects. Maintains awareness of own location and location of legal elements. USE OF WEAPONS (KSAs Include): Maintains physical strength, flexibility and maneuverability necessary to properly utilize the approved weapons for police officers. Demonstrates the ability to aim at a designated target and attain an acceptable proficiency rating. Understands appropriate levels of force based on specific circumstances and chooses weapons accordingly. LEGAL KNOWLEDGE (KSAs Include): Demonstrates working knowledge of laws, codes and legal procedures. Accurately detects crimes and violations and applies all appropriated codes. Complies with legal requirements when making arrests, conducting searches and obtaining evidence. Writes reports that include all necessary legal elements. ARREST AND CONTROL TECHNIQUES (KSAs Include): Maintains physical strength, flexibility and maneuverability necessary to apply prescribed restraining techniques. Remains current in use of force considerations and applies force appropriately. Coordinates arrests and restraints with other officers to minimize danger for Agents, arrestees and bystanders. KNOWLEDGE OF DEPARTMENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES (KSAs Include): Demonstrates working knowledge of department policies, regulations and procedures. Is able to verbalize them and apply them appropriately. PEACE OFFICERS’ STANDARDS AND TRAINING: Ability to pass the P.O.S.T. certification test. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS INITIATIVE (KSAs Include): Proceeds on assignments without waiting to be told what to do. Makes an effort to improve skills and keeps informed of new developments in the field. Exerts the effort needed to make sure the job is done correctly. APPEARANCE (KSAs Include): Presents a neat, clean and well-groomed appearance. Must be able to pass a polygraph, oral board interview, psychological examinations (pre- and post-offer), background investigation, pre-placement physical examination, hair follicle drug screen and physical abilities test (obstacle course). Bi-lingual (Spanish-speaking) ability is a desired qualification.