How to write a Police Officer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Police Officer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Police Officer job titles

  • Campus Police Officer
  • State Police Officer
  • Sheriff
  • Sheriff Deputy
  • Detective

Police Officer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Police Officer job summary

As a police officer, you are a public sector employee responsible for maintaining peace and law and order in the community you serve. You are tasked with enforcing local, state and federal laws and statutes as well as enforcing court orders and other citations. As a police officer, you will work by vehicle, foot, bicycle or residential patrol. You will act as a first responder securing victims until paramedics can arrive. You will also be responsible for responding to and solving emergency and non-emergency calls from the community. We also like for your police officers to act in an educational capacity with the community so they can understand the services and protections we provide.

Police Officer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Police Officer responsibilities

  • Fulfills court orders issuing and executing warrants
  • Responds to calls and solve complaints and apprehend suspects as needed
  • Help in minimizing injury and harm to victims by operating in a first responder role
  • Conducts investigations, apprehends suspects and aids in their prosecution by working with the district attorney’s office
  • Helps maintain law and order by ensuring citizens adhere to local, state and federal laws and statutes
  • If needed, direct traffic and issue citations related to traffic violations

Police Officer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Police Officer skills

  • Understanding of local, state and federal laws
  • Ability to work in difficult and high-pressure situations
  • Ability to communicate with people from all walks of life
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to remain calm and poised in challenging situations
  • Good interpersonal skills

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