Job Title:

Police Officer I

Closing Date/Time:



$35,700.00 - $39,270.00 Annually 

Job Type:

Full Time


Roanoke, Virginia


General Description:

Performs protective service work involving general police duty that frequently involves an element of personal danger and is performed sometimes under emergency conditions. Enforces federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Promotes public knowledge of laws and ordinances and provides assistance to the public. Performs other duties as assigned.




  • Patrols assigned area during scheduled shift, observing for violations of traffic or other laws, issuing citations for violations. Observes for suspicious activities or persons and disturbances of law and order. Checks doors and windows of buildings or residences to ensure security
  • Works any shift, including holidays, weekends and overtime as assigned
  • Responds to radio dispatches
  • Communicates effectively over the police radio channels
  • Ensures safe operation of assigned vehicle in emergency situations, congested traffic, inclement weather, and while operating a police radio
  • Pursues fleeing suspects and effects an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using approved maneuvers and/or weapons as applicable
  • Uses independent judgment in determining reasonable suspicion to detain and search, and probable cause to arrest a suspect
  • Performs rescue operations at accidents, disasters, and other emergency situations.
  • Performs protective services in situations that may involve lifting, carrying, dragging, climbing, crawling, jumping, gaining entrance through barriers, directing traffic for long periods of time, and extinguishing small fires through the use of a fire extinguisher or other appropriate means
  • Performs searches of people, vehicles, buildings and outdoor areas that may involve walking for long periods of time and detecting objects by using body senses
  • Operates issued firearms under conditions of stress and at levels of proficiency and certification as prescribed by the Department of Criminal Justice Services
  • Gathers and records information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informants
  • Detects, preserves, and collects evidence and substances that form the basis of criminal offenses and infractions
  • Ensures investigative and descriptive reports and sketches are prepared using appropriate spelling, sentence structure, grammar, mathematical computations, and symbols
  • Transports prisoners and mentally ill persons using appropriate physical restraints
  • Demonstrates the effective preparation, comprehension, and processing of legal and non- legal documents including criminal and traffic citations, affidavits and search warrants
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills with people by listening, providing information, mediating disputes, advising of applicable rights and processes, and maintaining composure when confronted with hostile views and opinions of suspects and others encountered in an antagonistic environment
  • Provides testimony and evidence by conveying pertinent facts and details in court and other formal settings


  • Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.



Required: High School diploma or equivalent



Preferred: Some experience dealing with the public and enforcing rules


Certifications/ Licenses


Required: Valid Virginia driver's license with good driving record







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