The purpose of this job is to provide protective service work enforcing laws, patrolling assigned area, investigating criminal activity, serving civil papers, ensuring safety of the public, testifying in court, maintaining records and files and preparing reports.
This position works under close to general supervision according to set procedures but determines how or when to complete tasks.
The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this position. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the position as necessary.
- Operates patrol vehicle to observe for violations of traffic laws, suspicious activities or persons and disturbances of law and order; responds to radio dispatches and answers calls and complaints.
- Serves warrants, summons, subpoenas, civil process papers and makes arrests, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraint.
- Enforces traffic laws; issues citations for traffic violations; performs radar enforcement, DUI checks, traffic control, motorist assistance, etc.
- Conducts and documents security checks of homes, neighborhoods and businesses in assigned area.
- Assists other law enforcement officers and agencies on various tasks.
- Operates computer to run checks, criminal histories, missing person’s checks, etc.
- Assists with criminal investigations by preserving, recording and presenting evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses and testifying in court.
- Prepares and maintains a variety of records and files and prepares various reports.
- Ensures vehicle and equipment are in proper working order.
- Performs a variety of special tasks and duties such as civil process, K-9, investigations, SRO/D.A.R.E., etc. or other special assignments as qualified and assigned.
- Performs related work as required.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Requires High School graduation or GED equivalent supplemented by specialized courses/training in law enforcement.
Special Certifications and Licenses:
- Completion of Virginia Basic Law Enforcement Training and may be required to obtain and maintain specialized certifications depending on departmental assignment.
- Must meet and maintain all department and State training and education requirements for position.
- Must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license with an acceptable driving history.
Performs light to medium work that involves walking or standing virtually all of the time and also involves exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or skill, adeptness and speed in the use of the fingers, hands or limbs on repetitive operation of mechanical or electronic office or shop machines or tools within moderate tolerances or limits of accuracy.