Entry Level Police Officer
Police Officers are assigned to patrol duty or other special assignments necessary to maintain public peace and order, to protect life and property, to prevent crime, to apprehend suspected violators of the law, and otherwise to assure the enforcement of State laws and City ordinances under the jurisdiction of the office of the Chief of Police.
- Patrols assigned geographical areas in the City by car or on foot or other means to aid in preventing crime and to enforce federal, state, and City criminal and traffic laws and regulations.
- Physically detains law violators or those who may be resisting arrest which may require physically subduing a suspect.
- Observes, reports and acts on conditions conducive to crime and danger.
- Reports traffic hazards and directs pedestrians and vehicular traffic flow when necessary; disburses unruly crowds at public gatherings.
- Takes command at scene of crime or accident until relieved by a superior officer; administers first aid and requests medical service as necessary; takes statements, interviewing victims and witnesses; assesses situations and determines appropriate response; records vital information regarding causes and circumstances, including taking photographs and measurements; documents evidence.
- Performs stake-outs or undercover operations to obtain sufficient evidence to prosecute or identify principal participants perpetrating a crime.
- Serves and enforces civil process issued by the courts to include restraining orders, orders for protection, not contact orders, antiharassment orders, and subpoenas; serves arrest and search warrants.
- Prepares and writes a variety of reports and records, such as reports on arrest, property evidence, impound, accidents, offenses, damages to property, and results on investigations.
- Provides general information on laws and ordinances; explains process of filing a formal complaint; directs citizens to appropriate authorities as necessary.
- Responsible for tactful and courteous treatment of all citizens.
- Develops partnerships with individual citizens, group and area representatives.
- Develops solutions to problems and improves quality of life where possible
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE - Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job.
- High school diploma or G.E.D.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS - Certain licenses and certificates, if required, may be acquired on the job as agreed upon by the City and employee.
- Valid Washington State driver license.
- Basic Law Enforcement Certification (lateral entry only).
- Must be 21 years of age of at time of appointment.
- Must be a United States citizen at time of appointment
- Valid First Aid and CPR Certification