Entry Level – Sworn Police Officer
Essential Job Functions
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
- Performs directed patrol assignments and responds to routine calls for service; assists stranded motorists and investigates abandoned vehicles; reports traffic, roadway, utility and engineering problems; directs vehicle and pedestrian traffic; responds to burglar and intrusion alarms; checks buildings for signs of unlawful entry; conducts vehicle lock-outs; performs crowd control; makes emergency notifications.
- Enforces motor vehicle laws, including speed limits, traffic laws, OWI laws and parking laws; administers standardized field sobriety tests and breath tests.
- Investigates vehicle accidents; sketches and photographs accident scenes; secures and processes evidence; interviews participants and witnesses; performs traffic direction and control; determines fault and contributing factors; completes reports and required paperwork.
- Enforces criminal laws and City ordinances.
- Conducts investigations for misdemeanors and felonies; interviews witnesses; interrogates suspects; collects information on offenders; conducts surveillance.
- Searches persons and crime scenes; packages, transports and submits evidence; protects integrity of crime scenes.
- Recovers and inventories stolen property.
- Prepares probable cause affidavits and search warrants; serves civil process papers, juvenile petitions, subpoenas and mental health commitment papers.
- Enforces court orders including writs and restraining orders.
- Apprehends and arrests violent and non-violent misdemeanor and felony suspects; advises persons of constitutional rights; conducts field searches of arrested persons; handcuffs, fingerprints, photographs and books prisoners; explains arrest or nature of complaint to offenders; guards prisoners to prevent escape or suicide attempts; informs prisoners of bail system; inventories prisoner’s belongings; transports prisoners.
- Completes arrest report narratives, written narratives on incidents and offenses and citation forms; takes field notes and written statements from witnesses.
- Attempts to resolve domestic disturbances; mediates landlord/tenant disputes; investigates abuse and neglect complaints; recommends social service agencies in non-criminal matters.
ENTRY LEVEL CARMEL POLICE OFFICER APPLICANTS
- Must be a high school graduate, as evidenced by a transcript issued by an accredited high school. An achievement test certificate from an accredited high school or State Board of Education is acceptable.
- Shall possess a valid Indiana drivers license (or obtain one within 60 days of becoming an Indiana resident) and have no more than six (6) active points.
- Shall be a US citizen.
- Shall be at least 21 years of age, and under the age of 40 at date of hire. Or be a veteran who has at least 20 years of service in the armed forces and be no older than 40 years and six months. (This is a Pension requirement and cannot be waived).
- Shall be drug-free, and have no convictions for driving under the influence of drugs.
- Shall have no more than two (2) alcohol-related violations as a minor (18-20 years of age).
- Shall not have a conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), or operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) in excess of the legal limit as set by state law.
- Shall have no felony convictions.
- Shall have no convictions for any Class A misdemeanor.
- Shall have no convictions for selected Class B misdemeanors (see application question 40). The Chief of Police will make the final decision regarding disqualification in this area.
- Shall not have received other than an honorable discharge from the military, or other discharge with honorable conditions.
- If hired, shall establish residency as required by state law or local ordinance.