Lateral Patrol Officer

Park Ridge, IL
Park Ridge Police Department

Position Summary:

This position performs general duty police work for the apprehension of criminals, prevention of crimes, protection of life and property, and general enforcement of all laws and ordinances on an assigned shift under general supervision. Duties may also include in-depth investigation of criminal offenses as assigned. Performs duties in compliance with all state and federal laws, standards, and guidelines and departmental policies, procedures, and directives. Maintains conduct toward individuals, which displays a firm and fair attitude, respect for personal rights, and concern for safety.

Essential Functions:

  • Answers all emergency and non-emergency calls for service.
  • Discovers and prevents the commission of crimes, enforces ordinances and all state and motor vehicle laws for designated areas.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witness statements, makes arrests, and escorts prisoners from the scenes of crimes.
  • Makes arrests, escorts prisoners from the scene of a crime. Detains anyone wanted through the serving of warrants.
  • Investigates motor vehicle accidents and assists local fire department and ambulance personnel.
  • Makes dispositions of all complaints or inquiries or directs people to the proper organizations to handle the complaints.
  • Prepares evidence for issuance of complaints; serves criminal process, including warrants and subpoenas.
  • Completes reports compiling factual data, evidence and conduct interviews and interrogations when appropriate.
  • Performs investigative duties that cover a wide range of cases including, but not limited to: sexual assault, child abuse, assault, battery, forgery, arson, burglary, theft, vandalism, and background investigations.
  • Inspects scenes of crimes, accident sites, and other appropriate locations to identify possible physical
  • Takes appropriate measures to preserve potential evidence including taking photographs, making casts, taking custody, making detailed notes, and/or calling in appropriate experts as necessary.
  • Interviews victims of criminal activity and potential witnesses or suspects.
  • Arrests or detains suspects in accordance with proper legal procedure.
  • Prepares cases for court hearings and testifies in such hearings as required.
  • Acts in a relief capacity, working in other areas of the department as assigned.
  • Performs public relations duties as required or assigned.
  • Carries out any lawful order or duty as prescribed by the Chief or supervisor.
  • Participates in and presents preventative education and information through community and school awareness projects; teaches and counsels those within the community on law enforcement activities, programs and referral resources.
  • Enforces parking and other ordinances; issue citations for general parking and related ordinances.
  • Provides roadside assistance to motorists in need.
  • Assists with the department’s accreditation process as requests.
  • Performs community relation’s functions.
  • Enforces overweight truck violations; perform selective traffic enforcement.
  • Train new officers as assigned.
  • Maintains police vehicle and equipment in clean and operating order.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must be a certified Police Officer in the State of Illinois in accordance with Illinois Law Enforcement
    Training and Standards Board.
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s license.
  • State Firearm Certification, AED/CPR Certification, and LEADS certification required.