Lateral Police Officer
Salary: $41.54 – $49.48 Hourly.
Under general supervision from the Police Sergeant, the Police Officer is responsible for protecting lives and property within his/her jurisdiction. It is important for persons in this position to maintain a high public profile in order to deter criminal behavior.
- Operates a motor vehicle for extended periods of time in all environmental conditions, and on occasion at high speeds and in congested traffic situations.
- Apprehends those suspected of unlawful activity, cautiously observing legal guidelines regarding arrests and individual civil rights.
- Patrols city limits from a police car, other police vehicle or on foot to monitor activity.
- Monitors and enforces traffic laws and safety ordinances within a prescribed jurisdiction.
- Patrols and examines buildings and residences to detect suspicious conditions.
- Detects and/or prevents criminal activities.
- Directs traffic in congested and emergency areas; reports safety hazards.
- Identifies and eliminates hazards to public safety.
- Issues citations for various infractions.
- Responds to scene of accident and investigates cause.
- Responds to calls for service and assistance.
- Provides first aid as needed.
- Investigates and interviews victims, witnesses and potential suspects.
- Appears in court to testify as needed.
- Conducts detailed investigations and gathers information that pertains to suspected criminal activities.
- Conducts follow-up investigations based upon reports and other data compiled by department personnel.
- Searches for and preserves evidence.
- Makes oral and written reports.
- Prepares reports pertaining to arrests and investigations.
- Records information related to daily patrol activities and preparation of reports based on this information to aid in the prosecution of offenders.
- Maintains liaison with other departments and agencies.
- Participates in various training sessions.
- Become qualified and obtain any certifications required by local, state or federal law.
- Conducts light preventative maintenance on departmental equipment.
- Meet minimum department standards on firearms qualification.
- Be 21 years old or older.
- Possess valid Washington state driver’s license.
- Be able to qualify on the shooting range.
- Be able to pass Washington State medical standards for police officers.
- Have the ability to read, understand and interpret ordinances, laws, and other operating procedures and to communicate orally and in writing.
- Have the ability and willingness to maintain strict confidentiality.
- Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
- Be capable of passing applicable civil service or city required employment testing, such as, but not limited to, psychological, physical agility, polygraph.
- Be capable of satisfactorily prescribed courses of training at the academy and during in-service training progress, as required.
- Must be legally permitted to possess a firearm in the State of Washington.
- Must be legally qualified to work in the United States.
- All city employees must successfully pass a pre-employment Drug Testing as prescribed by the City’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy.