Patrol Officer – Licensed/Licensable

Williston, ND
Williston Police Department

Salary range: $68,495.00 – $72,100.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of duties involved the enforcement of laws and the prevention of crimes; controls traffic flow and enforces state and local traffic regulations; issues citations; participates in and conducts a variety of criminal investigations; makes arrests; provides support and assistance to special crime prevention and law enforcement programs; and performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of law enforcement services and activities.

Essential Functions:

  1. Patrol designated areas of the City of Williston in car, by foot, or other means to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances; protect real and personal property by providing security checks of residential, business, and public premises; maintain awareness of and remains alert for wanted suspects, known criminals, stolen vehicles, missing persons, traffic violators, and crimes in progress; issue warnings and citations.
  2. Respond to calls for the protection of life and property, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, general public service calls, and complaints including those involving automobile accidents, traffic hazards, misdemeanor and felony incidents, domestic disturbances, property control, civil complaints, and related incidents; investigate complaints and takes appropriate action, which may include the use of deadly or non-deadly force; use sound judgment under adverse, stressful conditions.
  3. Conduct investigations at scenes of incidents to which summoned or incidents observed; determine what, if any, crime has been committed; identify, collect, preserve, process, and book evidence; locate and interview victims and witnesses; identify and interrogate suspects.
  4. Work in partnership with the States Attorney’s Office to obtain and file criminal complaints on arrested subjects.
  5. Prepare and serve search and arrest warrants; apprehend and arrest offenders for crimes committed under federal, state, and local laws and codes; control and mitigate people under the influence of drugs or alcohol or other potentially hostile situations.
  6. Serve as liaison and public relations officer to the public; establish and preserve good relationships with the general public; answer questions from the public concerning local and state laws, procedures, and activities of the department; make presentations before a variety of public groups to promote crime prevention activities and to enhance public understanding of Police activities.
  7. Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses; may respond to requests for assistance from agencies outside the City of Williston for mutual aid in the suppression of civil disturbances, apprehension of criminals, or other related requests.
  8. Participate in continuous training to enhance law enforcement skills including firearms proficiency, defensive driving skills, apprehension and arrest techniques, investigative skills, and general law enforcement skills.
  9. Perform a variety of administrative and other types of duties in support of law enforcement services, programs, and activities; attend meetings; maintain and calibrate specialized equipment including preliminary alcohol screening devices.
  10. Initiate and complete reports, legal documents, and other required paperwork; prepare a variety of reports including those on activities, operations, arrests made, and unusual incidents observed; prepare investigative reports and case information.
  11. Must be able to give credible testimony in courts and at hearings; prepare and present case evidence; respond to mandatory court calls during irregular hours.
  12. Direct traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency situations; provide traffic and crowd control at events; provide security at City Council meetings and other City functions.
  13. Enforce parking regulations; issue citations; tow vehicles that are in violation of codes.
  14. Sign off on citations and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verification.
  15. Participate in special assignments including Special Operations Response Team (SORT), Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT), Equestrian Unit, Canine Unit, and related assignments; provide guidance and training to Explorers.
  16. When assigned as a Field Training Officer, train new recruits and lateral police officers; document trainee progress and prepare evaluations; serve as acting field supervisor as assigned.
  17. When assigned as School Resource Officer, serve as law enforcement officer, law related counselor, and law related instructor at assigned school; create a positive role model for students; serve as liaison between students and law enforcement; investigate crimes that occur within the school and on school property; provide information and assistance to school staff and administration, parents, and students regarding law enforcement and community problems; make group presentations; attend committee meetings; maintain program statistics and reports.
  18. When assigned to traffic, patrol assigned areas on a police motorcycle; perform a full range of traffic enforcement duties; observe, monitor, and control routine and unusual traffic conditions; assist and advise motorist; use radar to detect speed; issue citations and warnings; investigate traffic accidents.
  19. Review information and evidence obtained for presentation in court cases; be able to give creditable testimony concerning evidence and facts gathered during the investigative process.
  20. Remain on-call during stipulated time periods to respond to incidents that will probably require major investigative follow-up and criminal identification work at the scene of the incident.
  21. Perform related duties as required.


  • High School diploma or equivalent. Additional college level course work and specialized training in law enforcement, criminal justice, or a related field is highly desirable.
  • Have possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license.
  • Must be a licensed North Dakota Peace Officer (or licensed as a Peace Officer in another state), or eligible for licensure.