Police Officer

Scottsbluff, NE
Scottsbluff Police Department

Position Title: Police Patrol Officer (Entry or Lateral)
Agency Name: Scottsbluff Police Department
Annual Salary: $47,652.80 – $67059.20
Hours: 80 hours every 2 weeks, shift work is assigned.

The Scottsbluff Police Department, a Civil Service Department, is currently accepting applications for Police Officer (Entry-level or Certified). We are seeking individuals with integrity who are committed to public service, dedicated and professional, with a willingness and compassion to work together with the citizens of Scottsbluff to maintain a healthy and safe community. Applications must be in the Human Resources Office by 4:00 p.m., MDT, FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2022.

High School Graduate or GED, at least 21 years of age, with no serious misdemeanors or felony convictions. Testing will include physical fitness test as required by NLETC, written exam, oral interviews, extensive background check and psychological interview.

Officers certified in Nebraska will be granted a lateral entry upon completion of FTO program (wage dependent upon years of experience). Candidates certified in other states will be granted lateral entry upon successful completion of NLETC requirements for reciprocity certification and FTO.

Description of the Job:
A Police Patrol Officer is responsible for the enforcement of laws and ordinances, prevention and detection of crime, observation and reporting of public hazards, and protection of the general welfare of the citizens of the City. A Patrol Officer may perform his/her duties in a police vehicle, bicycle, or on foot. The primary work of a Patrol Officer is to perform routine patrolling of the City on an assigned beat according to established departmental rules and regulations, and under the direction of a Police Supervisor. A Patrol Officer is expected to exercise independent judgment in the handling of situations and responding to emergency calls within the guidelines provided by the department and commanding officers. The work of Patrol Officer is reviewed and evaluated by a Police Supervisor through observation and monitoring of written reports.

Essential Functions of the Job:

  • Patrol an assigned area of the City to prevent or discover criminal activity in the City; includes apprehending criminals, enforcing vehicle and traffic laws, doing civil standbys, and showing a police presence as a deterrent to crime;
  • Respond to and investigate calls for service involving accidents, misdemeanors, felonies,
    traffic control, fire calls, City, State or Federal offenses, nuisances, as well as other calls which benefit the citizens of the City and other City departments;
  • Operate a law enforcement vehicle safely during both the day and night; Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels; Must be able to render credible testimony in a court of law;
  • Maintain awareness on current trends and progressive crime prevention techniques;
  • Provide accurate information, education concerning crime prevention and awareness to the public;
  • Arrest violators, commit prisoners to jail when necessary, testify in court proceeding, work with other law enforcement agencies as requested, and follow up on status of investigations or proceedings involving such arrests;
  • Stay current on changes in laws or ordinances which affect police operations; Prepare timely investigative and other required written reports;
  • Render first aid to injured or ill persons in emergency situations;
  • Accept special assignments to conduct public information programs, serve as a member
    of a special operations team, or coordinate department involvement with neighborhood or community groups;
  • Attend in-service and specialized training programs in areas related to police work or professional development, as directed;
  • Become proficient in use and care of firearms, breathalyzer, and all other equipment necessary to perform the duties of the job;
  • Assist in duties of Humane Officer, if needed;
  • Assist in execution of legal documents pursuant to search and seizure guidelines;
  • May be assigned to serve as field training officer, shift commander, School Resource Officer, or K-9 Handler;
  • Perform general maintenance on automobiles and other assigned equipment; Regular attendance and punctuality required;
  • Assist with related duties in cooperation with any division or department as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 21 years of age by date of appointment; Education equivalent to completion of the 12th grade; Basic computer skills;
  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language;
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain a valid Nebraska Operators license upon appointment; Good driving record;
  • Hearing must be normal, vision must be no less than 20/100 uncorrected and corrected to 20/20 with normal color vision;
  • Excellent physical condition as determined by a medical examination;
  • Must pass a physical agility test and a pre-employment drug screening test; Must receive a passing score on the entrance written and oral examination; Willingness to work rotating shift;
  • Dependability required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Completion of two years in post high school courses in criminal justice or related field or equivalent combination of education, training and experience;
  • Knowledge of state laws, city ordinances and administrative rules and regulations for police departments in Nebraska;
  • Knowledge of types and uses of firearms, communication systems, automotive and other equipment used in modern police work;
  • Knowledge of basic first aid procedures; Bi-lingual in English/Spanish;
  • A certified law enforcement officer in the State of Nebraska.
  • This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by employees assigned to this classification and is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills of personnel so classified.