General police work in the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, and the prevention of crime. Employees perform duties in accordance with departmental rules and regulations and in consonance with existing laws and ordinances. Work is performed under the supervision of superior officers through assignment of duties, personal inspection, and review of reports. While at all times recognizing the social aspects of police functions in dealing with the public, officers must be able to act quickly and exercise sound judgment and discretion in situations involving police powers without immediate supervision.
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• Patrols assigned area on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or in police vehicle to control traffic, prevent crime or disturbance of peace, and arrest violators.
• Maintains radio contact with headquarters and supervisor via two-way radio; notes suspicious persons and establishments and reports unusual activity to supervisor.
• Responds to calls involving criminal violations; secures scene to restore peace and protect evidence; calls for back-up assistance as needed.
• Interviews complainants, witnesses, and/or informants to obtain facts relevant to the incident/case.
• Conducts searches of persons and/or property to obtain weapons, illegal drugs, stolen property and other evidence; seizes contraband and stolen property.
• Advises suspects of their legal rights; conducts interrogations; warns and/or arrests persons in violation of the law; may be required to use force in the apprehension of suspects.
• Completes field incident, arrest, booking and related police reports in accordance with departmental policy and state statutes; testifies in court as needed.
• Conducts routine follow-up investigations as assigned; conducts stakeouts, surveillances, and searches of persons/property to collect evidence; may collect prints and other evidence at scenes.
• Directs and reroutes traffic around fires, accidents, parades, special events, or other disruption; disperses and controls crowds; secures scene to protect victims and property.
• Provides first aid and calls for medical assistance.
• Issues traffic summonses and warnings, parking citations, and vehicle repair notices as needed.
• Gives general information to citizens concerning the location of streets, routes, and buildings.
• Gives talks before school and community groups on juvenile delinquency, crime prevention, and police policy and operations.
• Assists in the training of departmental personnel and in the analysis of statistical and other data pertaining to police operations.
• May be assigned to specific section within department requiring the performance of specialized duties, e.g., recruitment, training, evidence, operations, analysis, public relations, legal research.
• Performs related duties as directed when such duties are logical/appropriate assignment to position.
Knowledge of the current principles, methods, and practices of law enforcement.
Knowledge of various law enforcement and community service agencies.
Knowledge of basic life saving techniques (CPR/First Aid).
Knowledge of current law enforcement procedures and operations.
Knowledge of Federal, State, and local criminal laws and ordinances and the criminal justice system operations.
Ability to write technical reports and correspondence.
Ability to conduct interviews.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with citizens, co-workers and managers.
Ability to observe situations analytically and objectively and record them clearly and completely.
Ability to remain calm and react quickly in emergencies.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relations with the public and enforce laws and ordinances tactfully, firmly, and impartially.
Ability to effectively speak in public as well as set up and deliver presentations in public settings.
Skilled in communicating with others, both verbally and in writing.
Skilled in the use of hand gun, impact weapon, police radio, and related standard issue equipment.
High School Diploma or GED. Associate’s degree from an Accredited College or 60 equivalent semester hours, preferably in a Law Enforcement related field, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Possession of a State of Florida Police Standards and Training Certificate and a valid Florida Driver's License.