Police Officer

Ashland City, TN
Ashland City Police Department

Position Summary:

This is very responsible law enforcement work maintaining the safety and security of commercial businesses and private residences and assisting with law enforcement activities for the citizens of Ashland City, Tennessee. Activities associated with the job include the routine patrol of businesses and neighborhoods, investigation of complaints, criminal activity and accidents, prosecution of criminal and civil cases, preparation of reports and other documentation and the apprehension of individuals suspected of criminal activity. Service of civil and criminal warrants is assigned by administrative and command staff as needed. Job related responsibilities are potentially hazardous and require considerable knowledge and expertise in law enforcement, good organizational, interpersonal and decision-making skills and sufficient strength and agility to perform the physically demanding aspects of the job. Job performance is reviewed by the Shift Sergeant in consultation with the Deputy Chief and Chief of Police through analysis of crime prevention and apprehension activities, ability to interact successfully with constituents and other law enforcement/emergency personnel, knowledge of local, state and federal laws pertaining to the law enforcement activities, organizational and decision making skills and expertise in law enforcement and crime prevention disciplines.

Essential Functions:

  • Conducts patrols of commercial property and private neighborhoods to ensure the safety and security of residents, visitors and business owners.
  • Investigates citizen complaints and responds to calls for service to obtain information; conducts investigations and determines the appropriate level of intervention and/or law enforcement action(s).
  • Responds to radio dispatches and answers calls and complaints.
  • Prepares reports and other documentation to support law enforcement activities and prepares evidence for judicial and court proceedings.
  • Works with community groups and serves on various boards and committees as directed by the Chief of Police.
  • Investigates traffic accidents and controls the flow of traffic around accident sites and other road hazards.
  • Assists property and/or business owners with crime prevention techniques and programs to enhance the security of their property.
  • Apprehends individuals suspected and/or accused of criminal activities and provides safe custody to the appropriate correctional facility.
  • Provides assistance to individuals in distress and/or in need of help.
  • Executes civil and criminal warrants as assigned through the court and command staff.
  • Conducts radar checkpoints and issues traffic citations for speeding, failure to wear seatbelts and other motor vehicle operation violations.
  • Attends juvenile, criminal, sessions and city court proceeding to provide testimony, submit evidence, assist with court proceedings, etc.
  • Responds to domestic and other volatile situations and attempts to resolve them or at a minimum prevent further escalation.
  • Participates in training sessions to obtain and/or maintain required certifications.
  • Inspects all equipment and vehicles utilized on a daily basis to ensure proper maintenance and repair.
  • Provides escorts for funeral processions, parades, special events, etc.
  • Inspects public and/or private property and businesses upon request to determine the potential intrusion points and other safety concern.
  • Prepares reports of daily activities and enters the information into computer databases.
  • Participates as needed on various special units including the bomb squad, SWAT teams, HAZMAT, etc.
  • Maintains public order at special events and community activities.
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Graduation from an accredited high school (Associate Degree and/or military experience preferred), supplemented with additional course work/ training in crime prevention and/or law enforcement; State of Tennessee POST Certification; sufficient strength and agility to perform the physically demanding aspects of the job in a variety of weather conditions; ability to interact effectively with the public.
  • Police Department personnel are required to maintain the highest standards of integrity, honesty and ethical behavior and conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner at all times whether or not they are performing job related duties.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Certification by a qualified professional in the psychiatric or psychological fields as free of all apparent mental disorders as described in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association.
  • Certification by a licensed physician designated by the agency as physically capable of performing necessary duties.
  • Fingerprints must be on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must not have been convicted or plead guilty or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances.
  • Must not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Possession of a valid Tennessee driver’s license and the ability to be insured at standard vehicle liability rates
  • Ability to obtain or current firearms certification.
  • Ability to obtain or current radar gun certification.
  • Ability to obtain or current aggressor control spray certification.
  • Ability to obtain or current Intoximeter EC-IR II Operator certification.