Police Officer

Chardon, OH
Chardon Police Department

Position Summary:

Provides superior service through the vigilant protection of the public; criminal and traffic enforcement; proactive attention to quality of life matters, and providing service to the community. The Police Officer shall be committed to the mission, vision, and values of the City of Chardon, and of the Police Department, and demonstrate such through ethical conduct, community stewardship, individual initiative, and responsive service. The Police Officer shall demonstrate leadership, management, and technical skills through effective communication and collaboration, proper use of department resources, progressive decision-making, personal accountability, and responsibility. Patrol the City streets, highways, and all other public areas, under the supervision of a police supervisor, ensuring citizen compliance with applicable ordinances and state laws and for the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Takes appropriate action when a violation of law is known, or reported, to prevent crimes whenever possible.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols the City of Chardon, responds to service requests; enforces laws and ordinances; makes arrests, testifies in court; prepares records and files.
  • Answers emergency calls and provides assistance when needed.
  • Conduct investigation of incidents occurring during shift.
  • Performs a variety of unplanned physical tasks which can include restraining of violent individuals or animals, running as fast as possible while chasing, climbing fences, and responding to EMS and rescue emergencies.
  • Maintain all equipment used in the performance of duties.
  • Investigates motor vehicle crashes.
  • Completes reports related to incidents, traffic crashes, and criminal investigations.
  • Provides accurate accounts of violations, observed criminal activity and violations.
  • Ability to provide credible testimony in court.
  • Inspects all properties of the City for security.
  • Conducts vacation watches, business checks, and extra patrol assignments as directed.
  • Conducts traffic enforcement.
  • Identifies law enforcement problems, resolves conflicts, and provides other police services to the public as necessary.
  • Pursue offenders on foot and/or in a vehicle; using judgment in amount and type of force used.
  • Performs CPR, First Aid, using AED equipment, as needed.
  • Operates patrol vehicle to observe for violations of traffic laws, suspicious activities or persons, and disturbances of law and order.
  • Responds to radio dispatches and answers calls and complaints.
  • Issues citations for traffic violations.
  • Serves warrants, makes arrests, and testifies in court.
  • Provides police escorts, directs traffic; performs residential and commercial checks.
  • Completes arrest reports, obtains fingerprints, photographs, and other similar materials; performs prisoner security functions; investigates traffic accidents, crimes reported; develop possible suspects to bring outstanding cases to closure.
  • Identifies, and reports unsafe conditions existing in street or other public facilities.
  • Assists with criminal investigations, conducts stakeouts, assists with presenting evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses, and performs property and evidence duties.
  • Prepares detailed reports on activities and assignments.
  • Inspects vehicles and notifies Fleet Officer of defects in the patrol unit.
  • May be required to perform in-charge duties in the absence of a superior officer.
  • Participates in a variety of in-service training programs.
  • May be assigned to crime prevention, community policing/bike patrol, field training, special operations, technical support, or investigation operation.
  • May be required to work overtime and/or be on call and to be able to respond to emergencies within a reasonable time.
  • Attend various police related schools and seminars, i.e. radar, crash investigation, BAC, and drug identification.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent, with preference for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Maintain certification as a Police Officer by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak clearly.
  • Possess a valid driver license.
  • Successful completion of thorough background investigation including, but not limited to: records checks;
    medical, physical, psychological, and polygraph examinations; pre-employment drug screening, and staff interviews.
  • Must meet qualifications established Under Section 141.06 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Chardon Must maintain telephone availability.