Police Officer

Rochester, MN
Rochester Police Department
Salary: $26.30-$38.05

POLICE OFFICER
Rochester Police Department
Mission – “To work with the public to improve the quality of life in the community”

2016 starting salary of $26.30/hr with advancement to $38.05/hr.

This is a continuous recruitment which will be used to establish an ongoing eligibility list for future hiring purposes. 

Applicants who have passed the MN POST Licensing Exam will be invited to an in-person initial screening interview on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Since applicants are limited to submitting one application in a 12 month period, you are encouraged to apply only when you have passed the MN POST Licensing Exam.

Nature of Work
Police Officers perform general duty police work in protecting life and property, maintaining order, preventing crimes, apprehending criminals, and enforcing laws and ordinances. Work is performed in accordance with department rules and regulations and a variety of legislated and other enactments and precedents. Work usually consists of routine patrol, preliminary investigation and traffic regulation duties that may performed in patrol cars or on foot. Work involves an element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and exercise discretion and independent judgment in meeting emergencies. Assignments and general and/or special instructions are received from a superior officer who reviews work methods and results through analysis of records submitted, personal inspection and discussion. Positions at this level receive performance evaluations from designated supervisor.

Distinguishing Characteristics
All positions in the Police Department are required to demonstrate cultural competency by positively interacting with people from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds by promoting community policing, attending community meetings and events, updating merchants regarding potential problems in the area, and participating in community based programs.

By demonstrating cultural competency in law enforcement, collective behaviors, attitudes and policies come together in order to effectively work through cross-cultural situations.

Completed online applications including cover letter and resume are required.

Responsibilities:

The work below is representative of the scope of work performed within this job classification. Individual job duties will vary based on work assignment or location.

*Perform preventive patrol.

  • Make vehicles stops for traffic and/or equipment violations.
  • Conduct residential and commercial building security checks.
  • Assist stalled motorists, provide directions and other information and remove items from roadways which may be a danger to traffic flow.
  • Prepare and submit reports on complaints, damage to property, thefts and other incidents.
  • Subdue and arrest individuals for commission of crimes and/or violations.
  • Serve warrants and subpoenas.
  • Patrol an assigned area of the City on foot or in a radio-equipped vehicle and respond to calls.

*Perform investigative duties.

  • Investigate traffic accidents and complaints involving crimes and/or violations.
  • Execute search warrants.
  • Conduct preliminary investigations, gather and label evidence, interview victims and/or witnesses and write investigative report.
  • Testify in court.

*Perform service related functions.

  • Respond to medical emergencies.
  • Direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic for events (parades, fairs, sporting events, general congestion etc.)
  • Respond to parking complaints and enforce parking regulations.
  • Provide escort service when appropriate.
  • Maintain crowd control at fire scenes, parades, fairs, riots, and other public disorders.
  • Provide first line response to fire or similar disasters to protect the public and facilitate disaster relief efforts.
  • Walk through businesses and neighborhoods to be visible and help prevent crime.
  • Meet with citizens and/or groups to resolve or reduce community crime and safety issues.

Perform special assignments

  • Work in junior and senior high schools as liaison officers.
  • Train and supervise new officers.
  • Provide crime prevention training/seminars to businesses, schools, and neighborhood groups.
  • Conduct investigations under the direction of the Narcotic and Detective Divisions.
  • Interact with other law enforcement agencies, criminal justice system agencies and social/community agencies.

Qualifications:

To be eligible to apply for the position of police officer, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Have an "active" license in the State of Minnesota, meaning that applicant has met the State of Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board approved requirements for obtaining and maintaining a valid license; or
  • Have an "inactive" license in the State of Minnesota, meaning that applicant has previously held an "active" license and is eligible to reactivate it in this State; or
  • Have successfully completed the State of Minnesota POST Board approved professional Peace Officer education and skills requirements and passed the "Peace Officer Licensing Examination" at the time of submitting their application; or
  • Have completed basic police training or certification requirements in another state with which Minnesota has reciprocity, meaning that an out-of-state applicant has been found to be eligible to take the licensing examination in Minnesota or who has left Minnesota law enforcement prior to licensing and passed the "Peace Officer Licensing Examination" at the time of submitting their application.

Since applicants are limited to submitting one application in a 12 month period, you are encouraged to apply only when you have passed the MN POST Peace Officer Licensing Exam.