Police Officer

Fairbanks, AK
Fairbanks Police Department

Salary: $34.00 – $49.54 Hourly.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols a designated area of the City in a patrol vehicle or on foot to deter and discover crime, and enforce traffic and criminal statutes and laws.
  • Issues citations to violators of City ordinances or State statutes and arrests persons on misdemeanor or felony charges, as well as handcuffs and searches arrested persons and takes them into custody as warranted.
  • Responds to reports of possible crime and takes initial action as the situation requires to secure the scene by administering first aid.
  • Arrests suspects.
  • Interviews available victims and witnesses and gathers evidence.
  • Completes incident and arrest reports.
  • Investigates persons suspected of being engaged in crime.
  • Ascertains and secures evidence pertaining to the alleged crime.
  • Arrests suspects for probable cause in felonies, and requests specialized assistance as needed.
  • Responds to and investigates automobile accidents by assisting drivers or pedestrians who appear to be hurt or in trouble with emergency first aid, summoning necessary emergency medical assistance, interviewing principles and witnesses, making general drawings of the accident scenes, noting details and completing standard accident reports, and issuing citations or taking principles into custody as the situation warrants.
  • Investigates family disputes and reports of maltreatment of children by interviewing persons with complaints or inquiries, providing information on laws and ordinances, attempting to resolve the problem, taking principles into custody as needed, or referring them to appropriate agencies such as juvenile and medical authorities.
  • Performs specialized duties depending on individual officer’s background and abilities and on the needs of the department by;
  • Patrolling and searching areas of the City.
  • Serving as a member of special Drug Investigation Team in conducting investigations of narcotic and other major crimes.
  • Serving as liaison between the community and the department for educating the community in crime prevention through speaking engagements and films.
  • Locating and serving warrants and other official court documents to offenders.
  • Performing traffic enforcement duties.
  • Providing on-the-job training to new employees in the geographical and cultural characteristics of the City and the general methods to use in various situations.
  • Serving as a member of the Tactical Police Team.
  • Performs related work as assigned.
  • The above examples are representative of assignments performed by this class and are not intended to be inclusive.


  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the date of appointment.
  • Applicants must be a U. S. Citizen.
  • Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school or possess a GED equivalent, preferably supplemented by additional college level courses related to criminal justice.
  • Applicants must possess or have the ability to obtain (within eighteen months of employment) a Basic APSC certificate upon completion of the Police.
  • Academy and required period of service. Preference will be given to applicants who have previously obtained a Basic APSC certificate.
  • Applicants must not have a history of mental or emotional disorders. Applicants must be drug free.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum physical fitness requirements established as necessary for the performance of the duties of this position as determined by a medical professional during an employer sponsored physical examination. Must maintain an adequate level of physical fitness required to perform the job requirements.
  • Applicants must successfully pass a hearing examination.
  • Applicants must possess normal color discrimination, binocular coordination, peripheral vision and corrected visual acuity of 20/30 or better in each eye.
  • Applicants must possess, or have the ability to obtain, a valid first aid and CPR card as issued by an agency authorized by the State of Alaska. Applicants must possess and maintain a valid State of Alaska driver’s license and a safe driving record prior to and throughout the duration of employment.
  • Applicants will be required to take a written examination developed to measure individual levels of competency in the field of law enforcement.
  • Applicants will be required to complete polygraph and psychological examinations.
  • Applicants will be required to complete polygraph and psychological examinations. An extensive background investigation will be conducted on all applicants applying for this position.
  • Applicants must meet required entrance standards set by the Alaska Police Standards Council or a certified Police Academy.