Police Officer

Washington, MO
Washington Police Department

Position Summary:

Performs a variety of crime prevention and other related duties to ensure overall public safety.

Essential Functions:

  • Identify problems that are potential violations of the governing laws and statutes.
  • Communicates with other patrolling officers.
  • Enforces the ordinances in the city, county, and state.
  • Patrols residential and business districts throughout the city.
  • Maintains good public relations with citizens and business owners.
  • Performs physical and visual checks on buildings as necessary.
  • Maintains radio contact with the Dispatcher.
  • Pursues suspects in vehicle or on foot.
  • Follows appropriate search procedures on suspects.
  • Advises suspect of applicable rights, handcuffs and places suspects in custody.
  • Transports and processes evidence and property according to departmental procedures, impounding vehicles as appropriate.
  • Escorts suspect to police station.
  • Photographs and fingerprints suspect, places suspect into cell as necessary or transports to another facility.
  • Completes and files all appropriate paperwork.
  • Works with prosecutors and attorneys as needed.
  • Prepares evidence and testimony.
  • Testifies in court when called.
  • Serves as Court Bailiff as needed.
  • Responds to radio dispatch and citizen’s calls.
  • Provides assistance, counsel and information to citizens.
  • Assists other public safety organizations with crowd control as needed.
  • Facilitates the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
  • Evaluates circumstances at the call site.
  • Determines if back-up is needed and calls for it when necessary.


  • High school diploma or its equivalent.
  • One year to two years related experience and/or associate’s degree; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • The person in this position must have all state- and City-required certifications completed and up-to-date and must have a valid Missouri driver’s license.
  • Ongoing professional development is required to maintain certifications.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Two to three years related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • An Associate’s Degree from an accredited college in Criminal Justice or related field is preferred.
  • One year of law enforcement experience is desired.