Performs police patrol, investigation, traffic regulation, and related law enforcement activities. May include assignment to various functions including, but not limited to the special response team, investigations, motors, traffic enforcement, police canine, Major Crimes Apprehension Team (MCAT) or school resource officer. This is a non-supervisory police services position with the overall responsibility of overseeing the delivery of police services within the guidelines of the department rules and regulations, mission statement, management philosophy, goals and objectives. Assignments and instructions are received from officers of higher rank.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Generally, works in uniform, or other appropriate attire as approved by department staff, and works an assigned shift using own judgment in deciding course of action being expected to handle difficult and emergency situations without assistance.
- Communicates effectively with supervisors, both in writing and through oral communications. Correctly identifies issues to deal with at the police level and those that require approval by superior officers. Consistently advises immediate supervisors of critical or sensitive issues and developing trends affecting the department and City.
- Patrols City streets, parks, commercial and residential areas to preserve the peace and enforce the law, control vehicular traffic, prevent or detect and investigate misconduct involving misdemeanors, felonies and other law violations and to otherwise serve and protect.
- Responds to routine and emergency calls for service and investigates collisions, robberies, civil disturbances, domestic disputes, fights, missing children, prowlers, abuse of drugs, etc. Takes appropriate law enforcement actions.
- Interrogates suspects, witnesses and drivers. Preserves evidence. Arrests violators. Investigates and renders assistance at scenes of collisions. Summons ambulances, emergency services vehicles, tow trucks and other law enforcement vehicles. Takes measurements and draws diagrams of scenes.
- Conducts follow-up investigations of crimes committed during assigned shift. Seeks out and questions victims, witnesses and suspects. Develops leads and tips. Searches scene of crimes for clues. Analyzes and evaluates evidence and arrests offenders. Prepares cases for prosecution and testifies in court proceedings. Treats all victims, suspects and witnesses with dignity and respect, showing empathy and understanding as needed to maintain exceptional police/public relationships.
Education and Experience:
Graduation from high school or GED equivalent; and
Some college or vocational school training in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice administration, public administration, or a related field; or
An equivalent combination of education and experience.