Police Officer

Soldotna, AK
Soldotna Police Department

Salary: $34.09 – $49.42 Hourly.

Open until filled

Position Summary:

This position, under the general supervision of the Chief of Police or their designee, performs general police duties and is responsible for the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws and the protection of life and property. Police officers interact with the general public on a regular basis to provide educational, investigative, and related police services with the goal of preventing crime, ensuring public safety, and developing positive police-citizen relationships.

Essential Functions:

  • Enforces federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
  • Patrols the City on foot, or in police vehicle to respond to citizens’ request for assistance, enforce traffic regulations, detect crime, apprehend violators, and ensure public safety.
  • Answers dispatched or citizen requests for police services and assistance at the scene of accidents, domestic disputes, peace disturbances, and other violations.
  • Investigates illegal or suspicious activities, persons, and establishments and quells disturbances.
  • Locates and searches, detains and arrests law violators following recognized police procedures.
  • Identifies, interviews and questions victims, witnesses, and suspects.
  • Gathers and preserves evidence.
  • Performs first aid and provides other assistance to accident and other victims.
  • Directs and controls traffic and investigates causes and results of accidents.
  • Issues written citations for traffic and other minor violations.
  • Inspects public establishments requiring licenses to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Operates police communication and computer equipment to obtain, disseminate, and report information.
  • Maintains positive relationships with individuals, institutions, government organizations, other law enforcement agencies, as well as private business.
  • Attends community meetings to discuss crime prevention activities and crime problems.
  • Participates in continuous training to remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in the low enforcement profession and to enhance law enforcement skills including firearms proficiency, defensive driving skills, apprehension and arrest techniques, investigative skills, and general law enforcement skills.
  • Writes detailed incident, investigation, activity, and other reports.
  • Maintains confidentiality as required.
  • Testifies in court; prepares and presents case evidence; responds to court subpoenas when off duty.
  • Maintains the integrity, professionalism, philosophies, and values of the Police Department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed.
  • Ensures timely responses to requests from coworkers, supervisors, management, and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Additional responsibilities may include serving as a police instructor, field training officer, or school resource officer.
  • Other job related duties as assigned.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age by date of hire.
  • Must have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid, unrestricted Alaska driver license within thirty (30) days of employment and prior to operating a City vehicle.
  • Must have and maintain a good driving record. Applicants will be required to submit a driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles upon request.
  • Applicant must pass a drug screening test, medical examination, polygraph test, psychological evaluation, written and oral tests, physical fitness test, criminal background check, and other background investigations.
  • Applicant must meet all requirements to be a Police Officer under Alaska Administrative Code (13 AAC 85), and as a condition of continued employment with the City, a Police Officer is required to gain and/or maintain a police certification as required under 13 AAC 85.
  • Obtain and maintain an Alaska Public Safety Information System (ASPIN) security clearance.
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain, APSC certification within 14 months of hire (AS. 18.65.240).
  • An Associated or Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related field and/or prior experience as a police officer, military, or other law enforcement related experience is desired.