Police Officer

Paynesville, MN
Paynesville Police Department

Salary: $27.33 to $33.81 per hour.

Open until filled

Position Summary:

Works under the general and technical supervision of the Police Chief. General Statement of Duties: Perform police work to discourage crimes through high-visibility policing, investigative capability and the subsequent reporting and apprehension of suspected violators of the law.

Essential Functions:

  • Enforce applicable Federal and State laws and City ordinances.
  • Work cooperatively with Federal, State, County and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors.
  • Respond to a wide variety of service calls requiring various problem-solving techniques, judgement and appropriate use of force.
  • Patrol the community utilizing a patrol vehicle or other authorized vehicle or walk to observe for violations of traffic laws, suspicious activities or persons and disturbances of law and order.
  • Interview victims and witnesses to obtain information regarding crimes, accidents, violations, etc.
  • Perform criminal investigations including domestic disputes, interrogate suspects; gather evidence; conduct surveillance; develop informants; obtain search warrants; apprehend violators and prepare case reports for prosecution.
  • Prepare detailed reports and documentation as required according to departmental procedures.
  • Enforce traffic laws, investigate accidents; issue traffic citations; provide first responder medical assistance.
  • Enforce all animal control laws and acts as the animal control officer.
  • Testify in court.
  • Provide police escorts, direct traffic; perform residential and commercial security checks.
  • Assist other law enforcement agencies as needed.
  • Maintain department issued equipment and vehicles.
  • Communicate and inform the supervisor of important issues or problems encountered during an assigned shift.
  • Attend required and specialized training programs.
  • Attend a variety of in-service training instruction which you may provide training instruction to other department members.
  • Participate in police activities in support of community events and promote community policing for problem solving and developing partnerships.
  • Maintain all minimum requirements for training and certifications including POST License, CJIS, firearms, specialized trainings, etc.
  • Provide support to representatives of other City departments on matters of common interest.
  • Represent the police department at professional functions.
  • Complete lesson plans, projects and staff reports as assigned.
  • Represent the police department at functions in the absence of the Police Chief.
  • Meet with community members regarding issues that have been identified as community concerns or problems and serve as a member of various organizations and committees as assigned.
  • May perform specialized duties and assignments such as SWAT, K9, DARE, School Resource Officer, Firearms Instructor, Evidence Tech as assigned by the Chief of Police.
  • Trained and certified in CPR, first aid, and AED use.
  • Other duties as assigned or apparent.


  • Associates/Technical degree with coursework in law enforcement, criminal justice, or related field with certifications and licensure. Previous experience, training, or higher level of education is preferred.
  • Minnesota Peace Officer License or the eligibility to be licensed.
  • Minnesota Class D Driver’s license or equivalent out-of-state driver’s license.
  • First Aid, CPR and Defibrillator certification.
  • Firearm, radar and pursuant driving training.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental personnel, other law enforcement agencies, associates and the general public.
  • Ability to handle stress and remain in control at all times.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use a personal computer and associated software.
  • Knowledge of an ability to effectively apply generally accepted law enforcement methods related to the prevention, detection and suppression of criminal activity.
  • Ability to pass agility test, criminal history investigation and department psychological evaluation.
  • Must have no felony convictions.