Police Officer

Yarmouth, MA
Yarmouth Police Department

Position Summary:

Under general supervision of Police Sergeant, Lieutenant and Chief of Police, a Police Officer performs a wide variety of duties involved the enforcement of laws and the prevention of crimes; controls traffic flow and enforces state and local traffic regulations; issues citations; participates in and conducts a variety of criminal investigations; makes arrests; provides support and assistance to special crime prevention and law enforcement programs; and performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of law enforcement services and activities.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol designated areas of the Town in car, by foot, or other means to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances; protect real and personal property by providing security checks of residential, business, and public premises; maintain awareness of and remains alert for wanted suspects, known criminals, stolen vehicles, missing persons, traffic violators, and crimes in progress; issue warnings and citations.
  • Respond to calls for the protection of life and property, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, general public service calls, and complaints including those involving automobile accidents, traffic hazards, misdemeanor and felony incidents, domestic disturbances, property control, civil complaints, and related incidents; investigate complaints and takes appropriate action, which may include the use of deadly or nondeadly force; use sound judgment under adverse, stressful conditions.
  • Conduct investigations at scenes of incidents to which summoned or incidents observed; determine what, if any, crime has been committed; identify, collect, preserve, process, and log evidence; locate and interview victims and witnesses; identify and interrogate suspects.
  • Work in partnership with the District Attorney’s Office to obtain and file criminal complaints on arrested subjects.
  • Prepare and serve search and arrest warrants; apprehend and arrest offenders for crimes committed under federal, state, and local laws and codes; control and mitigate people under the influence of drugs or alcohol or other potentially hostile situations.
  • Serve as liaison and public relations officer to the public; establish and preserve good relationships with the general public; answer questions from the public concerning local and state laws, procedures, and activities of the department; make presentations before a variety of public groups to promote crime prevention activities and to enhance public understanding of Police activities.


  • Must be 21 years or older.
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid Maine Driver’s License, without record of suspension or revocation in any state.
  • High school diploma or equivalent, supplemented by an Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or vocational school in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice administration, public administration, or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.