Police Officer

Spearfish, SD
Spearfish Police Department

The Police Officer will work in a wide variety of settings and conditions, enforcing all applicable laws, preventing and suppressing crimes and accidents, and promoting public safety through community policing principles.

Rate of Pay: $22.60 – $34.25


1. Will be required to have a physical presence and regular and reliable attendance with the ability to work all rotating shifts.
2. Enforces local, state, and federal laws, prevents and suppresses crime and accidents, and promotes public safety through community policing principles.
3. Patrols areas from a police vehicle or on foot as assigned, and according to appropriate public requests and needs.
4. Responds to calls for service of a varying type, using strong and accurate professional judgment in handling the calls for service. Deals successfully and professionally with stressful, unpleasant, or dangerous situations involving adults and juveniles, whether they are witnesses, suspects, or victims of crime, emergency, or other circumstances. Must work professionally, effectively, and tactfully with fellow law enforcement and auxiliary personnel. Gathers and processes evidence.
5. Has a strong working knowledge of laws, ordinances, policies, and procedures as they apply to persons under police care and supervision. He/she will pay special attention to observing and preserving these persons' civil rights, as they are described under federal law. Other principles and practices requiring special attention include, but are not limited to:
• The "due process" provisions of law
• The "probable cause" provisions of law
• Proper search and surveillance techniques, policies, procedures, and protocol
6. Assists and supports police department personnel as assigned, helping to properly identify, question, process, guard, escort, search, supervise, transport, detain, arrest, support, prepare paperwork for, and/or otherwise care for victims, witnesses, and suspects as may be required when they are under police jurisdiction, custody, or care. Note: This includes coordinating efforts with other police enforcement agencies, medical institutions, shelters, etc.
7. Maintains a specified level of physical and mental fitness for the position.
8. Undergoes all specialized and approved Spearfish Police Department training programs, and passes the required tests to qualify for and maintain this position.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required.
• Ability to work all rotating shifts.
• Ability to process data and information confidentially and accurately.
• Ability to express oneself effectively and concisely, in both written and verbal form.
• Deal tactfully and effectively with co-workers and the general public.
• Ability to operate personal computer and software programs and other required office equipment.
• Ability to walk, climb, or otherwise reach assigned work areas or quarters and perform regular police department duties. This includes the ability to pass the department's specified physical and psychological examinations.

Minimum Qualifications
• High school diploma or GED certificate.
• Achievement of a Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission Certificate within one (1) year of hiring date.
• Certification and approval in specified Spearfish Police Department training and testing programs.
• Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license with an insurable driving history.
• Minimum age 21.

Working Conditions
• On-Call/Response Time: Residency required within a distance from the City of Spearfish adequate to meet a thirty (30)-minute response time.
• Weekends/Holidays: Will be required to work weekends, holidays, and on-call shifts.
• Hours: Forty (40) hours per week, with the main schedule set by the chief of police and adjusted by supervisor(s) as staff availability and situations demand. The police officer should allow for a varied, rotating work schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays