This is general police work protecting life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. The incumbent is responsible for the suppression and detection of crime, apprehension of law violators, and the general enforcement of laws and ordinances within the officer’s jurisdiction. An officer is assigned to various types of duty according to the needs of the department. The officer works in accordance with department rules/regulations. An officer is assigned to a designated shift. Work assignments and instructions are received from a superior officer. The officer’s work methods and results are reviewed by a superior officer through the examination of reports, personal inspection, and the discussion of job-related problems.
• Covers a designated geographical area as directed by both conspicuous and inconspicuous patrol, to deter the commission of crimes, discover crimes which have been committed, and detect crimes in progress.
• Responds to calls and complaints in reference to violations of the law, traffic accidents, traffic-related problems and other problems/emergencies where police may be requested.
• Conducts the preliminary investigation at scenes of traffic accidents and crimes. Collects and preserves evidence, locates witnesses, and provides detailed reports. Prepares notes for court testimony.
• Makes contact with the public to provide assistance in police-related matters, to develop favorable relationships between the police and the public, and to obtain information which may assist in the solution of criminal investigations or the apprehension of the perpetrator of a criminal act.
• Assists other divisions on special assignments.
• Acts as detective when assigned.
• Participates in training new officers as assigned. Plans and implements a training program to familiarize a new officer with department policies, procedures, and methods. Evaluates performance and coordinates with others in department to assist the new officer overcome any problem areas.
• Receives and cares for clothing and equipment. Attends training sessions on law, firearms proficiency, and other police-related subjects. Performs related work as required.
Associate's degree is required, plus a Florida Police Standards Council certificate. Prefer an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice. A combination of education and experience may be considered.
Knowledge of current police methods and procedures. Knowledge of first-aid principles and skill in their application.
Ability to learn the rules and regulations of the Police department, applicable federal and state laws, and city ordinances. Ability to learn the physical and social characteristics of the City and of criminal law., with particular reference to apprehension, arrests, and admissibility of evidence. Ability to control personal attitudes, to act impartially, and to react calmly to emergencies. Ability to obtain information through interview, interrogation, and observation. Ability to remember names, faces and details of incidents. Ability to understand and execute difficult oral and written directions and to prepare clear and comprehensive reports. Ability to work long hours and to withstand the physical strain of police work. Ability to deal courteously and effectively with the public.
Skill in the use and care of firearms.
Possession of a valid Florida operator's driver's license without restrictions other than corrective lenses. Must reside within a fifty mile radius of the City of Titusville. Successfully complete psychological and polygraph tests, fingerprinting, driving record check and background check. Must have telephone in home residence. Subject to emergency call-out during off-duty hours and on weekends as required.