Police Officer

Lawton, OK
Lawton Police Department

Salary: $26.98.

Position Summary:

This is an entry level position for all sworn officers after they have completed the recruit school. Position requires monitoring and enforcement of the criminal and traffic laws. Work of this nature requires responsibility to react in a thorough and professional manner and an ability to deal with the public and observe suspicious activity.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols assigned area of city, checking buildings, bars/private clubs, and residences for suspicious activity to deter crime and to protect lives and property of the citizens.
  • Enforces state and federal laws and city ordinances and traffic laws.
  • Investigates crime scene; talks to or interviews witnesses or victims; searches for and preserves evidence; participates in line-ups; makes oral or written reports such as criminal complaint forms or narrative reports; testifies in court.
  • Makes arrests on criminal and traffic related offenses at the scene. Executes search warrant and arrest after obtaining sufficient evidence to arrest.
  • Assists stranded motorists, helps those who need aid, comfort or who are in distress. Determines if a person is a danger to self or others and evaluates the mental stability of the individual.
  • Investigates traffic accidents.
  • May assist in jail responsibilities, booking and fingerprinting, dispatch, or animal control.
  • May assist in diverse tasks involving the recognition, collection, and analysis of evidence and information.
  • Speaks before citizens and citizen’s groups; participates in various in-service training; communicates with other law enforcement personnel in various agencies and with the City/District Attorney’s office.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency with firearms and with physical defense techniques to defend self and others.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) Basic Police Academy.
  • Possession of a valid Oklahoma driver’s license at date of hire or valid driver’s license from state of residency.
  • Completion of CLEET certified FTO program.
  • Must be able to pass local comprehension/aptitude tests, practical exams, MMPI or related psychological
    performance tests; must pass a comprehensive background investigation; subject to other interviews,
    polygraph, drug test or other exams.
  • Must pass the State pension board physical exam.
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or have pending criminal actions.
  • Must not be a present or recent user of controlled substances.
  • Must demonstrate both through background investigation, interviews, and other tests that he/she is suited for the job of police officer.
  • Must be able to pass the shooting qualifications and physical defense exams.