Police Officer (Academy Graduate/Laterals)
Under direction, performs a variety of basic law enforcement activities to prevent crime, maintain law and order, and identify and apprehend suspects. The majority of positions in this class are assigned to the patrol division, with others assigned to investigation, community and youth services, and administration. All may be called upon at any time to respond to a major crime scene or other law enforcement priority outside their regular assignment. Performs related responsibilities as required.
Patrols an assigned area for the prevention of crime and enforcement of federal, state and local laws and regulations, and arrests violators as necessary.
- Patrols an assigned area for the prevention of crime and enforcement of federal, state and local laws and regulations, and arrests violators as necessary.
- Responds to radio messages, telephone instructions, and/or citizens requests to appear at scenes of disorder or crime as assigned.
- Conducts preliminary or follow-up investigations of crimes and disturbances including burglaries, thefts, robberies, narcotics action, deaths, assaults and accidents.
- Collects and preserves evidence and may determine what evidence should be collected.
- Testifies in court at civil and criminal hearings.
- Directs traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow, at times of emergency or congestion.
- Stops drivers who are operating vehicles unsafely or in violation of laws, and issues traffic and parking citations.
- Serves warrants and subpoenas.
- Prepares detailed reports of arrests, investigations and unusual incidents for the use of other officers, correctional and other government agencies, and insurance companies.
- May receive special assignment to assist other law enforcement and government agencies.
- If assigned to Community and Youth Service Bureau, may work in the prevention, amelioration and investigation of juvenile delinquency, child abuse and sexual assault.
- May participate in public education programs and make presentations regarding traffic safety and a variety of crime prevention topics; may serve as Department representative to other public agencies, task forces or committees.
- Attends Department meetings and briefings and may participate in internal task forces.
- May perform duties of higher rank for training purposes.
- Performs related duties as required.
This position reports to a Police Agent or Police Sergeant and does not supervise as an ongoing assignment.