Police Officer – Entry Level
Occupational Category: Law Enforcement
Applicants must submit an online application and pass the written and physical ability tests conducted by Public Safety Testing (www.publicsafetytesting.com).
Under the direction of a Police Sergeant, perform general duty police work involving resolution of citizen and public safety concerns; the protection of life and property; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; the prevention and investigation of crimes; and maintenance of order.
The incumbent in this position will help create and nurture a community oriented public safety department as envisioned by the City Council and set forth in the department vision and values statement: will respond positively to citizen concerns, encourage citizen involvement and the development of creative approaches to public safety; will participate in the coordination of Police Department efforts to impact perceived and actual crime problems; and will provide feedback to the department on community concerns and initiatives.
Hiring Process Summary
- A City of Lakewood Application Packet must be completed online at www.cityoflakewood.us.
- Register with Public Safety Testing and complete the written and physical ability tests.
- A minimum passing score of 70% is required on the written exam.
- The physical ability test is pass or fail.
- Successful candidates will be ranked on an initial selection list based on written exam scores.
- Top scoring candidates will be invited to participate in oral board interviews.
- A minimum passing score of 70% is required on the oral board interview.
- Successful candidates will be ranked on an eligibility list by a combination of scores from the written exam and the oral board interview.
- The written exam and the oral board interview will be weighted equally.
- As applicable, veterans’ scoring criteria and education preference percentages will be added to the combined written exam and oral board scores.
- The highest scoring candidates will proceed to a Chief’s panel interview. Any offer of employment will be conditional upon successfully passing a thorough background investigation including (but not limited to) a polygraph, psychological examination, and a physical examination which includes drug testing.
- The rule of five will be utilized for final selection(s).
- The approximate length of time from background investigation to hire is three months.
- Respond to emergency and routine calls for service.
- Perform computer inquiries from the patrol vehicle and stationary terminals.
- Serve and enforce civil process issued by the courts to include restraining orders, orders for protection, no contact orders, anti-harassment orders and subpoenas; serve arrest and search warrants.
- Provide the public with general information on laws and ordinances; explain process of filing a formal complaint; direct citizens to appropriate authorities as necessary, reassure the public regarding concerns with safety.
- Attend meetings, seminars and other training classes to maintain current knowledge of criminal and civil laws, as well as technical skills to remain proficient in the performance of duty; may train other employees.
- Document incidents and actions by writing case reports and field interview cards; maintain daily logs and prepare other related reports.
- Patrol designated area of city in police vehicle, on foot patrol, bicycle patrol and/or other conveyances on an assigned shift; patrol business and residential districts to provide an element of safety by obvious visibility; look for crimes or potential crimes or hazardous situations in progress.
- Act as primary investigator of all crimes occurring within assigned areas during duty hours; make on scene arrests when warranted; protect crime scenes in situations warranting additional investigation; use varying and justifiable degrees of physical force to overcome resisting suspects and to protect self and others from injury.
- Pursue fleeing suspects on foot and in vehicles; perform rescue and pursuit operations.
- Investigate and/or handle complaints involving family disputes, juvenile disputes, mentally disabled persons.
- Provide first aid cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.
- Take immediate action to remedy hazards and protect life and property.
- Stop traffic violators and take appropriate remedial action; identify suspicious individuals and question their activities.
- Apprehend violators or offenders of the law; in situations where lawful arrests are resisted, the officer must be prepared and able at times through training, judgment and high levels of physical exertion to use justifiable levels of force to overcome the resistance and protect citizens, themselves, and fellow officers.
- Tactfully diffuse any verbal abuse which may occur in the course of performing work assignments. Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with hostile views and opinions of suspects and others encountered in an antagonistic environment.
- Testify in court hearings.
- Search for lost or wanted persons over varying terrain and conditions for extended periods of time.
- Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
- Determine when a lawful search or arrest can or should be attempted; determine when and to what extent physical force should be used, as governed by law and department regulations.
- Investigate traffic accidents in various weather and traffic conditions; physically direct traffic; place temporary traffic control devices such as portable stop signs, barricades and other forms of directional signing as needed.
- Read, review, interpret, serve and enforce various court orders.
- Develop knowledge about known offenders and businesses possibly involved in or promoting criminal activity; correlate records of such criminal activity.
- Recover lost or stolen property; lift and move commonly recovered items such as bicycles, televisions, stereo components, tools, automotive wheels and parts, and small safes without destroying or damaging items.
- Assist in administrative duties such as coordinating multi-department response to persistent criminal activity, planning police/community relations events, and training, leading or coordinating non-sworn work units such as Parking Enforcement.
- Attend neighborhood meetings and interact with community members to solve neighborhood problems, improve community and police relations and build public trust.
- Prepare affidavits for search warrants; interview witnesses and suspects. Develop and use informants and other investigative aids; appear in court to present evidence and to testify against persons accused of crimes.
- Provide assistance and referrals for domestic violence cases, indigent persons and stranded individuals.
- Prepare material to present at training sessions for police officers or others, including schools, businesses, private citizen groups, etc.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
- City ordinances and applicable state and federal laws and WAC rules.
- Department policy and procedure.
- Modern police methods and procedures.
- Criminal behavior and causes underlying criminality and social, psychological and physical needs of criminals/inmates.
- Geography and street locations.
- Laws of arrest, search and seizure including legal ramifications of action taken.
- Principles of crime and accident investigation.
- Basic techniques of crime prevention and criminal investigation.
- Basic techniques of criminal investigation.
- Identification and preservation of evidence.
- First aid principles and application.
- Organization and planning.
- Use and care for firearms.
- Operate police vehicle and other police equipment.
- Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
- Analyze dangerous situations rapidly and accurately.
- Maintain control in stressful, hostile and hazardous conditions.
- Enforce all applicable laws.
- Prepare clear and concise reports.
- Act without direct supervision and exercise independent judgment.
- Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
- Communicate effectively in English with co workers, superiors and the general public, both orally and in writing.
- Interact effectively with individuals, groups and organizations representing a wide diversity of ethnicities, cultures, opinions and beliefs.
- Cope with situations firmly, courteously and tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others.
- Demonstrate the knowledge of and adherence to a high standard of personal and professional ethics.
- Effectively deal with violations of rules, policies, and procedures on an impartial basis.
- Maintain standards of physical fitness.
- Recognize when the application of deadly force is appropriate under state law and department policy.
- Employ deadly force in order to protect human life.
- Operate a motor vehicle, computers/keyboards, B.A.C. verifier machines, telephones, police radios, mobile data terminals, tape recorders, firearms, batons, handcuffs and other police related equipment.
- Work includes indoor and outdoor environment; subject to adverse weather conditions and possible verbal abuse; employees may be assigned to work evening and weekend hours, and are subject to call out.
- The performance of police duties requires above average physical endurance in running, climbing and lifting, as well as good balance, hearing and vision. Incumbents in this classification may be exposed to gunfire, toxic chemicals, traffic hazards, occasional driving at high speeds, communicable diseases and physical abuse from hostile or disoriented individuals.