Police Officer I

Suffolk Police Department
Police Officer I

Under general supervision performs general and specialized law enforcement work for the City Police Department. Work involves protecting lives, property, and rights of the public; investigating criminal activity; serving criminal process papers; and assisting in community functions. Employee is also responsible for preparing files, reports and records and testifying in court. Employee must exercise tact and firmness in frequent public contact. Employee is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative in performing assigned tasks. The employee is subject to the usual hazards of law enforcement work

$41,337.00 Annually

3/8/2020 11:59 PM Eastern


Patrols an assigned area of the City using a police vehicle to detect and deter criminal activities; monitors radio calls; inspects troublesome areas and checks security of business establishments; answers complaint calls and investigates crimes and disturbances; interviews witnesses; gathers evidence and transports to the lab; interrogates suspects and makes arrests; prepares investigation reports.

Serves legal papers such as summons and warrants and civil process papers; explains briefly the meaning of the papers served and makes arrests when necessary.

Must be able to provide credible testimony in a court of law.

Prepares various reports and forms such as case files, offense reports, accident reports, tow sheets and cards, property vouchers, lab requests, etc.

Receives and handles citizen complaints and inquiries.

Transports prisoners and mental patients as required; serves mental papers.

Investigates accidents; performs first aid; secures and clears accident scenes; directs traffic; investigates fatalities of accidents.

Investigates misdemeanor and felony crimes; conducts building checks; reports traffic hazards.

Processes minor crime scenes including collecting, packaging, and vouchering evidence, photographing, and sketching; prepares felony case reports.

Monitors vehicle speeds with radar; conducts criminal and driving checks; issues summons for violations; operates breathalyzer machine.

Conducts surveillance using relevant techniques.



Must pass the Basic Law Enforcement test as administered through an accredited police academy within 1 year of employment. Must complete 40 hours of in service training every two years.

High school graduation or GED.

Applicants must be 20 years and 6 months of age at the time of application; able to possess a firearm in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and able to pass a comprehensive background screening including polygraph.
• A comprehensive medical examination by a licensed physician.
• A psychological examination conducted and interpreted by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.
• A background investigation conducted according to guidelines set forth by the City of Suffolk for its Police Department employees.
• A polygraph examination conducted by a qualified polygraph examiner.
• Successful completion of any compulsory minimum training standards for Police Officer I as required by regulations established in accordance with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Board.
• Valid Driver's License, with -3 or higher point value.