Police Officer I

Riverdale, GA
Riverdale Police Department

Salary: $46,885.

Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

The employee hired into this non-exempt position is considered a non-sworn member of the department. This position is an inexperienced, non-certified, police officer trainee. The employee is assigned to assist different sworn employees with various tasks while awaiting assignment to the police academy. Upon successful completion of the police academy, the employee will enter into the field training program as a sworn employee. Work as a sworn employee involves routine patrol work and responding to emergency calls, citizen complaints, and alarms. Duties include preliminary investigations, special detail assignments, administrative duties and other special assignments as assigned by superiors. This employee will be advanced to the position of Police Officer II after successful completion of the police academy, with a salary adjustment.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol the City to provide a visible deterrent in uniform and in marked cars and to enforce laws and ordinances and protect life and property; monitors commercial and residential areas for signs of criminal activity, patrols for suspicious persons or vehicles.
  • Enforces traffic and parking laws through the issuance of citations and warnings; routinely inspects roadways, bridges, and traffic signals and signs to find and report any hazardous conditions.
  • Performs business and residential security checks; checks building doors, windows, gates, and fences to ensure building/home is secured.
  • Reports buildings, homes, vehicles, or equipment that is not secured; ensures the safety and well-being of all residents/employees on duty; learns employees work patterns and alerts them to possible suspects and crime prevention.
  • Responds to calls for assistance, disturbance calls, and complaints of crimes; enforces Federal, State, and local laws by performing warrant, felony, or misdemeanor arrests; implements physical confrontation when necessary; protects the civil rights of persons in custody.
  • Investigates traffic accidents by establishing point of impact, interviewing witnesses, and collecting, preserving, and packaging evidence; detects impaired drivers and performs sobriety evaluations; books DUI suspects.
  • Secures and protects crime scene by establishing boundaries, detaining victims, suspects and witnesses, locating and identifying evidence, and briefing supervisors and investigators on their arrival.
  • Serves as first-responder to provide aid and assistance to victims of traffic and other accidents, assists fire and emergency medical services in treating and transporting victims.
  • Prepares and maintains a wide variety of departmental records and reports in compliance with departmental and legal policies and procedures; prepares and files thorough written case reports.
  • Gives advice on laws, ordinances, and general information to the public; renders advice on domestic disturbances, assists citizens in need.
  • Maintains assigned uniform, vehicle, and equipment in accordance with departmental policy and procedures.
  • Presents evidence and testimony in courts of law; assists in prosecuting felony and misdemeanor cases.
  • Assists stranded motorists, directs traffic when necessary; escorts special processions; transports prisoners to jail.
  • Participates in departmental training programs.
  • Participates in community relation’s projects as required.
  • Serves and executes criminal and traffic warrants on felony and misdemeanor suspects.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Possession of a valid State of Georgia driver’s license (Class C).
  • Satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR).
  • Must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must have no record of a felony conviction.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Associates degree or two years of related college coursework is desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.