Police Officer Lateral

Payson, AZ
Payson Police Department

Salary: $58,196.

Position Summary:

Within a culturally and socially diverse population, this position employs discretion in solving problems, maintains public order, prevents crime, enforces laws and ordinances, conducts investigations, makes arrests, issues summons/citations and warnings, assists public, and performs other assignments and administrative support tasks associated with the described general duties. This is the second of nine classifications.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols the Town by radio equipped car, motorcycle, bicycle or on foot, to prevent, discover and deter the commission of crime, to enforce criminal law, to direct traffic, and to enforce motor vehicle operation and parking regulations;
  • Responds to calls and complaints involving fires, automobile accidents, domestic and neighborhood disturbances, assaults, robberies and other misdemeanors and felonies;
  • Writes detailed reports on police related activities;
  • Interviews persons with complaints and makes proper disposition or directs them to the proper authorities;
  • Secures crime scenes, administers first aid, arbitrates disputes, conducts preliminary and follow-up investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witness statements, apprehends suspects, makes arrests, and
    transports offenders;
  • Gives advice and general information to the public;
  • Testifies as a witness in court in connection with arrests and investigations;
  • Attends periodic training classes in police methods, first aid, firearms and related subjects;
  • Keeps informed and aware of persons and places suspected of illegal activity and/or potential for problems within an assigned area;
  • Enters and retrieves data from a computer terminal, PC or other keyboard device;
  • Performs law enforcement patrol activities to include: operates a patrol vehicle; observes criminal behavior; issues summons; pursues offenders by patrol vehicle and on foot; stops offenders; subdues resisting offenders using force where appropriate, including deadly force; arrests offenders; searches persons, places and things; seizes and impounds property and evidence; transports persons and property; communicates verbally in person, radio, and by telephone; mediates disputes; performs crowd and riot control activities; maintains proficiency in operating a variety of law enforcement tools including weapons, vehicles, and computers;
  • Conducts law enforcement investigations to include the following: protects crime and traffic accident scenes; conducts interviews; records information; measures and diagrams crime and traffic accident scenes; prepares detailed reports of investigate findings; seizes and processes evidence; presents testimony and evidence in both civil and criminal court proceedings;
  • Performs public assistance activities to include the following: administers first aid to sick and injured persons for a wide variety of illnesses and injuries; assists distressed motorists; directs traffic; assists and refers mentally ill, indigent, and other persons in need; performs evacuations; personally removes persons, vehicles, and other property from unsafe locations;
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.


  • Must be able to pass a thorough background investigation as stated in department policy, and must never
    have been convicted of a felony.
  • Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona Driver’s License without record of
    suspension or revocation in any state.
  • Must be able to meet Arizona P.O.S.T. standards in all aspects and must be a certified police officer through Arizona P.O.S.T. and Training Board.
  • Some positions may require the use of personal or Town vehicles on Town business.
  • Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, and have an acceptable driving record.
  • Use of a personal vehicle for Town business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized town vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage.
  • Some positions may require the performance of other essential and marginal functions depending upon work location, assignment, or shift.