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Police Officer – Lateral

Oak Harbor, WA
Oak Harbor Police Department

We are currently taking applications for lateral Police Officers On North Whidbey Island. Preference will go to officers who have completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Basic or Equivalency Law Enforcement Academy.

Salary
$5,733.00 – $7,166.00 Monthly

The Oak Harbor Police Department is comprised: Administration, Patrol, Detectives and Special Operations. The authorized force consists of 28 Commissioned Personnel and 10 Non-Commissioned Personnel. The department is known for its successful community involvement and problem solving approach to law enforcement. Additionally, the Police Department has a city jail as part of its responsibility, which is staffed by city correctional staff.

The department is proud of its increased commitment to training, including an internal bi-monthly training program, inter-agency training, as well as outside training opportunities for staff. Other areas the department participates in include; a Community Advisory Board, Reserve Officer Unit, Explorer Post and Citizens Volunteers.

The Department has strong cooperative relationships with local agencies and participates in regional law enforcement, communications and emergency management task forces and organizations. The department enjoys continued quality relationships with the U.S. Navy and the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station located in and adjacent to the City of Oak Harbor. We take pride in providing services for our community and the variety of events which occur in the City each year, including; Holland Happenings, 4th of July, National Night Out, Oak Harbor Music Festival, and the Whidbey Island Marathon.

Responsibilities:

Under general supervision, Police Officers perform police services in accordance with the mission, goals, and objectives of the Oak Harbor Police Department, and in compliance with governing federal, state, and local laws. It is the responsibility of police officers to safeguard the public peace, protect life and property, prevent crime, enforce the law, protect the rights of all persons and generally uphold the community-articulated standards.

Essential Job Functions
1. Respond to calls for service involving both criminal activity and community caretaking activities. Interview persons with complaints and make proper disposition or direct them to the proper authorities/community resources.
2. Conduct preliminary and follow-up investigations, process crime scenes using all available techniques, gather evidence, obtain witness/victim/ suspect statements, apprehend suspects, make arrests and transport offenders.
3. Give advice and general information to inquiries from the public.
4. Practice efficient case management including the initial documentation of appropriate information, timely follow-up and case documentation, appropriate interaction with victims, cooperation with other agencies and departments and testifying as a witness in court in connection with arrests and investigations.
5. Use available time to patrol the City by radio equipped car, 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.
6. Take proper safety precautions, which include the appropriate application of force, proper officer safety tactical movement and positioning and de-escalation and crisis management skills.
7. Establish and maintain effective and cooperative relations with City officials, department heads, supervisors, other departments, co-workers, representatives of business and community as well as the general public. Respond to inquiries using good judgement, tact and courtesy, sometimes in stressful situations.
8. Interact and communicate effectively with other social, governmental and private agencies on civil and criminal matters, sometimes in emergency situations.
9. Present a professional demeanor with the general public.
10. Operate safely police vehicles in normal and emergency circumstances in all weather. Properly maintain and use other department equipment.
11. Read and apply department policies, rules, regulations, instructions, laws, ordinances and general literature pertaining to policing.
12. Enter or retrieve computer data.
Under general supervision, Police Officers perform police services in accordance with the mission, goals, and objectives of the Oak Harbor Police Department, and in compliance with governing federal, state, and local laws. It is the responsibility of police officers to safeguard the public peace, protect life and property, prevent crime, enforce the law, protect the rights of all persons and generally uphold the community-articulated standards.

Qualifications:

Performance Requirements
• Knowledge of laws, RCW, City Code, and Department Manual of Standards.
• Knowledge of City Rules & Regulations.
• Ability to drive vehicles and operate all related job equipment.
• Ability to interact well with citizens.
• Ability to be flexible and adaptable in decision-making.
• Skills in computer and word processing software operation.
• Skills in problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
• Good interpersonal sensitivity to people.
• Excellent oral communication skills and ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively and to maintain confidentiality as appropriate.
• Excellent written skills and ability to compose complex correspondence and reports as well as ability to research, organize and compile data into meaningful reports.
• Knowledge of English, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and mathematics.

Experience and Training Requirements
• Must be at least 21 years of age at time of application.
• Must be a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident and have the ability to read, write and speak the English language.
• Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
• Must be able to work within the Use of Force continuum.
• Must meet LEOFF Retirement system minimum medical and health standards.
• Must be able to successfully complete all required training.
• Must be willing and able to perform shift work, with evening and weekend work.
• Must have completed one year of college coursework by time of appointment, equivalent to 45 quarter credits/30 semester credits of which 5 quarter credits/3 semester credits must be in English or Humanities designated courses. OR
• A minimum of two years of demonstrated career experience in the following or closely related areas may be substituted for the educational requirement: all branches of military service, other City, State or Federal law enforcement agencies or related professions in forensics, investigations or criminal justice. (Related experience will be evaluated at the time of application.).
• Must have or obtain a Washington State Driver's License at time of appointment.
• Must pass background investigation, including screening of criminal history, sexual offenses, recent drug use and driving record.
• Must pass polygraph examination for law enforcement personnel.
• Conditional employment offer will include medical exam with drug screen, and psychological evaluation for aptitude to work in law enforcement.
• Must be able to meet response time per the Labor Contract.