Police Officer Lateral

Goodyear, AZ
Goodyear Police Department

Salary: $68,745.69 – $92,126.03 Annually.

Position Summary:

The Goodyear Police Department defines a Lateral Police Officer as officers who have successfully completed a law enforcement academy and who currently possess a certification in good standing.

This position patrols the city of Goodyear to enforce Arizona state laws and city ordinances. They respond to emergency situations, educate the public regarding safety and security, and perform administrative duties as required. They must possess high ethical standards, actively participate in teamwork, and demonstrates knowledge of safety principals and an awareness of safety requirements at all times.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs patrol duties by traveling through designated areas, searching for suspicious, hazardous or criminal activity, field interviewing suspected offenders, and making arrests.
  • Responds to both routine and emergency calls including hazardous materials incidents by contacting the reporting person and witnesses, and determining the nature of call and action to be taken.
  • Follows up on calls by locating suspects, victims, and witnesses, processing and booking suspects, completing report of the incident, submitting report to prosecutor and appearing in court.
  • Educates the community by teaching classes at schools, conducting block watch meetings, making public presentations, and answering inquiries regarding legal and safety issues.
  • Performs administrative duties by proposing, writing, and reviewing departmental policy, completing statistical reports, training officers, and participating in department/City process improvement teams.


  • Formal Education/Knowledge: Work requires knowledge necessary to understand basic operational, technical, or office processes. High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Experience:Minimum of three years of experience as a certified police officer in Arizona, out of state Police Officers one year experience needed.
  • Certifications and Other Requirements: Valid Arizona Operator’s Driver’s License, Arizona Peace Officer Standards and training Certification (AZ POST), and certified for CPR and First Aid. Must be able to pass a pulmonary function test.
  • Reading: Work requires the ability to read general correspondence, memorandums, letters, legal documents, and reports.
  • Math:Work requires the ability to perform algebra and general math calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Writing:Work requires the ability to write general correspondence, letters, citations, and police reports.
  • Managerial: Managerial responsibilities include regulating caseloads and course schedules. Most officers are responsible for managing a specialty area, such as code enforcement, alarm ordinance, gang member tracking, etc.
  • Budget Responsibility: The employee prepares documents and does research to justify language used in documents for a unit of a department and may recommend budget allocations.
  • Complexity:Work involves choices of action within limits set by standard practices and procedures. Professional judgment is required to apply the proper course of action.
  • Interpersonal/Human Relations Skills: The employee(s) in this position contact others within the organization. These contacts may involve similar work units or departments within the City which may be involved in decision making or providing approval or decision making authority for purchases or projects. In addition, these employees work with individuals outside the City who may belong to professional or peer organizations. Working with various state and federal agencies may also be required of the employee. Vendors and suppliers may also be called upon for information on purchases, supplies or products. Meetings and discussions may be conducted with customers, brokers and sales representatives.