Police Officer-Patrol

Apple Valley, MN
Apple Valley Police Department

Salary: $5,886.00 – $8,657.00 Monthly.

Position Summary:

Responsible for providing quality police service to the community by promoting meaningful police/citizen interaction and community partnerships with emphasis on public education, problem solving, and actively responding to community concerns. Required to analyze facts and evidence to determine the proper course of action that should be followed while conducting investigations into violations of ordinances and law. Is required to exercise independent judgment consistent with department policies and procedures in meeting emergency situations. Reports to and receives direction from a superior ranking officer.

Essential Functions:

  1. Handles arrest situations and procedures, including but not limited to: deter­mining violation and planning method of arrest; apprehend­ing or arrest­ing sus­pects; issuing citations; searching and booking suspects; transporting arrested persons; and providing appropriate warn­ings to suspects.
  2. Monitors and controls hazardous roadway conditions, including but not lim­ited to: directing vehicle and pedestrian traffic; detouring traffic; set­ting up roadblocks; investiga­ting hazardous parking; reporting haz­ardous road conditions; and performing immediate action to remedy hazar­dous condi­tions such as downed wires, traffic prob­lems, etc.
  3. Enforces compliance with driving laws, including but not limited to: pa­trol­ling areas by vehicle and other means to observe parking and traffic violations; using pro­per stop procedures; explaining violations to offen­ders; assessing driver’s ability to operate vehicle; inspecting vehicles for compliance with safety requirements; and issuing citati­ons.
  4. Conducts initial and follow-up investigations, including but not limited to: interviewing witnesses, suspects, victims, speci­alists, etc.; gathering information; interrogating suspects; taking statements; conduc­ting searches, and pursuing and following possible leads or other information sources. Processes crime scenes, including: lifting prints; gathering physical evidence; and photo­graphing scene.
  5. Controls scene of motor vehicle crashes and establishes proper priority at scene, including but not limited to: establishing key events; ad­ministering emergency aid; calling for supple­mentary aid; informing persons of reporting procedures; preparing field sketches and scale dia­grams; and directing traffic.
  6. Responds to requests for service and takes appropriate action, including, but not lim­ited to: enforcing court orders; searching area for suspects; discussing incident with involved parties; advising victims of rights; and/or removing or restra­ining suspect.
  7. Operates vehicles properly under emergency, tactical conditions, heavy traffic, and poor weather conditions, including, but not limited to: using appropriate quiet-response tech­niques; engaging in pursuit driving; and driving under low light conditions.
  8. Responds and assists in emergency situations, including but not limited to: rescuing persons, properties, and premises; evac­uating, secur­ing and coordi­nating emergency scenes; providing emergency medical attention; and assisting other emer­gency units in the performance of their duties. Estab­lishes proper priorities at scene.
  9. Performs routine non-emergency duties; including but not limited to: patrol­ling assigned areas; performing building checks; monitoring crime areas; patrolling parks, residential and commercial areas; obser­ving and monitoring suspicious activity; aiding motorists; and making contact with community members.
  10. Interacts with victims, witnesses, survivors, and outside agencies, includ­ing but not limited to: briefing civilian specialists; notifying family of victims; and referring victims to appropriate agenci­es.
  11. Confiscates and/or disposes of materials, evidence, vehicles or properties, including proper seizure, handling, packaging, and control.
  12. Completes required reports and related documents, including but not limited to: completing initial and required follow-up invest­igative reports; prepar­ing motor vehicle crash investigation reports; and preparing for court.
  13. Performs activities including problem solving and making the public aware of special areas of concern such as, delinquency, drug abuse, crime prevention, child abuse, and traffic safety through education, public speaking, and presentations.
  14. Monitors and reports on vehicle condition and appearance. Requests necessary repairs. Restocks vehicle with supplies when appro­priate. Drives with due regard for safety and wear/damage to vehicle. Uses equipment responsibly.
  15. Performs other duties consistent with the tasks of the position as assigned by the City.


  • Bachelor’s degree, or near completion with attainment within two months after applying.
  • Licensed or eligible to be licensed by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board within two months after applying.
  • Valid and unrestricted driver’s license and excellent driving record.
  • No conviction of a crime that is a bar to licensure in Minnesota. This generally includes, but may not be limited to: requirement to register as a predatory offender; felony conviction; conviction for an offense in another jurisdiction which would have been a felony in Minnesota; conviction under any state or federal narcotics or controlled substance law; and conviction for Fifth Degree Assault, Domestic Assault, Mistreatment of Residents or Patients, Criminal Abuse, Criminal Neglect, Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adult, Failure to Report, Prostitution, Presenting False Claims, Medical Assistance Fraud, Theft, or Disorderly Conduct. See Minimum Selection Standards, MN Rules 6700.0700, Subp.1, E. or F.
  • Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to project a positive image to the public.
  • Ability to make sound decisions using judgment and discretion in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with various cultural and socio-economic communities, and establish and maintain strong working relationships with City staff and other agencies.
  • Psychological capabilities to function in a law enforcement capacity.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience in law enforcement or other sworn or non-sworn relevant work experience.
  • Fluently bilingual.