Police Officer- Provisional

Zanesville, OH
Zanesville Police Department

Salary: $45,697.60 – $70,470.40 Annually.

Position Summary:

An appropriate combination of education, training, course work and experience may qualify an applicant to demonstrate required knowledge, skills, and abilities. An example of an acceptable qualification is: High School Degree, GED or equivalent and law enforcement training from Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy. Ability to pass background check.

Ability to document identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of original appointment as a condition of employment in compliance with Immigration Reform and Control Act requirements.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols assigned area, on foot or in police vehicle, to serve citizens and enforce governing laws and city ordinances. Serves general public, offers assistance and maintains good public relations.
  • Conducts business and residential checks, and deters and detects unlawful activity. Seeks abnormal conditions, inspects premises, checks suspicious persons and vehicles, and provides viable law enforcement presence. Maintains lookout for wanted persons or property, and maintains surveillance in problem areas.
  • Responds to and handles alarms and calls. Apprehends and arrests suspects in violation of laws and ordinances.
  • Acts as peace officer in situations requiring intervention and mediation such as fights, family disturbances, neighbor disputes, and other matters. Handles citizen complaints concerning disturbances, juvenile problems, loud parties, and other problems.
  • Conducts criminal and accident investigations. Collects and identifies evidence and questions victims and witnesses. Prepares evidence for presentation in court, and testifies in court proceedings.
  • Directs traffic, and enforces traffic and parking laws. Gives warnings and issues traffic citations. Reports hazardous traffic conditions and abandoned or damaged vehicles and assists stranded motorists.
  • Attends parades and other public gatherings and maintains order in crowds. Provides funeral and security escorts.
  • Serves subpoenas.
  • Summons medical help and provides first aid as necessary.
  • Completes arrest, criminal, accident and other police reports, and maintains daily activities log.
  • Maintains and improves individual police knowledge and skills. Participates in training programs and conferences to learn new or revised regulations, policy or procedure. Maintains current knowledge of laws and ordinances governing city. Learns effective use of equipment and investigative aids, and maintains skill in safe and effective use of firearms.
  • Transports suspects and witnesses to police headquarters, jail, court, and other locations.


  • Knowledge of: law enforcement procedures and requirements; Federal, State and Local laws; criminology; search and seizure laws; law enforcement safety precautions and procedure.
  • Ability to: react with sound judgement and courage in dangerous situations; maintain and promote good public relations as city representative; maintain confidentiality of confidential and sensitive subject matter; develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, general public, other law enforcement personnel; social service agency representatives and others; recognize unusual or threatening conditions and take appropriate action; deal sensitively with persons of varying cultures and diversity; work independently; determine appropriate situations for use of force and pursuit.
  • Skill in: writing police reports; use of firearms and other weapons; use of BAC verifier, radar units, and other police equipment; defensive driving; self defense and use of force; mediating and peacefully resolving conflicts; interviewing and communicating with general public; controlling prisoner behavior; first aid and CPR.
  • Age Requirements: Applicants must be 21 years of age to receive original appointment.
  • Applicant Booklet: Applicants are required to read the Public Safety Information Book prior to application. The booklet provides additional information on selection procedures, agility requirements, background investigation, etc.