Police Officer – Recruit

Fountain Inn, SC
Fountain Inn Police Department

Salary: $20.00 Hourly.

Position Summary:

The purpose of this classification is to protect life and property, deter criminal activity, and enforce all local, state, and federal laws, statutes, and regulations. Incumbents in this classification have completed all training requirements and can perform essential functions independently, without direct oversight of a senior or field training officer. Reports to the assigned Sergeant.

Essential Functions:

  • Enforces all applicable traffic and criminal codes, ordinances, laws and regulations in order to protect life and property, prevent crime, and promote security.
  • Detects and deters criminal activity: patrols designated areas; responds to calls relayed by dispatchers; writes citations; apprehends, arrests and processes criminals, fugitives and offenders as appropriate; and provides assistance and backup support to other officers and agencies as necessary.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations: interviews victims, complainants and witnesses and takes statements; gathers information and evidence; secures crime scenes; prepares investigative reports and sketches; participates in court activities; and testifies in judicial proceedings.
  • Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters, which may include lifting, dragging or carrying people away from dangerous situations, securing/evacuating people from particular areas, administering medical aid, or extinguishing small fires.
  • Performs other duties, including monitoring and responding to calls for assistance, investigating accidents and reported crimes, interviewing citizens, conducting searches, pursuing fleeing and subduing resisting suspects, making arrests, and processing and transporting prisoners.
  • Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals: performs driving functions in a safe and efficient manner under various conditions, including day/night hours, in congested traffic, in adverse weather conditions, and in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits; and inspects and maintains assigned police vehicle, uniform, weapons, and equipment.
  • Conducts Problem-Oriented Policing projects.
  • Creates/maintains positive public relations with the general public: and provides education and information to the public on laws, law enforcement, crime prevention, drug abuse, and related issues.
  • Interact with residents, community groups, and other entities as needed. Maintain contact with civic and community groups within their geographic areas to promote the goals and mission of the Police department to encourage neighborhood watch safety programs and to generate input from the public to establish mutual trust between Police Officers and the community. May attend community meetings to promote the department’s goals and objectives; make presentations as needed.
  • Attends shift meetings, training sessions, and seminars required to remain knowledgeable of departmental operations, to promote improved job performance, and to stay current with changing policies, procedures, codes, and criminal/civil case law: reads professional literature; and maintains professional certifications and affiliations.
  • Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations within designated timeframes and per established procedures: receives and reviews various documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate; prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, and other documentation; compiles data for further processing or for use in preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records.
  • Operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.
  • Operates or uses various equipment associated with law enforcement in order to complete work assignments: operates and maintains police vehicle, firearms, electronic control device, emergency equipment, radio/communications equipment and other law enforcement tools and equipment pertaining to the related job both normal and specialized.
  • Communicates with supervisor, other City employees, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, resolve problems, and keep communication channels open.


  • Requires high school diploma or GED equivalent; Must have completed required law enforcement coursework and hold required law enforcement certifications. Must possess a valid South Carolina driver’s license.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid South Carolina driver’s license. Must possess and maintain Law Enforcement Certification from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA).
  • Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all City or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.