Police Patrol Officer
Police officers work in partnership with the community they serve to maintain law and order, protect members of the public and their property, prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for all citizens. They use a wide range of technology to protect individuals, identify the perpetrators of crime and ensure successful prosecutions against those who break the law.
Duties and responsibilities
- On rotating shifts, assigned to patrol entire city, in order to prevent crime and to enforce Federal, State and City laws.
- Observe, report and act upon conditions conducive to crime and danger such as checking buildings, assisting other officers, enforcing traffic, making arrests, transporting prisoners and investigating crime(s).
- Using own judgment, determines the nature of a call, investigates the circumstances and takes the necessary or prudent action.
- Provides assistance to the public in emergency and non-emergency situations; administers first aid and requests appropriate medical response; performs crisis intervention in sensitive situations and domestic disputes; educates the public on laws and ordinances; assists citizens with complaints and inquiries and directs them to the appropriate authority.
- Responds to emergency radio calls and investigates accidents, robberies, civil disturbances, domestic disputes, fights, drunkenness, missing persons, prowlers, abuse of drugs, etc; takes appropriate law enforcement action.
- Prepares a variety of written and oral reports.
- Investigates crimes, interviews witnesses, victims and suspects and provides feedback to the appropriate people concerning case status; collects and documents evidence.
- TCOLE Basic Certification
- Texas Drivers License
- successful completion of the basic licensing course;
- passing of the state licensing examination; and
- appointment by a law enforcement agency
- high school diploma; or equivalency certificate
- college preferred
- an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States after at least 24 months of active duty service