Police Patrol Officer

Blue Ash, KY
Blue Ash Police Department

Closing Date/Time:Tue. 10/31/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Salary:                       $57,990.40 – $81,785.60 Annually

Job Type:                 Full-Time

APPLICATION DATES AND PROCEDURES:
Applicants must:

(1) Apply through the City of Blue Ash website on or before Tuesday, October 31, 2017,
(2) Register on-line with National Testing Network (NTN) at www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, and
(3) Complete the on-line NTN Personal History Questionnaire at the same time registration is completed.

Applicants who have previously and successfully completed the NTN registration and examination procedure for Law Enforcement may contact NTN to have their examination results and Personal History Questionnaire forwarded to the City of Blue Ash Civil Service Commission.  Applicants will also need to complete and submit an employment application on-line at the City of Blue Ash website on or before October 31, 2017 in order to be considered.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION:
Registration with NTN will require the applicant to select a date, time, and location to participate in the written exam.  The written exam must be completed by Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  Cost to take the written exam is at the applicant’s expense made payable to NTN at the time of registration.

EXAMINATION SCORES:
NTN will provide the City of Blue Ash Civil Service Commission with a list of candidates who have achieved an acceptable score on the written examination.  All candidates who achieve an acceptable score and having completed an employment application through the City of Blue Ash website will be placed on an eligible-for-employment list ranked by their passing score plus any extra credit as described below. Tied scores will be ranked by the date and time candidates submitted an employment application on-line through the City of Blue Ash website.  The eligible list will be in effect for a minimum of one year and up to two years.  Note:  Placement on an eligible list does not guarantee employment.  Those applicants within the top sixty (60) highest passing test scores will proceed in the selection process.

EXTRA CREDIT:
Extra credit will be given in the form of additional points added to the final grade, calculated by taking:

  • 1/2% of the total grade attainable for each of the first ten (10) years (5 points total) of FULL-TIME Police Patrol Officer service, or
  • a total of five (5) points for those candidates providing a DD-214 form confirming an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces.

No applicant will receive more than a total of five (5) additional points.  No type of credit will be awarded unless the applicant has achieved a passing score on the written exam.

SUBMISSION OF EXTRA CREDIT DOCUMENTATION:
A DD-214 form MUST be uploaded and attached to the on-line employment application no later than Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in order to receive credit for honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces.

EMPLOYMENT OFFER:
Subsequent to an offer of employment, and prior to beginning employment, candidates will be subject to a background investigation, physical agility test, polygraph exam, fitness for duty psychological exam, and pre-employment pension physical with drug screening.

The City of Blue Ash is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Responsibilities:

Description

Notice is hereby given that the City of Blue Ash, Ohio, will administer a written exam for the position of Police Patrol Officer.  This exam will establish an eligibility list for future vacancies within the full-time Police Patrol Officer classification.

Examples of Duties:

The job of a Police Officer is a public servant position based on public trust, competency, and credibility.  It is a critical requirement of this position that the incumbent has the desire and the ability to perform and behave (on-duty as well as off-duty) in a manner that does not cause damage or endanger the loss of such trust and credibility with the public, the court systems, co-workers, or other law enforcement agencies.  The incumbent performs enforcement as well as safety related duties and functions.  These include, but are not limited to, promoting and maintaining public image, responding to calls for service of a non-enforcement nature, preventing, detecting, and investigating crime, enforcing violations of criminal statutes, and providing protective services.  The incumbent must have the competency, self-initiative, and willingness to work a majority of assigned hours without direct supervision.  He or she must have the cognitive ability, and desire, to understand and interpret organizational rules, policies, and practices in a manner that solves problems while at the same time promotes this organization's public image and mission.  Because the majority of law enforcement work is preventive and peacekeeping in nature, the incumbent, when not responding to calls for service or on assigned duties, must be willing to self-initiate public relations, preventative, and enforcement work in those areas designated by management as priorities.  This means, in many instances the incumbent must be able and willing to know what to do before having to be told what to do.  The incumbent must be able to interact comfortably, lawfully, effectively, efficiently, and often quickly, with a wide variety of citizens and citizens' groups who have a wide variety of problems and need for enforcement and safety related services.  Duties are frequently performed under a wide variety of known and unknown working conditions.  Calls for service are often repetitive and sedentary in nature, punctuated with diversity.  Sudden changes in service demands tax the extremes of the incumbent's physical and mental resources.  For these reasons, it is imperative that the incumbent possess and maintain a physically and mentally fit ready condition.  Personal and public safety consciousness, knowledge of and adherence to the observation of the civil liberties of all persons and citizens, the ability and desire to demonstrate competent performance without direct supervision, and the desire and ability to promote and project a positive public image are critical requirements of this position.  The Police Officer reports directly to a first-line supervisor.  A Police Lieutenant or Sergeant regularly checks the employee's work and gives specific instructions and assistance when special problems arise; however, an employee in this class is required to exercise initiative and discretion when faced with emergency conditions.  The work involves an element of personal danger.

  • Enforces the laws and ordinances of the City and all other pertinent laws;
  • Patrols an assigned area during a specific period;
  • Conducts investigation activities;
  • Checks doors and windows and examines premises of unoccupied buildings or residences in order to detect any suspicious conditions;
  • Investigates suspicious conditions and complaints, and makes arrests of persons who violate laws and ordinances;
  • Accompanies prisoners to headquarters, jail or court and appears in court as arresting officer;
  • Directs traffic and either arrests or gives violation tickets to those who break traffic laws;
  • Checks automobile parking in restricted areas and gives violation tickets when necessary;
  • Attends fires or accidents, giving all possible assistance and preparing necessary reports;
  • Maintains order in crowds and monitors parades, funeral processions or other public gatherings;
  • Watches for stolen cars and wanted or missing persons;
  • Makes investigations and enforces City and State laws pertaining to juvenile offenders;
  • Answers criminal complaints and takes necessary corrective action;
  • Gives advice on laws, ordinances and general information to the public;
  • Oversees custody and care of prisoners when assigned to such duty;
  • Maintains records and prepares reports;
  • Lifts fingerprints from crime scenes, takes photographs and otherwise compiles evidence;
  • Takes fingerprints of suspects and others for police department or other governmental use;
  • Attends professional training sessions as scheduled.

Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
At the time of appointment, each applicant must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age; be a U.S. citizen; possess a valid driver's license; have a high school diploma or G.E.D.; and have no felony convictions.  Individuals possessing an associate's degree or higher are preferred.

Typical Qualifications:

Good social and general intelligence; ability to deal firmly and courteously with the public; good knowledge of first-aid methods; good judgment; some skill in the use of firearms; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; ability to drive an automobile under adverse conditions; good powers of agility; excellent physical condition.

Applicants must be 21 years of age at time of appointment; be a U.S. citizen; possess a valid driver's license, have a high school diploma or G.E.D., and have no felony convictions.  Candidates possessing an associate's degree or higher are preferred.