POST Certified / Entry Level Police Officer

Franklin, TN
Franklin Police Department

Franklin Police Department


POST Certified Police Officer: $65,000

Shift Differential

2p-9p = 7% added to salary

9p-7a = 10% added to salary

Purpose of Job

Under limited supervision, patrols assigned zone while exercising responsibility for the enforcement of state and local laws relating to public safety and welfare. Controls traffic, prevents crime or disturbances of the peace, and arrests violators. While working under often stressful, high-risk conditions, applies good independent judgment when dealing with dangerous or unusual situations and implements safe practices and procedures. Reports to the Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, or acting supervisor.

Essential Job Duties

A. Performs policing duties

  • Patrols an assigned district in a patrol car, bicycle, or on foot, to observe assigned area for possible criminal activity or other conditions that could endanger public safety; investigates complaints and enforces laws; maintains high visibility.
  • Responds to requests for assistance by, or complaints from, the public via the dispatcher.
  • Identifies, investigates, and reports accidents, dangerous or defective streets, sidewalks, traffic lights, or other hazardous conditions to the appropriate departments or agencies.
  • Investigates crimes, interviews witnesses, complainants, and victims; gathers physical evidence and preserves such evidence for court use; conducts follow up investigations if necessary.
  • Apprehends, arrests, and detains criminal suspects and law violators when necessary; follows proper procedures when making arrests to ensure the safety of arresting officer, the public, and the suspect.
  • Enforces all applicable laws of the State of Tennessee and the City of Franklin; notes suspicious persons and establishments and reports to superior officer.
  • Maintains responsibility for the upkeep of patrol car and any related equipment that is the property of the City of Franklin.
  • Assumes control at traffic accidents to maintain smooth traffic flow, assists traffic accident victims, and investigates causes of accidents.
  • Completes paperwork related to policing duties.

III. Other Job Duties

Performs other job duties as assigned, including:

  • Provides backup and security for Fire Department/EMS personnel when needed, keeping bystanders out of danger, safeguarding property, and rendering first aid in emergencies.
  • Maintains weapons and equipment
  • Attends required periodic training sessions and seminars.
  • Performs special projects as directed.

IV. Primary Job Challenges

Primary challenges of this position include working in a high stress environment.

V. Equipment Operated

Standard policing equipment

VI. Key Competencies Required

  • Job Content Knowledge:

Has thorough knowledge of the policies, procedure, and activities of the City and law enforcement practices as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to the position of Police Officer. Has thorough knowledge of law enforcement and standard police practices as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities. Has thorough knowledge of current criminal including laws of arrest, rules of evidence, and courtroom procedures Has thorough knowledge regarding modern criminal investigation techniques, principles and methods and how they relate to law enforcement and police work. Knows how to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, computer operations, equipment needs, etc. as they pertain to departmental operations and activities. Is able to effectively communicate and interact with supervisors, and all other groups involved in the activities of the department. Is able to use independent judgment as situations warrant. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology, principles, and methods utilized within the department.

  • Language Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from supervisors and the public.

  • Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

  • Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. In decision making, some choices are known while others may need to be identified. Some reliance on precedent. Ability to interpret a variety of complex instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

  • Teamwork:

Develops constructive and cooperative working relationships with others. Encourages others to express their ideas and opinions. Provides input into identifying and solving problems. Anticipates need of others for information about job tasks and work environment and provides it to them in a timely manner. Willingly assists others with job tasks when appropriate.

VII. Physical Demands and Work Environment

Physical Demands: Performance of the essential duties of this job requires the incumbent to:

  • Frequently stand.
  • Frequently walk.
  • Frequently sit.
  • Regularly use hands to finger, handle, or feel.
  • Regularly reach with hands and arms.
  • Occasionally climb or balance.
  • Occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Regularly talk or hear.
  • Occasionally taste or smell.
  • Regularly lift up to 10 pounds.
  • Frequently lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Occasionally lift more than 100 pounds.

Work Environment: Performance of the essential duties of this job requires:

  • Occasional exposure to fumes or airborne particles
  • Occasional exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals
  • Regular exposure to outdoor weather conditions
  • Occasional work with explosives.

Minimum Requirements


Education and Experience: The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are acquired through attainment of an Associate’s degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year College or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Certifications/Licenses:

  • P.O.S.T. Certification at time of application
  • At least twenty-one years of age
  • Valid Tennessee driver’s license

Benefits & Perks

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