Probationary Police Officer
Responsible for performing a variety of duties involved in the enforcement of laws and the prevention of crimes; conducting and participating in general investigations of crimes, accidents, and cases; controlling traffic flow and enforcing state and local traffic regulations; and performing a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the Department. Responsible for investigating major crime scenes and alleged or suspected criminal violations of state or local laws to determine whether evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
Scope of Responsibility:
Working under limited supervision, incumbent makes non-routine choices within established policies and procedures. Incumbent is able to perform advanced troubleshooting or analysis. Incumbent must maintain cooperative relationships with other departments within the city and with the public.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Patrols a designated area of the City to preserve law and order; discovers and prevents the commission of crimes; enforces traffic and other laws and ordinances; checks buildings for physical security.
- Enforces traffic laws and ordinances; checks speed with radar; issues warnings and citations.
Calls for Service
- Responds to general public service calls and complaints including domestic disturbances, civil complaints, property control, automobile accidents, robberies, and related misdemeanor and felony incidents.
- Directs traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.
- Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
- Investigates crimes and accidents; gathers and preserves evidence; interviews victims, complainants and witnesses; identifies and interrogates suspects; apprehends and arrests offenders; testifies and presents evidence in court.
Evidence Collecting and Handling
- Collects, processes, photographs and presents evidence including fingerprints, fibers, blood, and related physical evidence.
Required Qualifications and Skills:
- Must be a citizen of the United States
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must have a high school diploma or have passed a GED test and been issued an equivalency certificate by the Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Must have a valid Montana driver’s license or must be obtained within thirty (30) days of employment
- Must be able to successfully pass the Montana Physical Abilities Test (MPAT), written examination (new hires only, not lateral applicants), an oral interview, pre-employment drug test, a pre-employment physical, pre-employment psychological examination, an extensive background investigation, and a Federal and State criminal history background check.
- Specialized training beyond high school that can be obtained in one (1) year or less
- Less than one (1) year of related work experience