Public Safety Officer (Police & Fire)

Augusta, KS
City of Augusta


This is general law enforcement and firefighting work dedicated to the protection of life and/or property. Work performed involves an element of personal danger. Employees work under general supervision following a period of field training and may be assigned to work in the Patrol Division, in the Fire Division, on special assignments, or as an investigator or Crime Prevention Officer assigned to the Criminal Investigation’s Division. Employees are accountable to and evaluated by supervisors who review work methods and results through observation, reports, inspection, and discussion.


  • Working knowledge of the principles, procedures, and equipment used in law enforcement and firefighting.
  • Ability to develop and exhibit knowledge of modern principles, practices and procedures of police and fire suppression work.
  • Knowledge of Patrols areas of the city in a vehicle or on foot to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime, and to enforce motor vehicle and parking regulations and correct traffic hazards.
  • Answers calls and complaints received by radio, telephone, or in person involving emergency, disorder, crime, and fire.
  • May be assigned to the D.A.R.E. or School Resource Programs, which entails developing and presenting educational programs to students in the school system.
  • Conducts police related community awareness and public relations work.
  • Interviews persons with complaints or inquiries, takes statements and tends to proper disposition of the information or directs them to proper authorities.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence and locates witnesses.
  • Makes arrests and/or takes prisoners to jail.
  • Visits crime scenes, searches for and preserves evidence, investigates clues, and searches for and apprehends violators.
  • Ensures that prisoners are charged, processed, and confined.
  • Composes written reports.
  • Appears in court to present evidence and/or testify as required.
  • Conducts specialized investigations and raids.
  • May administer basic first aid.
  • Attends in service training and practices use of firearms.
  • The examples of work performed are not intended to be all inclusive. The City of Augusta reserves the right to assign additional responsibilities as needed.




  • Good organizational skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize, and work independently.
  • Ability to work in a stressful and fast-paced environment
  • Attention to detail with good error recognition capabilities
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be 21 years of age to attend Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center


  • • The preferred candidate for this position shall have at least two years of college with study emphasis in fire/police science, fire/police administration, or a related field and have two years of experience working with the public.
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, training, special knowledge, and/or certifications may be a substitute for the college requirement.


  • Working knowledge of the principles, procedures, and equipment used in law enforcement and firefighting.
  • Ability to develop and exhibit knowledge of modern principles, practices and procedures of police and fire suppression work.
  • Knowledge of pertinent Federal and State laws and City ordinances.
  • Must exhibit the ability to react quickly and calmly in emergencies.
  • Must have ability to develop and exhibit considerable knowledge of the geography of the City.
  • Ability to develop a working knowledge of the rules and regulations of the City and the Public Safety Department.
  • Must be able to attain and maintain CPOST certification.
  • Possession of and ability to maintain a valid Kansas driver’s license.
  • Maintain and exhibit knowledge of basic emergency medical principles.
  • Must have the ability to clearly communicate and report on law enforcement activities.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to use mature judgment and make correct decisions.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to analyze complex problems and issues.
  • Must possess the ability to accurately and effectively discharge a rifle, shotgun, and handgun with left and right hands.
  • Ability to subdue a violent and/or uncooperative person by methods requiring physical force.
  • Ability to drag or carry an average adult person, about 160 pounds, a distance of fifteen to twenty feet, away from danger.
  • Ability to repeatedly or continuously climb, work from and descend ladders while carrying victims or equipment and using safety equipment and procedures.
  • Ability to operate hose lines with stream or fog nozzles over a long period of time without becoming fatigued.
  • Ability to operate a fire hydrant quickly, using a hydrant wrench.
  • Ability to remove energized electrical wire from contact with a victim using hot line cutters or a pike pole.
  • Ability to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Ability to don protective clothing and equipment quickly and effectively.
  • Ability to wear a facemask while working, in such a fashion that the seal is secure and air leakage will not occur.
  • Ability to coil rope and tie knots.
  • Ability to drive apparatus according to state and local regulations governing operation of emergency vehicles.
  • Ability to discriminate and distinguish colors accurately.
  • Ability to hear and understand conversation in a noisy environment.
  • Ability to discern where sounds are coming form.
  • Ability to discriminate among environmental (non-speech) sounds.
  • Ability to record details about names, faces, and incidents quickly and accurately.
  • Ability to command respect from others, adhere to a high discipline code, and act in an ethical manner both on and off duty.
  • Must have the ability to effectively plan and organize work.
  • Must be a self-starter, highly motivated, and committed to accomplishing tasks.
  • Must have the ability to effectively utilize communication skills that exudes high professional standards.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, employees of other Departments, representatives of outside agencies, and the public.
  • An employee shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.


  • Drag and/or carry an average adult (approximately 160 lbs.) 15 to 20 feet from danger.
  • Weight must be proportionate to height
  • Other: See requirements of work and/or City standards


  • Operational/tactical, includes working in a hazardous setting. Employee must be in good physical condition.


  • This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
  • Offers of employment may be made contingent upon passing a pre employment physical and/or drug screening and polygraph, upon satisfactory evaluation of a psychological examination, and upon satisfactory evaluation of the results of a police records check.
  • It is imperative that all job activity is performed in accordance with the requirements of the City of Augusta. It is the employee’s responsibility to have a working knowledge of this document and know how to apply its content to their job.
  • The duties and responsibilities of this job are not limited to those listed above and are subject to change without notice.