POSITION: Police Officer
DEPARTMENT: Police Department
PAY RANGE: Starting at $17.36 if not certified or $18.88 if certified at date of hire
DIVISION: Police Department
REVISED: January 16, 2009
JOB SUMMARY: This is a non-exempt position performing law enforcement services and crime prevention. Works under the immediate direction of the shift Sergeant. “Job descriptions may be modified based on City needs and employees may be required to perform function beyond those described below and employees are “at will employees” in that either party may terminate the employment relationship.”
- Enforces state and federal laws and City ordinances and traffic laws; and issues citations to violators of traffic laws.
- Patrols assigned areas of the City checking buildings, bars/clubs, residences, etc. for suspicious activity and handles situations according to procedures.
- Directs traffic in congested and emergency areas; reports safety hazards; responds to emergency calls; administers first aid; investigates cause and files accident reports; assists fire and EMS services as necessary.
- Investigates crime scenes; talks to or interviews witnesses, victims, and potential suspects; searches for and preserves evidence; participates in line-ups; makes oral or written reports such as criminal complaint forms or narrative reports; testifies in court.
- Makes arrests on criminal and traffic related offenses at the scene; executes search warrant and arrest after obtaining sufficient evidence to arrest; determines if a person is a danger to self or others and evaluates the mental stability of the individual.
- Speaks before citizens and citizen's groups; participates in various training sessions; communicates with other law enforcement personnel in various agencies including City Court personnel and District Attorney's office.
- May assist in jail responsibilities, booking and fingerprinting, dispatch, or animal control. May assist in diverse tasks involving the recognition, collection, and analysis of evidence and information.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Must be not less that 21 nor more than 45 years of age at employment and a citizen of the United States.
- Must possess high school diploma or G.E.D. and a valid Oklahoma driver's license with an excellent driving record.
- Must not have been convicted of a felony or have pending criminal actions. Must not be a present or recent user of controlled substances or have DUI, DWI, or reckless driving violations within last 5 years.
- Must demonstrate through background investigation, interviews, and other tests (including comprehension/aptitude tests, practical exams, MMPI-2/CPI or related psychological performance tests, polygraph, drug tests, etc.) that he/she is suited for the position of police officer. Must pass the state required police pension physical examination.
- Although this is an entry level position, the incumbent must satisfactorily complete 12 months as a probationary officer, obtain CLEET certification, complete written and knowledge requirements, obtain field experience under direct supervision of a field training officer, pass shooting qualifications, etc.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITY:
- Ability to operate two-way radio and walkie-talkie in field situations; effectively operate radar equipment, E911, etc; ability to perform routine preventive maintenance on vehicle.
- Ability to drive vehicle both safely and efficiently; locate places on a map; receive radio instructions and provide directions to others.
- Ability to read, understand and interpret ordinances, laws, and other operating procedures; ability to investigate crimes and prepare reports; ability to communicate orally and in writing.
- Ability to work with others and follow orders or allow a superior officer(s) or other trained experts to take charge as required. Must be flexible in dealing with all situations.
- Ability to deal effectively with public using tact and diplomacy; ability to remain calm in emergency situations; ability to perform first aid or CPR or assist other emergency personnel administering aid; provide constitutional Miranda warnings.
- Ability to make split second decisions that could affect the well being of the public, department, fellow employees, as well as the officer's safety. Ability to interface with other law enforcement personnel and safety personnel.
- Ability and willingness to maintain strict confidentiality.
- Ability and skill using firearms, hand to hand combat, and other means or defense.
- Ability to effect arrest of a resisting person.
- Must be able to respond to varying situations with sensitivity and diplomacy and know how to deal with stressful, hostile or irrational persons, whether due to physical or mental disability, socio-economic differences, drugs, or other factors.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Subject to working rotating shifts, holidays, weekends, extended hours, emergency call out and court appearances on regular days off.
- Exposure to inclement weather conditions and requires continuous attention to safe working and operating procedures to ensure safety of self and fellow citizens.
- Operates both as a member of a team and independently at incidents of uncertain danger and duration.
- Subject to body attacks while making arrests
- Faces exposure to infectious agents such as hepatitis B, HIV or other communicable diseases and all kinds of persons who have vomited or have been severely injured.
- Must be able to wear a bullet-proof vest and follow all safety procedures of the department.
- Requires physical strength and stamina to chase and subdue fleeing persons; to arrest them if necessary; and to bring them into custody.
- Requires physical strength and stamina to rescue victims.
- Requires visual acuity to identify suspects, detect danger, read licenses and tags, etc.
- Requires aural acuity to understand conversations in quiet and noisy environments, understand radio transmissions, distinguish between car backfires and gun shots, determine location of persons in distress, etc.
- Requires speech that is clear and distinct so that one is clearly understood while transmitting information over two-way radio, or talking to victims, suspects, etc.
SUPERVISION REQUIRED: Works under general supervision of shift Sergeants.
SUPERVISION GIVEN: No supervision given.
SPECIAL LICENSES OR CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED: CLEET Certification.
Contact : Stacie Brown
Deadline for Applying : Open until filled