NATURE OF WORK:
Performs general duty police work in the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Duties are routine within prescribed limits but do require exercising independent judgment in emergencies. Inattention, carelessness or lack of judgment or prudence in the performance of regular duties may cause serious embarrassment to the City or danger to the citizenry.
Employee has regular outside public contacts of a law enforcement or assistance nature. Duties require considerable walking or riding, are performed under occasional hazardous conditions, and require normal attention to prevent errors. Employee may be assigned to rotating shifts and may work other than a normal work week.
While in training, employee works under close supervision referring questionable cases to the supervisor. Upon completion of training, employee works under general supervision and in accordance with standard procedures; proceeds alone and refers questionable cases to the supervisor. May be required to supervise or train recruits.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Exercises powers of arrest and control; defends self and uses force and deadly force; enforces motor vehicle laws; operates vehicle under emergency conditions and provides emergency assistance; responds to crime scenes and performs criminal investigations; participates in special operations.
Patrols a designated area on foot or in a radio and computer equipped vehicle to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime, to direct traffic and to enforce traffic and parking regulations.
Answers calls and investigates complaints involving accidents, fires, misdemeanors and felonies; investigates suspicious activities. Administers first aid, interviews witnesses, gathers information and evidence, makes arrests, prepares reports, testifies as witness in court.
May be assigned, on a permanent or shift basis, to such specialized technical or administrative duties as: working police desk, maintenance of criminal records, license inspection, photographic and identification work, traffic safety training, field training, radio operation, etc. Advises public on laws and ordinances, provides general information and otherwise assists the public.
REQUIREMENTS OF WORK:
Knowledge of the geography of the City.
Knowledge of the pertinent federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
Some knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures, and ability to apply such knowledge to specific situations and the ability to reason logically and quickly make sound decisions under adverse conditions.
Ability to obtain information through interrogation and observation and ability to remember names, faces and details of incidents. Ability to deal courteously, but firmly, with the public.
Ability to develop skill in the use of firearms, side handle baton, and use of force techniques.
Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear, accurate and comprehensive reports.
Good physical condition, agility and coordination.
Ability to see, with or without corrective lenses, well enough to read standard text such as legal codes.
Ability to hear, with or without a hearing aid, and speak well enough to converse on a two-way radio.
Ability to climb several flights of stairs.
Enough body movement to move quickly with force such as to physically restrain suspects.
Enough strength to restrain and subdue heavy suspects.
Enough stamina to walk for up to four hours at a time with only one 15-minute break.
Enough tolerance to work under adverse conditions such as outdoors in heat and cold.
Enough manual strength and dexterity to load, operate, and fire a variety of firearms.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Lateral Entry Requirements: Applicants must possess a state issued Basic Law Enforcement certificate and have two years of sworn, non-military, patrol officer experience.
Applicants must be currently employed as a Law Enforcement Officer, OR have been laid off or retired, in good standing, within the past 12 months.
Applicants must have completed 45 quarter or 30 semester credit hours of course work from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of C or 2.0, which includes at least 5 quarter or 3 semester credit hours of college English.
Applicants from states other than Washington must have the ability to obtain Basic or Equivalency Law Enforcement certification by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission within the probationary period.
Proof of a valid driver’s license must be submitted.
Applicants must be certified by the Police Physician as physically fit to perform the prescribed duties.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
Open Entry Requirements: Completion of 45 quarter or 30 semester credit hours of course work from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of C or 2.0, which includes at least 5 quarter or 3 semester credit hours of college English.
Must be 20 years of age at application and 21 years of age at the time of appointment; within normal weight range for height.
Physical requirements for this position, including eyesight, hearing, and other physical abilities are consistent with state law and guidelines. All successful candidates who have been offered a position will be required to pass a post offer physical and psychological examination prior to appointment.
A police record may be grounds for rejection.
Education: Completion of 45 quarter or 30 semester credit hours of course work from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of C or 2.0, which includes at least 5 quarter or 3 semester credit hours of college English.