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Police Officer - Entry or Lateral*

City of Tualatin - Tualatin, Oregon

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$51,397.00 annual
Top Pay:
$67,662.00 annual

Job Description

*Defined as currently employed as a Law Enforcement Officer or, certifiable (out of Law Enforcement for no longer than five (5) years) and does not have to go through the sixteen (16) week basic police academy SUMMARY: Performs law enforcement and crime prevention work, including patrol and investigations. Investigates citizen complaints; patrols city streets, residential and commercial areas. Enforces Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances. Does community and public relations activities. Performs follow-up investigating reported crimes and preparing cases for prosecution. Performs related work as required. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Responds to citizen reports of crimes, suspicious circumstances, civil problems, complaints, and requests for information either in person or verbally by telephone. Patrols the City in a police vehicle, looking for criminal activity, traffic violations, and hazardous conditions - at times operating in heavy traffic and responding to emergency situations at higher than normal speeds while utilizing emergency lights and siren. Prepares reports documenting information from citizens and investigations either while sitting in a patrol car or while sitting at a desk or table. Enforces criminal statutes including arresting suspects, issuing criminal citations and testifying in court. Interviews victims, witnesses, suspects, and others involved in investigations. Enforces traffic laws including making stops of violators, questioning the violator, issuing verbal warnings or traffic citations, and documenting observations. Collects physical evidence at crime scenes, documents and secures evidence and Requests scientific analysis when warranted. Contacts citizens to provide public services, i.e., requests for information, requests for traffic accident reports, and referral to other service providing agencies. Investigates motor vehicle accidents: securing the scene, directing traffic, interviewing involved parties, making observations, taking measurements, etc. Participates in shift briefing and law enforcement related training in investigative techniques, new laws, defensive tactics, firearms, etc.

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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Considerable knowledge of state and local laws and ordinances; considerable knowledge of the laws governing arrest, and search and seizure. Considerable knowledge of the criminal justice system, including courtroom testimony. Considerable knowledge of police investigative procedures and techniques. Ability to become familiar with the geography and people of the city. Ability to understand complex oral and written instructions and act upon them accordingly. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms. Ability to operate assigned vehicles and equipment skillfully and safely. Ability to analyze situations and problems quickly and objectively to determine a course of action. Ability to deal both tactfully and firmly with individuals. Ability to multi-task. Ability to think clearly and perform effectively in stressful or emergency situations.

Job Requirements

  • Age: Minimum age of 21 years
  • Education: Graduation from high school or the equivalent.
  • Experience: Must be certifiable as a police officer by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (D.P.S.S.T.). Must be eligible for certification in first aid and intoxilyzer examination through the D.P.S.S.T.
• U. S. Citizenship • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and federal, state and local laws. • Possession of a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record. • Ability to utilize and maintain standard law enforcement equipment. Ability to become an officer which includes, but is not limited to, the ability to pass a written exam, pre-screening interview, oral board, physical agility test, psychological exam, drug screen and an employment entrance medical exam. This comprehensive program of testing and examination will assess the person’s ability to: • understand complex oral and written instructions and act upon them accordingly. • analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine course of action. • think clearly and perform effectively in stressful or emergency situations. • conduct criminal investigations and evaluate facts and information. • communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written form. • establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with government officials, agencies, employees and the general public; and, to familiarize oneself with the geography of the area. The officer must have visual acuity (uncorrected or corrected) of 20/20 in both eyes combined normal color discrimination, normal binocular coordination, and normal peripheral vision; and the ability to: • lift up to 25 pounds on a frequent basis and up to 50 pounds occasionally. • occasionally run short distance sprints and longer distance runs. • climb and descend stairs/structures; work in confined spaces. • sit for a prolonged period of time. • physically subdue combative individuals and dangerous animals. • withstand various weather conditions and noisy environments.

Contact Informaton

Janet Newport

City of Tualatin
18880 SW Martinazzi Ave
Tualatin, Oregon 97062
phone: (503) 691-3021

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