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Police Officer

City of West Des Moines Police Department - West Des Moines, Iowa

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Entry Level Salary:
$46,842.00 annual

Job Description

Police Officer Recruitment City of West Des Moines, Iowa $46,842/annually The West Des Moines Police Department, a nationally accredited law enforcement agency, is seeking applicants for a full-time Police Officer. Applicants must be 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma or GED, plus an Associate’s Degree or 60 college credits. Education substitutes are 3 years of active military duty or 3 years as a sworn officer. Post-offer pre-employment physical, drug test, and psychological evaluation required. See the City’s website at www.wdm.iowa.gov and click on the Employment link for additional information, to obtain the application packet, and to apply. Public computers are available at the library and in the HR office at City Hall. The online application process will run from Friday, April 12, 2013, through Friday, April 26, 2013. The City of West Des Moines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Under the general supervision of the Sergeant/Lieutenant, performs law enforcement and crime prevention services for the safety and protection of life and property for the WDM Community. Preserves peace, order, and safety. Provides problem resolution and education to the West Des Moines community. Performs investigative work in preparation for arrests and/or criminal prosecution. Routine Job Duties/Responsibilities: • Interprets and enforces municipal, state and federal regulations, codes, laws, or ordinances, for the protection and education in assigned areas of the City. • Identifies/Responds, through crime analysis and pin mapping, criminal patterns and works with the response team to develop and implement a plan of action to thwart criminal activity. • Conducts preliminary investigations of crimes and completes appropriate reports, including, but not limited to: major crimes; traffic; theft; personal/familial and neighborhood disputes/assaults; intoxication; residential/commercial security alarms; etc. • Makes determination to arrest and processes arrested subject(s), which includes, but is not limited to: searching and/or seizing persons, vehicles, and/or property; collecting, preserving and processing evidence; interviewing victims/witnesses/suspects; transporting offenders; testifying in court proceedings; etc. • Identifies and addresses safety hazards around public roadways, including, but not limited to: crash analysis, accident investigations; assisting stalled motorists or disabled vehicles; directing and controlling traffic; providing information on hazardous street conditions (e.g. non-working traffic signals, visibility during blizzards, flooded roadways, etc.), impounding vehicles, issues traffic citations, etc. • Acts as a partner with community members and groups in the resolution and identification and resolution of problems and/or opportunities for education etc., which may include, but is not limited to: making arrests, referrals to other agencies; welfare checks; unlocking motor vehicles; education on law enforcement and crime prevention related topics, assisting with animal control related calls, serving subpoenas, delivery of council or court papers/materials; Ride-Along Program, Civil Code Enforcement, etc. • Assists in emergency situations, including, but not limited to: responding to Fire and EMS calls; watching and reporting on potentially severe weather conditions, intervening in acts of violence, managing hazardous environments, etc. • Inspects and maintains vehicle and all related law enforcement equipment. • May be assigned to specialized police responsibilities and/or units, such as, but not limited to: Accident Investigation; Field Training Officer; Drug Recognition Expert; Firearms Instructor; K-9 Unit, Bike Patrol; Code 411Officer; Suburban Narcotics Unit and other assigned task forces; Suburban Emergency Response Team (SERT); Criminal Investigations Unit; etc. • May provide direction and oversight to one or more WDM Police Reserve Officer(s). • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses. • Assures that the City’s mission, goals and objectives are fully supported and initiated. This includes, but is not limited to, the support of the following initiatives: the Department and City Wide Quality Teams; Process Action Teams; Cluster Groups; Balanced Scorecard and various other city-sponsored committees such as Safety, Employee Relations and Wellness. • Plans, coordinates and facilitates departmental training. • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned. • Certification as an Iowa Police Officer within twelve months of employment • NCIC Certification within six months of employment • CPR & First Aid • Valid Iowa Driver’s license

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 by June 1, 2013
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED and at least AA degree or 60 college credits. Waive for 3 years active military duty or as a sworn officer.
  • Experience: Six months to one year of related experience a plus.
Skills: • Ability to handle confidential information in a sensitive manner • Ability to analyze situations and adopt a quick, effective and reasonable course of action during stressful, emotional and/or physically taxing situations • Ability to take initiative with little direct supervision • Ability to write clear, accurate, factual and concise reports • Ability to read, understand and interpret ordinances, laws and other operational procedures • Excellent critical thinking skills, including, but not limited to, the ability to: make observations and remember pertinent facts; question witnesses and obtain pertinent information • Excellent oral/interpersonal communication skills, including, but not limited to: mediation of conflict; tact, diplomacy and professionalism when dealing with members of the public; empathy and sensitivity to victims of crime, etc. • Ability to handle stressful, hostile or irrational persons, whether due to physical or mental impairments, drugs/controlled substances or alcohol, or other factors • Basic mathematical skills • Ability to maintain intense concentration and alertness during stressful situation, particularly when preceded by extended periods of relative low stress or monotony. • Excellent and safe driving techniques under emergency and non-emergency conditions • Must be of good moral character Knowledge: • Proficiency with PC’s, specifically mobile data units, and computer software and applications • Knowledge of state, federal, and city laws and ordinances • Knowledge of City geography • General knowledge of office equipment, including facsimile, photo copier, telephone, calculator, and shredder • Knowledge of tools and equipment, including emergency equipment (i.e. AED, etc.), fire equipment, electronic equipment and firearms • Proficiency with firearms and other tools and techniques used for the defense of self and others Licenses: • Certification as an Iowa Police Officer within twelve months of employment • NCIC Certification within six months of employment • CPR & First Aid • Valid Iowa Driver’s license Working Conditions: • Long periods of sitting • Intermittent periods of standing and walking • Ability to lift, carry, push, and pull up to 50 pounds • Occasional need to lift, carry, push and/or pull heavy objects (e.g. adult human bodies, etc.) • Occasional need to run short to moderate distances (e.g. pursuit of persons, emergency advance or retreat, etc.) • Constant talking, hearing, smelling, near and far sight acuity, depth perception, color vision, field of vision, concentration, judgement, and writing ability • Frequent stooping, reaching, handling, climbing, balancing, kneeling, crouching, crawling, dexterity, and feeling • Constant exposure to weather, moving mechanical parts/hazards, and other environmental conditions • Moderate exposure to extreme heat and/or cold, wet and/or humid conditions, noise intensity level, darkness/poor lighting, high, exposed places, confined spaces, dirt/dust, and odours • Moderate use of protective footwear, ear wear, eye wear, hard hat, protective vests, and gloves • Must be willing to use force, possibly including deadly force, if necessary to fulfil duties. Note: This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not to be construed as a contract for employment.

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www.wdm.iowa.gov Human Resources

City of West Des Moines Police Department
250 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
phone: (515) 222-3616

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