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Police Officer

City of Ottawa - Ottawa, Kansas

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$34,549.00 annual
Top Pay:
$48,381.00 annual

Job Description

The Ottawa Police Department is seeking highly motivated applicants for the position of Police Officer. The men and women of the department are guided by the following values: human life, integrity, the laws and Constitution, excellence, accountability, cooperation, problem-solving, and our role in the community. To accomplish our goals we use the latest in technology and police practices. To increase effectiveness the department uses mobile computers in all patrol cars. With an authorized strength of 28 officers serving a growing population of approximately 13,000 there is room for advancement. Positions include Detective, Drug Detective, DARE Instructor, School Resource Officer (SRO), Master Police Officer, STAR Team (Special Tactics and Rescue). The department operates a modern weapons range as part of a comprehensive training program. The range has a rifle range to 150 yards and is equipped for night shooting. Each officer qualifies with the standard issue Glock 17 Gen. 4 handgun, AR-15 rifle in each car, Less-Lethal Shotguns, 12 ga. shotguns and the Taser X-26. The department has a fitness room in the Law Enforcement Center equipped with free weights, nautilus weights, treadmill and aerobic area. Type: Full Time Starting salary: $16.61 per hour, depending on qualifications. Additional starting/lateral pay incentive:
  • 1%-Honorable Military Discharge
  • 2%-Associated Degree
  • 4%-Bachelor Degree
  • 7%-Masters Degree
Lateral Transfer:Certified police officers may start at a higher salary depending on years of service. Lateral Transfers are also eligible for the additional pay incentives listed above.
  • 1 Year Patrol Experience - $35,589
  • 2 Years Patrol Experience - $36,650
  • 3 Years Patrol Experience - $37,752
  • 4+ Years Patrol Experience - $38,875 or higher depending on additional experience and qualifications.
  • Candidates must be a Kansas resident, 21 years of age at time of appointment and a U.S. citizen, possess a valid Kansas driver’s license upon appointment, and be insurable by the city’s insurance carrier
  • high school diploma or GED is required, college credit preferred.
  • Employees must reside in Franklin County or within a 35 mile drive to City Hall.
  • Applicants must successfully complete, written entrance exam, physical agility testing, and oral panel interview.
  • Candidates recommended for hire will be required to successfully complete pre-employment drug screen, polygraph, psychological, and physical exams.
The City of Ottawa conducts background checks and drug screening on all potential candidates. The City of Ottawa is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The City of Ottawa is a nationally recognized Playful City USA community.

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POSITION SUMMARY Under the supervision of the police sergeant or other designated supervisor, the police officer performs duties in the protection of life and property and the preservation of order in the City of Ottawa. The employee in this position enforces all criminal and related federal, state, and local laws and ordinances and assists with investigations. Patrol duties include enforcing traffic laws, investigations of crimes and accidents, and providing public assistance. This employee will be required to exercise initiative and discretion in emergency and non-emergency situations. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Performs specialized law enforcement duties, responds to emergencies, and utilizes law enforcement equipment.
  • Enforces all criminal and related federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
  • Patrols business and residential areas of the city.
  • Identifies and arrests individuals who violate the laws and ordinances.
  • Searches for, identifies, and collects evidence found at crime scenes; in general assist with processing of crime scenes when needed.
  • Appears and testifies in court proceedings.
  • Enters offense and incident reports on computers and maintains records.
  • Ability to learn and operate modern police-related technology and equipment.
  • Administers First Aid and C.P.R. in accordance with training.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive public image both on and off duty; assists with community relations and other programs when requested.
  • Has contact with and provides excellent customer service to various members of the community.
  • Maintains and cleans assigned vehicle.
  • Provides escorts when needed.
  • Investigates motor vehicle accidents, directs traffic and issues citations.
  • Conducts traffic/pedestrian surveys.
  • Applies for and serves court warrants.
  • Must participate in the annual Cooper Physical Agility Assessment.
  • Must score no less than the department’s established minimum standard during established testing intervals for firearms qualifications.
  • Conducts traffic/pedestrian surveys.
  • Obeys and complies with all City ordinances and policies.
  • Assists other departments and performs other duties as deemed necessary or assigned.

Job Requirements

  • Age: : 21
  • Education: :

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Must complete and pass Kansas State Certification Program for Law Enforcement Officers as set by Kansas statutes.
    • 40 hours of annual continuing education training in police procedures and techniques
    • Experience: : This is an entry-level position and prior experience is not required
    License/Certification:Must obtain and maintain a valid Driver’s License and be 21 years of age. Must be insurable by the City’s insurance carrier. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of criminal and related federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, and police techniques.
    • The ability to operate two-way radio equipment, firearms, less lethal devices, computers and other related equipment.
    • Must be able to remain composed and thoughtful in highly stressful situations.
    • Must be able to communicate effectively in person, on the telephone, and over the radio with members of the public, police department employees and dispatchers.
    • Must be able to speak, hear, visually read, and write proficiently in English.
    • Conversational Spanish is a plus.
    • The ability to work courteously and establish successful working relationships with organizations, employees, City officials, businesses and members of the public, and practice good judgment, honesty, and integrity during decision-making.
    Problem Solving:Frequent problem-solving situations in the day-to-day performance of duties. Must possess initiative and the ability to solve problems under stress. Decision Making:Frequent decision-making exists in this position. Decisions include determining proper procedures at the scene of a crime, identifying probable cause, arresting criminals and insuring lawful procedures are used. Ability to take charge of a situation until relieved by a senior employee. Supervision:Occasional supervision is expected during the execution and performance of duties. Employee may have supervisory responsibility over peers and subordinate personnel. Financial Accountability:Employee is not responsible for budgetary control of the department and does not participate in the annual departmental budget process. Personal Relations:Continual contact with other City departments and members of the general public. Working Conditions:Physical effort is required. Employee may be confronted with adverse weather and life threatening situations. Employee may be exposed to blood borne pathogens Physical Requirements:
    • Requires the ability to drive a motorized vehicle.
    • Vision correctable to 20/20 for each eye; individuals with vision worse than 20/40 may be required to wear vision correction and retention devices.
    • Requires mobility and flexibility of body, manual dexterity and hand/eye coordination adequate to operate equipment as necessary.
    • Requires ability to exert in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly.
    • Required to participate in a Cooper physical agility test on an annual basis.
    • Must meet minimum state and city required standards of firearms and in-service training.
    Duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. Omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change as the City’s needs and requirements of the job change. The State of Kansas and City of Ottawa are at-will employment jurisdictions. The City is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants/employees with a disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation to perform the position’s functions. Requests should be directed to the Director of Human Resources. Apply to www.HRePartners.com

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Jami Michael

City of Ottawa
101 S. Hickory St
Ottawa, Kansas 66067
phone: 785-229-3634

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