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Patrol Officer

Mountain Home Police Department - Mountain Home, Idaho

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$33,710.00 annual

Job Description

Classification Summary The principal function of an employee in this class is to maintain community order through enforcing local, state and federal laws. The work involves preventing and investigating crimes, patrolling the City of Mountain Home, enforcing traffic laws and ordinances, responding to citizens calls for service, applying community policing procedures, and making presentations to schools or civic groups. The work is performed under the direct supervision of a Police Sergeant or other Command Staff. An employee in this class may be assigned to a specialty area such as K-9, or may perform the duties of other employees in the Mountain Home Police Department as required or as assigned by supervisory personnel. The principal duties of this class are performed in a work environment in which the employee is subject to potential personal danger., including exposure to inclement weather conditions and dangerous body fluids. An employee in this class may perform additional public safety duties as assigned.

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Enforces all City, State and Federal laws within the jurisdiction of the City of Mountain Home
  • Patrols all assigned areas and monitors activity to identify violations of applicable law and takes appropriate actions to deal with the situation, including making arrests and charging a suspect, issuing citations, issuing written warnings or rectifying the situation through a dialogue with all parties involved as warranted
  • Advises suspects of his/her constitutional rights upon arrest
  • Enforces all traffic laws and issues citations for violations
  • Investigates misdemeanor crimes and traffic accidents and makes arrests as warranted
  • Performs residential and business security checks
  • Responds to calls and/or complaints from citizens, involving arriving at the scene, taking statements from all parties involved, identifying a violation if one exists and taking appropriate arrest and/or citation steps as the situation warrants
  • Refers civil disputes to public services to help settle differences and prevent future calls
  • Interviews witnesses, informants and others to determine if any identifiable person must be investigated as being a potential suspect
  • Maintains thorough notes of all witness statements for the use in documentation and prosecution
  • Participates in surveillance situations to search for suspects
  • Makes arrests following the issuance of an arrest warrant, including locating the individual in surrounding jurisdictions and/or states
  • Coordinates arrest procedures with other law enforcement jurisdictions
  • Advises suspects of his/her constitutional rights upon arrest
  • Maintains security of any suspect in custody at all times
  • Informs victims of progress in any case and presents additional evidence to determine whether this information will prompt further recollections in the case
  • Maintains a highly visible presence within the community for the purpose of deterring crime as possible, maintaining good community relations and providing an identifiable source for citizens to go to for assistance, guidance, protection and service
  • Performs a daily activity of public relations through speaking with citizens, responding to their needs as possible and explaining through actions and words the goals and purposes of the Mountain Home Police Department
  • Informs commanding Officers immediately of any situation which appears to be out of the ordinary
  • Performs and evaluates field sobriety tests and determines through observation those situations where such a test is warranted and needed
  • Maintains all appropriate reports and records of criminal and arrest activity for use in both documentation and prosecution
  • Collects evidence at crime scenes and interviews witnesses
  • Maintains security and possession of firearm and related Police equipment at all times
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
  • May perform in a specialty area such as K-9 handler or other assignment
  • Performs preventive maintenance on vehicles and all related equipment
  • Responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices.
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • Education: : Highschool diploma or GED
  • Experience: : none needed
QUALIFICATIONS: US CITIZEN EDUCATION: Must have a high school diploma or GED. College is preferred. VALID DRIVERS LICENSE NO FELONY CONVICTIONS PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Must possess the strength and physical ability necessary to perform the essential functions of the job. You must pass an Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training physical fitness test. VISION AND HEARING: You must meet the minimum vision and hearing requirements as defined by the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training OTHER REQUIREMENTS: All candidates are required to pass the following to being considered for appointment.
  • Physical fitness test
  • Written exam
  • Interview with a board of officers
  • Background investigation
  • Polygraph exam
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Interview with the Chief of Police
If you are given a conditional offer of employment you must also pass a medical exam and take a drug test.

Contact Informaton

Melanie Broughton

Mountain Home Police Department
2775 East 8th North
Mountain Home, Idaho 83647
phone: 208-587-2101

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