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Patrol Officer

Springfield Police Department - Springfield, Tennessee

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$30,888.00 annual
Academy Graduate:
$32,115.00 annual
Top Pay:
$44,224.00 annual

Job Description

GENERAL SUMMARY: Performs various duties in law enforcement and provides services to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the City of Springfield including patrolling, investigating crimes and enforcing traffic laws. Ensures all laws are enforced in an efficient, effective and professional manner. Work is performed under general supervision and performance is reviewed through conferences, reports submitted, and results obtained. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Patrol assigned area of the City on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, horseback or in police vehicle to control traffic, prevent crime or disturbance of peace; assure that all laws are enforced by checking homes and businesses for any signs of criminal activity such as broken windows and unlocked doors; maintain radio contact with headquarters and supervisor via two-way radio; note suspicious persons and establishments and report unusual activity to supervisor.
  • Receive and respond to any 911, emergency, non-emergency, compliant and service related calls from the public regarding burglaries, domestic violence, or any other situation needing assistance from police authorities; write reports on calls answered indicating the nature of the call and any findings at the scene.
  • Attempt to arbitrate disputes; interview complainants, witnesses and /or informants to obtain factual information relevant to the incident; arrest any suspects found in the commission of crimes; advise suspects of their legal rights; warn and/or arrest persons in violation of the law; may be required to use force in the apprehension of suspects; transport suspects to pre-trial detention facility or mental hospitals as ordered by the court.
  • Complete field incident, arrest, booking and related police reports in accordance with departmental policy and State statutes; testify in court as needed.
  • May assume command in emergency situations and determine tactics/strategies that directly affect the safety and security of lives and property.
  • Prepare evidence for issuance of warrants; serve warrants; advise suspects of their rights; ensure proper recording, storage, maintenance, and accountability of police property and evidence by property type, classification, and warehousing requirements; notify supervisor of discrepancies immediately.
  • Conduct routine follow-up investigations of assigned cases; conduct stakeouts, surveillance, and searches of persons and property to obtain weapons, illegal drugs, stolen property and other evidence; seize contraband and stolen property.
  • Respond to motor vehicle accidents in designated area or assist in other areas as needed; assist EMTs, firefighters, and other emergency personnel; complete traffic crash reports by questioning involved parties and any witnesses, gathering all pertinent information; call wreckers if necessary; provide emotional support to victims at the scene; direct traffic as necessary to prevent further crashes; ensure clean-up of accident scenes; reopen road when accident scene has been cleared.
  • Maintain traffic safety by stopping unsafe motorists and drunk drivers; stop speeding vehicles ascertained by the use of radar and other detection devices; issue citations or arrest drivers and impound vehicles as needed; report any malfunctioning signals or damaged and missing traffic signs.
  • Issue traffic summonses and warnings, parking citations, and vehicle repair notices as needed.
  • Administer CPR and first aid when necessary; answer any questions from the public.
  • Help motorists with mechanical problems or calling wreckers when necessary for removing cars from roads; give directions to motorists; remove debris from the roadways.
  • Direct and reroute traffic around fires, parades, special events, or other disruptions; attend public meetings to maintain order; disperse and control crowds; direct traffic at school crossings.

Additional Information

The Springfield Police Department is an organization of approximately 75 personnel (39 Sworn Positions) located about 30 minutes north of Nashville, TN. The department has a number of specialized units including patrol, detectives, narcotics, canine, SWAT, and traffic. The Police Department seeks POST Certified, educated officers who truly want to enhance the quality of life in the community while advancing their careers.

Job Requirements

  • Age: : 18
  • Education: : HS Diploma
  • Experience: : None Required
  1. Knowledge of the geographic area of the City.
  2. Knowledge of the City's emergency services provisions.
  3. Knowledge of City ordinances, state and federal laws.
  4. Knowledge of the court system and presentation of evidence in court proceedings.
  5. Some knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures.
  6. Some knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Police Department.
  7. Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and determine the proper course of action.
  8. Ability to ascertain facts by personal contact, observation and the examination of records.
  9. Ability to explain and interpret provisions of laws, ordinances and regulations.
  10. Ability to enforce laws firmly, tactfully and with respect to the rights of others.
  11. Ability to operate all law enforcement equipment required in the performance of the job.
  12. Ability to fire a weapon accurately.
  13. Ability to operate police vehicles.
  14. Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  15. Ability to prepare clear and comprehensive reports.
  16. Ability to run and/or lift light or heavy objects for short periods of time.
  17. Ability to defend oneself without the use of deadly force.
  18. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees and the public. QUALIFICATIONS Graduation from a standard high school, some experience in police work desirable, or a combination of education and experience equivalent to the required knowledge and abilities. Must meet the following qualifications of police officers as specified in TCA 38-8-106:
    1. Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
    2. Be a citizen of the United States.
    3. Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances, and not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States.
    4. Have his/her fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
    5. Have a good moral character as determined by a thorough investigation conducted by the employing agency.
    6. Be free of all apparent mental disorders as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition (DSM-II) of the American Psychiatric Association. Applicants must be certified as meeting these criteria by a qualified professional in the psychiatric or psychological fields.
    7. Must possess a valid appropriate Tennessee driver license. Will be required to take a polygraph test, psychological test, drug screen and a physical examination based on the job description and essential functions of the job. Examination to be given by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of Tennessee and designated by the City of Springfield.

Contact Informaton

David Thompson

Springfield Police Department
802 Willow Street
Springfield, Tennessee 37172
phone: 615-382-2209

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