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Police Officer

City of Durango - Durango, Colorado

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$22.64 hourly
Academy Graduate:
$22.64 hourly

Job Description

General Purpose: To perform a variety of duties in the enforcement of laws and the prevention of crimes; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; and to perform a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the Police Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Patrol a designated area of the City to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances; check buildings for physical security; Respond to burglar alarms, general public service calls and complaints including domestic disturbanc­es, civil complaints, property control, automobile and boat accidents, robberies, and related misdemeanor and felony incidents; Collect, process, photograph and present evidence including fingerprints, fibers, blood and related physical evidence; Enforce traffic laws and ordinances; check speed with radar; and issue warnings and citation; Interview suspects, victims, and witnesses in the field.

Additional Information

Other Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:  Prepare reports on arrests made, activities performed and unusual incidents observed; input information into the computer and specific forms; arrest and maintain custody of prisoners; Conduct intoxilyzer tests and record results; Book and transfer prisoners to jail; Serve warrants and execute police raids; Provide bar checks; provide truthful, unreserved and credible testimony in all judicial proceedings; Attend Department sponsored trainings;

When Assigned to Community Program Unit: Provide public education; oversee and coordinate drug prevention activities and programs; make presentations to local citizens, schools and community groups; Teaches law-related education programs in schools; and develops and implements policy and procedures relating to community policing strategies.

When Assigned to Investigations: Conduct crime scene investigations; identify witnesses and suspects; conduct interviews and collect evidence; Document cases and establish files on cases and suspects; contact victims and advise them of the case status; and conduct searches for investigations; prepare cases for court action.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 by date of appointment
  • Education: HS Diploma or Equivalent
  • Experience: Some law enforcement is desirable but not required

Education or Formal Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grad and completion of a recognized law enforcement academy; ongoing completion of minimum and continuing education requirements as stipulated by the State of Colorado; Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid P.O.S.T. certificate from the State of Colorado; Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Knowledge of: Modern and complex principles and practices of law enforcement; Police methods and procedures including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation and identification techniques; Criminal law and criminal procedure with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies, including rules of evidence pertaining to the seizure and preservation of evidence; Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory; First aid principles, practices and techniques; Self-defense tactics; Interviewing and interrogation techniques; Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment; City and State laws and ordinances; Incident Management System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) at a first responder level.

Ability to: Use and properly care for firearms; Understand, interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places; Prepare clear, accurate and grammatically correct written reports; Analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine and take emergency action; Identify potential crime situations or traffic hazards and take preventive action; Learn the operation of standard equipment and facilities required in the performance of assigned tasks; Meet the physical requirements established by the Department; Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contracted in the course of work; Maintain effective audio/visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful performance of assigned duties; and maintain mental capacity that allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities.

Contact Informaton

Human Resources

City of Durango
949 E. 2nd Ave
Durango, Colorado 81301
phone: (970) 375-5050

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