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Police Officer

Civilian
City of Ottawa - Ottawa, Kansas

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$34,549.00 annual

Job Description

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.

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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.

How to Apply:           Complete On-Line Application at www.HRePartners.com.

Salary Range:            $34,549 to $48,381 annually, depending on qualifications

Date Opened:            Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Date Closed:              Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hours:                        Must work rotating shifts.  Some overtime may be required.

E-Mail Confirmation:  After your application has been received by the City of Ottawa, you will receive confirmation by e-mail (if provided).  Please check your SPAM filter or JUNK Mail for an e-mail from HumanResources@ottawaks.gov.  If you have not received information within 48 hours of submitting your application, please call 785-229-3634 to verify application has been received.

Additional Information:

            With an authorized strength of 28 officers serving a population of approximately 13,000, there is room for advancement.  Positions include Detective, Drug Detective, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Detective, DARE Instructor, School Resource Officer (SRO), Master Patrol Officer, and STAR Team (Special Tactics and Rescue).  The Department works closely with the Franklin County Sheriff s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, and other law enforcement agencies.

            Applicant must comply with residency requirement which states:  Regular part-time and regular full-time employees shall, within one year of date of hire, establish and maintain residency within Franklin County or within a driving distance of 35 miles of the Ottawa City Hall, AND within the state of Kansas.

Applicant must be 21 years of age at time of hire, a U.S. citizen, possess a valid Driver’s License, and be insurable by the City’s insurance carrier.  A high school diploma or GED is required, college credit preferred.  Applicants considered for hire must successfully complete a preliminary background check, written entrance exam, physical agility testing, and an oral panel interview.  Applicants recommended for further consideration will be required to complete an extensive background check and polygraph exam.  Applicants recommended for hire will be required to successfully complete a post offer drug screen, psychological and physical exams.

            If an applicant fails the written test, they will be eligible to apply again during the next hiring process. If they pass the written test, but fail the physical agility or the initial background check, they are not eligible to re-apply for the police officer position with the City of Ottawa for a period of one year.

            If an applicant completes the initial screening process (oral interview is the final step in the initial process) and is not hired or placed on a hiring eligibility list, the applicant must wait three years before re-applying for the police officer position with the City of Ottawa.

            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.  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.

            Knowledge of criminal and related federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, and police techniques.  The ability to operate radio equipment, firearms, computers and other related equipment.  Must be able to remain calm and thoughtful in highly stressful situations. Must be able to communicate in person, over the phone, and over the radio with the public, police department employees and dispatchers.  Must be able to speak, hear, visually read, and write proficiently in English.  The ability to work courteously and establish successful working relationships with entities, employees, City officials, businesses and the public, and use good professional judgment, honesty, and integrity in decision-making.

            ADDITIONAL INCREASES FOR:

Honorable Military Discharge:      1%

Associates Degree:                       2%

Bachelors Degree:                        4%

Masters Degree:                           7%

            LATERAL ENTRY POLICE OFFICER:  Police applicants for lateral entry must meet the following patrol service requirements for placement in any one of the below salary tiers.  Patrol experience is defined as length of solo patrol experience beginning after completion of Basic Law Enforcement Training at KLETC or equivalent, and successful completion of field training.  The City of Ottawa will credit lateral entry police officers with starting compensation at the following salary levels:

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.

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.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: HS Diploma or GED
  • Experience: No prior experience is required

Applicant must comply with residency requirement which states:  Regular part-time and regular full-time employees shall, within one year of date of hire, establish and maintain residency within Franklin County or within a driving distance of 35 miles of the Ottawa City Hall, AND within the state of Kansas.

Applicant must be 21 years of age at time of hire, a U.S. citizen, possess a valid Driver’s License, and be insurable by the City’s insurance carrier.  A high school diploma or GED is required, college credit preferred.  Applicants considered for hire must successfully complete a preliminary background check, written entrance exam, physical agility testing, and an oral panel interview.  Applicants recommended for further consideration will be required to complete an extensive background check and polygraph exam.  Applicants recommended for hire will be required to successfully complete a post offer drug screen, psychological and physical exams.

           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.  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.

         Knowledge of criminal and related federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, and police techniques.  The ability to operate radio equipment, firearms, computers and other related equipment.  Must be able to remain calm and thoughtful in highly stressful situations. Must be able to communicate in person, over the phone, and over the radio with the public, police department employees and dispatchers.  Must be able to speak, hear, visually read, and write proficiently in English.  The ability to work courteously and establish successful working relationships with entities, employees, City officials, businesses and the public, and use good professional judgment, honesty, and integrity in decision-making.

Contact Informaton

Jami Michael

City of Ottawa
101 S. Hickory PO Box 60
Ottawa, Kansas 66067
phone: (785) 229-3634

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