PATROL OFFICER

Police Officer Opening - Click on link to apply

Closing: October 14, 2019 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Type: Full Time

Class Specifications

THE CITY OF POST FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ENTRY LEVEL (NO EXPERIENCE), LATERAL AND/OR POST-CERTIFIABLE (HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A POST ACADEMY) POLICE OFFICER CANDIDATES. PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO LATERAL OFFICERS AND POST FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES.

Performs general duty and investigative police work in the protection of life and property through enforcement of laws and ordinances; responds to calls for the protection of life and property; performs related work as required. The principal function of an employee in this class is to enforce state and local laws and ordinances, respond to calls for the protection of life and property, conduct criminal and non-criminal investigations, to make arrests and perform other assigned law enforcement and public safety duties. Duties normally consist of patrol and traffic activities in the City on an assigned shift. Officers may be delegated to assignments in specialized areas such as neighborhood services, community services, criminal investigations services, administration, field training, firearms training, special weapons and tactical (SWAT) team, or other assignment. Work is performed under the general direction of a supervising Sergeant. Considerable latitude is granted to the employee but work is subject to periodic performance audits and annual evaluations. The principal duties of this class are performed in both a general office environment and an outdoor environment that may include exposure to adverse weather conditions and to potential personal danger.

Examples of Work Duties

Patrols assigned areas of the City in a car, motorcycle, bicycle, U.T.V., or on foot;

• Enforces state and local laws and ordinances;

Maintains community presence and/or responds to calls for service and takes appropriate action;

Responds to calls related to the protection of life and property, traffic incidents, and other public safety emergencies;

Responds to patrol calls which include domestic incidents, burglaries, juvenile disturbances, civil disturbances, health and welfare assists, civil standby, business and residential alarms, thefts, traffic accidents, animal problems, civil protection order/no contact order violations and services, medical and fire calls, bomb threats, hazardous material spills, and other public and life safety incidents;

Determines the existence of probable cause and identifies and takes suspects and offenders into physical custody, or refers charges for review and prosecution;

Prepares reports of arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed;• Completes reports and other related documents in a timely manner;

Conducts both preliminary and follow-up investigations and collects evidence in disturbances, criminal incidents, hazardous incidents, vehicle accidents, and deaths;

Verbally interacts with witnesses and victims, suspects, and offenders to obtain information;

Conducts examinations of persons, vehicles, premises, or areas to determine the presence of individuals or illegal activities or articles;

Takes suspect or offender into custody and delivers them to appropriate confinement location, maintaining security and safety of individuals being moved from one location to another;

Performs self-initiated patrol consisting of traffic stops, patrolling high crime areas of the City, warrant arrests, drug interdictions, DUI emphasis patrol, seat belt emphasis, juvenile drinking emphasis, and other relevant law enforcement activities;

Coordinates and conducts detailed investigations of violent crimes, child abuse, property crimes, gaming, and narcotics violations;• Presents testimony and evidence in court and other legal proceedings;

Maintains, cleans, and cares for City-issued equipment and vehicles;

Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City and Department policies, procedures and safety practices. Other Duties and Responsibilities

May serve in other specialized areas such as neighborhood services, community services, criminal investigations section, administrative services, field training, firearms training, special weapons and tactical (SWAT) unit, or other assignment;

Prepares search and arrest warrants;

Contacts, cooperates, and coordinates with other law enforcement and non-law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses;

• May be on call after regular duty hours to respond to emergency situations;

• Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

Local, state, and federal laws as applicable to community law enforcement;

Methods, objectives, and procedures of law enforcement practices;

• Methods, objectives, and procedures of court proceedings;

Officer safety skills including defensive tactics, handcuffing, and firearm operations;

Standard first-aid administration;

Personal computers and job-related software;

Police equipment, including vehicles, speed radar units, communications units, body armor, handcuffs, firearms, batons, and other related equipment;

Crime prevention and education techniques.

Ability to:

Attend classes and successfully receive a POST certification within one year of employment;

• Work independently as well as in teams;

• Understand and apply departmental, state, and local law enforcement procedures, policies, rules, and regulations;

• Analyze situations quickly and objectively, to recognize actual and potential dangers, and to determine proper course of action;

Cope with stressful situations calmly, fairly, tactfully, and with respect for individual rights;

Establish and maintain effective relations with fellow employees and with citizens with varied racial, religious, ethnic or economic backgrounds;

Demonstrate proficiency in the use and care of firearms;

• Operate a motor vehicle;

Operate a personal computer including program applications appropriate to assigned duties

Operate radio, audio and video equipment, and related specialized enforcement equipment;

Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing;

Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports;

Keep 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;

Understand and carry out oral and written directions;

Uphold the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics at all times;

Respond to citizen requests in a courteous and effective manner;

Make sound and reasonable decisions in accordance with laws, ordinances, regulations, and established procedures;

Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;

Have the flexibility to work any shifts required;

Perform multiple tasks simultaneously, including handling interruptions, and return to and complete tasks in a timely manner;

Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;

Learn new aspects of police work depending on specialty assignment areas.

Acceptable Experience and Training

• High school diploma or GED equivalency require; and

For Lateral consideration:

POST Certified Police Officer (ex. successfully completed the North Idaho College Basic Patrol Academy, an active Certified Reserve Officer with another agency); and

• At least twenty-one (21) years of age; and• Two years of reasonable work experience; or• Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

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