The Police Officer is responsible for the enforcement of all Municipal, State and Federal laws. This is a public safety position that requires the working of unusual hours, rotating shifts and working under inclement weather conditions; patrols an assigned beat, protects life and property, prevents crime, maintains order, enforces laws, ordinances and constitutional mandates, investigates crimes, accidents and disturbances, directs traffic, prepares reports, makes arrests, testifies in court, serves warrants and subpoenas, cooperates with other law enforcement agencies and City departments, provides information and answers inquiries from the general public.
Education, Training and Experience � minimum required to proficiently perform the job
Education / higher education: High School Graduate or equivalent Other Requirements: Must be able to successfully complete a written personal integrity test, FBI fingerprint/background investigation, psychological exam, medical and physical exams and testing, screening for illegal or non-prescribed controlled substances including anabolic steroids, and will undergo an Oral Board interview. Education and/or experience preferences: Prior experience in law enforcement.
Certifications, Licenses and Registrations
Driver�s License requirement: Frequent Driver -- Regular Driver's License
Note -- For any driver, driving record must always meet City driving and insurability standards.
Required certifications, licenses or registrations: Certification through the NM Law Enforcement Academy for State certification as a law enforcement official. Time given after hire/promotion to obtain certification or licenses: Must successfully complete Law Enforcement Academy. Preferred certifications, licenses or registrations: Certification as a Law Enforcement Official in the State of NM or another state
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to proficiently perform the job
Knowledge: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems. Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins. Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Skills: Must be able to type rapidly and accurately enough to successfully produce documents/spreadsheets, communicate via e-mail, or perform data entry as necessary to accomplish the essential functions of the position. Use of technology, equipment and software typically used in the office environment. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. Talking to others to convey information effectively. Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences. Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Actively looking for ways to help people.
Abilities: The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Interaction with Groups/Agencies/Entities: Interacts with other employees and the general public.
Authorities and Accountabilities
Level of independent decision making: Minimal-incumbent primarily carries-out instructions and follows established procedures Budgetary/Financial/Asset accountability: None -- Position has no accountability for, or authority to make, budgetary or financial decisions. Span of control: Responsibility for own work (no supervision or leadership expectations)
The following functions are typical for this position. The omission of specific functions does not exclude them if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
Daily activity level: Blend of sedentary and physical work Physical characteristics: Job requires oral and aural communication; Job requires reading and comprehension of written materials; Job requires normal vision ; Must be able to distinguish colors; Must be able to see in dim light; Exposure to high noise levels; Fine finger manipulation; Grasping with hand, gripping; Keystroking or repetitive motion of hands/fingers/arms; Work activities produce impact on hand, wrist, forearm, elbow from vibration; Subduing/restraining humans/animals; Involvement in verbal or physical confrontations; Operation of gas-powered machines or equipment; Use of firearms or weapons; Use of firefighting equipment; Use of medical equipment (i.e., AED, give injections, bandage/splint); Climbing Ladders; Working at heights (towers, poles, bucket lift); Bending/kneeling/crawling; Lifting/carrying/push/pull greater than 100 lbs.; Working while standing for prolonged periods of time; Running while carrying materials/ equipment/ gear/ tools; Working more than 8 hours/day; Shift work, including mid and grave; Working more than 5 days a week; Job involves driving most the shift. Exposures: Exposure to biological agents, human/animal body fluids, blood borne pathogens, excrement or tuberculosis; Handling hazardous chemicals or toxic substances; Exposure to excessive amounts of dust, flying particles, toxic vapors, noxious fumes or mists; Exposure to sharp objects including razor blades, teeth, finger/paw nails (incl. biting); Working with extremely hot or cold objects; Working outside in inclement weather conditions; Violent or dangerous situations that could result in serious injury, psychological damage, or death. Extraordinary working conditions: None Hazardous equipment/machinery used: None Required personal protective equipment: Safety Glasses with or w/o side shields; Safety Goggles/chemical splash goggles; Breathing mask; Respirator; Latex gloves; Rubber gloves; Ear Muff; Ear Plugs; Protective clothing (i.e., bullet-proof vest, reflective vest, apron); Gloves (incl. Kevlar gloves); Safety boots; Protective gear.