NATURE OF WORK:
Performs professional law enforcement work to maintain order to protect the public, maintain law and order in the community, detect and prevent crime, direct and control traffic, and investigate and apprehend suspects involved in criminal activity. Work is performed under the general supervision of Police Sergeant.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:
NOTE: THE LISTED DUTIES ARE ONLY ILLUSTRATIVE AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO DESCRIBE EVERY FUNCTION THAT MAY BE PERFORMED BY THIS JOB CLASS. THE OMISSION OF SPECIFIC STATEMENTS DOES NOT PRECLUDE MANAGEMENT FROM ASSIGNING SPECIFIC DUTIES NOT LISTED IF SUCH DUTIES ARE A LOGICAL ASSIGNMENT TO THE POSITION.
- Enforces all city and state codes, ordinances, laws, and regulations in order to protect life and property and to prevent crime and promote security; apprehends and/or arrests persons who violate federal, state or city codes and laws and advises suspects of rights; processes and transports prisoners, according to procedure.
- Maintains visibility by patrolling assigned area, city streets, parks, neighborhoods, and businesses in a marked police vehicle; remains alert to suspicious activities or persons and reacts appropriately; inspects troublesome areas and checks the security of business establishments; performs surveillance of various locations and of criminal suspects; collects and reviews data; develops trends and/or patterns pertaining to locations/suspects; files intelligence reports.
- Monitors radio and responds to emergency calls/calls for assistance; communicates with radio dispatcher and responds to complaints, reports of criminal events, requests for law enforcement, and domestic or public disputes; assesses situation and takes appropriate actions to bring situation to resolution; follows standard operating procedures when responding to calls; provides backup assistance to fellow officers as requested/necessary; contacts command/supervisory personnel for emergency response and critical incident communications.
- Secures crime scenes until superiors arrive; gathers preliminary information in criminal investigations by obtaining statements from victims, witnesses and suspects; performs searches of people, vehicles and buildings; prepares investigative reports of findings, facts, and related information; detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis for probable cause for criminal acts; testifies in court.
- Determines probable cause to search and/or reasonable suspicion to detain suspects; obtains warrants and performs various search operations; locates missing persons; pursues fleeing and subdues resisting suspects and effects arrests.
- Enforces traffic laws and regulations; stops vehicles for traffic violations and issues traffic citations/warnings; directs vehicle and pedestrian traffic around accidents, disabled traffic control devices, or heavily congested areas; establishes roadblocks; administers field sobriety tests; identifies wanted persons/vehicles; impounds vehicles; assists disabled motorists; directs traffic for funerals and other public gatherings; ensures roadways are clear of obstacles and hazards.
- Responds to accident calls; gathers information at the accident scene; investigates accidents involving serious injury; fatality, or hit-and-run; interviews victims and witnesses; notifies relatives of victims as necessary.
- Performs tasks as necessary to assist at the scene of accidents, crimes, or other incidents, including crowd control, first aid, rescue functions, etc.
- Completes and/or reviews paperwork documenting shift and incident activities; completes state reports to accurately record criminal offenses; completes and prepares a variety of forms, logs, requests, records, reports, correspondence, and various other documents associated with daily responsibilities of this position; maintains administrative records and files.
- Engages in public relations and community service activities and events to promote a positive image for the department and to build cooperative and collaborative relationships with the community; responds to questions, complaints, and requests for information by telephone or in-person from merchants, community/civic organizations, the general public, employees, superiors, and other individuals.
- Enters/retrieves data to/from computer systems including stolen property, arrest and wanted person information, investigation data, and criminal/driving records checks; reviews crime statistics.
- Attends meetings, seminars, and specialized/update training sessions as required to maintain knowledge of departmental and city operations, to promote improved job performance, and to maintain knowledge of changing policies, procedures, codes, and laws.
- Cooperates with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and their officers or representatives when activities are related to investigations within city jurisdiction; assists in the prosecution of offenders; appears in court to present evidence and testimony.
- May perform various tasks and duties related to special assignments as to emergency or special response teams; community outreach and education programs such as Crime Prevention, traffic, bike patrol, narcotics; or internal training positions such as Field Training Officer; attends community meetings and assists with community activities, programs, and special events.
- Assists with interdepartmental duties and city activities, which may include working within school zones, directing traffic, providing security at city social events, special escorts, crowd/riot control, or other special assignments.
- Maintains police vehicle and equipment, including firearms; shuttles vehicles for maintenance purposes.
- Answers the telephone; provides information, advice, and guidance; takes and relays messages and/or direct calls to appropriate personnel; returns calls as necessary.
- Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of law enforcement.
- Knowledge of various law enforcement and community service agencies.
- Knowledge of basic life-saving techniques (CPR).
- Knowledge of police report writing techniques.
- Knowledge of law enforcement procedures and operations.
- Knowledge of Federal, State, and City criminal laws and ordinances and the criminal justice system operations.
- Skilled in defensive tactics.
- Skilled in communicating with others, both verbally and in writing.
- Skilled in the use of a handgun, impact weapons, police radio, and related equipment. Ability to define problems, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
- Ability to write technical reports and correspondence.
- Ability to observe and record events accurately and completely.
- Ability to conduct interviews.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with citizens, co-workers, and managers.
- Ability to perform CPR and basic lifesaving activities.
- Ability to read and comprehend technical literature.
- Ability to handle routine public contacts.
- Ability to exercise reasonable discretion and judgment.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORKING CONDITIONS:
The Town of Eatonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires the Town to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss potential accommodations with management.
- Light (up to 15 pounds) to heavy (50 pounds or over) lifting and carrying.
- Endure sustained acts of physical exhaustion and endure periods of duty under unfavorable and life-threatening situations.
- Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction).
- Acceptable hearing (with or without a hearing aid).
- Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
- Depth perception, distinguish colors.
- Walking, climbing, standing, crawling, kneeling, bending, stooping, jumping, running, sitting, driving for extended periods, and smell.
- Ability to enter and exit vehicles quickly while wearing approximately 15 to 20 pounds of equipment.
- Night vision and peripheral vision are essential.
- Manual dexterity to use handcuffs, light flares, fire weapons, perform CPR, etc.
- May stand for extended periods when directing traffic and controlling crowds.
- Work outside. Exposed to extreme weather conditions such as heat, cold, rain, and potentially dangerous environments, slippery/uneven walking surfaces, poor lighting.
- May be exposed to putrid odors, diseases, chemicals, smoke, flames, and excessive noise.
- In or with moving objects or vehicles.
- In hazardous and stressful conditions.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
- High School diploma or G.E.D. Certificate which meets state standards. College coursework preferred.
- Must meet minimum qualifications as set forth by the Florida Standards and Training Commission and outlined in Florida Statue 943.13 http://m.flsenate.gov/statutes/943.13
- Successful completion of a Florida Law Enforcement Academy or EOT Course
- Possess a valid Florida Driver’s License.
- Successful completion of PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Permanent status to this position requires a probationary period of twelve (12) months, during which time performance will be carefully evaluated. Permanent status as a police officer will be granted only if work performance is judged to be satisfactory.