Police Officer


DATE: 5-15-14
JOB TITLE: Police Officer



DIRECTION OF OTHERS: Part-time officers, police reserve officers, temporary and seasonal employees
NATURE OF WORK: To perform general police work in the protection of lives and property, through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Maintain civil order, apprehend and detain criminal suspects, investigate citizen complaints, traffic accidents, and other evidence of law violations.
Duties / Responsibilities:

I. Patrol assigned area and respond to a wide variety of service calls in which a variety of alternative actions may be taken.

A. Handles report of arguments/disputes.
B. Handles report of prowler/trespasser.
C. Handles report of disorderly conduct/public nuisance.
D. Handles report of intoxicated persons, liquor and narcotics.
E. Handles missing or found persons.
F. Investigates all criminal complaints observed or brought to their attention.
G. Responds to all types alarms.
H. Responds to other service calls as apparent or assigned.
II. Provides emergency service.
A. Rescues victims in life-threatening situations.
B. Provides emergency medical service at scene of accident, crimes, or service requests.
C. Responds to emergency and non-routine service calls.
D. Directs traffic at scene of crashes.
E. Handles crowds at demonstrations, protests, picket lines, and emergency scenes.
III. Investigates suspicious circumstances and activities.
A. Stops and interrogates suspicious persons.
B. Observes and reports potential trouble locations.
C. Investigates and reports public nuisances.
IV. Apprehends and arrests suspected law violators.
A. Places individuals under arrest (searches, advises of rights, questions, transports to detention facility).
B. Administers test for intoxication.
C. Processes arrested persons.
V. Conducts preliminary crime/crash investigation.
A. Searches crime/crash scene for physical evidence.
B. Surveys crime/crash scene for witnesses.
C. Interviews victims of crime, witnesses, and interrogates suspects.
D. Gathers and preserves evidence through established department
VI. Performs follow-up crime and accident investigations.
A. Assists investigators in criminal investigation follow-up as assigned.
B. Obtains statements and confessions.
C. Participates in raids and search warrant execution.
D. Performs stakeouts, surveillance of persons or places.
VII. Identifies physical and safety hazards.
A. Investigates and arranges for removal of abandoned/stolen vehicles and property.
B. Inspects and reports public safety hazards.
C. Inspects homes and businesses for safety and security.
VIII. Enforces the traffic laws of the State of Minnesota and ordinances of the City of Owatonna.
A. Issues citations or warnings for moving, mechanical or safety violations.
B. Maintains stationary and moving radar surveillance.
C. Conducts traffic surveys as assigned.
D. Issues citations for parking violations.
IX. Performs administrative and non-patrol activities.
A. Testifies as witness in criminal and civil court proceedings.
B. Inspects department equipment, reporting needed repairs or deficiencies to superior officers.
C. Assist in the development and implementation of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures for the Department.
D. Completes routine paperwork.
E. Participates in regular department training.
X. Displays an attitude that reflects integrity, dedication, and conscientiousness.
A. Deals courteously and constructively with citizens and community problems.
B. Shows positive attitude, and sets an example to others.
C. Avoids acts that might be construed as compromising one's integrity.
D. Maintains confidentiality as required by state and federal statutes.
XI. Participates in crime prevention and security programs for the department and community.
XII. Inspects homes and assists in vacation watch program.
XIII. Performs other related work as apparent or assigned.
I. Develops public understanding of work and activities of the department.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or equivalent and licensed or eligible for license with the State of Minnesota Peace Officer and Standards Board. Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid State of Minnesota driver's license without record of suspension or revocation in any state. Ability to meet department's medical and psychological assessments. Basic Law Enforcement training or Police Officer Standards and Training certification or equivalent.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's Degree in Police Science/Law Enforcement. Experience of at least three (3) years working as a full-time patrol officer utilizing the community policing philosophy. 
Hours of Work/Physical and Mental Demands:
I. Employee may be required to, but not limited to use of the following:
police car, police radio, speed detection devices, handgun, shotgun, patrol rifle, other weapons as required, Taser, handcuffs, breathalyzer, first aid equipment, A.E.D., MDC, personal computer, word processing software, fax, and telephone.
I. Hours may vary, but generally work on steady shifts that are bid out by seniority every 4 months, extended hours, emergency call outs, and on weekends and holidays. This is a non-exempt position.
II. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.
III. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, controls, or tools listed above; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. Employee may occasionally engage in physical confrontations.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.