Patrol Officer II
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The Patrol Officer II is a safety-sensitive position that is involved with the complex and specialized activities required to maintain civil order, the preservation of the public peace, protection of life and property, detection and prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals, knowledge and enforcement of laws and ordinances. Each officer will be held to a high standard of performance within that structure.
Regularly patrols throughout the community, performs complex investigations, renders service, enforces traffic and criminal laws and generally provides for the safety of the public.
Responds to calls regarding public disturbances, complaints, criminal, civil or emergency situations, provides emergency medical assistance, as necessary.
Enforces traffic laws, vehicle codes and promotes traffic safety. Notes illegal or unsafe driving practices and advises or makes arrests, as appropriate. Investigates accidents, directs traffic, reports unsafe road conditions and otherwise promotes vehicular and pedestrian safety.
Detects and prevents criminal activities by surveillance of commercial and residential areas. Investigates suspicious activity and takes steps to prevent criminal actions. Promotes crime prevention by initiating contact with businesses and residents; including explaining applicable laws, soliciting cooperation in crime reporting and otherwise creating good rapport with citizens.
Remains alert for stolen property and wanted or missing persons.
Provides code enforcement and animal control activities, as needed. Issues appropriate citations and takes immediate action to mitigate problems and disputes.
Processes prisoners and completes appropriate computer research to investigate criminal history prior to their release. May transport prisoners to detention facilities as necessary.
Investigates, protects and preserves crime scenes and assists other officers. Protects evidence, takes testimony from witnesses, and assists detectives in specialized investigations. Follows up on cases. May photograph and/or sketch crime scenes and accidents.
Communicates effectively with fellow officers or other law enforcement agencies to aid in the suppression of crime or apprehension of criminals and recovery of stolen property. Effectively interacts with other jurisdictions, law enforcement agencies and courts of law.
Thoroughly prepares written reports and memorandums summarizing information.
Professionally testifies in court regarding policing duties and works with prosecution attorneys. Must be a credible witness.
May conduct or assist with in-depth investigations involving felonies or other serious offenses and works closely with District Attorneys regarding cases.
Complies with department policies, rules, regulations, instructions, laws and ordinances, and general literature pertaining to policing. Analyzes and interprets legal codes and criminal evidence.
Takes proper safety precautions to prevent accidents. Is responsible for the safety of self, others, materials and equipment. Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Reports all accidents and damage to Town property.
Responsible for the ensuring proper maintenance, service and cleanliness of assigned patrol unit and all assigned equipment.
Responsible for knowing the names and general locations of the streets, depots, hospitals, public buildings, government agencies and important business establishments in the Town, as well as, knowing the names and distances of the principal cities located within a distance of one hundred miles.
May be assigned to other responsibilities, to include; Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, S.W.A.T., K9, or instructor for a variety of police continuing education programs.
Responsible for attaining and maintaining department applicable training and certifications; including, but not limited to, arrest control, firearms/less-lethal weapons, driving, and CPR/First Aid.
—Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job—
Supervisory Duties/Independence of Work
The Patrol Officer II has no supervisory responsibility. Exercises some independence of judgment in meeting assigned objectives and delivery of services. Works under the supervision of the Patrol Sergeant. Meets with the supervisor to establish overall goals and objectives. The supervisor is kept informed of work progress and potentially controversial matters. Completed work is reviewed from an overall standpoint of meeting the department’s goals and in providing acceptable service levels to the Town/community.
Knowledge, Skill And Ability:
Public Safety and Security: knowledge of rules and regulations for the protection of people, data, and property; including the use of weapons and force.
Law and Government: knowledge of laws, penal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
English Language: knowledge and proper use of the structure and content of the English language, including the meaning of words and grammar.
Psychology: knowledge of basic human behavior and performance, including individual differences in ability, personality, learning, and motivation.
Knowledge of community policing techniques and programs.
Knowledge of emergency medical and first aid practices.
Mechanical/Technical: skilled in the safe operation of diverse equipment; including operating motor vehicles in hazardous situations, use of computers, radios, and weapons and other police equipment.
Ability to act effectively in crisis situations.
Active Listening: skilled in listening to what other people are saying and asking appropriate questions.
Service Orientation: skilled in actively looking for ways to help people, tactfully and effectively interacting with citizens in a wide variety of stressful situations.
Critical Thinking: ability to use logic and analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.
Social Perceptiveness: ability to be aware of others’ reactions and understand why they react the way they do.
Ability to make oral presentations.
Ability to read and interpret documents, such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret and maintain current knowledge of general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to combine separate pieces of information or specific answers to problems to form general rules or conclusions. This includes coming up with a logical explanation for why a series of seemingly unrelated events occur together: inductive reasoning.
Ability to apply general rules to specific problems to come up with logical answers. This involves deciding if an answer makes sense or provides a logical explanation for why a series of seemingly unrelated events occur together: deductive reasoning.
Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand, including completing reports according to pre-set formats.
Ability to use oral language, social perceptiveness, and reasoning skills simultaneously to conduct effective interviews.
Ability to perform essential duties with independence and initiative.
Ability to effectively work with administrative or investigative personnel on directed assignments.
Ability to pass a medical physical examination and drug screen.
Education Or Formal Training:
A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
A minimum of 60 hours from an accredited college or university is preferred.
Three (3) years of full-time sworn, non-probationary service, satisfactory performance, completion of a minimum of one hundred-twenty (120) hours of advanced individualized training in police-related areas, and ability to demonstrate knowledge of department’s policy and procedures, Town personnel policies, municipal code, and state and federal law related to law enforcement.
Colorado Post Certification is required.
Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver’s license and a safe driving record for continued employment.
Must be able to attain successful results for any of the following pre-offer and post-offer/hire processes: interviewing, reference checks, background checks including local police check and sex-offender check, driving record check through DMV, drug screen, and fingerprint checks through CBI/FBI.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
May work outdoors year round, regardless of weather conditions. Works in a setting subject to continuous interruptions and background noises. May occasionally work with explosives and is occasionally exposed to fumes, airborne particles, blood pathogens, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration. Periodically, the employee will work in stressful situations.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate with times of increased noise.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:
• Making observations
• Reading and writing
• Operating assigned equipment
• Assessing the situation at an incident scene
• Communicating with others
Must maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities, which may include the following:
• Running, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling during emergency operations
• Moving equipment and injured/deceased persons
• Climbing stairs/ladders
• Walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time
• Performing life-saving and rescue procedures
• Operating assigned equipment
Must effectively deal with personal danger which may include exposure to:
• Confined or high work places
• Weapons and physical confrontations with people and dangerous animals
• Extremely loud noises
• Hazards of emergency driving
• Hazards associated with traffic control and working in and near traffic
• Natural and man-made disasters
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job.