GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK:
Performs responsible protective service work in the police department; does related work as required. The work involves an element of personal danger. Work is performed under regular supervision.
On an assigned shift, operates a patrol car to observe for violations of traffic laws, suspicious activities or persons and disturbances of law and order; responds to radio dispatches and answers calls and complaints; serves warrants and make arrests; testifies in court; provides police escorts; directs traffic; performs special assignment of booking or desk officer; reports unsafe conditions existing in street or other public facilities; assists with criminal investigations by presenting evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses, prepares property and evidence duties, recording and issuing of evidence in court cases; may be assigned to Police Academy as Instructor; prepares detailed reports.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Some knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures; some knowledge of the geography of the County and location of important buildings; general knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Police Department; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear comprehensive reports; ability to deal courteously but firmly with the public; ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances; ability to develop skill in the use of firearms and the operation of motor vehicles, possession of physical agility and endurance.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Graduation from a community college in a social science or police science is desirable.