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Police Officer

Under general supervision and definite operating procedures, a person in this position patrols the City and responds to calls for service and initiates calls in an effort to detect, stop and apprehend violators of laws and ordinances in order to protect life and property.

Police Officer

Under general supervision and definite operating procedures, a person in this position patrols the City and responds to calls for service and initiates calls in an effort to detect, stop and apprehend violators of laws and ordinances in order to protect life and property.

POSITION TITLE: POLICE OFFICER
REPORTS TO: UNIFORM PATROL SERGEANT
DEPARTMENT: POLICE DEPARTMENT

NATURE OF WORK:

Under general supervision and definite operating procedures, a person in this position patrols the City and responds to calls for service and initiates calls in an effort to detect, stop and apprehend violators of laws and ordinances in order to protect life and property. When on the scene of a violation or disturbance the officer must take the initiative to control the situation, and must exercise considerable judgment in interpreting laws, ordinances, policies and procedures. In general contact with the public, the officer must achieve a balance between enforcement and maintaining good public relations for the police department. A person in this position does not exercise supervisory controls over other employees. Work requires independent judgment and discretion in difficult or unusual situations. Work involves personal danger.

AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY

The patrol officer has the responsibility for the protection of life and property, prevention of crime, enforcement of federal, state and local laws and the apprehension of violators of these laws.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a US Citizen (POST requirement)
  • High School diploma (or GED equivalent)
  • Must possess a valid Georgia Class C Driver’s License
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • No felony convictions during your lifetime
  • No termination for cause from a local, state, or national civil service organization
  • If certified, must maintain a valid POST Certification with required 20 hours of training
  • No discharge from any military organization less than honorable

The above requirements are not all-inclusive.

We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, the presence of a non-related medical condition or handicap, or any other legally protected status.

DUTIES

The patrol officer duties will consist of the following:

Patrol a designated zone assigned to in the jurisdiction of the City
Detection and apprehension of violators of federal, state and local laws
Case investigation when and where necessary
Perform required traffic assignments and duties
Complete required reports and forms and proper disposition of same
Respond to requests from citizens for police services and related services
Perform public relation duties as required
Adhere to departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Adhere to federal, state and local laws except in the performance of official duties and then only with due care for the safety of others
Perform any and all other duties as required by the Chief of Police or competent authority
Testify in court ( present sworn testimony in court )
Assist any and all other officers as required in the performance of their duties

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures
Knowledge of city geographic layout
Knowledge of arrest and booking procedures­
Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and ordinances
Skilled in the use of firearms as required by law and departmental standards
Skilled in the detection of crime
Ability to work with and for the general public
Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making sound decisions
Ability to prepare accurate and concise reports
Ability to observe and remember details of the observation
Ability to perform work requiring a good physical condition
Ability to operate an emergency vehicle or equipment under emergency conditions
Ability to physically and mentally perform all the duties required of all Certified Police Officers of the State of Georgia
Ability to stand for long periods of time
Ability to walk for long periods of time or for great distances
Ability to run without great difficulty as required
Ability to exit or enter vehicles without assistance or difficulty and very rapidly
Ability to hear well enough to understand normal conversation without voices having to be raised or constant repeats
Ability to see properly or correctable to city/departmental requirements
Ability to speak in a normal voice or in a raised voice (yell) if it is necessary
Ability to use both hands and arms, legs and feet normally or without difficulty
Ability to speak, read, write and comprehend the English language without difficulty

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

High school education or GED
Twenty-one years (21) of age
Pass a background investigation
Pass a medical exam
Pass a polygraph test
Pass a drug screening
Pass psychological screening

CERTIFICATION AND/OR LICENSE

Be certified by Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council either prior to employment or immediately after employment
Possess a valid Georgia driver’s license
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