JOB DESCRIPTION – POLICE OFFICER

JOB DESCRIPTION – POLICE OFFICER

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Duties and Responsibilities of Patrol OfficerThe position of Patrol Officer functions under the supervision of a Sergeant.  The primary responsibilities of all patrol officers are to protect the lives and property of the people of the Village of Woodlawn; to enforce the laws of the state and the ordinances of the village, and to serve the people in whatever way is necessary within the scope of their particular assignment. 

Specific duties include: 

  • Attending roll call to be briefed on the incidents, wanted suspects, stolen vehicles, missing persons, and other items; 
  • Checking offense reports to determine crimes committed, crime patterns and modus operandi used in these crimes; 
  • Patrol of an assigned area, concentrating on high-frequency crime locations and known trouble spots, keeping alert for wanted suspects, known criminals, stolen vehicles, missing persons, traffic violators and crimes in progress; 
  • Make inspections of open businesses such as convenient stores, banks, retail stores, service stations and others; 
  • Respond to all dispatched calls in the Village and requests for assistance to other jurisdictions soliciting help from our department and investigate with speed and thoroughness any complaint that arises; 
  • Handle miscellaneous calls for service, such as Assisting motorists in emergency lockout situations and investigating and arranging for removal of disabled and abandoned autos along the roadway, etc. 
  • Make preliminary investigations at scenes of incidents to which summoned or observed and determine what, if any, crime has been committed; 
  • Give counseling to citizens when requested and appropriate; 
  • Prepare and file a daily activity report;  
  • Initiate reports, read and evaluate correspondence and memorandums relative to operational activities or police hazards; 
  • Establish and maintain constant lines of communication with internal and external elements of the department; 
  • Observe traffic flow for violations and issue warnings or citations to violators. 
  • Recognize suspicious activity of persons, which may indicate involvement in criminal offenses, stop to interview these suspicious persons and successfully complete field interview cards; 
  • Querying individuals through RCIC, LEADS, and NCIC for wants and warrants; 
  • Investigating traffic accidents, making reports, and providing any services necessary, such as first aid, tow service and traffic direction; 
  • Serve outstanding subpoenas or warrants; 
  • Evaluate erratic driving, conduct field sobriety tests and make driving under the influence arrests: 
  • Investigate juveniles for drugs, drinking, and any other criminal violations; 
  • Perform crowd control at parades, festivals, labor disputes, riots and other events; 
  • Make arrests, both misdemeanor, and felony, and follow through with the investigation including the interviews of the arrestee; filling out the necessary arrest paperwork, fingerprinting and photographing suspects, and other paperwork; 
  • Handling of all types of prisoners, including their processing through the booking process and transportation to the Hamilton County Justice Center; 
  • Furnish other field units, through the use of communications systems, description, method and direction of flight and other relevant information concerning wanted persons or vehicles; 
  • Actively participate in training programs as an instructor and/or student; 
  • Testifying in court whenever notified; maintain liaison with other agencies in the Village, including the fire department, service department, building department, administrative offices, Village Council, etc. 
  • Assume specialized duties such as a preliminary investigation of a crime scene when investigative personnel are not necessary or immediately available; collect evidence to establish probable cause;
  • Take control of a crime scene and preserve evidence; secure witnesses to the crime, interview the witnesses, obtaining complete information, including written statements when appropriate;
  • Give counseling to business owners regarding security measures for the protection of businesses during hours of operation and after closing, become familiar with their habits, and conduct occasional security inspections of these businesses;
  • Deal with domestic violence situations and family troubles at homes or businesses;
  • Quell disturbances such as fights;
  • Conduct bar inspections, looking for liquor violations and criminal activities;
  • Notify next-of-kin of deceased, seriously ill or seriously injured persons; 
  • Gather vice and narcotics information and take enforcement action when offenses occur in officer's presence.  Pass along information on organized crime or vice activities to the appropriate enforcement unit; 
  • Handle missing person and missing child investigations; 
  • Deal with the news media, including determining the access of news media representatives at the scenes of major fires, natural disasters, perimeters of crime scenes or other catastrophic events; 
  • Provide for security for Mayor's Court and supervise prisoners attending Mayor's Court; 
  • Submit all recovered property to the property room completing all necessary forms; 
  • Handle alarm drops, i.e., burglar alarm, medical, robbery, etc.; 
  • Handle crimes-in-progress or other critical calls, such as robbery calls, mentally ill complaints, prowler calls; 
  • Keep the Police Chief briefed on important matters as necessary; 
  • Secure the perimeter in fire scenes, assist with hazardous material spills, and otherwise assist fire department personnel at the scene of an emergency; 
  • Complete all special projects, assignments, and investigations as assigned by superior officers.

 

Knowledge and Special Skills:

 

  • Be knowledgeable of the department's rules, orders, policies, and procedures.  Maintain familiarity with organizational and departmental administrative and management programs; 
  • Have an understanding of the admissibility and preservation of evidence, and an understanding of municipal, state and federal criminal and related ordinances, laws and codes; 
  • Know the procedures for protecting the human dignity and constitutional rights of individuals; 
  • Have the ability to distinguish between civil and criminal law and be able to direct people to secure more advice of civil law; 
  • Know the governmental structure of the Village and the various departments that make up the Village and be able to direct citizens to the department that pertains to their particular problem; 
  • Have demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow officers, supervisors, residents, representatives of cooperating agencies and the general public.  Must accomplish tasks and responsibilities in a community and police organization that is sensitive to a variety of diversified interests and needs; 
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the emotional state of victims and relatives of deceased, seriously ill, or seriously injured persons; 
  • Demonstrate initiative and determination to actively influence events rather than passively accepting results of the actions of others; 
  • Possess and maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times 
  • Exhibit good judgment in resolving conflicts among disparate individuals and groups; 
  • Possess the ability to serve as a liaison with residents, workers, business owners, community groups, and other members of the public from all socioeconomic backgrounds concerning possible hazards, conditions, and other areas of law enforcement; 
  • Exhibit and maintain proficiency through training and qualification with on-duty and off-duty firearms and non-lethal weapons; 
  • Exhibit excellent driving skills under all driving conditions, including adverse weather and at high speeds; 
  • Display superior performance levels while faced with limited resources; 
  • Become familiar with the streets and address numbering system of the Village; 
  • Have an understanding of the modern principles, methods and procedures of the technical aspects of law enforcement, including criminal investigation and identification, crime prevention, patrol, intelligence, traffic control, police training and public relations; 
  • Must demonstrate decisiveness and a readiness to make decisions or render judgments, tempered with the ability to reach logical conclusions based on the evidence at hand and then establish priorities; 
  • Demonstrate the ability to function well under stress, including stability of performance under pressure, hostility or opposition.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • A Patrol Officer (Police Officer) must: 
  • Be a U.S. citizen, at least, twenty-one (21) years of age. 
  • Possess a high school diploma (or GED) and a valid driver's license. 
  • Possess current State of Ohio Peace Officer certification. 
  • Pass a physical agility test, an oral interview (in front of an assessment panel), a thorough background investigation, a drug screen, a psychological evaluation, a polygraph examination, and a comprehensive physical examination 
  • Have vision correctable to at least 20/40 in each eye.