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Police Officer

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Position Details

Position Information

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subject to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.

Position Title Police Officer
Job Code 03001
Pay Grade F5
FLSA Non-Exempt
Job Description Summary

This position performs responsible law enforcement work partnering with the community in the prevention, detection, and investigation of criminal acts; the apprehension and arrest of law violators; and the safeguarding of lives and property.

Essential Job Functions

•Patrol assigned areas of the City, perform security checks on buildings and residences, and take appropriate action with regard to suspicious activity.

•Respond to calls for service and investigate reported criminal acts, domestic disturbances, and public nuisances and civil matters. Interview victims, witnesses, and suspects; review and study evidence; and conduct searches and surveillance.

•Give testimony in court.

•Patrol city roadways, enforce traffic ordinances, direct traffic and investigate traffic accidents.

•Serve warrants, make forcible arrests; search, book and transport prisoners.

•Operate police vehicles and use weapons and special equipment.

Ancillary Job Functions

•Write and enter accurate and detailed reports concerning law enforcement activities. Complete forms, maintain logs, and correct reports taken on calls for service.

•Participate in special events, special police programs and units.

•Maintain best practices and standards of police work.

•Maintain awareness of current criminal investigations and research new developments in law enforcement investigations.

•Perform other related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience - An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered

•Must be 21 years of age by date of hire.

•60 or more credit hours from an accredited college; OR 30 or more credit hours from an accredited college AND two years federal active duty military service with an honorable discharge or in good standing with reserve status; OR 30 or more credit hours from an accredited college AND a minimum of two years of employment as a full-time certified peace officer (at least 30 hours per week average). College credit in Criminal Justice or related field preferred.

•Missouri POST certification (Class A Peace Officer License).

•Must maintain a valid Missouri driver’s license and safe driving record.

•Must maintain CPR certification.

•Must reside within a 30 mile radius of the Columbia Police Dept. within 30 days of hire.

•Must complete and submit an official Columbia Police Dept. background questionnaire and pass extensive background investigation; no serious criminal record (determined by nature of violation).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities which may be representative, but not all-inclusive of those commonly associated with this position

•Knowledge of legal studies, including case law, statutory law, and constitutional law.

•Knowledge of various computer programs and basic legal terminology.

•Knowledge of basic law enforcement procedures and protocols.

•Excellent communication skills, including de-escalation techniques and crisis intervention.

•Ability to interact with citizens from a variety of cultural and ethnographic backgrounds in stressful and dangerous encounters.

•Excellent customer service skills

•Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

•Ability to collect necessary information from citizens and write reports from limited information

•Ability to operate police vehicles and acquire proficiency in the use of all approved police weapons and equipment.

•Ability to administer accident scene assistance/first aid and establish traffic control/police protection as needed.

•Ability to work with little or no supervision in a high-stress environment.

•Ability to render credible testimony in court.

•Demonstrated mental/physical health as required by job functions.

•Demonstrated sound judgment, stress tolerance, decisiveness, leadership, interpersonal insight, and persuasiveness.

•Demonstrated knowledge of defensive tactics including unarmed combatants.

•Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner

Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job

•May be required to work in confined spaces, hazardous traffic conditions, high/dangerous places or life threatening situations.

•May be exposed to inclement outdoor weather, wet/humid conditions, vibration, airborne particles/fumes, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, loud noise levels, potentially hazardous bodily fluids, or potentially hazardous or cancer-causing agents/chemicals.

•May be required to wear a respirator in certain situations.

Physical Abilities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below 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 essential functions

•Must be able to sit, talk, and listen for extended periods of time.

•Must be able to feel attributes of objects, grasp, push, drive, stand, walk, reach with hands/arms, stoop/crouch, climb/balance, and operate mechanical equipment.

•Must have clarity of vision, three-dimensional vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and ability to identify and distinguish colors.

•Must be able to have repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movement to type and work on computer and/or related equipment.

•Must be able to engage in foot pursuits/effect forcible arrests.

•Must demonstrate ability to meet all physical standards by successfully passing physical exam.

•May be required to lift 100 pounds or more.

•Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.

Supervision Exercised

None.