Purpose of Job
The purpose of this job is to protect life and property by enforcing all City statutes/ordinances and State laws/regulations for which the Police Department is accountable. Duties and responsibilities include patrolling assigned locations; discovering and preventing commission of crime; apprehending criminals and offenders; writing citations and making arrests; conducting investigations; mediating disputes; administering first aid; performing traffic control functions; preparing/maintaining documentation; and providing information/assistance to the general public.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
May supervise, direct and evaluate assigned staff; may assign work and provide assistance/guidance.
Enforces all City and State codes, ordinances, laws and regulations (both traffic and criminal) in order to protect life and property, prevent crime, and promote security.
Patrols designated areas via motor vehicle or on foot; makes police presence known in a manner that contributes to deterrence of law violations.
Prevents/discovers commission of crime; apprehends criminals and offenders; writes citations and makes arrests as appropriate.
Responds to calls/complaints involving automobile accidents, misdemeanors and felonies.
Conducts accident/criminal investigations; locates and questions witnesses, victims or other persons and takes statements; interrogates suspects; collects evidence; examines records; testifies in court; serves warrants, obtains subpoenas and makes arrests; conducts surveillance; works undercover; prepares detailed investigative reports.
Intervenes in fights/disputes which cause disturbances/confusion; mediates disputes.
Administers first aid as appropriate.
Enforces vehicle parking and operating laws; uses radar units to enforce speed laws, concentrating efforts on high-accident locations, citizen complaint locations, and locations where officers have observed high speed.
Establishes traffic control and police protection at incidents attracting crowds; performs police duties at parades, processions and other events; provides security/escort services to individuals, businesses or others as appropriate.
Examines premises of unoccupied buildings/residences to detect suspicious conditions; reports safety hazards associated with facilities serving the public (e.g., deficient streetlights, signs, road surfaces, etc.).
Provides assistance to motorists as appropriate.
Confers with staff, police officers and others as necessary to obtain information or resolve problems; contacts command/supervisory personnel by radio, telephone, pager/beeper, voice mail, etc., for emergency response and critical incident communications.
Communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
Provides assistance to other officers as needed; substitutes for co-workers in temporary absence of same; performs flexible unit assignments as needed in emergency response.
Responds to questions, complaints and requests for information/assistance by telephone or in person from the general public, news media, court personnel, employees, officials, or other persons.
Answers the telephone; provides information, advice and guidance; takes and relays messages and/or directs calls to appropriate personnel; returns calls as necessary.
Prepares reports, logs, citations, and other documentation; maintains files and logs; performs other clerical duties.
Maintains current manuals, policies/procedures, bulletins, map books, etc., for reference and/or review.
Attends shift meetings, training sessions and seminars as required to remain knowledgeable of City/departmental operations, to promote improved job performance, and to stay current with changing policies and procedures, codes, and criminal/civil case law.
Additional Job Functions
Performs other duties as required.
Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions
Sixty credit hours of college education, or thirty credit hours and two years experience as certified police officer or military police officer, required. Requires Police Officer certification by the State of Tennessee within a reasonable period of time. Requires a valid Driver's License.