JOB TITLE: Police Officer Job Department: Police JOB DESCRIPTION

Under the direction of a supervisor the employee will be responsible for performing general law enforcement duties including, but not limited to; patrolling assigned geographic areas, responding to calls for a variety of complaints, crimes traffic accidents, or requests for assistance from other agencies; serving warrants of arrest; conducting preliminary investigations; completing reports; preparing for court testimony and testifying before grand jury, municipal, circuit, district and juvenile courts; transporting prisoners; maintaining positive relationships with citizens; maintaining issued equipment; maintaining education and certification requirements; investigating major crime scenes; performing crime lab activities; fingerprinting and photographing inmates; and other law enforcement activities as assigned.


A police officer must have the skills, knowledge, abilities and attitudes to:

1. Conduct foot patrol 2. Safely drive a vehicle 3. Conduct vehicle patrol 4. Conduct random patrol 5. Investigate suspicious activity 6. Investigate suspicious persons 7. Conduct business security checks 8. Conduct residential security checks 9. Conduct bar checks 10. Conduct convenience store checks 11. Assist motorists 12. Remain alert for stolen vehicles, missing persons, wanted persons, and escaped criminals 13. Check the welfare of fellow officers 14. Maintain good community relations 15. Identify and tow abandoned vehicles 16. Provide traffic direction and control 17. Enforce local traffic laws and parking ordinances 18. Issue traffic citations 19. issue verbal warnings 20. Enforce DUI Laws 21. Perform drivers license checks 22. Operate radar 23. Identity and report hazardous road conditions, signs and signals 24. Work traffic accidents 25. Serve misdemeanor, felony and search warrants 26. Initiate warrantless misdemeanor and Felony arrests 27. Conduct surveillance 28. Patrol known drug areas 29. Remain alert for suspicious persons and activities 30. Check abandoned structures 31. Respond to calls 32. Handle various complaints including but not limited to, criminal mischief, animal disturbances, assault, harassment, shoplifting, suspicious person, domestic disturbance, rape, murder, traffic accident, theft ot property, court disturbances, tights, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, burglary, robbery, controlled substances, violations, shootings, stabbings, suicides, and the attempt of the above offences 33. Respond to business alarm 34. Respond to residential alarm 35. Provide support for rescue squad, fire department, traffic department and other law enforcement and public safety agencies 36. Perform crowd control 37. Take missing person report 38. Mediate disputes 39. Break up fights 40. Use reasonable force when necessary 41. Search buildings 42. Check buildings for entry points 43. Secure doors and windows 44. Render first aid 45. Make misdemeanor and Felony arrests 46. Identifv, locate, and interview complainants, witnesses, victims, and suspects 47. Collect information and determine if criminal activity has occurred 48. Analyze given facts and determine proper application of state and local laws 49. Secure crime scenes 50. Conduct preliminary investigations of, but not limited to, burglaries, thefts, deaths, missing persons, criminal mischief, various other crimes and the attempts of these crimes 51. Identity and interview victims and witnesses 52. Locate protect and process evidence and contraband 53. Follow up on leads 54. Document offense, evidence, victims, suspects, witnesses, and personal observations 55. Properly complete incident/offense reports, miscellaneous incident reports, traffic accident reports, private property accident reports, vehicle reposts, found property reports, and other various reports when necessary 56. Investigate traffic accidents to include notifying wrecker, fire department, rescue squad, secure scene, locate witnesses, determine fought, diagram accident, gather drivers’ information, prepare accident report, and directing traffic at the scene 57. Prepare evidence for trial 58. Obtain misdemeanor, felony and search warrants 59. Present case to District Attorney 60. Review case history 61. Prepare for court testimony 62. Testify at all phases of the trial process including probation hearings, probable cause hearings, preliminary hearings, grand jury municipal court, circuit court, district court, and juvenile court 63. Obtain warrants after warrantless arrest 64. Notify witnesses 65. Assist with courtroom security 66. Schedule criminal court cases 67. Schedule traffic court cases 68. Swear to tickets and warrants before a magistrate 69. Transport injured or ill prisoners to hospital or doctor 70. Transport prisoners to judicial proceedings 71. Serve misdemeanor and felony warrants 72. Locate individuals named in warrants 73. Locate recipients and serve other legal documents 74. Assist crime victims in obtaining warrants 75. Make positive contact with citizens in assigned area 76. Maintain professional image and appearance 77. Display courtesy and friendly, helpful attitude 78. Speak to schools and civic groups 79. Perform routine maintenance on equipment 80. Replace worn or damaged equipment as necessary 81. Participate and maintain proficiency in firearms ana defensive tactics 82. Remain current on court decisions and laws 83. Respond to major crime scenes including crimes against persons and crimes against property 84. Take taped statements 85. Coordinate with crime lab 86. Maintain evidence in property room 87. Maintain appropriate and complete evidence records 88. Present case facts to magistrate and district attorney 89. Develop and maintain casefiles 90. Prepare cases for District Attorney 91. Review pawn shop records 92. Prepare written narratives 93. Prepare photo line-ups 94. Maintain contact with victims and witnesses in open investigations 95. Establish possible links between current cases and other crimes suspect may have committed 96. Keep supervisor advised of case status 97. Perform criminal investigations 98. Investigate criminal leads 99. Intake criminal intelligence 100. Conduct surveillance of criminal offenders 101. Arrest criminal offenders 102. Transport evidence to laboratory 103. Destroy condemned evidence and contraband 104. Maintain evidence vault 105. Complete and maintain condemnation reports and files 106. Investigate crimes by, and against, juveniles 107. Investigate crime scenes 108. Obtain court orders to picture and fingerprint juvenile offenders 109. Transport juveniles for court appearances and orders 110. Prepare cases for family court 111. Coordinate juvenile cases with probation officers 112. Maintain gang files 113. Identity suspected gang members 114. Track gang activity 115. Maintain suspected gang list 116. Identity and evaluate evidence 117. Collect evidence 118. Photograph evidence 119. Package and preserve evidence 120. Process evidence using various dusts, chemicals and alternate light sources 121. Prepare crime scene sketches and scale diagrams 122. Fingerprint and photograph all arrested persons 123. Verify identification of all arrested persons 124. Prepare and distribute fingerprint cards to other federal and state agencies 125. Prepare and distribute court disposition cards 126. Maintain photograph file 127. Maintain photo fingerprint file on all persons released from prison 128. Forward documents to DA 129. Coordinate pre-trial conference with the D.A., victim and witnesses 130. Ensure evidence is in court and ready for use 131. Inform suspect of rights 132. Operate computer to input and retrieve related information 133. Extradite prisoners 134. Ensure warrants are certified by appropriate authority in holding county 135. Complete trip tickers 136. Completes appropriate paperwork for extradition 137. Learn and apply related state, federal, criminal civil, juvenile, and traffic laws and ordinances 138. Learn geography of the jurisdiction including streets and businesses 139. Maintain good public relations 140. Learn and apply officer safety skills 141. Learn and apply departmental policies and procedures 142. Communicate with dispatchers, complainants, victim, suspects and citizens 143. Learn and utilize radio procedures and codes 144. Communicate with dispatchers, complainants, victims, suspects and citizens 145. Give directions 146. Take and follow orders 147. Effectively communicate with persons from a variety of social and economic classes 148. Effectively communicate through writing skills 149. Calculate simple and intermediate math problems 150. Read and comprehend street signs, reports, papers, laws, court rulings, tags, signs, names, and driver’s license 151. Operate a radar and other specialized police equipment 152. Apply good judgment and common sense 153. Shoot accurately and quality with issued Firearms 154. Apprehend resisting subjects 155. Control stress and act reasonably in stressful situations 156. Make sound decisions 157. Read tags, signs, names, driver’s license 158. Identify colors 159. Observe and recognize crimes 160. Identify and describe suspects 161. Distinguish sounds, voices, and noises 162. Understand radio communications 163. Speak well enough for persons to understand their directions 164. Defend themselves and others with a reasonable amount of force 165. Pull themselves and other from danger 166. Assist injured persons 167. Apprehend and detain suspects 168. Meet physical requirements mandated by the APOSTC 169. Meet academic requirements mandated by APOSTC 170. Work nonstandard hours and overtime 171. Respond to work on short notice


Must be 21 years of age, must possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, must be of good character and have no convictions for felony offenses or other crimes of moral turpitude, must be willing to work nonstandard hours, and must have the ability to be certified by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.

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