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General Statement of Duties
Performs general duty law enforcement work to protect life and property in the Town.
Distinguishing Features of the Class
An employee in this class performs a full range of general law enforcement duties in the patrol division. Work includes patrolling the Town during a shift in a police car, on foot, by bicycle, or other appropriate means preventing, detecting, and investigating disturbances and crime; investigating traffic accidents, helping victims, and performing traffic control work; apprehending suspects; testifying in court; and executing related assignments. Employees must exercise judgment, initiative, and calm control when performing duties, but more difficult problems are normally carried out under the direction of or in conjunction with the Police Sergeant. Work involves frequent public contact which requires tact, firmness, and decisiveness. Work is performed in accordance with departmental policy and state and federal law, supplemented with specific directions from superior officers. Employees are subject to the usual hazards of law enforcement work. The employees are also subject to Level III OSHA Standards on bloodborne pathogens. Work is performed under the regular supervision of a Police Lieutenant and is evaluated through observation, review of reports, and discussion concerning how particular incidents or activities were handled.
Essential Duties and Tasks
- Patrols streets in a police car, on foot, by bicycle or other appropriate means; checks doors and windows; examines premises of unoccupied residences or buildings; detects unusual conditions, may maintain surveillance and observation for stolen cars, missing persons, or suspects; reports dangerous or defective streets, sidewalks, traffic lights, or other hazardous conditions.
- Responds to calls for assistance, complaints, suspicious activity, domestic disputes, loud and disruptive behavior, and others’ needs; completes calls by determining the true nature of the situation and taking whatever legal or persuasive action is warranted.
- Investigates traffic accidents; issues traffic citations; directs traffic and participates in other emergency operation activities.
- Performs investigations of accidents and possible crimes through observation, questioning witnesses, and gathering physical evidence; performs investigative tasks; arrests and processes criminal suspects.
- Advises the public on laws and local ordinances; testifies in court; executes search warrants; serves papers as needed.
- Regulates and directs vehicular traffic at busy times or when traffic signal malfunctions or accidents require; maintains order at public gatherings.
- Performs funeral and bank escorts.
- Operates a two-way radio to receive instructions and information from or to report information to police headquarters.
- Prepares detailed records and reports of activities.
- Uses a variety of software programs to prepare incident reports, perform research, check driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations, check for outstanding warrants, and related research.
- Performs special projects as assigned by the department such as helping with background investigations of applicants, helping install or maintain the security of technology, and helping coordinate in-service training.
Additional Job Duties
Performs related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Considerable knowledge of state and federal laws, local ordinances, and policies of the police department, especially relating to arrest, search and seizure, and traffic control.
- Knowledge of the application of information technology to the work.
- Working knowledge of law enforcement principles, practices, methods, and equipment.
- Some knowledge of scientific criminal detection and identification methods.
- Skill in the use of firearms and other police equipment and in the application of self-defense tactics.
- Skill in collaborative conflict resolution.
- Ability to communicate clearly over the radio and other technology.
- Ability to operate a computer terminal.
- Ability to act with sound judgment in routine and emergency situations.
- Ability to present effective court testimony.
- Ability to prepare clear and concise activity reports.
- Ability to build and maintain cooperative and effective relations with the citizens, coworkers, other law enforcement agencies, and Town officials.
- Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
- Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up-to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up-to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
- Must possess the visual acuity to operate a police vehicle and distinguish details and differences when observing people, places, or things on patrol.
Desirable Education and Experience
Graduation from high school and some law enforcement training or experience.
- Before assignment to sworn duties, employees must possess a valid North Carolina Driver’s license and have completed at least the minimum requirement established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Council for certified law enforcement officers, with possession of a Basic Law Enforcement Certificate.
- Ability to obtain required certifications.
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