Police Psychology into the 21st Century

By Martin I. Kurke; Ellen M. Scrivner | Go to book overview

APPENDIX A
Good City Police Department
TITLE: Patrol Officer ICODE: 049-16
GROUP: Sworn, NonsupervisorDATE: 3/7/95

Class Definition
Under close supervision, patrols assigned area in police cruiser to enforce criminal and traffic laws, maintain peace and safety, and provide general assistance to public. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Major Duties
1. Patrol. Patrols assigned area of city by foot and police cruiser. Maintains radio contact with police communications center. Reports unusual or suspicious behavior or events that may require police response. Checks buildings for suspicious open windows and doors. Responds to calls or initiates action, as appropriate.
2. Criminal apprehension. Responds to criminal violations. Restores peace. Secures scene to protect evidence. Calls for assistance, if needed. Interviews victims and witnesses. Identifies, collects, and preserves evidence. Pursues and apprehends suspects. Makes arrests. Advises suspects of their rights. Searches suspects for weapons and evidence. Seizes contraband and stolen property. Interrogates suspects. Transports suspects to jail. Writes police reports. Testifies in court.
3. Traffic enforcement. Responds to traffic violations. Pursues and apprehends traffic violators. Issues traffic summonses, warnings, and vehicle repair notices. Writes police reports. Testifies in court.
4. Safety emergencies. Responds to traffic accidents, fires, floods, earthquakes, or other disasters. Secures scene to protect victims and property. Gives first aid. Calls for medical assistance and other emergency services, if needed.
5. General assistance. Provides general assistance to improve public safety and security. Assists lost or stranded persons. Searches for lost or missing persons. Removes stalled vehicles and other hazards from roadway. Directs traffic at busy intersections if traffic signals malfunction. Advises residents and businesses on crime prevention and security.
6. Entry training. During first year on job, receives 13 weeks of classroom training at Police Academy and 13 weeks of field training from Field Training Officer. Works rest of 1-year probation period as Patrol Officer under very close supervision.

NOTE. City provides reasonable accommodation in employment to persons with disabilities.

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