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Hiring Police Officers

**Accepting Lateral Transfer and Certified Entry Level Applicants**
Pay: $56,742.40 - $77,771.20 Annually
Under the general supervision of a Police Sergeant or Police Captain when under special assignments, is expected to patrol the City in the prevention of crime and the preservation of law and order, to respond to public assistance requests as necessary to protect life and property, and to perform related work as required. Responsibilities may, in certain assignments, extend to being an "officer in charge" or working as a Detective, a Community Relations Officer, a D.A.R.E. Officer. Performs other work as requested.

Examples of Duties

Enforces traffic and criminal laws of the City, State and Federal governments; operates motorized equipment on an assigned shift to observe for violation of laws, suspicious cars and persons and disturbances of law and order; responds to radio dispatches and answers calls and complaints; gives directions and information; serves warrants and makes arrests; testifies in court; directs traffic; checks business establishments for unlock doors and windows; reports unsafe conditions existing in streets or other public facilities; patrols liquor license premises and other establishments; ensures the proper treatment of people with special disabilities; collects and preserves evidences; interrogates witnesses and suspects; prepares log of activities and crime and incident reports; investigates complaints; reports abandoned or damaged vehicles; serves subpoenas; provides escort or guard services for parades, funerals or public meetings; participates in training conferences and programs and practices the use of firearms, observes and reports conditions conducive to crime.
Investigates criminal cases as assigned; detects and arrests criminals; prepares and presents criminal cases for court.
Writes news releases and maintains contacts with news media personnel; speaks to groups and community organizations; promotes Safety City, Neighborhood Watch. S.A.F.E., project theft guard, "mini fingerprint," and other similar community crime prevention programs; conducts tours of the police station; develops programs of instruction within the school system which includes school crossing guards program.
Performs duties similar to Community Relations Officer with an emphasis on the D.A.R.E. program during the school year; conducts drug awareness programs for parents and students.
Performs duties similar to Community Relations Officer with an emphasis on juvenile crime and prevention; investigates crimes involving juveniles or conditions contributing to delinquency; assists truant officer in apprehending truants; coordinates work with outside agencies such as child welfare and the schools; makes regular contacts with school personnel; promotes the "Child Molester" program.

Typical Qualifications

High School diploma, GED, or an equivalent certificate of competency. Must possess a valid Ohio Driver's License, have no felony convictions, be 21 years of age at the time of appointment and possess State of Ohio Certification as a Police Officer.

Supplemental Information

  • Knowledge of traffic and criminal laws of the City, State and Federal Government
  • Knowledge of departmental policies and procedures.
  • Skill in being assertive yet not overly aggressive in performing duties.
  • Skill in the use of firearms and other equipment used by department in apprehension of offenders.
  • Ability to develop programs to enhance crime prevention.
  • Ability to speak before community groups about programs on crime prevention and issues that affect the police department.
  • Ability to continually develop and improve upon the image of oneself and overall knowledge as a law enforcement professional.
  • Ability to read, understand, explain and apply laws and regulations relating to the work.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to analyze situations and adopt a quick, effective and reasonable course of action.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral directions.
  • Ability to learn the use of firearms.
  • Ability to learn to be a keen observer and to remember names, faces, and details of incidents.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with public, co-workers and supervisors.

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