Police Officer - Detective Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general direction of the Detective Sergeant, is responsible for conducting investigation of criminal activities with considerable independence for taking actions needed to obtain evidence and prepare cases for presentation. May include undercover work. Class is distinguished by responsibility for initiating and maintaining effective contacts with informants, other law enforcement organizations, business and civic groups, and individuals. Areas of concern may include homicides, juvenile offenders, burglars, fraud, forgery, auto theft, prostitution, and drug-related crimes. Performs other work as required.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Conducts investigations of crime by visiting crime scene; locates and preserves evidence.

Locates suspects and witnesses; takes testimony and interrogates; ensures completeness and legal adequacy of information. Makes arrests.

Checks for stolen property, missing checks, and stolen vehicles. Uses appropriate records and means to identify property.

Determines need for, collects data, and prepares cases for filing with State Attorney's Office. Prepares for and testifies in court on cases as a witness.

Prepares search and arrest warrants, trains with firearms, writes reports, and maintains detailed files.

Meets all standards for Police Officer Certification under Florida law.

 

B. MARGINAL FUNCTIONS

Conduct covert surveillance on investigation.

Write, organize and detail Search Warrants and execute.

Ability to respond to civil disturbances and be mentally and physically prepared.

Ability to deal with the media and public in a professional manner.

 

REQUIREMENTS

A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

High school diploma or GED, Associates degree or 60 college credit hours preferred. Certification as a police officer, and completion of three years advanced training in law enforcement work, supplemented by technical course work in crime scene investigation techniques and interrogations, or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and training. Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida driver's license. Applicants may possess a valid out of state driver's license and obtain the Florida license within 10 days of employment.

 

B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of law enforcement principles and practices.

Knowledge of rules of evidence.

Knowledge of applicable laws.

Knowledge of court requirements for cases.

Ability to work with a minimum of guidance.

Ability to follow up leads and to locate property.

Ability to develop and maintain effective contacts with various groups and individuals.

Ability to obtain information through interviews.

Ability to prepare comprehensive cases for presentation in court.

Skill in conducting investigations.

Skill in interrogating suspects.

Skill in preparing reports of testimony.

Skill in using firearms and driving an automobile.

Skill in maintaining an undercover identity and working with criminal element without detection.

 

C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENT

Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Ability to understand conversation in a normal tone of voice to communicate with fellow officers, suspects, victims, witnesses, State Attorney's, Court Officers, and the general public.

Walk or run on concrete or in tall grass, mud and water; occasionally on all types of surfaces and terrain, including rough terrain, rock or uneven ground, or areas presenting obstacles such as alleys with garbage and debris.

Frequently lift or carry light objects including firearms and recovered property. Occasionally lift or carry 50 lbs., or larger with assistance to move victims at the scene of an accident or to assist elderly or disabled persons who have fallen in their homes or elsewhere; and 50 lbs. when recovering property such as TV's.

Vision to observe suspects; drive patrol car. Visual discrimination required to distinguish and identify suspects clothing, features, license plates; must have good night vision and color perception.

Handling ability required to restrain suspects; use firearms, files, radio, or equipment; recover property; vacuum and to clean windows and wash vehicles.

Fine dexterity to write reports; handle firearms; use radar equipment, siren controls, and spotlights.

Control foot controls to drive patrol vehicle.

Stand for extended periods of time to talk with suspects; question witnesses at crime scenes; issue citations; direct traffic.

Push to move vehicles off the roadway; pull victims from accident scenes; push open doors or windows; move obstacles.

Reach varying distances to open or crawl through windows; at times to reach into vehicles to assist accident victims, to obtain equipment; inventory in vehicle; reach shotgun in vehicle.

To climb on roofs; climb stairs in apartment complexes or other buildings; climb ladders to apprehend suspects or assist in rescue; jump or climb over fences or other obstacles in a chase.

The nature of police work is such that all types of body positions are assumed to varying degrees; depending on the shift work and the nature of the calls, the officer may be required to assume positions of kneeling, crouching, crawling, or bending, or twisting in order to:

Chase or apprehend a suspect in a narrow, small, or cramped space.

Handcuff or restrain a suspect who is attempting to flee, particularly a suspect who has to be brought to the ground and searched.

Maneuver around, through, or under various kinds of obstacles.

Assist an elderly or disabled person into bed or chair from the floor.

Assist at the scene of an accident.

Extract an accident victim from a vehicle.

Move vehicles or assist stranded motorists.

Operate: Motor vehicles, firearms, computers, (copiers, fax, audio/video recorders, and typewriters), surveillance equipment (stakeout-alarm system, body-wire).

 

THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION. WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

Revision Date - 02/17/2012