CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS
Under the direct supervision of the Administration Sergeant, performs a wide variety of police and law enforcement duties including the protection of property, crime detection, and public safety. This class is characterized by the use of independent judgment in the application of police principals, and knowledge of law in responding to emergency or difficult situations. Performs other work as required on shifts that vary for 24-hour coverage. The School Resource Officer position, assigned to duty at a Brevard County school campus, requires the ability to effectively fulfill the roles of mentor, instructor and law enforcement officer in order to fulfill the goals of the School Resource Officer program and to accomplish the creation and maintenance of a safe, secure and positive learning environment.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Responds to calls for service on school property or those relating to events on or around school property, to include burglary, auto thefts, auto accidents, criminal mischief, alarms, domestic violence, public disturbances, assistance to elderly or disabled persons and provide protection or assistance or apprehend suspects.
Write police reports when offense occurs which necessitates documentation; adhere to proper police procedures.
Perform miscellaneous duties: attend short briefings; obtain assignments and equipment; compile reports; appear in court for testimony; communicate with other officers, detectives, State Attorney's office, and other State and Local Agencies; maintain assigned equipment.
Transport prisoners to the County Jail; itemize prisoner property; complete necessary required forms when an arrest is made; obtain statements and affidavits from crime victims.
Identify and prevent, through counseling and referral, delinquent behavior, including substance abuse.
Foster a better understanding of the law enforcement function through mentoring and teaching. Enhance knowledge of the fundamental concepts and structure of the law.
Develop a better appreciation of citizen rights, obligations, and responsibilities and promote positive relations between students and law enforcement.
Provide information about crime prevention and provide assistance and support for crime victims identified within the school setting, including abused children.
Provide materials and consultative assistance to teachers and parents on various law enforcement topics. Communicate and work effectively with diverse work groups and individuals.
B. MARGINAL FUNCTIONS
Train new Police Officers.
Enforce traffic laws, issue traffic citations.
Patrol assigned areas.
Direct traffic at accident scenes or at traffic light malfunctions.
Assist ambulance and fire department personnel.
Transport prisoners to the county jail.
Fingerprint and photograph arrested subjects.
Transport police cars to the City garage for repair.
Resolve animal complaints and assist animal control officers.
Locate lost children.
Give directions to lost citizens.
Resolve child abuse complaints and coordinate activities with the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services.
Seize, impound and confiscate vehicles and property.
Search crime scenes.
Collect and preserve evidence.
Assist with various administrative school matters as deemed appropriate by the principal and the Police Department.
The proven ability to effectively problem solve and to utilize sound decision making procedures in the face of competing demands.
A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or GED, Associates degree or 60 hours of college credit hours is preferred. Certification as a police officer, and completion of advanced training in law enforcement work, supplemented by technical course work in juvenile crime, 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.
Accept all conditions of the contract between the City of Melbourne and the Brevard County School Board. Appointment is based upon acceptance of the officer by the individual School Principal as per the contract between the City of Melbourne and the Brevard County School Board.
B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of police principles and practices.
Knowledge of applicable laws and precedents.
Knowledge of City and State ordinances.
Knowledge of emergency medical and first aid practices.
Ability to observe and direct potential problems.
Ability to act effectively in crisis situations.
Ability to investigate situations and to prepare written reports.
Ability to investigate situations and to prepare written reports.
Ability to make oral presentations.
Ability to physically detain law breakers.
Skill in operating motor vehicles in hazardous situations.
Skill in using weapons and other police equipment.
Skill in dealing tactfully and effectively with citizens in a wide variety of stressful situations.
Ability to operate with a great deal of independence and without direct supervision to achieve the goals of the School Resource Officer Program.
Ability to operate computer / office equipment and to give presentations to large groups.
C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
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, and 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.
Sit for extended periods to drive patrol vehicle; work at desk; attend meetings; perform other miscellaneous office tasks; appear in court.
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.
Must be, or have the ability to be, respirator certified.
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