CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS
Under the direct supervision of the Police 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 State Statutes and Municipal Ordinances in responding to emergency or difficult situations. Performs other work as required on shifts that may entail a variety of hours as workload dictates. The ability to collect, document and professionally present a wide array of information to both law enforcement and public officials. Must possess the capability to carry out essential job functions with limited supervisory contact.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
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; 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.
Conduct thorough investigations, operating within the confines of existing agency directives and applicable laws. Conduct such investigations in a professional fashion, maintaining objectivity and persistence in determining the truth in all cases.
Officers shall initiate criminal charges against persons where probable cause exists. Officers shall work in a cooperative spirit with any other agency or person(s) involved in their related investigations, sharing appropriate information with those agencies as directed and shall make themselves available for any court proceedings in accordance with written directives.
Officers shall become familiar with and comply fully with the meaning and intent of Florida State Statutes 775.21 and 943.0435, respectfully entitled “The Florida Sexual Predators Act…Community and Public Notification” and “Sexual Offenders Required to Register with the Department”, Article VI, sections 20-90 through and including 20-92 of the City Code of Melbourne.
B. MARGINAL FUNCTIONS
Train new Police Officers or others in their job function as directed. Provide Departmentally approved in-service training to City employees as to the registration, tracking as well as State Statute and City Ordinance enforcement of violators.
Assist other City, State and Federal agencies as job task dictates.
Transport prisoners to the county jail.
Fingerprint and photograph arrested subjects.
Seize, impound and confiscate vehicles and property.
Search crime scenes.
Collect and preserve evidence.
A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Must be at least 19 years of age. Must be a citizen of the United States, notwithstanding any law of the state to the contrary. Must be a high school graduate or its equivalent as the term may be determined by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Must not have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, or have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. Any person who after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendre to or is found guilty of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement is not eligible for appointment as a Police Officer, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication. Must have fingerprints on file with the City of Melbourne or the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Associates degree or 60 college credit hours from an accredited college preferred.
Must have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician, based on specifications established by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Must have a good moral character as determined by a background investigation under procedures established by the commission. 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. Must be in a non-probationary status as a full time Police Officer with the City of Melbourne and receive supervisory endorsement.
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 make oral presentations.
Ability to utilize specialized equipment not limited to computer programs and other equipment for the collection and maintenance of files, databases, maps, graphs and other information for presentations as needed.
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 work with other agencies, make contacts (network), and develop professional relationships to further enhance the capability of reaching Departmentally outlined goals and objectives.
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, 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, spotlights, and computerized equipment.
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.
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/rifle 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.
Move vehicles or assist stranded motorists.
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