Lateral Police Officer

  1. Job Description
  2. Qualifications
  3. Job Application

Under general supervision, maintains public law and order, protects life and property, prevents crimes, conducts investigations concerning unlawful activity, apprehends violators of the law, and assists citizens in solving problems.

The following are not inclusive of all tasks and the incumbents perform other related activities as required.

  1. Performs arrest and searches relative to law enforcement activities in accord with applicable laws governing such activities.
  2. Protects the public’s rights under the law.
  3. Patrols assigned areas of the City on foot, in a patrol vehicle or on a bicycle, observing unlawful activity and taking corrective action as necessary.
  4. Investigates incidents and prepares necessary reports to required standards. This includes preparing reports on police activity, taking measurements, making diagrams, interviewing witnesses and suspects, and other related activity.
  5. Performs traffic control and enforces traffic laws.
  6. Assists the public by giving directions, answering questions and seeking solutions to problems brought to the officer’s attention.
  7. Operates a patrol vehicle equipped with a police radio, radar unit, emergency lights, and siren.
  8. Enforces DUI laws and processes intoxicated drivers in accordance with applicable laws and procedures.
  9. Prepares detailed police reports of crimes and collects evidence in accordance with department standards.  Maintains a proper evidence chain.
  10. Coordinates various work activities with other law enforcement agencies.
  11. Provides courtroom testimony as required.
  12. Performs public relations work as assigned.
  13. Participates in and actively supports department community oriented policing philosophies and related programs.
  14. Detains, arrests, transports, and processes prisoners.

Work is performed indoors (police vehicle or office) and outdoors in all weather conditions and under hazardous conditions. Work requires an officer to maintain physical fitness and endurance to perform rescue, render first aid; detain, arrest and transport subjects or assist other agencies in emergency situations, which may involve holding, reaching, pushing, pulling, bending, stooping, lifting, running, jumping or other physical exertion. Must be willing to work any shift assigned, weekends and holidays in a 24-hour, 7-day a week operation.