On a regular or assigned shift, patrols assigned by car, foot or motorcycle; responds to calls for the protection of life and property; conducts initial and follow-up investigations; develops, enforces, controls and directs traffic when appropriate; stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of the law; warns drivers against illegal practices, makes arrests, testifies in court in connection with the prosecution of offenders, serves warrants and subpoenas; administers first aid in emergency cases; answers complaints on such problems as civil disturbances, obnoxious animals, health code and local ordinance violations; investigates suspicious circumstances, makes property security checks, takes custody of lost and found property; performs crowd control, parade or riot work; takes crime prevention measures and assists in controlling problems of juvenile delinquency; books prisoners in City jail and assists in their custody, care and welfare; transports prisoners; receives telephone calls and dispatches emergency vehicles and personnel according to department policy and standard procedures; furnishes information and directions to the public; attends briefings and reads briefing materials; submits complete written reports or assigned cases; participates in training courses and programs; operates police unit, two-way radio, recorders, firearms and equipment common to law enforcement; may relieve superior officer in periods of absence or as assigned; operates City vehicles; performs related wok as required.
Once officers are released from their probationary period (2 years for recruits and 1 year for laterals), the department offers specialty positions. For example:
- Field Training Officer (FTO
- K-9 Unit
- Gang/Narcotics Unit
- Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC)
- Adult Compliance Team (ACT)
- Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
- Crisis Negotiator Team (CNT)
- Traffic Unit
- MRAP/Bearcat driver
- Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU)
- Crime Scene Investigations (CSI)
- Mobile Field Force (MFF)
- Honor Guard
- Bicycle Unit
- Unmanned Ariel Vehicle Unit (UAV)
- Explosive Ordinance Disposal team (EOD)
- Various instructor positions (Range master, DTAC, etc.)
Police Service Officer (Dispatcher)(PSO)
Positions in this class primarily perform dispatching duties for the Communications Center. Incumbents answer and respond to incoming emergency and non-emergency calls, designate type of incident and priority, responds to calls according to policy and procedures, dispatches public safety personnel, and monitors the activity of field units assigned to incidents. Other duties may include a variety of law enforcement and police support duties that do not require performance by a sworn peace officer in a variety of areas including: support services, records, data entry, property and evidence, public education, planning and neighborhood services, animal control, patrol, youth services, investigations, and parking enforcement. Incumbents are required to perform rotating shift work in a twenty-four (24) hour, seven (7) day per week operation including evening, weekends, and holidays. Incumbents receive thorough instructions and training when tasks are initially assigned and are expected to perform duties by selecting work methods from a variety of standard methods and procedures referring to the supervisor those problems which involve the establishment of new procedures or which involve solutions which are inconsistent with departmental procedures and policies.
Community Service Officer (CSO)
Performs non-emergency police services, including municipal code enforcement, crime scene processing, complete reports regarding criminal or civil incidents and investigate minor traffic collisions, operate City vehicles, office machines, and police radio; collect and compile statistical data, and research crime trends, assist sworn members with non-hazardous duties, appear in court, directs crowds of traffic at accident scenes or special events, perform vehicle equipment examinations for compliance with vehicle code, respond to citizen inquires and give assistance or direction as needed, assist in training programs, perform general clerical work, and access computers for information. Solicit community participation, support, and input in determining crime prevention needs and present information to citizen groups, businesses, and homeowners on crime prevention programs, perform home and business security inspections and make security recommendations, develop, organize, and present Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch programs, develop, organize, and present school resource programs, and act as a Department liaison with school district officials. Collect, organize, and book physical evidence related to crime scene investigations; book prisoners arrested by Police Officers, perform jail checks, and transport prisoners as needed; work in close quarters with individuals who have been arrested for various criminal acts, to include serious and violent offenses, and persons under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs; may be required to obtain a PC 832 and wear a firearm during transport of arrestees outside of the Police facility; may be required to attend training and pass departmental firearm qualifications; may receive training in defensive tactics to develop safeguarding skills when dealing with assaultive and/or uncooperative arrestees in the custody setting; and performs related work as required.