Certified Police Officer
Summary: Under basic supervision, provides professional, responsive and courteous police services for the Odessa Police Department (OPD); responds to calls for service, enforces laws and ordinances, prevents crime and maintains peace and public order in the community; basic duties include patrol, interventions, investigations, surveillance and traffic regulation.
Essential Functions: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge and skills. This is not comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:
- Enforces state and federal laws, and City regulations; identifies, prevents and terminates unlawful activities using experience and technical training; performs work according to OPD policies to preserve the peace, solve problems, and provide the highest quality police services; duties will vary according to job assignment.
- Patrols the City, looking for unusual and suspicious activities and persons; recognizes criminal activities and suspects, and uses reasonable cause to stop vehicles and initiate contact with persons of interest.
- Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service; investigates, documents and resolves citizen complaints, traffic incidents, crimes, and dangerous and illegal activities; interrogates and communicates with victims, witnesses and suspects in cases; provides scene security for emergency services personnel.
- Responds to citizens request for assistance, enforces traffic regulations and safety issues, apprehends violators and assures public safety; applies laws and regulations fairly and consistently.
- Investigates crimes and accidents; secures and processes crime and accident scenes, and identifies and collects evidence; arrests law violators; transports and processes suspects, victims and prisoners.
- Provides community-oriented police services, and improves the quality of life in partnership with the community; works with citizens to address the issues of safety, crime, crime prevention and neighborhood problems; assures citizens are treated with courtesy and respect for individual liberties.
- Preserves the peace of the community through mediation, investigation, intervention, assistance, and arrest; utilizes all lawful means to improve the quality of life be recognizing and resolving problems.
- Completes detailed reports and required paperwork; testifies in court as directed.
- Maintains OPD vehicle and equipment according to Department standards.
- Assists and coordinates with other emergency services personnel, regional organizations and businesses, and federal, state and local law enforcement organizations.
- Performs specialized functions in areas of expertise, including training, SWAT, Tactical Flight, and other special enforcement, assessment, surveillance, intervention, and investigative teams.
- Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values, and goals of the Odessa Police Department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed, and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
- Supports the departmenal operations with regular and timely attendance.
- Supports the relationship between the City of Odessa and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacint with visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
Education, Training and Experience Guidelines: High School Diploma or GED required AND successful completion of Police Academy Training.
- City, county, state and federal civil and criminal laws, regulations, codes and ordinances.
- Duties, powers, authorities, and limitations of a Police Officer.
- Texas criminal justice and court systems, and the principles of criminal justice records management.
- Basic law enforcement methods and procedures, including case laws governing arrest, rules of evidence, probable cause, use of force, custody of evidence and property and search and seizure.
- Basic law enforcement management principles, practices and trends.
- Investigative and interrogative procedures, and protocols for observation of critical details.
- Local community issues and regional community resources available to citizens.
- Geography, roads and landmarks of City and surrounding areas.
- Interpreting laws and regulations, making decisions, maintaining composure, and working effectively under stressful conditions and emergency situations.
- Effectively managing situations requiring diplomacy, fairness, firmness, and sound judgment.
- Exercising controlled discretion, and mediating difficult situations.
- Remaining alert at all times, and reacting quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
- Interpreting and applying criminal laws to information, evidence, and other data compiled.
- The care, maintenance and safe operation of a variety of firearms, impact weapons, chemical agents, and other law enforcement tools and equipment.
- Communicating with violators, recognizing suspicious behavior patterns, mediating difficult situations and using effective arrest and control techniques.
- Investigating crime scenes, and recognizing evidence and causes of crime, death, and accidents.
- Working as a team member with other law enforcement and multi-jurisdictional agencies.
- Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers, and representatives from other regional agencies.
- Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of business software.
- Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.
License and certification requirements: A valid Texas State Driver's License is required. Basic Peace Officers License and certification from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) is required. Depending on the needs of the City, additional technical training and certifications may be required.
Physical demand and working environment: Work is performed in a standard office environment, and in the field on patrol; may be exposed to physical attacks, hazardous chemicals, infectious and communicable diseases; required to physically restrain persons, must maintain a level of physical fitness to meet OPD standards.