Nature of Work
Frederick Police Officers maintain civil order and enforce laws and ordinances. Police Officers are responsible for the preservation of the public peace, protection of life and property, the prevention of crime, proper enforcement of the laws and ordinances of the Town, and other related duties and tasks as assigned. Each officer will be held to a high standard of performance within that structure.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The duties listed herein are illustrative of the essential duties of the job, and do not include all duties that may be required.
- Fairly and impartially enforce all traffic laws including parking and bicycle violations by issuing a warning or summons.
- Faithfully and diligently patrol the Town of Frederick, and by his/her vigilance and activity render it difficult for anyone to commit a crime therein. When required to interrupt regular patrol to give attention to any complaint, call for assistance, arrest, or other emergency, he/she shall attend to such duties promptly and without unnecessary loss of time, resume patrolling the Town of Frederick.
- Investigate reported crimes and detect and apprehend those responsible.
- Enter reports into the computer and submit any other paperwork on all cases within twenty-four hours of the incident or before any days off occur.
- Keep his/her immediate supervisor apprised of the progress of assigned cases.
- Be responsible for the care and preservation of all physical evidence obtained at the scene of a crime. Following the disposition of a case, evidence will be returned to the owner, destroyed, or turned over to the Chief of Police according to policy.
- Be familiar with the operation of all investigative aids for which he/she might have need.
- Contact and question any person whom he/she has reason to suspect of any unlawful, illegal, or suspicious behavior. A contact card regarding any person questioned shall be completed by the officer before ending his/her tour of duty.
- Be familiar with practices, haunts, and associations of known criminals, and use every legal means to suppress their criminal activities.
- Make available to fellow officers or other law enforcement agencies, by appropriate communication, any information to aid in the suppression of crime, apprehension of criminals, and recovery of stolen property or contraband.
- Complete the booking process prior to releasing any prisoner.
- Be familiar with the juvenile code and the proper procedures and decisions pertaining to juveniles.
- Note buildings or portions thereof which may be unsafe. The police officer shall note buildings where noisy, dangerous, or unwholesome trade or activity is carried on. He/she shall submit to the supervisor a detailed report of any nuisance, hazard, or other matter affecting the safety and convenience of the public or of interest to the Chief of Police.
- Pay particular attention to: schools, in order to prevent loitering or vandalism; businesses in which robbery or burglary attempts are most likely to occur; taverns, hamburger stands, and all-night restaurants; and any place where gamblers, vagrants, and criminals might congregate. The Officer shall require that all goings-on in such establishments be conducted in accordance with Town ordinances and state laws. Violations shall be reported, should they occur.
- Uses appropriate oral and written communication to provide law enforcement information and explanations; maintains appropriate courtesy while with the public; provides assistance and appropriate referrals; advises victims, complainants, violators, parents, etc; mediates disputes; controls crowds. Presents a neat, clean, well-groomed appearance.
- Know the names and general locations of the streets, depots, hospitals, public buildings, government agencies, and important business establishments within the Town. The Officer shall know names and distances of the principle cities within a distance of one-hundred miles of the Town.
- Inspect the assigned patrol unit for cleanliness at the beginning of the shift both inside and outside (including the trunk), and ensure that the unit is properly serviced and maintained.
- Properly care for and maintain all assigned equipment.
- Testify in court or Department of Motor Vehicle hearing when necessary.
- Works varying schedules and/or shifts, including swing shifts, overnights, weekends, holidays, etc. May be required to work overtime.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of Police practices, procedures, and equipment.
- Knowledge of basic computer skills.
- Knowledge of geographical area and surrounding areas.
- Ability to learn new concepts and methods of law enforcement.
- Ability to understand and follow oral and written directives and keep accurate records.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing, including use of proper grammar and legible handwriting.
- Ability to successfully complete certification training and field officer training program.
- Strong observational skills or ability to develop them.
- Ability to obtain information through interview and interrogation.
- Ability to perform essential physical functions of the job.
- Ability to use and control firearms.
- Ability to learn and perform self-defense and control techniques.
- Ability to maintain and establish effective working relationships as necessitated by various work assignments.
- Ability to adapt quickly to situations, and to choose an effective, reasonable course of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances in each unique situation.
- Ability to work in a team environment.
Education, Training and Experience
- Twenty-one years of age or older, eligible to work in the U.S.
- High school graduate or possess a G.E.D. certificate.
- Current Colorado Peace Officer Certification, or must have a provisional Colorado POST Certificate by the time of hire.
- Must possess a valid Colorado driver’s license, provide proof of a safe driving record, and maintain a safe driving record for continued employment. Must have no felony convictions, and no history of domestic violence.
- Must have a history of personal and professional honesty, integrity, and good judgment. Preference will be given to applicants who have no history of use, sale, or possession of illegal substances. All applicants who reach the final stages of the selection process will be required to submit to and successfully pass a drug screen, thorough criminal and personal background check, psychological evaluation, polygraph examination, and a physical examination and agility test.
- Must be able to successfully qualify to possess a firearm in accordance with Federal and/or State regulations.
- Must be available to work various shifts when necessary, including overnights, swing shifts, weekends, holidays, etc.
Physical Working Environment
The physical demands listed herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. This list may not be all-inclusive.
- This work requires varying degrees of physical responses from sedentary work to very physically demanding work, due to the nature of unpredictable and unforeseeable events that characterize police work.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, crawling, and lifting up to a 100 pounds and on occasion dragging or carrying up to 165 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in high, precarious places; in outside weather conditions, and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or blood pathogens, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration. The employee occasionally experiences hazards to personal safety from gun fire and physical confrontations. Periodically, the employee is in stressful situations.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
- Employees may be exposed to inclement weather conditions, including moisture, humidity, and/or extreme temperatures, ranging from over 100 degrees to below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
- In order to retain employment as a Frederick Police Officer, all sworn personnel must successfully pass a Physical Ability Test once per year, as outlined in the Frederick Police Department’s Policy & Procedure Manual.
$55,000 - $60,638 annually, depending on experience and qualifications.