Police Officer Special Assignment

  • 408409

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, performs specialized police work involving the enforcement of laws and ordinances, protecting life and property, detection and arrest of violators, crime prevention, community services or other specialized assignments; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Patrols assigned area of the City for the prevention of crime and enforcement of all applicable criminal, traffic and other laws and ordinances.
  2. Responds to specialized police call outs, such as explosive or hazardous materials calls.
  3. Responds to calls for service involving crimes (e.g., robberies, assaults, homicides, narcotics, etc.)
  4. Responds to general public service calls for civil or societal problems.
  5. Secures the scene of a crime, makes arrests and books prisoners.
  6. Prepares reports to accurately document information.
  7. Enforces laws, codes and statutes. Carries out duties in conformance with federal, state, county and city laws and ordinances.
  8. Investigates reports of criminal activity.
  9. Performs a variety of general and specialized criminal investigations involving property and persons crimes, gathers evidence and preserves crime scene.
  10. Prepares and presents cases for prosecution and testifies in court.
  11. Maintains contact with police supervisory personnel to coordinate investigative activities.
  12. Provides mutual assistance during emergency situations.
  13. Assists in the training of officers as assigned.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of the criminal justice system.
  • Knowledge of the protocols in a law enforcement agency.
  • Knowledge of the proper maintenance of law enforcement tools.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern police work and law enforcement methods.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and city laws governing police operations, custody of prisoners, search and seizure, and the rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of departmental policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of general law enforcement problems.
  • Knowledge of patrol, criminal and traffic investigations.
  • Skill in the use of handgun and self-defense.
  • Skill in the use of crime scene evidence collection.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in performing work requiring physical vigor.
  • Skill in analyzing situations, maintaining composure, and making effective and reasonable decisions.
  • Skill in remembering names, faces and details of incidents.
  • Skill in remaining in control physically and emotionally during stressful situations.
  • Skill in pursuing and controlling suspects.
  • Skill in learning the city’s geography.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves exposure to potentially hazardous, uncontrollable and life threatening situations. There is frequent need to walk, run, lift and climb. This position may also have varying shifts. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or GED, and thirty (30) college semester hours, and one (1) year experience as a Police Officer. This position requires passing all phases of pre-employment testing including physical agility test, written examination and oral interview, background investigation, computerized stress voice analyzer, psychological evaluation and medical exam and drug testing. Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Certificate of Compliance in Law Enforcement and/or current enrolled in a Florida Police Academy is required. In addition, must be a US citizen, not less than twenty-one (21) years of age, and have a valid State of Florida driver’s license.

Last Revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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