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Police Officer

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:
The work involves the responsibility for the enforcement of laws and ordinances and the protection of lives and property in the community. The duties of a Police Officer include routine patrol work, assisting in the investigation of criminal offenses, traffic control and dealing with juvenile problems. Ordinarily, a Police Officer, whether on patrol or on special assignment, works under the supervision or direction of a higher ranking officer. However, there is considerable independent responsibility for exercise of sound judgment in emergencies.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Patrols an assigned area on foot patrol, a motorcycle or in a radio car to maintain order and enforce the law; Checks on the security of unoccupied businesses and residential property; Investigates suspicious activities and makes arrests for violations of Federal and State laws and local ordinances; Has prisoners booked on charges and escorts them to court and to jail; Directs traffic and enforces parking and traffic regulations; Investigates reports of, and attempts to locate missing and wanted persons and stolen property; Maintains order in crowds, at parades and other public gatherings; Provides direction and information to the public; Broadcasts radio messages; Makes criminal and plain clothes investigations as assigned; Observes and reports conditions requiring the attention of other City departments; May be assigned to investigate cases involving neglected, abused or delinquent children; Makes regular reports of activities.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
Good social and general intelligence; good powers of observation and memory; working knowledge of first-aid methods; ability to be courteous yet firm with the public; ability to understand and carry out complex written and oral instructions; ability to operate an automobile; sound judgment; physical strength and agility; ability to acquire skill in the use of firearms; ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, and database at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and either:

A) Completion of 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited college at time of appointment (preferred areas of study, but not exclusive to: psychology, sociology, math, criminal justice, anthropology, etc…).

B) Completion of 30 credit hours from a regionally accredited college and two years of active military service* at time of appointment (preferred areas of study, but not exclusive to: psychology, sociology, math, criminal justice, anthropology, etc…).

C) Completion of 30 credit hours from a regionally accredited college and two years of continuous Social Service work experience at time of appointment.

AGE REQUIREMENTS:
Candidates must be at least 19 years old on or before the date of the examination to take the test. Eligibility for appointment as a police officer begins when the candidate reaches age 20. Candidates who reach their 35th birthday on or before the date of written examination are not qualified except as follows: Candidates may have a period of military duty or terminal leave, up to six years as defined in Section 243 (10-a) of the Military Law, deducted from their age for purposes of determining whether they meet the age requirement.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: At time of appointment, the candidate must:
(a) Possess a New York State Driver’s license and maintain the license during the entire length of appointment;
(b) Be not less than 20; and
(c) Satisfy the height, weight and physical fitness requirements prescribed by the Municipal Police Training Council.