POLICE OFFICER 5002
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves enforcing municipal and state laws governing a political unit to protect the lives, property and legal rights of the public. The Police Officer patrols a designated area to assist in emergencies and to apprehend or issue summonses to lawbreakers. The work is performed in accordance with departmental regulations under the supervision of a superior officer and is subject to review through submission of oral and written reports. Performs related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Patrols assigned area in a patrol car, on motorcycle or on foot for the preservation of law and order through the prevention of or detection of criminal acts;
Answers calls for assistance in connection with automobile accidents and other accident emergency situations;
Answers calls regarding robberies, domestic disturbances, homicides, suicides and all other situations requiring police action or intervention;
Controls traffic flow when power failure results in loss of traffic signals;
Issues summonses to violators of traffic safety laws;
Administers first aid at accident or crime scenes;
Gathers evidence, locates witnesses and arrests suspects at crime scenes;
Locates and arrests persons for whom warrants or court orders have been issued.
Good knowledge of the communities, public buildings, landmarks, roads, parks, industrial and commercial areas in the assigned work area; good knowledge of first-aid procedures; ability to learn how to care for and use firearms skillfully; ability to enforce the law with firmness, tact, and impartiality; ability to act quickly and calmly in emergencies; ability to meet physical requirements established by municipal authority; physical strength and agility determined by qualifying tests.
Graduation from a standard senior high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma pursuant to Section 58 1(b) of New York State Civil Service Law by the date of appointment.
Candidates must be at least twenty (20) years of age at the time of appointment.
Candidates who reach their thirty-fifth (35th) birthday before the date of the written examination are not eligible, except as follows:
Candidates may have a period of active military duty, up to six (6) 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.
There will be qualifying medical, psychological and physical fitness evaluations.
Candidates will be subject to a background investigation that will include a polygraph.
Candidates must be United State Citizens at the time of appointment.
Possession of a valid New York State driver's license at the time of appointment; appointees must maintain a valid license throughout their employment in this title.
After appointment, candidates will be required to successfully complete a Police Officer Training Course recognized by the New York State Municipal Training Council.