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Patrol Officer


Listing Summary

Job Title:              Patrol Officer

Department:      Police Department

Pay Grade:          22- non exempt

Major Function and Purpose:  The Patrol Officer is a full-time or part-time FLSA non-exempt position. The Patrol Officer is responsible for the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws and the protection of life and property. Should have the ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply regulations, procedures, and related information. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology, principles, and methods utilized within the police department.


Essential Job Functions for Patrol Officers:

  • Patrols an assigned zone to detect and deter criminal activity and traffic violations
  • Responds to calls relayed by communications officers, including domestic disputes, assaults, burglaries, traffic accidents, lost or missing persons searches, public service duties, stranded motorists, and others
  • Conducts preliminary investigations into traffic accidents and other incidents, including interviewing victims, complainants and witnesses, gathering information and evidence, and securing crime scenes
  • Apprehends, arrests and processes offenders, including fugitives; summons witnesses
  • Provides assistance and back up support to other officers as necessary
  • Provides first aid and CPR to victims as necessary and assists motorists
  • Provides traffic direction as needed for events such as parades, funerals, ball games, and school crossings
  • Testifies in judicial proceedings as necessary
  • Transports inmates
  • Completes all required reports and forms, including accident and incident reports
  • Inspects and maintains an assigned patrol car and uniform
  • Prepares and serves criminal warrants
  • May be assigned as a Resource Officer for the school system
  • May be assigned to the Housing Authority Unit
  • Attends ongoing training classes as required
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
  • Has the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the general public
  • Promote and maintain high morale and enthusiasm for the City of Temple


Additional Job Functions:

  • Knowledge of city streets and safety policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, criminal and traffic codes, search and seizure laws, city ordinances, and departmental policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of traffic investigation techniques and procedures
  • Knowledge of the geography and streets of the city
  • Knowledge of first aid and CPR techniques



  • Knowledge of the court system and judicial procedures
  • Skill in operating police vehicles, firearms, and emergency equipment
  • Skill in restraining persons without causing physical harm
  • Ability to understand and execute verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to multi-task is an asset in this position


Supervisory Controls:

The Lieutenant or Sergeant assigns work in terms of general instructions. Work is reviewed for compliance with instructions and established procedures, accuracy and the nature and propriety of the final results.



Guidelines include state and federal laws, traffic laws, city ordinances, and departmental policies and procedures. These guidelines are generally clear and specific.



The work consists of related technical law enforcement duties. The varied nature of calls and the potential for emergencies contribute to the complexity of the work.


Scope and Effect:

The purpose of this position is to protect life and property and enforce federal, state and local laws. Successful performance helps ensure the safety and well-being of citizens and promotes the efficient and effective operation of the department.


Personal Contacts:

Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city employees, court system personnel, attorneys, judges, medical personnel, law enforcement officers from other agencies and the general public.


Purpose of Contacts:

Contacts are typically to exchange information and provide services, justify matters, interview persons and resolve problems.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that may be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions.

The work is typically performed with the employee sitting, standing, walking, running, bending, crouching, or stooping. The employee must occasionally lift light or heavy objects, use equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, are able to distinguish between shades of color, and use the physical force necessary to arrest and restrain persons. The employee must occasionally be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth vision, and the ability to adjust focus and operate a motor vehicle at night.


(ADA) minimum qualifications or standards required to perform essential job functions




Hours and work schedule:

The employees will be required to work 40+ hours a week. The employee is required to be available for 24 hours on call emergency requirements. The employee must notify his direct supervisor when the occasion arises that he/she will not be available for after hour emergency call in. The employee must be available to work weekends and holidays as The City needs requires and must be available for duty during natural disasters and in crisis situations as needed and directed.


Desirable Education and Responsibilities:

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent required; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position. Must possess and maintain valid P.O.S.T. certification.
  • Must possess a valid Georgia Driver’s license
  • Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age
  • Must possess and maintain valid Firearms License, and must be qualified to operate a firearm
  • First Aid and CPR Training and Certification


License and Certifications: Valid State Driver’s License; First Aid/CPR & AED certification, P.O.S.T. certification and a valid firearms license


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to

convey or exchange information. Also requires the ability to record and deliver information to supervisors to explain procedures and policies.



This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the Employer and Employee and is subject to change as the needs of the Employer and requirements of the job change.

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