This is general duty and investigatory police work in the protection of life and property and in the service of citizens.
An employee in this classification is usually responsible for the protection of life and property, prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals, enforcement of laws and ordinances in a designated area on an assigned shift.
Work may be performed in patrol cars, on foot, on bicycles or on motorcycles. Work involves an element of danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and to exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies. Officers may be assigned to work as detectives, investigators, bike patrol, traffic enforcement, or on other special assignments. Officer’s work and work methods are reviewed through accomplishments, personal inspection, and review of written reports covering activities and discussion.
Illustrative Examples of Work: Patrols a designated area of the city to preserve law and order, prevent crime and arrest offenders, enforce traffic and parking laws. Answer calls and complaints, takes information and reduces that information into complete and accurate reports. Aids the public by answering questions, giving information on laws and ordinances, provides direction to other agencies that may be able to provide the assistance that is needed. Works traffic accidents, administer first aid or summon appropriate help, directs traffic, works special traffic details, works school crossings. Checks buildings after hours, performs vacation checks at residences, patrols special problem areas. Patrols parks, taverns, amusement centers, theaters and other places to prevent crime and arrest violators. Secures crime scenes, gathers witnesses, searches for and preserves evidence, gathers information, makes door to door canvases, makes arrests, and testifies in court. Patrols observing for hazardous conditions, street lights out, and forwards this information to the proper agencies. Performs specific duties and functions as assigned by a superior.
Desirable Education and Experience
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
Applicants must have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent . Personnel will be well groomed and mustaches will be kept neat and trimmed. Beards are not permitted for officers assigned uniform patrol duties. Personnel may not display tattoos or piercings, with the only exception being Female employees limited to not more than two small earrings worn in ear lobes. No tattoos visible from the biceps to fingertips. No tattoos visible from the neckline up to top of head.
No felony criminal arrest or record.
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EMPLOYMENT WITH THE CITY OF SOUTHAVEN REQUIRES:
- A satisfactory check of references.
- A medical examination may be required and may be considered before any appointment can be finalized; and may require a laboratory test for alcohol and substance abuse.
- Federal law requires that the selected candidate provide proof of identity and employment eligibility. (E-VERIFY)
- All City of Southaven employees must receive their payroll check through direct deposit as a condition of employment.
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