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Police Officer
CI8210
04/11/2012
Partially Exempt
PS1
The fundamental reason this position exists is to provide protection and security for the citizens of Montgomery. Police officers serve as entry-level sworn personnel in one of the Montgomery Police Department (MPD) divisions. Incumbents provide protection through daily patrol, traffic, investigation, and communication efforts. Work also entails responding to emergency incidents, participating in narcotics undercover operations, and securing crime scenes. Incumbents document in writing events and procedures of an important nature and may present that information in a court of law. Police officers are typically supervised by Sergeants and must respond and report through the chain of command. Employees who are not Alabama Peace Officers Standards (APOST) certified are appointed provisionally as Police Officer Trainees. Upon graduation from the Police Academy, employees are appointed to Police Officer and serve a 12-month probation period before becoming permanent employees.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of "non-essential functions" is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Provides police patrol and traffic related services using police vehicles, radios, flashlights, emergency equipment, stolen vehicle "hot sheets" or lookouts, street locators, street uniform, and spotlights following the patrol procedures outline in order to maintain high law enforcement visibility, detect criminal activity, ensure unit is available to respond quickly to service calls, ensure information concerning activities occurring in area of responsibility is communicated to supervisor and other officers of other specialized units.
Operates patrol vehicle during normal and adverse weather conditions while performing patrol duties.
Identifies unusual roadway or traffic conditions, unusual conditions of structures, damaged utilities, and hazardous abandoned property (e.g., refrigerators, wells, explosives, identify potentially dangerous or hazardous situations).
Requests dispatcher to contact appropriate division/department or agency for removal of hazardous conditions to protect people and property or suspicious individuals out of place in the area.
Inspects motorist's disabled vehicle to determine the problem and whether it may be fixed at the scene or whether towing service is required.
Pushes (physically) motorist's disabled vehicle to safe location to clear roadways and prevent further accidents.
Advises dispatcher to arrange for towing services to remove vehicle from roadway.
Inspects (visually and/or physically) doors and windows of business establishments and private dwellings for signs of damage or illegal entry.
Communicates information over the radio while driving a patrol vehicle, to receive or give instructions or broadcast general information.
Drives and/or walks through communities and through buildings or stands at strategic locations to maintain the peace and order.
Confronts numerically large groups of agitated people to change their behavior, control their movement and to prevent the spread of disturbance and the destruction of property and injury.
Sets-up traffic patterns at accident scenes, construction sites, major sports and recreational events, and catastrophes to help alleviate congestion and facilitate traffic flow.
Regulates the flow of traffic using hand signals, flashlights, and flares.
Observes demonstrators, strikers, and celebrants to provide security for people and property.
Regulates the movement of people to keep pedestrian walkways and fire lanes open.
Observes vehicle operators for behavioral signs of DUI and other violations.
Observes for suspicious driver behavior to identify possible stolen vehicles.
Records descriptions and tag number of stolen cars to be aware of vehicles to watch for on patrol.
Establishes rapport with individuals in areas of responsibility to keep abreast of activities occurring in the area.
Searches for stolen vehicles by observing roadway or by monitoring target areas to apprehend suspect and recover the vehicle.
On patrol, looks for stolen vehicles by observing, recording, and remembering characteristics of vehicles in the flow of traffic.
Drives by schools and convenience stores to ensure they are operating normally and maintain a high level of visibility.
Drives by "hang-out" spots or local night spots or parking lots or targeted high crime areas to maintain a high level of visibility.
Reports failing traffic light to the dispatcher.
Observes for individuals demonstrating suspicious behavior, juveniles who should be in school.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Secures crime scenes such as homicides, robberies, burglaries, traffic, shootings, rapes, and suicides using paper bags, crime scene log, fingerprint kit, gloves, camera, video machine, lights and generators, radios, diagrams and sketches, glass slides, viles, paint, measuring tape, crime scene tape following uniform patrol procedures manual in order to identify potential suspects and witnesses, identify the elements of crime.

Secures the crime scene upon arrival (if it has not been done already by other law enforcement agencies) by keeping unauthorized individuals out and requesting individuals on the scene who should be there to preserve evidence.
Completes a crime log listing the names of all individuals at the crime scene.
Provides assistance/first aid to injured victims at crime scene.
Photographs crime scene to preserve the crime scene as it was discovered and provide permanent record of the scene for future evidence.
Draws diagram of crime scene to provide a visual record of the scene for use as future evidence.
Calls radio dispatcher to give identifying information about a suspect for the purpose of issuing an all points bulletin to assist in apprehension of possible suspect.
Separates witnesses and suspect to prevent their collaboration on the fact surrounding the incident.
Takes field notes documenting what occurred before, during and after the crime, who was present at the time, and who is present during the investigation following the crime (e.g., coroner, forensics, family members of victims, other law enforcement agents) for use as future evidence.
Transports witnesses or suspect to police headquarters.
Identifies victim by getting family members or witnesses to verify his or her identity to proceed with the investigation.
Evaluates and inspects crime scene to locate the points that a criminal entered and exited.
Develops a list of potential suspects based on evidence.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Investigates criminal cases such as homicide, robberies, burglaries, traffic, shootings, rapes and suicides using case files, tape recorders, cameras, photos of mug books, criminal history files, computers, school yearbooks or annuals following the State of Alabama Criminal Code (Title 13), (Title 32) in order to identify the person who perpetrated the crime, identify motives for criminal actions, prepare for submission to DAs office, identify criminal patterns.

Develops a strategy for continuing criminal investigations.
Shows victim(s) photographs of known criminal offenders following legal requirements.
Synthesizes (e.g., catalogues, organizes) facts gathered during criminal investigation to draw conclusions of motive and identification of suspect and clearance of case.
Selects individuals to participate in a "lineup" while ensuring that all legal requirements are met.
Adjusts daily case investigation plans (e.g., suspend work on a case) to investigate a major crime (e.g., rape, murder).
Decides what law may have been broken based on evaluation of physical evidence and information to choose a direction for investigation of the crime.
Evaluates physical evidence to make a judgement about what is the best evidence to use to pursue further investigation and that will result in a prosecutable case.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Collects, maintains and evaluates evidence collected from crime scene investigations using scales, bags, field test kits, fingerprint kits, cameras, gloves, tape recorders, tape measures, seals and tags, lights and generators, video cameras in order to prevent contamination or tampering with evidence, preserve evidence, identify potential suspects and witnesses, identify the elements of crime.

Tests controlled substances during evidence gathering operations or arrest to determine whether substances confiscated are illegal.
Isolates (e.g., bags, seals, and tags) crime scene evidence from contamination and to prevent tampering with evidence.
Explains investigative procedures to others at the scene to ensure the protection of evidence.
Identifies blood type, drugs or other physical evidence using the crime laboratory.
Evaluates crime scene (i.e., visually inspects to determine equipment necessary for processing crime scene (e.g., fingerprint kit, camera).
Photographs law enforcement related incidents such as accident scenes, evidence and crime scenes, and accidental death scenes.
Lifts latent fingerprints for identifying perpetrators.
Marks and catalogues evidence to maintain chain-of-custody and prevent tampering of evidence during transmittal to other agencies or areas for storage.
Discusses physical evidence and the result of laboratory analysis with laboratory technicians and medical examiners.
Researches firearms (i.e., runs serial numbers, request analysis by forensics) used at crime scenes or recovered from vehicles to verify use and background of weapon.
Maintains an evidence log to document the receipt and location of all physical evidence associated with a case.
Monitors the evidence room to ensure the maintenance and documented movement of evidence into and out of the evidence room.
Collects evidence (e.g., dust for fingerprints, gather all weapons and dead bodies) and tags it for identification purposes.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Interviews witnesses and suspects using tape recorders, video cameras, field notes, Miranda forms (adult and juveniles), witness locator forms in order to gather additional information and facts surrounding an incident.

Locates witnesses and suspects and questions each as to the who, why, where, how, and what of the crime to gather evidence that can eliminate suspects and prove who committed the crime.
Reads interview statements with witnesses to separate fact from fiction and determine exactly what transpired at the scene.
Identifies witnesses to establish their true identity for future reference, including court appearances, and subpoenas.
Advises suspects and witnesses of constitutional Miranda rights to comply with Supreme Court mandates.
Establishes rapport with witnesses, suspects, and victims to gain their confidence and trust so that they will provide truthful information.
Records or writes interview statements to preserve record of communication.
Interviews and/or interrogates juveniles, victims, witnesses, and suspects about involvement in enforcement situations.
Interviews complainants, victims and witnesses involved in criminal cases to obtain statements or other information related to case.
Questions and interrogates criminal suspects to establish additional facts or obtain confessions.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Responds to life-threatening or disaster-level emergencies such as victim injuries, fires, tornadoes and bomb threats using fire extinguishers, radios, police vehicles, traffic vests, emergency equipment, flashlights, barricades following Uniform Patrol Procedures Manual, Disaster Call-out Sheet, Hazardous Material Manual in order to ensure the safety of, property, self and others during dangerous or hazardous situations, minimize injuries to self and others during dangerous situations. Stabilize injured individuals until medical assistance arrives.

Extinguishes small fires such as grass or vehicles to prevent or minimize damage and prevent injury.
Rescues people from dangerous situations such as burning buildings, vehicles, and drowning.
Administers first-aid such as treat for shock, stop bleeding to injured at emergency scenes until medical assistance arrives.
Evaluates an emergency or disaster scene to determine what assistance is required, whether evacuation is necessary and whether ordinance disposal unit is necessary or additional medical assistance is needed.
Evacuates occupants of buildings and surrounding areas during emergencies or disasters.
Maintains security of an emergency area and controls gathering crowds.
Searches buildings and/or areas for bombs, indications of other criminal activity.
Provides on-the-scene counseling to assist persons in dangerous situations, during emergencies, and to reassure injured individuals that medical assistance is on the way.
Determines if backup is necessary, and if so requests backup assistance.
Establishes a perimeter and if necessary diverts traffic and bystanders.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Responds to calls requiring search, seizure or arrests using handcuffs, search warrants, batons, flashlights, police vehicles, weapons, tear gas, emergency equipment, restraint straps, radios, miranda cards, evidence bags, plastic gloves following Arrest, Search and Seizure, and Transportation Manual, Uniform Patrol Procedures Manuals in order to gather evidence, seize property, to ensure suspects are lawfully placed in custody.

Gathers information on proper procedures for physically subduing those who resist, ensuring proper procedures are used.
Talks to people who exhibit harmful or destructive behavior, employing counseling techniques to convince the person to give up inappropriate behavior.
Assists mentally ill persons in obtaining professional assistance.
Secures and records fingerprints following an arrest.
Searches for wanted persons and vehicles.
Requests backup assistance when necessary.
Observes criminal and/or dangerous behavior, contraband, and instruments of crime to determine whether sufficient elements of an offense exist to arrest.
Takes individuals into custody (physically arrests individual).
Communicates orally with others (e.g., patrol units, youth officers, social services, emergency medical services) to arrange for the safe and secure transportation of individuals.
Stops suspects in a safe place, using a patrol vehicle, such that a suspect can be safely approached.
Chases (e.g., runs, jumps, crawls, climbs) suspect on foot.
Discharges weapon as a last resort to protect self or others.
Searches the body and clothing of persons in custody to locate and remove weapons that can be used to escape or to harm self or others.
Determines whether motor vehicles can be searched without a warrant, pursuant to appropriate exceptions, or whether a valid search warrant is necessary.
Serves warrants (i.e., advises suspect of his/her legal rights, and takes possession of property specified in orders of court).
Impounds vehicles and notifies owner.
Searches crime scene area to determine whether subject is in area.
Communicates orally to individuals at a crime scene to coordinate the activities of individuals and obtain cooperation of victims, witnesses, and bystanders.
Coordinates/runs metal detectors as specified.
Reads search warrants to people in control of property to explain the proper authority of police and charges against the accused.
Advises accused of rights, before questioning, when making an arrest.
Searches areas set forth in warrants.
Inventories confiscated and found property obtained while serving warrant.
Receives, signs and execute warrants from the warrant clerk to lawfully effect arrest and/or conclude search.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Responds to calls for service such as disturbance calls, domestic violence disputes, juvenile offenses and missing persons calls using police vehicles, weapons, handcuffs, batons, flashlights, radios, emergency equipment, telephones following Uniform Patrol Procedures Manual in order to diffuse the disturbance situation, negotiate a resolution to the disagreement or dispute, advise individuals of available protective services and their rights.

Separates individuals during disturbances and evaluates circumstances to prevent injury to involved parties.
Explains procedures for obtaining protection and the consequences of abusive behavior to others when responding to disturbances.
Requests youth services for the protection of children involved in disturbances.
Communicates orally with people having knowledge of circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a "missing person" to determine actions necessary if person is actually missing or just left.
Identifies missing persons' most likely rural and urban locations.
Talks to juveniles, in non-enforcement situations, instructs them in proper and socially acceptable behavior, and explains rewards and punishments associated with various behavior.
Notifies Child and Protective Intake personnel when taking juveniles involved in abuse and neglect into custody for their own protection or notify parent/guardian.
Takes juveniles into custody at the request of the child abuse agency and holds until DHR finds appropriate placement.
Transports runaways or juveniles back home.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Prepares for and testifies in court using case files, chain of custody, evidence, field notes following Court Procedures Manual in order to present the facts surrounding the case in a court of law.

Reviews investigative reports in preparation for court testimony.
Discusses investigations with supervisors, prosecutors, and defense counsel to prepare for court testimony.
Discusses the Rules of Criminal Procedures and the Rules of Evidence with district attorney's staff to prepare for court testimony.
Answers questions presented by judge or attorney and describes facts relating to case when testifying in court.
Maintains a professional demeanor in court by being impartial to maintain credibility and responsibility in establishing the truth from the fact of the evidence.
Keeps track of dates to appear in court to ensure accessibility.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Prepares and completes written documentation of work assignments such as Incident Offense Reports, Ticket Books, Arrest Warrants, affidavits, Youth Slips, Field Interview Cards, Impound Reports, Accident Reports using black ink pens, typewriters, templates, correction fluid, computers, transmittal sheets following the Report Writing Manual, Uniform Alabama Traffic Accident Book, State of Alabama Title 13 and Title 32 in order to secure warrants to effect arrests, document actions taken when handling incidents or offenses, record lost or stolen property, document criminal activity, document the results of accident investigations.

Composes written notes at incident scene to document facts used for an incident/offense report.
Completes block entries and checklist information required by incident reports, accident reports, investigation reports, traffic citations, and other MPD forms.
Composes narrative descriptions such as explanations, summaries, and statements required for incident reports, investigation reports, accident reports, other documents.
Draws sketches and diagrams required by accident reports, investigation reports, and other documentation.
Writes departmental equipment inventory reports.
Files traffic citations with clerk's office.
Completes documents necessary to transmit evidence.
Composes and types affidavits setting forth probable cause to obtain valid arrest and/or search warrants.
Distributes work products up the chain-of-command for review purposes.
Files reports in designated locations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Interacts with citizens in either non-enforcement situations or less serious enforcement situations using slim jims, jumper cables, police vehicles, street locators, radios, car jacks, telephones, State of Alabama Title 13 following general orders to promote good community and public relations.

Describes technical issues to individuals regarding the vehicle code, crime code, rules of criminal procedure, and police procedure.
Describes directions, road conditions, safety issues, and problems to assist the general public.
Informs next of kin and family members of information such as vehicle accident death or injury.
Listens to individuals to evaluate their problems and refer them to appropriate services.
Licenses bars, restaurants and other liquor establishments.
Interviews third parties regarding the behavior of suspected mentally deranged people.
Communicates orally and/or in writing with relatives to gather information and explain circumstances of a juvenile incident.
Explains obligations of offender, procedures for paying fines and requesting hearings and encourages compliance with the law.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Presents public information and educational information to citizen and citizens groups using VCRs, tape recorders, TVs, computers, PA system, McGruff crime dog costumes in order to inform children and civic groups of potentially dangerous situations or other law enforcement issues and promote public safety.

Communicates orally to professional people, area residents, co-workers, other law enforcement officials, and members of the criminal justice system to develop cooperative relationships and learn public safety issues and problems.
Reads educational material and law enforcement related literature to determine presentation materials/topics.
Photographs special events, informational addresses or law enforcement lectures for departmental documentation.
Delivers speeches regarding public safety issues, law enforcement programs, safety education, schools and crime prevention to community organizations and civic groups.
Operates tape recorders, VCRs, and film equipment to provide audio-visual materials during education programs.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Meets with, disseminates information, and coordinates activities with others (other MPD units, other law enforcement agencies, business organizations, social service agencies, hospitals, etc.) using NCIC Reports, telephone, radios, look-out reports, bolos, teletype machines in order to exchange information with law enforcement agencies/MPD officers, verify case-related information (i.e., outstanding warrants).

Provides details of the case with district attorney staff, juvenile probation staff, departmental youth aid officers to assist in evaluation of the case.
Reports status of a serious incident to superiors and requests support resources beyond those available.
Orally advises superiors in situations where the problem is increasing in severity, and/or where the media or others are likely to soon be demanding information.
Meets with corrections, probation and parole personnel to assist them in gathering the facts they need for their recommendations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Inspects and monitors equipment such as police vehicles, weapons, uniforms, radios, emergency equipment, gas cards, activity sheets following Care and Use of Equipment Manual, General Orders, and PM Schedules in order to ensure equipment is operable and operates in a safe manner.

Inspects patrol vehicle before tour of duty for maintenance problems such as low tire pressure, lack of oil, lack of fuel and other damage to vehicle.
Inventories patrol vehicle standard equipment such as first-aid, radios, etc. before tour of duty to maintain preparedness.
Participates in inspection of personnel and equipment.
Maintains (logs, documents) odometer readings on all assigned vehicles to monitor preventive maintenance.
Examines assigned equipment for dysfunctions and arranges for the necessary maintenance updating and/or replacement.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs self-development and training activities using TVs, newspaper, chalk boards, law enforcement training books, weapons, ammunition, targets and indoor ranges, ear plugs, safety glasses following firearms training manual in order to increase technical and professional proficiency, increase law enforcement knowledge, stay abreast of recent changes regarding law enforcement and legal procedures.

Monitors local media (newspapers, radio, television) broadcasts to remain cognizant of traffic crime and other problems associated within area.
Reads manuals and other technical materials to keep abreast of changes in law and procedures, to look for new and effective applications, and to increase knowledge.
Attends in-service police-related training.
Attends external training (e.g., seminars and conferences) to learn about changes in law and procedures which can be communicated to subordinates and others.
Reviews departmental manuals, directives, criminal justice textbooks, court decisions, and amendments to the law.
Qualifies quarterly on the police firing range.
Operates assigned specialized equipment to maintain skill proficiency.
Meets with own superior(s) to receive feedback, set goals, and to improve personal competencies and performance.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs administrative duties using copy machines, computer, telephones, and tape recorders in order to distribute information and messages to other officers, prepare case files, document work assignments, update personnel files, maintain permanent records for future reference, prepare for court testimony.

Files hard copies of reports and documents such as incident memos, citations, warning reports, accident reports, initial investigation reports, and supplementals.
Searches through hard copy files to locate reports or other information requested by various individuals.
Answers telephone and takes messages while on desk duty.
Takes complaints over telephone.
Identifies equipment storeroom discrepancies to ensure essential inventory is present.
Distributes messages and memos.
Attends roll call.
Instructs rookies of appropriate procedures and completes trainee evaluation forms.
Performs assigned specialized details such as sitting with subjects in hospital emergency rooms, transport individuals to specified locations, assist in raids.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Responds to and investigates traffic accidents using police vehicles, radios, emergency equipment, traffic vests, flashlights, brooms, paper bags, templates, tape measures, paint, skid roller tape, barricades, and traffic cones following Uniform Alabama Traffic Accident Manual, State of Alabama, Title 32, Ticker Book, Hazardous Material Manual in order to determine who is at fault, assist motorists, identify circumstances surrounding the cause of the accident, ensure roadways are clear, gather evidence that will identify potential suspects in hit and run accidents, document facts and actions taken during accident investigation.

Requests assistance at traffic accidents or crime scenes from personnel in areas such as medical, fire, towing, investigations, and accident reconstruction to ensure situation is resolved efficiently and safely.
Interviews and advises vehicle operators, victims, and witnesses to determine the cause of an accident, collect evidence, and inform individuals of their rights and responsibilities.
Observes the actions, emotional state, and physical condition of vehicle operators following accident to determine if they need further attention.
Searches the accident scene, gathers any physical evidence (e.g., car parts, paint samples, substance, blood samples) at fatality scenes, serious injury or hit and run.
Examines and operates the equipment of accident vehicle (wheels, brakes, steering) to develop investigative facts.
Measures distance of skid marks and other evidentiary matter using speed and skid calculators to reference objects to determine speed of vehicle.
Follows traceable evidence left by hit-and-run vehicles to identify and find vehicle.
Evaluates facts gathered during the accident investigation to determine the cause, and to determine what type of enforcement action is necessary.
Selects a strategic location (crest of a hill, curve, etc.) to park vehicle at an accident scene to serve as a warning to motorists.
Gathers pre-accident information (fatigue, intoxications, stress, etc.) to determine whether it is related to cause of accident.
Re-interviews witnesses of accident homicide (often days later) to verify their reports and to get signed written statements of how the accident happened.
Locates witnesses and/or drivers at a later point in time (when necessary) to gather information about an accident.
Directs the movement of traffic in the event of possible hazards during road construction, special escorts, closed roadways and oversized vehicles, etc. to ensure public safety and prevent accidents.
Secures accident victims' belongings or property in car to prevent theft by bystanders.
Removes, or arranges to remove, any explosives or hazardous materials at an accident scene to minimize damage to people or environment.
Secures the scene of a traffic fatality by keeping crowds away to preserve evidence when a homicide investigation is required.
Assures accident victims that professional medical help is on the way to keep them calm and prevent them from going into shock.
Determines and records weather and road conditions at an accident scene to identify contributing factors to the cause of an accident.
Checks and records vehicle information (e.g., blowouts, speedometer functioning, volume of the radio) to use as possible evidence in a traffic (homicide) investigation.
Investigates truck-related accidents (by checking driver's logs, truck equipment, etc.) to determine possible cause of accident or violations of law.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Responds to minor and major vehicle code violations using ticket book, radar, police vehicle, radios, intoxilizers, emergency equipment, drivers licenses, field sobriety tests, Alka-Sensor Tests following DUI book, Title 32, Law Enforcement Officer's Handbook, General Orders in order to ensure motorist comply with vehicle code, and ensure violators of vehicle codes are appropriately cited.

Determines appropriate enforcement action based on result of information gathered from driver and dispatcher (e.g., driver's license check, nature of violation, and DUI field test).
Visually matches information on driver's license (e.g., license's picture, age, hair, and eye color, etc.) with visual examination of driver to verify driver's identity.
Transports motorist requiring a blood alcohol sobriety test to hospital.
Operates patrol vehicle using proper procedures to safely overtake and effectively stop motorists violating vehicle safety regulations.
Positions patrol vehicle at specified locations to observe for possible traffic violations.
Sets-up radar surveillance (i.e., selects sites for radar use, sets-up radar equipment, checks for proper calibration, and operates radar equipment to identify speeding vehicles and properly documents vehicle speeds).
Administers field sobriety tests to determine whether probable cause exists for the enforcement of DUI laws.
Arranges for administration of intoxilizer test to determine blood alcohol content.
Decides whether a traffic citation or a warning will be given.
Advises motorist of unlawful behavior and explains provisions of the law if offender does not understand.
Observes, records, and remembers characteristics of vehicle under surveillance and its occupants to ensure correct identification in the event that the vehicle is temporarily out of the line of vision.
Identifies traffic violators (e.g., speeding, DUI, tailgating, etc.) by attending to visual cues (e.g., apparent speed of vehicle, number of other vehicles passed, lane switching, weaving, etc.).
Ability to detect the signs or effects of alcohol and/or other controlled substance to include recognizing symptoms of behavior, how symptoms effect driving, and when symptoms indicate danger to life.

Ability to deal with mentally ill subjects to include restraint techniques, searching for weapons, etc.

Ability to access departmental computer based information systems to include NCIC, and personal computer files.

Skill in operating motor vehicles to include defensive driving and emergency response driving.

Ability to identify characteristics of the more commonly abused drugs based upon color, smell, shape, packaging size, quantity, and associated paraphernalia .

Ability to conduct field interviews of suspicious persons and formal interviews of witnesses to include preparing for the interview and formatting relevant questions.

Ability to use field sobriety testing kits.

Ability to use field drug testing kits.

Skill in the use of hand guns as needed to pass MPD qualifying standards.

Ability to interpret maps and street guides.

Ability to establish rapport with an informant or possible informant to get information from him or her.

Ability to maintain an objective, professional relationship with an informant, put aside personal feelings, control one’s emotions, and remain distant from that individual.

Ability to listen to all points of view to collect relevant information when conducting an investigation and respond in a way that does not further aggravate a situation.

Ability to obtain facts and information by using interviewing skills and techniques and evaluate the information received from confidential informants during face-to-face interactions (i.e., detect physical and verbal responses that suggest deception.

Ability to negotiate a resolution to a conflict that resolves a dispute.

Ability to recognize criminal and deviant behavior patterns.

Ability to handle adolescent behavior and the problems of the juvenile.

Ability to interact with persons of different ethnic or cultural backgrounds with a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds and to communicate technical law enforcement concepts or general information in non-technical/lay term on their level of understanding.

Ability to interact effectively in non-enforcement situations to include the ability to promote voluntary compliance and good will of public service officials.

Ability to provide leadership and maintain a command presence in day-to-day office activities as well as at incident and emergency scenes and being able to control the behavior of the general public, victims, and other emergency personnel without causing conflict or arousing antagonism.

Ability to exhibit interpersonal sensitivity to include the ability to transmit negative and tragic information in a sensitive and understanding manner.

Ability to demonstrate appropriate patience and tact when dealing with confused, distraught, retarded citizens, angry or slow learning students, etc.

Ability to exhibit the appropriate level of firmness in dealing with others to include suspects to be arrested, emotionally distraught individuals who need to be separated and calmed down in domestic violence or in similar situations.

Ability to listen empathetically to others’ personal problem by using appropriate eye contact and body language.

Ability to implement formal training techniques to include developing lesson plans, lecture techniques, and techniques for encouraging student participation.

Ability to implement informal training techniques to trainees to include on-the-spot corrections and demonstrations of appropriate work procedures.

Ability to lay out an investigative strategy for a specific investigation.

Ability to judge when to refer a decision to a superior and when supervisory approval is necessary before decisions are implemented.

Ability to recognize relationships between facts and situations to include detecting normal from abnormal and comprehending what is missing.

Ability to recognize the implications of actions or statements to include anticipating the questions of defense attorneys, anticipating the responses of suspects being interviewed or interrogated, and recognizing possibly sensitive material.

Ability to make decisions and manage one’s own time effectively to ensure work responsibilities are accomplished and prioritize activities as needed to deal with several situations and/or problems at the same time.

Ability to recall the particulars of past events, investigations, or situations and apply them to current events, investigations, or situations.

Ability to analyze facts in crisis situations or complex investigations and take proper actions when under these stressful, unpleasant conditions.

Ability to retain, in memory, information received for short time durations until given the opportunity to record the information in writing.

Ability to identify and anticipate the likely consequences of implementing various courses of action in a particular situation and long-term ramifications.

Ability to anticipate the actions that are necessary to prevent a crisis in stressful public safety situations.

Ability to rapidly comprehend the legal rules and statutes that apply in a special situation (e.g., demonstration, strike, natural disaster).

Ability to read and understand written material such as equipment specifications and law enforcement literature.

Ability to be self-critical, recognizing one’s areas of personal strength and areas of weakness.

Ability to provide information clearly and concisely to include staying on the subject, paraphrasing information, and using analogies, in order to relate the subject to the listener in a way that they understand.

Ability to speak effectively in front of a group to include giving a speech to a citizen group, making a presentation to a group of peers and/or superiors.

Ability to address citizen groups and to answer their questions and respond to their concerns without prior knowledge of what will be asked.

Ability to understand what is being communicated when listening to citizens’ explanations of their actions and attorney’s questions.

Ability to follow orally communicated instructions and orders.

Ability to state and explain policies, procedures, and problems in such a way as to enlist support, compliance and acceptance from the public.
Ability to assess cues to determine whether information has been communicated clearly.

Ability to be attentive to the form of questioning in court.

Ability to write using appropriate grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling.

Ability to express one’s self accurately in writing to include reconstructing events, documenting oral statements for later reference, etc.

Ability to write legibly.

Ability to organize facts and present them in the most appropriate and logical order, consistent with the purpose of the written document.

Ability to acquire (learn) new knowledge from reading technical manuals, training bulletins, textbooks, and command memorandums.

Ability to follow written instructions and orders.

Ability to do basic arithmetical computations to include adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying.

Ability to reduce data to percentage terms and manipulate said data in terms of percentage increases and decreases.

Ability to read and understand statistical information presented in the form of tables, charts and graphs.

Ability to adapt to changes in policies and procedures that govern MPD activities.

Ability to re-think a course of action or decision when presented with new information.

Ability to maintain one’s own equipment and one’s own personal appearance at a continuing high and appropriate level.

Ability to stick with a task and continue to work effectively on its completion when progress is slow and discouraging.

Ability to maintain integrity and to resist the potential for corruption.

Ability to remember facts and details such as those related to an ongoing investigation or incident on a short term basis without having to refer to written documentation.

Ability to use specialized equipment such as radar equipment, intoxilizer 5000, Alka-Sensor, tint meters, slim jims, surveillance equipment to include operation and preventive maintenance calibration.

Ability to remain attentive in enforcement situations to include remaining cautious and responding to dangerous elements that may cause injury to self or to another officer.

Knowledge of the geographical area of responsibility to include roadways, hospitals, and locations of other enforcement agencies, support services, and disaster shelters.

Knowledge of traffic control procedures to include the position of the vehicle, use of lights, flares, protective clothing, hand signals, and safe traffic flow.

Knowledge of vehicle stop procedures to include traffic violation and known felony stops.

Knowledge of the procedures for responding to domestic disputes and violence to include self-protection, mediating a fight, and approaching the scene.

Knowledge of the general crime prevention patrol procedures to include security checks, identification of stolen vehicles, and varying patrol routes.

Knowledge of 10-code systems and radio code communication symbols.

Knowledge of population and recreation centers and special events that are more likely to have incidents requiring public safety enforcement.

Knowledge of local community issues and situations in one’s geographic area of responsibility.

Knowledge of non-MPD and non-law enforcement resources and information sources in one’s geographical area of responsibility.

Knowledge of the proper use and maintenance of vehicles.

Knowledge of the proper use and maintenance of radios.

Knowledge of the care and maintenance of service weapons.

Knowledge of the procedures for collecting, preserving and transporting physical evidence to include bagging, labeling, marking, photographing, logging and storing evidence, and chain of custody.

Knowledge of the procedures for lifting latent fingerprints to include locating prints, photographing prints, and recording.

Knowledge of departmental procedures for handling confidential informants to include maintaining confidentiality, maintaining records, approval, and compensation.

Knowledge of investigative procedures as needed to investigate crimes against persons, crimes against property, non-narcotic vice offenses, arson, white collar crime, and drug diversion cases.

Knowledge of the procedures for protecting a motor vehicle accident scene to include warning or re-routing traffic, use of flares, and protecting evidence at the scene.

Knowledge of the methods for photographing and measuring a motor vehicle accident scene.

Knowledge of accident scene investigation techniques as needed to estimate vehicle speed, braking distance, and other related accident factors.

Knowledge of departmental procedures for completing accident reports and related documents.

Knowledge of procedures for the detention and/or arrest of suspects and the related field search of the individual to include suspect approach, handcuff, and field search positions techniques.

Knowledge of procedures for protecting crime scenes and conducting the initial crime scene investigation to include evidence preservation and securing the scene.

Knowledge of procedures (e.g., tear gas, riot formats) for crowd control to include responding to and dealing with civil disturbances, labor disputes, organized protests, natural disasters, and fires.

Knowledge of the laws and policies regarding use of physical force to include the use of deadly force and the minimum physical force required to subdue a person.

Knowledge of applicable laws and court rulings governing arrests with and without a warrant including considerations of exigent circumstances.

Knowledge of appropriate court rulings governing stopping and searching motor vehicles with and without a warrant to include probable cause, and custodial inventory searches.

Knowledge of the rules of evidence to include confessions, dying declarations, issues of admissibility, Miranda warnings, confidentiality of information, hearsay, and compulsory testimony.

Knowledge of applicable laws and court rulings governing search and seizure with and without a warrant to include field and protective searches, and the difference between pat-down and full body searches, etc.

Knowledge of the legally correct way to prepare a written affidavit for a search warrant, authorization for a wire tap and other related procedures that require court approval to include the basic elements of affidavits, how to include information from informants, and probable cause.

Knowledge of the applicable laws and court rulings governing DUI enforcement to include “traffic check” type operations, test administration, field sobriety testing, and breath and blood

Knowledge of the applicable laws and court rulings governing domestic violence cases to include arrests without a warrant.

Knowledge of the applicable laws and court rulings governing dependent and delinquent children and child abuse cases to include a juvenile act and mission/exploited Children’s Act.

Knowledge of the rules of Criminal Procedures.

Knowledge of the definition of crime, particularly the elements necessary to charge specific offenses to include power and authority of arrests, whether warrant can be obtained, etc. (Title 13)

Knowledge of the classification of crime such as felonies and misdemeanors. (Title 13)

Knowledge of the applicable motor vehicle laws governing moving violation enforcement. (Title 32)

Knowledge of the applicable motor vehicle laws governing non-moving violation enforcement. (Title 32)

Knowledge of the applicable motor vehicle laws controlling the movement of hazardous materials to include the use of placards, looking up or identifying materials, licensing, etc.

Knowledge of available resources for officer assistance programs.

Knowledge of basic first aid procedures to include CPR techniques, treatment for shock, how to stop bleeding, etc. Knowledge of HIV virus (AIDS) self-protection techniques.

Knowledge of departmental personnel policies regarding transfers, leave, overtime, work assignment, rules of conduct, dress codes, and personal care.

Knowledge of departmental policy on providing information to the media.

Knowledge of the department’s chain of command and of policies and procedures governing communications within the chain of command.

Knowledge of department Report Writing Manual to include how to select appropriate forms and how to complete forms.

Knowledge of city ordinances to include noise violations, towing of vehicles, sleeping in vehicles, disorderly conduct, public drinking ordinances, leash laws, city traffic violations and other city public violations.

Knowledge of military time to include how to convert to standard time.

Ability to move controls of a machine or vehicle quickly or repeatedly to exact positions as needed to shift gears on motorcycles while steering, turn vehicle while steering at high speeds, and change gears and operate radio and emergency equipment controls.

Ability to coordinate movements of two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) together while sitting, standing, or lying down as needed to physically detain an individual, climb fences, fire weapons, pursue individuals, and push vehicles.

Ability to choose between two or more movements quickly and accurately when two or more different signals are given and make correct choices as needed to decide whether or not to fire your weapon, decide whether or not to stop or service vehicles, and decide whether to physically grab an individual to detain or take other measures to protect oneself.

Ability to adjust equipment controls in response to changes in the speed and/or direction of a continuously moving object or scene. Involves timing adjustments in anticipating change as needed to avoid accidents when pursuing suspect(s) in vehicles, and steer vehicle when pursuing individuals.

Ability to give one fast response to a signal such as sound, light, picture, etc. as needed to pull fire arms in response to dangerous elements or suspects.

Ability to keep the hand and arm steady while making arm movements and while holding the arm and hand in one position as needed to accurately fire weapons or apply pressure to bleeding wounds.

Ability to make skillful, coordinated movements of one hand, a hand together with its arm or two hands to grasp, place, move, or assemble objects such as hand tools, blocks, etc. Involves the degree to which arm-hand movements can be carried out quickly as needed to direct traffic using hand signals, subdue and arrest individual, steer motorcycles and police vehicles, and fire and reload weapons.

Ability to make skillful, coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, place, or move small objects (such as nuts, screws, wires, etc.) as needed to pull the trigger on weapons, operate radios, turn on flashlights, and write blocks of texts or field notes.

Ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists as needed to fire a weapon; operate hand-set on radio; use clutch, brake and throttle on motorcycle; and type reports as forms.

Ability to quickly make a single movement using an arm or leg as needed to block, strike, grab, pull, twist, push, or knee individual when implementing defensive tactics.

Ability to stoop, crouch, or crawl as needed to climb through windows, crawl underneath fences or buildings, stoop under wires, and crouch beneath protective cover.

Ability to climb structures as needed to climb fences and walls, get on roofs, and climb on top of cars.

Ability to walk distances ranging from 50 yards to ½ mile as needed to walk police foot beats, search buildings, walk to scene in areas not accessed by roads or vehicles, and perform ground searches.

Ability to stand in an upright position as needed to direct traffic, observe individuals under surveillance, observe movement of individuals as special events, and observe movement of individual at crime scenes.

Ability to lift objects weighing 25 to 200 pounds as needed to lift tires, intoxicated or injured individuals, debris in the road, and resisting suspects.

Ability to push objects as needed to push vehicles, resisting individuals, garage doors, bay doors, metal gates, and motorcycles.

Ability to use muscle force to pull objects as needed to pull combative individuals, barricade metal gates, pull weapon from holster, and pull wrecked motorcycle from line of traffic.

Ability to carry objects as needed to carry children, shotguns, injured individuals, equipment, barricades, traffic cones, combative individuals, protestors conducting sit-ins, bags of evidence or trash, and street signs.

Ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over a long period as needed to pursue fleeing suspects for long distances, and subdue combative individuals.

Ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach out both quickly and repeatedly with the body, arms and/or legs as needed to subdue combative individuals.

Ability to coordinate the movement of the arms, legs, and torso together in activities where the whole body is in motion as needed to subdue combative individuals, pursue fleeing suspects, drive police vehicles and motorcycles.

Ability to maintain or regain one’s body balance, or stay upright when in an unstable position as needed to walk along ledges, to walk on top of walls or steep roofs, and to drive motorcycles.

Ability to concentrate on a task and not be distracted as needed to focus on fleeing vehicles, aiming weapons, effecting an arrest, remaining attentive at disturbance calls or crimes in progress, driving police vehicles during pursuit.

Ability to see close objects or surroundings as needed to watch a drug exchange and detect unusual activity.

Ability to see distant objects or surroundings as needed to detect traffic violations, decipher tag numbers, identify vehicle types and models, look for unusual or criminal activity, drive police vehicles and motorcycles, and read street signs and house numbers.

Ability to match or discriminate between colors as needed to describe individuals, vehicles, clothing, tags, and traffic lights.

Ability to see under low light conditions as needed to identify suspects under low light, look for unusual or criminal activity, drive police vehicles at night, fire weapons at night and search areas under low light conditions.

Ability to see objects or movements in the edges of the visual field as needed to drive police vehicles, search for evidence, identify unusual or criminal activity, and see persons approaching from the side.

Ability to judge distances of objects as needed to drive police vehicles, to judge distances between streets or police from the scene, and to estimate distance between officer and suspects/individuals.

Ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright ambient light as need to see approaching cars with bright lights and to see approaching vehicles with lights in the fog.

Ability to detect and to discriminate among sounds that vary over broad ranges of pitch and/or loudness as needed to detect weapons firing or a vehicle backfiring and an individual screaming in laughter or in fear.

Ability to focus on a single sound in the presence of other distracting and irrelevant auditory stimuli as needed to focus on the conversation with one person while tuning out the crowd, and monitor police radio traffic while handling an incident.

Ability to identify the direction from which a sound originates as needed to locate individuals firing weapons, individuals in distress, fleeing suspects, and identify where alarms are sounding.

Ability to distinguish differences or similarities among odors as needed to identify drugs, detect leaking gas, and recognize an individual has been drinking.

Ability to vocalize orally as needed to give instructions and request assistance.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be certified by a licensed physician, designated as satisfactory by the appointing authority, to be in good health and physically fit for the performance of duties. Applicants must meet the Police Department's weight standards. Applicants will be required to complete the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission Physical Ability/Agility Test. The physical test will consist of the following components: 22 push-ups in sixty seconds, 25 sit-ups in sixty seconds, 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes 28 seconds.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be 19 years of age and certifiable by the Alabama Peace Officer's Standards and Training (APOST) Commission.

PROMOTIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least six (6) months' experience as a Police Cadet and be at least 19 years of age.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from an approved high school, or a G.E.D. certificate is required. According to the APOST Commission, an applicant must have graduated and received a regular or advanced high school diploma as approved or recognized by the Alabama State Department of Education (see Alabama Administrative Code Rule 290-3-1-02). Correspondence or mail order high school diplomas or certificates are not acceptable.
Must have a valid driver's license and the ability to obtain a valid Alabama Driver's License prior to employment. An employee's assignment may require him/her to work first, second, or third shift. The employee may also be required to work weekends and holidays.
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