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Job Specification

COUNTY POLICE OFFICER

DEFINITION

Under direction, during an assigned tour of duty, on foot, by motor 
vehicle or other mode of transportation, patrols a designated area to 
provide assistance and protection for persons, to safeguard property, 
to assure observance of the law, and to apprehend law-breakers; 
does related work as required.

NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes 
only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties 
listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on 
the job may not be listed.

NOTE: Appointments may be made to positions requiring bilingual skills.

08055 - Bilingual in Korean and English
SPECIAL SKILL
Applicants must be able to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate 
in Korean and English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

PREPARATION FOR WORK

Attends roll call in proper uniform, listening to information and 
assignments given orally, and reads notices and alerts, bulletin 
board, and/or logs of previous shifts, in order to establish presence, 
receive assignments, and to maintain continuity of service or action.

Gathers together necessary equipment such as weapons, flashlight, 
summons books, etc., in order to be prepared for duty.

Inspects and maintains assigned vehicle by visually checking and/or 
operating all equipment, by arranging for washing, waxing, and 
mechanical service, and by taking vehicle to service location in order 
to insure that vehicle is ready for patrol.

Inventories and maintains equipment carried in vehicle such as first aid 
kit, oxygen supply, blanket, flares, etc., by utilizing an equipment check 
list, and by replacing missing or damaged items in order to assure 
readiness for patrol.

Maintains issued uniform and weapons, by arranging for cleaning and 
reassembling firearms in order to assure their proper appearance and 
serviceability.

FIGHTS AND DOMESTIC DISPUTES

Separates parties involved in a fight situation by physically intervening 
or escorting one party out of reach of the other, in order to prevent 
injury to any of the parties involved.

Attempts to calm parties involved in a fight situation by asking each 
party to tell or discuss his or her side, in order to gain control of the 
situation.

Discusses possible solutions with parties involved in a dispute by 
referring parties to appropriate services and explaining legal recourse, 
in order to fully resolve the dispute or prevent its recurrence.

Arrests one or more parties in a fight situation, by using standard
 procedures, in order to restore peace.

GENERAL PATROL

Patrols throughout assigned area either on foot or in vehicle or other 
assigned mode of transportation, looking for anything unusual in 
order to increase patrol visibility and prevent crime, or to discover 
crime in progress.

Maintains radio communications with headquarters by operating 
radio or other assigned communications device in order to facilitate 
patrol activities.

Assesses situations by utilizing information received from all sources 
and by visually and orally inspecting premises and surrounding 
environment in order to make decisions concerning choice of actions 
and equipment.

Notes conditions while patrolling the designated territory, calls the 
attention of householders and others to matters needing their attention, 
checks the condition of occupied buildings, and takes steps to protect 
them from damage and theft.

When on duty at night, notes whether gates, doors, gratings, and 
entrances are securely fastened when they should be, and if not, 
investigates and notifies interested persons or police headquarters 
of conditions that should be corrected.

Issues summonses for various violations of municipal and county 
ordinances and state laws by writing the required information on 
summons and delivering a copy to the accused, in order to enforce 
the law.

Facilitates the remediation of miscellaneous hazardous conditions 
(e.g., road obstructions, malfunctioning signals, etc.) by direct action 
or by notifying appropriate agencies, in order to restore safe conditions 
in the assigned sector.

Maintains surveillance of persons suspected of unlawful activity and 
notifies supervisor, or detectives of important information, in order to 
facilitate the investigative procedure.

Reports, or receives description(s) of suspect(s) at large by radio 
transmission or other means in response to, or back-up for, criminal 
actions, in order to aid, or to enlist aid of fellow officers in the 
apprehension of suspects/perpetrators.

Following legal guidelines, stops suspicious people, asks them to 
show identification, and to explain what they are doing in order to 
detect or prevent a criminal action.

Reports significant actions, occurrences, and conditions.

Attempts to disarm persons threatening others with a weapon by 
using  calming conversation and obtaining assistance, in order to 
neutralize a dangerous situation.

Secures the scene of a crime, or emergency by blocking off the 
area with barricades, ropes, etc., and by standing guard in order 
to prevent damage, loss, or injury.

Checks cars in restricted areas.

Records patrol activities by filling out log sheet after each call in 
order to account for actions, mileage, and time on a daily basis.

SERVICE CALLS

Promotes good will by talking casually with people, answering 
questions, referring citizens to other services, and learning of situations
requiring police action in order to gain the confidence and support of 
community members.

Gives requested information to inquirers as to local geography, 
local occurrences, provisions of the law, and other proper matters.

Controls crowd at emergency scene, following established procedures,
 in order to insure that emergency services can be performed quickly 
and safely.

Helps to maintain order at places where people gather in numbers.

Assists in evacuation of buildings, or areas by orally ordering people 
to leave or by physically escorting them from the area in order to 
remove them from danger.

Examines ill or injured persons, and administers the appropriate 
first aid treatment in order to prevent further injury or loss of life.

Guards dignitaries by continuously positioning self in a manner to 
most effectively provide protection in order to assure safe passage 
through the area.

Escorts business owners or their representatives to and/or from 
the bank, and frightened citizens to their destination by taking them
in the vehicle, or by walking with them in order to provide protection, 
in accordance with approved departmental procedures.

Provides police protection when large sums of money are in transit.

Gives assistance to operators of disabled vehicles, as authorized by 
approved departmental procedures, by repairing vehicle, or obtaining
necessary repair service, or by transporting driver and occupants to a 
place where shelter, or assistance can be obtained in order to alleviate 
a potentially dangerous situation.

Assists lost children by interrogating passers-by, and responsible 
persons in the area where children were discovered in order to restore 
the children to the custody of their parents or guardians or other 
responsible party as may be provided for by approved departmental 
procedures, regulations and statutes.

Transports or escorts intoxicated persons home, to the hospital, or to 
custody in order to assure their safety in accordance with approved 
departmental procedures.

Blocks suicide attempts by talking to persons threatening and/or 
attempting suicide, comforting and reassuring them in order to 
convince them to give up the suicide attempt.

Assists citizens in gaining entry to their vehicles or home when a 
lockout has occurred, using improvised means in order to provide 
a necessary service as provided for by approved departmental procedures.

Makes investigations of complaints involving misconduct, suspicious 
behavior, illegal activities, improper conditions, and other matters 
within the field of police operations.

TRAFFIC CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT OF TRAFFIC LAWS

Directs, or re-routes vehicle and pedestrian traffic at emergency 
scenes, at high volume traffic locations, and at school crossings, 
or other locations as assigned using hand signals, flares, barricades, 
and/or other designated equipment in order to ensure the safety of 
pedestrians and the smooth flow of traffic.

Drives vehicle in an unspecified pattern and at varying speeds in 
order to increase police visibility and to discourage traffic violations 
and other such occurrences.

Operates radar or other designated equipment in patrol unit in 
order to apprehend traffic violators and/or criminals.

Pursues detected traffic violators by using patrol vehicle and 
equipment as required in accordance with approved departmental 
procedures in order to apprehend violators.

Reports action after apprehending violator to the dispatcher, using 
the radio or other assigned communications device in order to 
communicate the location, request back-up (if required), and to 
obtain motor vehicle and warrant check.

Interviews or interrogates motor vehicle operators and visually 
inspects operator's license, vehicle registration, and proof of 
insurance card, in order to obtain information and admission
 or confession to violations of motor vehicle code.

Evaluates statements, facts, and evidence to determine if a 
summons should be issued as a result of an operator's actions.

Warns motor vehicle operators of observed traffic violations by 
orally informing them of their actions and explaining related 
provisions of the motor vehicle code, in order to discourage 
future violations.

Issues summons to observed violators by writing the required 
information on the summons, giving the violator his/her copy, 
and explaining the violation and procedure for compliance, in 
order to enforce traffic regulations.

Observes behavior and administers appropriate test(s) to suspected 
violators in order to determine whether they are under the influence 
of drugs, narcotics, or alcohol.

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

Summons ambulance, wrecker, or other emergency equipment 
needed at an accident scene in order to provide the necessary 
services as quickly as possible.

Gives needed first aid in case of accidents.

Protects accident scene from disturbance by appropriately 
positioning vehicle and by lighting and placing flares at strategic 
locations in order to divert traffic and to prevent further destruction, 
or removal of evidence.

Removes (or assists in removing) dead or injured from wrecked 
and/or overturned vehicles by manually lifting such persons in 
accordance with approved departmental procedures.

Transports motor vehicle accident victims to the hospital in accordance 
with approved departmental procedures when no other emergency 
vehicle is available in order to minimize time lost in receiving necessary 
medical treatment.

Identifies, protects, and documents any short-lived evidence found 
at the accident scene, using approved departmental procedures in 
order to prevent evidence from being overlooked or destroyed.

Inspects and/or operates devices (lights, brakes, steering, tires, etc.), 
of vehicles involved in accidents to determine if their operating condition 
contributed to the cause of the accident.

At the scene of a motor vehicle accident, interviews operators, 
occupants, and witnesses, using simple interviewing techniques 
and writing notes of important information in order to help determine 
how, when, and why the accident occurred.

Explains procedures that motor vehicle operators should follow 
concerning insurance claims and filing accident forms.

Evaluates statements, facts, and evidence gathered at a motor 
vehicle accident scene in order to determine if a summons 
hould be issued.

Measures the distance from the accident vehicles and markings 
made by the vehicles to fixed points (mile post markers, nearest 
intersection, city limits, etc.), using a tape measure, measuring 
wheel or other device in order to determine the exact location, 
and possible cause of the accident.

Sketches a rough diagram of the accident scene, showing 
movement of vehicles and pedestrians before and after impact 
and location of physical evidence in order to record this information 
for future investigation.

Completes accident report forms by recording data gained from 
accident investigation (including a short narrative and a diagram 
of the accident) in order to officially record the results of the 
investigation and to provide information to all parties involved.

Transports blood or urine samples of motor vehicle operators to 
police labs in cases of suspicious auto accidents in order to obtain 
evidence as to whether the operator was driving under the influence 
of drugs or narcotics.

INVESTIGATIONS

Locates and interrogates available witnesses after an incident by 
talking with people in the area in order to obtain information for 
further investigation.

Make notes of activities and facts of initial investigations in order 
to record information for future reference.

Collects and labels evidence taken from the crime scene, using 
approved departmental procedures, in order to preserve evidence.

Relates suspicious activities and other important information to 
detectives by direct, written, or other communication in order to 
facilitate the investigative process.

Takes photographs, or directs a photographer to take specific 
pictures at a crime scene in order to establish visual evidence.

Searches property involved in criminal incidents by visual inspection 
and by disassembling property items when necessary in order to 
discover dangerous objects, missing items, or other evidence.

Attempts to locate owners of damaged property by utilizing existing 
records and/or questioning area residents in order to inform the 
owner of the damage and to obtain information.

Assists victims in the use of the "mug book" or similar record or 
database in order to make identification of suspects.

Prepares property report on items to be used as evidence in order 
to document its existence, characteristics, and availability.

Prepares investigative reports, or supplements for each phase 
of an investigation in order to provide an official running record 
of the investigation.

Completes request for examination of evidence forms, including 
a narrative description of the crime and a checklist of evidence 
in order to insure a thorough analysis of the evidence.

ARRESTS

Apprehends and subdues suspects by chasing them on foot, by 
motor vehicle, or other means and by using physical force and 
applying handcuffs or other restraints, if necessary, in order to take 
suspect into custody and to prevent injury to the officer or others.

Searches the body and clothing of suspects for possible weapons 
in accordance with approved departmental procedures, using visual 
and physical means in order to insure the safety of the officer and 
others.

Transports arrested persons in accordance with approved 
departmental procedures to headquarters, or detention facility, 
using handcuffs and other security measures as necessary in 
order to process them according to proper procedures.

Advises parents of juvenile offenders in custody of procedures 
relative to the case in order to insure that parents understand 
their responsibilities.

Refers juvenile cases to Youth or Juvenile Officer by submitting 
known details in order to have the case handled by appropriately 
trained personnel.

Reads "Constitutional Rights" to suspect in accordance with 
approved departmental procedures and obtains signature from 
suspect on the written statement of the rights in order to effect 
a lawful arrest.

Identifies suspect by inspecting driver's license or similar document(s) 
in order to assist in determining if suspect has a prior arrest on record.

Fingerprints and/or photographs violators or suspects in accordance
with approved departmental procedures using equipment at the
I.D. station, in order to process a standard arrest.

Operates a video recorder on persons arrested for drunkenness or 
narcotics use in order to have a record of behavior as evidence.

Completes reports necessary to substantiate an arrest by recording 
all required information (including a narrative description) on 
appropriate forms in order to document an arrest in accordance with 
approved departmental procedures.

Contacts appropriate court authority by telephone or other means 
in accordance with approved departmental procedures in order to 
determine the amount of bail or bond required to release the accused.

Transports arrested persons according to appropriate criminal code 
(juvenile, adult, female, etc.) and approved departmental procedures 
in order to situate detained parties at required locations.
 
COURT TESTIMONY: PREPARATION AND APPEARANCE

Prepares to testify in court by collecting documents, reports and other 
evidence related to the case, reading all reports and notes, and talking 
with other officers, supervisors, attorneys, and witnesses, in order to 
insure accuracy and effectiveness of testimony.

Notifies and/or subpoenas witnesses and victims of crime before 
scheduled court hearings to insure their availability to testify.

Testifies in court by presenting facts and/or evidence related to the 
case and by answering attorney's and judge's questions in order to 
help insure the proper disposition of the case.

SUPPORTIVE DUTIES

Process incoming calls, alarms, reports or visitors in accordance 
with approved departmental procedures by listening to individual, 
determining nature and location of alarm, or reviewing report and 
identifying important information, determining what action to take 
(e.g., dispatching an officer(s) and/or other agency to investigate 
or respond, or referring caller, visitor or situation to another agency) 
and initiating this action in order to insure an appropriate response.

Dispatches units in accordance with approved departmental 
procedures via radio or other means by selecting and contacting 
available units and by transmitting the location and nature of 
problem to those selected in order to respond to incoming calls, 
alarms or reports, or to provide support for primary units.

Maintains log of all incoming calls, alarms and reports and 
transmissions by recording information (i.e., time call is received, 
unit dispatched, unit arrives, unit leaves, and location and nature 
of emergency) on appropriate forms in order to provide 
documentation of activities in accordance with approved 
departmental procedures.

Operates computer terminal by entering or reading information 
on screen in order to transmit, enter or to receive data from 
N.C.I.C, S.C.I.C., or other central information source.

Keeps records of the time and place of varied public meetings 
and takes any steps necessary to assure orderly and safe conditions.

Guards prisoners and arrested persons in accordance with 
approved departmental procedures by appropriately positioning 
self in relation to prisoners, and by using handcuffs or other 
restraints when necessary in order to prevent escape and to 
protect the prisoners from harm.

Makes a check of jailed prisoners in accordance with approved 
departmental procedures by touring the facility at regular time 
intervals, and by making a notation on each cell sheet in order 
to account for the presence and safety of all prisoners.

Prepares simple but clear reports of significant activities and 
conditions.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic 
and/or manual recording and information systems used by 
the agency, office, or related units. 

REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION:

Graduation from high school or vocational high school or 
possession of an approved high school equivalent certificate.

AGE:

Not less than 18 nor more than 35 years of age at the announced 
closing date for filing applications for the position. In determining 
maximum age eligibility of veterans, the time spent in active military 
service during periods specified in Civil Service Commission law 
and rules will be deducted from the attained age.

NOTE: When applicants have reached their 35th birthday
they are considered to be over 35 years old.  Age limits are based 
on the announced closing date for filing Civil Service Commission 
applications.

NOTE: Appointees will be required to successfully complete 
a training program mandated by the New Jersey Police Training 
Commission within 18 months of appointment. Such training includes 
successful attainment of a satisfactory level of proficiency in the use 
of firearms.

LICENSE:

Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
New Jersey.

SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS:

NOTE:  Appointees to this position must successfully qualify 
semi-annually in the use of firearms.

CITIZENSHIP:

Must be a citizen of the United States.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION:

As a prerequisite for appointment, appointees may be required 
to pass a thorough medical and psychiatric examination to be 
administered by the appointing authority. Any psychological,
medical or physical condition or defect which would prevent efficient 
performance of the duties of the position, cause the appointee to 
be a hazard to himself/herself or others, or become aggravated as 
a result of performance of these duties, will be cause for rejection.
 
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of rules and regulations of the department.

Knowledge of personnel and equipment available.

Knowledge of the people in the assigned area.

Knowledge of public agencies and facilities.

Knowledge and awareness of national and local events and 
how they might affect the job.

Knowledge of one's own limitations in dealing with emergencies.

Knowledge of ways of handling crowd situations.

Knowledge of basic first aid.

Knowledge of traffic laws and ordinances.

Knowledge of and willingness to take proper action in preventing 
potential accidents from occurring.

Knowledge of investigative procedures.

Knowledge of officer's role in dealing with emergencies.

Knowledge of current laws, procedures, and trends governing 
search and seizure activities.

Knowledge of proper procedure for obtaining a warrant.

Knowledge of laws affecting arrest procedures.

Knowledge of amount of force required to make arrests.

Knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Knowledge of the elements of state laws.

Knowledge of and ability to effectively use services and 
equipment available.

Knowledge of procedures to follow in dealing with an emergency.

Ability to read and interpret laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, 
standards, and procedures and apply them to specific cases and 
situations.

Ability to communicate ideas with spoken words.

Ability to write clear and concise letters, reports, descriptions, 
or instructions.

Ability to find general concepts or rules which explain how a 
given series of individual items are related to each other; it 
involves the ability to logically proceed from individual cases 
to general principles.

Ability to apply a broad, general idea or principle effectively, 
to a particular problem or case.

Ability to follow rules and procedures.

Ability to gather, organize, and utilize information.

Ability to find practical ways of dealing with problems.

Ability to read with reasonable speed and understanding so 
as to absorb written information.

Ability to maintain a high level of muscular exertion for some 
minimum period of time. This involves the degree of muscular 
force exerted against a fairly immovable, or heavy object in 
order to lift, push, or pull that object.

Ability to make repeated trunk and/or arm leg bending or 
stretching movements where speed as well as degree counts; 
it includes the ability of these muscles to recover from the strain 
and distortion of repeated flexing.

Ability to maintain physical activity over prolonged periods of time.

Ability to hold up or move body's own weight repeatedly or at one
 time without stopping, using the force of arm and trunk muscles.

Ability to use the trunk, arms, and legs together in movement.

Ability to make gross, rapid, arm movements.

Ability to work fast and accurately in situations where there is 
pressure or emotional strain.

Ability to put up with and handle verbal abuse from a person 
or a group.

Ability to work as a member of a group.

Ability to treat citizens and others with uniform courtesy and 
consideration.

Ability to take the lead, or take charge when working or dealing 
with others.

Ability to deal with people politely and helpfully beyond the giving 
and receiving of instructions.

Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or 
related units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in
English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American 
Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable 
forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long 
as they can perform the essential functions of the job after 
reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations.  
If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause 
the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
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01420LC N/A01-

This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

3/16/1996