COUNTY POLICE OFFICER
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Locates and interrogates available witnesses after an incident by
talking with people in the area in order to obtain information for
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.
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
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
Refers juvenile cases to Youth or Juvenile Officer by submitting
known details in order to have the case handled by appropriately
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.
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
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
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.
Graduation from high school or vocational high school or
possession of an approved high school equivalent certificate.
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
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
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
NOTE: Appointees to this position must successfully qualify
semi-annually in the use of firearms.
Must be a citizen of the United States.
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
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
Ability to communicate ideas with spoken words.
Ability to write clear and concise letters, reports, descriptions,
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
Ability to take the lead, or take charge when working or dealing
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
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:
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.