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Job Specification 02286


 During an assigned tour of duty, on foot, or in an automobile, 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; provides the above services to the general population as
 well as that portion of the population whose basic language is
 Spanish; 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.


 These examples of work are to be performed by utilizing English, 
 Spanish and Portuguese as required.


 Attends roll call in proper uniform, listening to information and
 assignments given orally, and reads "squeal sheet," 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 shotgun, 
 flashlight, summons books, etc., in order to be prepared for duty.

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

 Inventories and maintains equipment carried in patrol car 
 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.


 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.


 Patrols throughout assigned area either on foot or 
 in patrol car, 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 walkie- talkie or patrol car radio in order 
 to facilitate patrol activities.

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

 Issues summonses for various violations of municipal 
 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 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.

 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.

 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 community members.

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

 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 businessmen to and/or from the bank, and 
 frightened citizens to their destination by taking them in the 
 patrol car, or by walking with them in order to provide protection.

 Gives assistance to operators of disabled vehicles 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.

 Returns 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.

 Transports or escorts intoxicated persons home or to the 
 hospital in order to assure their safety.

 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.


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

 Drives patrol car 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 equipment in patrol unit in order to 
 apprehend speeding law violators.

 Pursues detected traffic violators by using patrol 
 vehicle and equipment as required in order to 
 apprehend violators.

 Reports action after apprehending traffic violator to 
 the dispatcher, using the radio in order to communicate 
 the location, request back-up (if required), and to 
 request 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 
 traffic ticket 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 traffic summons to observed traffic violators by writing 
 the required information on the summons, giving the violator 
 his 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.


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

 Protects accident scene from disturbance by appropriately 
 positioning police car 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 them.

 Transports motor vehicle accident victims to the hospital 
 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 
 should 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, or measuring wheel 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 printing or typing 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 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 or written 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" 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, 
 or in patrol car and by using physical force and applying 
 handcuffs, 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, using visual and physical means in order to insure 
 the safety of the officer and others.

 Transports arrested persons to headquarters, or detention 
 facility, using handcuffs and other security measures necessary 
 in order to book 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 the Youth Officer (juvenile department) 
 by submitting known details in order to have the case handled 
 by appropriately trained personnel.

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

 Identifies suspect by inspecting his 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 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 printing, 
 or typing all required information (including a narrative description) 
 on appropriate forms in order to document an arrest.

 Contacts appropriate court authority by telephone 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.) in order to situate detained 
 parties at required locations.


 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, solicitors, 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 magistrate's questions 
 in order to help insure the proper disposition of the case.


 Process incoming calls by listening to caller and identifying
 important information, determining what action to take (i.e.,
 dispatching a patrol car to investigate, or referring caller to
 another agency) and initiating this action in order to insure an
 appropriate response.

 Dispatches patrol cars via radio by selecting and contacting 
 available units and by transmitting the location and nature of 
 problem to the selected cars in order to respond to incoming 
 calls, or to provide support for primary units.

 Maintains log of all incoming calls and radio 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.

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

 Guards prisoners and arrested persons by appropriately positioning
 self in relation to prisoners, and by using handcuffs when necessary
 in order to prevent escape and to protect the prisoners from harm.

 Makes a check of jailed prisoners 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.

 Assists in the process of communication between those who are not
 knowledgeable of both English, Spanish and Portuguese.

 May 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 Department of
 Personnel law and rules will be deducted from the attained age. 

 NOTE:  Appointees will be required to successfully
 complete a training program mandated by the New Jersey 
 Police Training Commission within 18 months of appointment.

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


 Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license
 valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather 
 than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential 
 duties of the position.


 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 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 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.

 The ability involves the capacity 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 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, or communicate 
 in English Spanish and Portuguese 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.

 CODES: LG - 02286               MER           1/01/01

 This job specification is for local government use only.