POLICE OFFICER MULTILINGUAL IN SPANISH,
PORTUGUESE AND ENGLISH
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.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
These examples of work are to be performed by utilizing English,
Spanish and Portuguese as required.
PREPARATION FOR WORK
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.
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.
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.
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, 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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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, 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
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
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 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 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
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.