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Job Specification 02610

PARK POLICE OFFICER

   

DEFINITION


   During an assigned tour of duty, patrols the grounds, buildings, and
   other areas and facilities of a park or parks to provide assistance
   and protection for persons, safeguards property, ensures observance
   of the law, and apprehends law breakers; does related work as
   required.

   NOTE: The definition and 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:


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

   Assists and protects children in crossing streets, at playgrounds,
   park lakes, play fields, and so forth.

   Regulates and controls pedestrian and vehicular traffic, when
   necessary, to ensure safety, reasonably rapid movement of traffic,
   and a minimum of interferences.

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

   Notes conditions while patrolling the designated territory.

   Checks the condition of buildings and takes steps to protect them
   from damage and theft.

   Takes needed action as to suspicious persons and conditions and
   reports significant actions, occurrences, and conditions.

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

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

   Notes and reports holes in the pavements, dangerous poles, imperfect
   street lights, and other conditions constituting dangers or hazards.

   Gives needed first aid in case of accidents.

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

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

   Checks cars in restricted areas.

   When necessary, apprehends, warns, or takes into custody violators of
   the law.

   Gives testimony in court.

   Prepares simple but clear reports of significant activities and
   conditions.

   When in police headquarters, receives complaints, takes proper action
   by notifying police officers by radio, and helps keep needed records.

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

   REQUIREMENTS:

        EDUCATION:

        High School Diploma or equivalent.

        AGE:

        Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.

        CITIZENSHIP

        United States citizenship.

         NOTE: At the time of appointment, applicants for this position
   must submit acceptable proof of meeting the indicated requirements.

        SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS

         Appointees must be able to satisfactorily complete the police
   training course administered by the Police Training Commission. Such
   training includes successful attainment of a level of proficiency in
   the use of firearms.

        MEDICAL EXAMINATION

         As a prerequisite for appointment, appointees will be required
   to pass a thorough medical and psychological 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.
   Appointees may be required to undergo a psychiatric examination prior
   to appointment. Failure to demonstrate sufficient capacity to perform
   the duties of this position may be cause for rejection.

         LICENSE:

         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.

         NOTE: This position may require swimming. Failure to do so by
   an employee may be grounds for dismissal.

   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 an officer's role in dealing with emergencies.

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

   Knowledge of the proper procedure for obtaining a warrant.

   Knowledge of laws affecting arrest procedures.

   Knowledge of the 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 available
   equipment.

   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 treat citizens and others with uniform courtesy and
   consideration.

   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 a 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 a 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 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
   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-02610 JMR 3/16/96

   This job specification is for local government use only.