Job Specification 02610
PARK POLICE OFFICER
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
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
Gives testimony in court.
Prepares simple but clear reports of significant activities and
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.
High School Diploma or equivalent.
Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.
United States citizenship.
NOTE: At the time of appointment, applicants for this position
must submit acceptable proof of meeting the indicated requirements.
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.
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.
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
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
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 treat citizens and others with uniform courtesy and
Ability to communicate ideas with spoken words.
Ability to write clear and concise letters, reports, descriptions, or
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
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
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
Ability to work as a member of a group.
Ability to take the lead or take charge when working or dealing with
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, 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
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.