Under direction, performs one or more functions in the following
areas: maintaining order and security in the courtroom, serving
court processes, criminal identification, ballistics, investigations,
apprehension of violators of the law; forensics and other related
assignments which may include Emergency Management.
As required by the operational needs of the jurisdiction
(County), may be assigned to perform other law
enforcement or public safety related duties outside the
parameters of a courtroom environment, which may
include criminal investigations, patrol duties, dispute
intervention/resolution, public safety/service assistance,
traffic control and enforcement, motor vehicle accidents,
etc., and/or other assignments as determined by the
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.
NOTE: Appointments may be made to positions requiring
03695@ - Bilingual in Spanish and English
Applicants must be able to read, write, speak, understand, or
communicate in Spanish and English sufficiently to perform the
duties of this position.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
COURTROOM RELATED DUTIES:
Makes arrangements for the sequestering of juries such as
arranging for their lodging, food, and general welfare during
Executes bench warrants when issued by the court in the failure of
a witness who has been subpoenaed to appear in court and who
has failed to obey said subpoena.
Guards prisoners in a courtroom and subdues, restrains, and
physically removes unruly individuals from a courtroom.
Performs the office and field work necessary to serve and execute
writs and other legal papers and documents such as court orders,
summonses, subpoenas, writs of attachment, writs of replevin,
writs of arrest and indictment, and such other documents directed
to the Sheriff.
Executes writs requiring the detention of chattels or goods as
directed by the court.
Executes complaints directed by the Court.
Collects monies to satisfy legal debts as ordered by the court.
Posts notices of public sales, records daily writs, papers and
documents processed, served, and executed.
COURT TESTIMONY: PREPARATION AND APPEARANCE
Prepares to testify in court or grand jury 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 or grand jury proceedings 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.
MOTOR VEHICLE INVESTIGATION:
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.
Summons ambulance, wrecker, or other emergency equipment
needed at an accident scene.
Ensures accident scene is safe from disturbance.
May assist in removing dead or injured from wrecked and/or
overturned vehicles by manually lifting them.
May transport motor vehicle accident victims to the hospital when
no other emergency vehicle is available.
Measures the distance from the accident vehicles and markings
made by the vehicles to fixed points 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
Completes accident report forms 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.
TRAFFIC CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT OF TRAFFIC LAW
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
traffic violators and/or criminals.
Pursues detected traffic violators and/or criminals,
according to legal guidelines.
Interviews or interrogates motor vehicle operators.
Evaluates statements, facts, and evidence to determine if a traffic
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 future violations.
Issues traffic summons to observed traffic violators, and explain
the violation and procedure for compliance, in order to enforce
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.
Interviews persons for physical descriptions and information for
recording on fingerprint cards, criminal records, alias cards,
and other required records.
May take, analyze, index, classify and file fingerprints and other
information for investigative purposes and/or processing purposes.
Takes and processes photographs, develops negatives and makes
prints and enlargements; makes video recordings with or without audio;
photocopies records, documents and the like.
Take photographs of crimes; searches for and lifts latent prints.
Fingerprints dead and partially decomposed bodies for
May assist with the exchange of information between federal,
state, county, and municipal law enforcement authorities by
receiving, transmitting, and preparing records and reports, using
a variety of communication techniques and equipment.
Enters, retrieves, and provides information about persons and
vehicles to law enforcement agencies via a computer terminal.
Testifies in court as a subject matter expert.
May take the lead over clerical or other personnel assigned to an
Maintains investigative files of identification cards,
photographs, criminal records, alias cards, fingerprint records,
wanted circulars, modus operandi files, and other similar
May examine bullets, bullet fragments, cartridge clips, and other
evidence to determine make and caliber of weapon.
Test fires weapons in evidence and compares test bullet with that
found at the scene of crime.
Makes microscopic examination of bullets for comparison purposes.
Conducts test firings to ascertain effect of bullet on material
hit or the depth of penetration.
Traces ownership of guns.
Attempts to restore obliterated serial numbers.
Repairs defective guns when necessary to test.
Writes reports on tests made.
Maintains records and files.
May operate a motor vehicle for transporting prisoners or other
Is responsible for the care, custody, and security of prisoners.
Makes certain that prisoners are properly manacled or otherwise
Locates and apprehends violators of the law.
Conducts investigations of suspected criminal activities and
prepares reports of same.
Participates in raids.
May operate or serve as crew member on a boat, other vessel
or aircraft engaged in patrol, law enforcement, emergency
management, search and rescue or other official purposes.
May ride a horse in performance of duties.
Conducts special and regular investigations as assigned.
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
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.
Collects and preserves evidence and/or various substances and
Conducts classes and lectures on such matters as the use and
abuse of dangerous drugs such as narcotics, forensic topics, or
other departmental functions.
Gives talks before various groups on a variety of law
On assignment, may work with a task force which may require
Pursues individuals attempting to avoid apprehension.
May assist in the control of crowds at various gatherings or in
civil disorder control.
Provides security to persons and/or property at public functions
and/or other facilities.
Moves equipment associated with riot control such as tear gas
generator, barricades, weapons, ammunition, and so forth, and
other materials and supplies.
Operates a variety of communication equipment to provide
continuity in communications and proper flow of information
between law enforcement and public safety agencies.
Directs flow of vehicular traffic.
Conducts crime scene searches for physical evidence
May conduct search and rescue operations using trained dogs
and/or other methods and equipment.
May investigate all areas involving explosives
May become certified as a bomb technician through a
May require to be capable of taking x-rays, processing evidence,
interpreting x-rays, knowledge of electrical components, and using
equipment to defuse an improvised explosive device, or any other
May become knowledgeable with all activities involving being a
May become knowledgeable involving all areas involving terrorists
both international and domestic.
May serve on a Federal Task force
May serve as a working group on a Federal, State, County, or local
May be involved in a Federal, State, County, or Local Special Weapons
and Tactics (SWAT) Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT)
or related group.
As a member of a SWAT, SERT or related group must become
proficient in shooting.
May be involved in all areas of training that will allow for this task
to be completed.
In accord with state statutes, may apprehend or arrest suspected
Restrains individuals who make or attempt an attack, assault, or
an aggressive act against the judge, court personnel, or
litigants, and other parties in a courtroom and
May train and handle dogs used in gaining information concerning
a crime, tracking criminal suspects, searching for missing or lost
individuals, searching buildings, controlling crowds to prevent
death or injury, affecting the arrest or preventing the escape of
suspected criminals, locating and detecting evidence, explosives,
Apprehends and subdues suspects by chasing them on foot, or in patrol
car or other means 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
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
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
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.
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.
PREPARATION FOR WORK
Attends roll call in proper uniform.
Inspects, maintains and inventories patrol car and assigned
Maintains uniforms and all issued equipment.
FIGHTS AND DOMESTIC DISPUTES
Physically intervenes in a dispute or altercation in order to
gain control of the situation and maintain order.
Attempts to calm parties involved in a fight 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
May train new officers
Patrols throughout assigned area and records patrol activities.
Maintains radio communications with headquarters.
Assesses situations by utilizing information in order to make
decisions concerning choice of actions and equipment.
Issues summonses properly.
Facilitates the remediation of miscellaneous hazardous conditions.
Questions suspicious people following legal guidelines
Attempts to disarm threatening persons.
Secures the scene of a crime or emergency.
Promotes good will by talking with people.
Assists in evacuation of buildings and/or other areas.
May be required to administer the appropriate first aid treatment.
Provides assistance to operators of disabled vehicles.
Blocks suicide attempts.
Processes 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.
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.
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
Appointees will be required to successfully complete an accredited
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
of firearms. Appointees to this position must successfully qualify
semi-annually in the use of firearms.
NOTE: Appointees to positions in SWAT, SERT or related units
must additionally qualify quarterly in the use of all weapons
used by the unit.
As a prerequisite for appointment, appointees may 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 must possess a driver's license valid in NewJersey.
Appointees may also be required to possess a valid Commercial
Driver's License (CDL) and applicable endorsements for the
class and type of vehicle being operated.
NOTE: The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess
the required motor vehicle license, commensurate with the
class and type of vehicles they operate, rests with the
Appointees may be required to possess the following:
A valid Motor Boat Operator's license issued by New Jersey
Motor Vehicle Commission
A valid Boating Safety Certificate issued by the New Jersey
NOTE: An Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels License or
a Master's License issued by the United States Coast Guard, currently
valid for the type and size vessel being operated, may be substituted
for the Boating Safety Certificate.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of court practices and procedures, and of the
techniques which would be useful in maintaining order and
security in the courtroom after a period of training.
Knowledge of the methods likely to be effective in dealing with
varied types of persons after a period of training.
Knowledge of human behavior after a period of training.
Knowledge of the laws, regulations, standards, policies,
techniques, and procedures used in serving legal papers and
documents and in conducting criminal investigations and executing
warrants after a period of training.
Knowledge of the methods involved in taking and classifying
fingerprints of persons for identification purposes after a period
Knowledge of interviewing and photographing persons for
investigations and identifications after a period of training.
Knowledge of the procedures used in ballistic testing and of the
proper methods and procedures for gathering and preserving
evidence after a period of training.
Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and written
Ability to learn quickly from observation, oral and written
explanations, and from demonstrations.
Ability to take and maintain a firm and correct stand when
controversial matters arise.
Ability to work harmoniously with associates and the public.
Ability to perform varied investigation work.
Ability to serve warrants and processes.
Ability to maintain custody of prisoners.
Ability to make home visits under varying conditions and to
talk to varied types of persons.
Ability to analyze identification problems.
Ability to prepare reports and keep records.
Ability to note significant conditions, and take the proper
action in accord with prescribed procedures.
Ability to physically subdue and restrain violent individuals.
Ability to lift and move heavy objects.
Ability to run up and/or down stairs under stressful conditions,
and to run short sprints and long distances in a minimum amount
Ability to pursue individuals on foot and climb obstacles.
Ability 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, 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 essential functions of the job with or without
reasonable accommodation. 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(s) which
are different work week or work month and/or variants of the job class title:
|Bilingual In Spanish And English
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.