Class Title: POLICE OFFICER
Work involves performing duties to protect life and property, to maintain law and order, to respond to emergency calls and to patrol the campus enforcing criminal and traffic laws and investigating criminal activity. Work involves an element of personal danger and officers must be able to act without direct supervision and to exercise judgment in meeting emergency situations. Work assignments and instructions are received from supervisor who reviews work methods and results from reports, observations and discussions.
As a Patrol Officer: Patrols an assigned area on foot or by utilizing an automobile, motorcycle, horse or bicycle to prevent crime and enforce the law; maintain vehicle and equipment; may train, groom and feed police equestrian mount or canine. Responds to calls from individuals needing police assistance (i.e., domestic disturbances, burglaries in progress, disturbances with weapons, etc.). Responds to calls involving fires or automobile accidents; administers first aid; directs and reroutes traffic around traffic accidents or other disruption; investigates causes and results of accident; prepares detailed accident reports. Makes arrests and issues citation; detains and interrogates persons whose actions are suspicious; administer fields sobriety test/and or intoxilizer test on individuals suspected of DUI. May incarcerate and search persons taken into custody, photographs and fingerprints; prepares arrest and jail report. Transports prisoners and appears in court on and off duty to testify as the arresting or investigation officers. Escorts and directs and traffic at special events, such as football games, parades, and when dignitaries are visiting the campus.
As a Detective: Photographs, diagrams sketches crime and accident scenes; collects fingerprints and preserves necessary physical evidence at the scenes of accidents and crimes; maintains evidence related to each case in accordance with departmental procedures. Conducts investigations regarding crimes against person (e.g., homicides, rapes, robbery) or crimes against property (e.g., burglary, auto theft, business services); interviews witnesses and/or victims in order to obtain statements and gather information pertaining to the case; investigates suspect; conducts surveillance. Prepares appropriate documentation; establishes and maintains comprehensive files for each investigation; prepares case file and submits to District Attorney’s office. Obtains and executes arrest or search and seizure warrants. Answers questions and provides information to students regarding drug and alcohol abuse, gangs, and other law enforcement issues. Speaks to business groups, neighborhood watch groups, schools and other community group about crime prevention, drug awareness and safety.
As Field Training Officer: Trains new officers in the field on proper police techniques regarding how to: answer calls, complete reports, learn the territory, recognize suspicious activities, issue citations, help citizens. Establishes plans for and conducts remedial training for officers in training; evaluates progress of Officer’s training; acts as a role model for new Officers.
As a Tactical Officer: May serve as a member of the Tactical Unit assigned to VIP Security, the SWAT Team, or Search and Cover Team. Participates in hostage situations, riot control, weapons of mass destruction incidents, hazardous materials emergencies or other high-risk tactical operations. As a Desk Officer: Performs various administrative functions; assists in personnel functions; performs background investigations when assigned; Assists and answers questions form the public regarding Police Department operations, laws ordinances, and other issues; receives citizens complaints over the telephone; handles complaints or refers the individual to the proper personnel. Issues equipment to Officers in the field; enters equipment transactions into log.
The employee in the class may provide guidance, assistance, and training to less experienced officers, and may supervise non-sworn security officers.
The work environment exposed employee to potentially life threatening situations on a recurring basis and to Individuals who may display violent, erratic behavior and carry communicable diseases.
Work requires the ability to sit and stand for extended periods, occasional running over possible rough over possible rough or uneven terrain in the apprehension of suspects, bending, stooping, crouching in possibly confined spaces, the physical agility to restrain individuals, the physical dexterity in the use of hand-eye coordinate and manipulative skills in use of fingers and limbs.
Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws. Knowledge of modern investigative procedures and techniques. Knowledge of modern police methods, practices and procedures. Knowledge of safety standards, procedures and precautions utilized in police activities. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Ability to interpret and apply established rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Ability to learn the geography of the campus and surrounding areas. Ability to respond to an emergency situation and maintain composure in adverse and dangerous conditions. Ability to receive and follow instructions form higher ranking officers. Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with supervisor, other law enforcement personnel and the general public. Ability to restrain individuals. Skill in the use of hand-eye coordination and manipulative skills in the used of fingers and limbs. Skill in the use of firearms.
High School Diploma or G.E.D.
Valid Driver’s License. Must obtain Police Academy Certification. Must maintain annual APOST continuing education requirements.
Must have no felony convictions. Must have no convictions in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year. Must not have convictions of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Must not be subject to a court order that restrains the person form harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner. Must have an honorable discharge if served in the US Armed Forces. Must be a citizen of United States. Must have a high school diploma or a GED. Must be at least 19 years of age. Must have a valid driver’s license. Must be in good physical health and physically fit.
If interested, please apply:
Office of Human Resources
P. O. Box 39800
Birmingham, AL 35208