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Police Officer

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Description:  Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Successfully complete all work assigned by Training Academy Staff.

  • Successfully complete all physical fitness training requirements assigned by Training Academy Staff.

  • Successfully complete all practical work problems as assigned by Training Academy Staff.

  • Successfully complete all Field Training requirements.

  • Patrol assigned areas; participate in mutual aid situations, special enforcement activities, and search and rescue operations.

  • Maintain law and order; cite and arrest violators; execute search and arrest warrants.

  • Keep the peace in disorderly civil situations.

  • Conduct preliminary and follow-up investigations including background investigations; develop personal contacts and informants for investigative purposes.

  • Determine stolen property and find proper ownership.

  • Provide information to the public; counsel children and youths; make crime prevention and safety education presentations.

  • Maintain proficiency in current law enforcement procedures, techniques, methods, and equipment.

  • Participate in tactical operations.

  • Conduct preliminary investigations of crimes against persons and/or property.

  • Analyze Police Department procedures and practices; collect, analyze, and disseminate statistical data.

  • Dictate or write various reports, letters, memos, observations, affidavits, other legal paperwork.

  • Testify in court.

  • Qualify with department weapons.

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Practice Police Officer Interview

  1. Tell us about your qualifications for the position of Police Officer.
    Focus on the requirements of a Police Officer and how you best fit them.  Tips on your interview opening.

  2. Why do you want to be a Police Officer?

  3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the position of Police Officer?

  4. What physical training activities are you currently involved in?

  5. What would you do if you witnessed a robbery in progress?

  6. Under what circumstances is deadly force justified?

  7. You're off duty.  At a local restaurant the owner recognizes you as a police officer that patrols the neighborhood.  The owner says, "Good job.  Keep my restaurant safe ok?", and then writes no charge on your bill.  What will you do, if anything? 

  8. What actions would you take as a Police Officer to insure good relations with the citizens in the area that you patrol?

  9. Is there anything else we should know about your qualifications to be a Police Officer?
    Tips on your interview closing.


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