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Town of Pagosa Springs

Town of Pagosa Springs is looking for a Police Officer Recruit  #PagosaSpringsJobPosting #JobOpeningsNearPagosaSprings

Description The Police Officer Recruit attends a Colorado Regional Law Enforcement Academy under the sponsorship of the department to learn and perform the responsibilities of an entry-level Colorado peace officer which includes interacting with a diverse population, employing discretion in solving problems, maintaining public order, preventing crime, enforcing laws and ordinances, conducting investigations, making arrests, issuing summons/citations and warnings, and assisting the public. Upon successful completion of academy instruction, the incumbent receives further training in the Field Officer Training Program within the department. The qualified recruit must successfully qualify for and complete the academy, pass state certification, and the department’s field training program to continue with the department as an officer. Essential Duties Essential duties of a Police Officer include, but are not limited to the following: Enforces all applicable city, state, and federal laws and ordinances by apprehending, citing and arresting violators as appropriate; investigates criminal activity, gathers evidence, interviews victims, witnesses and suspects and takes appropriate action to solve case and to bring suspects before proper judicial process; investigates traffic accidents, enforces traffic and parking violations; directs traffic and assists motorists as needed; serves warrants, processes, notices, summons and subpoenas. Responds to calls for assistance, secures crime scenes for evidence searches; makes investigation and interviews complainants, witnesses and interrogates suspects; controls traffic and enforces traffic laws and ordinances; directs traffic, assists motorists, issues citations and warnings for D.U.I’s, moving violation and investigates accidents involving motor vehicles; prepares and submits accident, offense, arrests and related reports as necessary. Patrols town to prevent and suppress crime and enforce federal and state laws and town ordinances; apprehends criminals in the act of or after the act of a crime; provides public assistance to residents; patrols certain areas to detect violations of the law; serves warrants, summons and subpoenas; makes arrests and transports offenders to jail; attends court and gives testimony. Completes detailed and accurate reports of daily activities, criminal cases, arrests, traffic accidents and other cases as appropriate; presents evidence and testimony in court and other hearings as required. Operates police vehicle and other department equipment in a manner that will maximize its life span and will provide the utmost safety for the officer and the public; maintains visible presence to deter and prevent crime; performs foot patrol to acquaint themselves with the community and to make themselves more readily available; checks for building security and illegal activity. Performs ongoing public relations to enhance the image of the department within the community; as assigned, represents the department by speaking at public meetings and schools to educate and inform citizens; presents a professional image in both appearance and demeanor. Participates in delivering program(s) unique to elementary, Junior High and High schools; focus on safety, drug awareness, alcohol (DUI), gang activity, truancy, violence, theft, vandalism, trespassing, traffic, etc.; conducts lectures, workshops, classes or gives presentations related to criminal activity within the schools to assist school officials; educates participants and youth regarding law enforcement practices; demonstrates specialized equipment explains efficiency and effectiveness of the same. Educates public regarding effective action through organized community efforts; develops and delivers domestic violence and child abuse prevention programs. Performs departmental public relations functions; delivers public speeches at community gatherings, church meetings, civic meetings, schools, etc.; conducts community liquor compliance checks. Qualifications Eligible candidates must: Be at least 21 years of age by the completion of the academy Be a Colorado resident and qualify for in-state tuition Possess a valid Colorado Driver’s License Have a high school diploma or GED Not have any felony or misdemeanor convictions under CRS Be able to perform all physical demands of the job as stipulated in the job description for Police Officer Be able to pass an extensive background investigation to include pre-employment drug test, psychological evaluation, and physical Commit to three years of service by signing an agreement with the Town Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques and equipment; applicable Federal, State, County laws and Municipal ordinances and departmental rules and regulations; NCIC, UCR/IBR codes and their proper application; methods of arrest; legal liabilities associated with arrest, use of force, and law enforcement; practices and procedures for emergency vehicle operation; specialized equipment such as that needed to document field sobriety tests, radar, radio, camera, finger printing, evidence collection, etc.; hazardous waste classifications and emergency procedures; investigative procedures and practices; courtroom procedures, testimony, and laws of evidence. Proficient Skill in the use of firearms, non-lethal weapons, police vehicle/emergency vehicle operation, emergency equipment, which may include breath test devices, radar units, and restraining devices. Ability to react effectively in emergency and stress situations; exhibit imagination, initiative and problem-solving capability in coping with a variety of law enforcement situations; follow standard safety practices and procedures common to law enforcement work; perform work requiring good physical condition; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.

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