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Personal History Statement
Patrol Deputy in the Patrol Division is a sworn position that is responsible for the protection of life and property, preservation of peace and order, prevention and suppression of crime, arrest and prosecution of offenders, recovery and return of stolen property, and regulation of traffic. His/her performance involves the frequent exercise of independent initiative and judgment and excellent communications skills.
This position requires considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and technical aspects of modern law enforcement.
Typical duties, responsibilities, tasks and assignments of the Patrol Deputy in the Patrol Division include:
1. Patrols the county in a vehicle or on foot during an assigned shift, to prevent or detect criminal behavior, maintain order, and observe public safety conditions and circumstances within the county.
2. Responds as primary or backup unit to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, involving both criminal and non-criminal matters.
3. Receives complaints, inquiries, and information from citizens, in person or by telephone; provides aid, assistance, information, or referrals as required.
4. Talks to residents, merchants, and visitors to maintain good community relations.
5. Reports hazardous conditions to the appropriate authorities; contacts owners or authorized agents to secure damaged, recovered, or illegally entered property or premises.
6. Investigates crimes, incidents, traffic crashes, alarms, and suspicious activity or circumstances.
7. Searches persons, buildings, vehicles, and open areas with regard for both proper tactics and constitutional safeguards.
8. Locates, preserves, collects, and processes physical evidence; takes photographs; dusts for fingerprints; makes sketches and diagrams; maintains chain of custody.
9. Identifies, locates and interviews victims, complainants, witnesses, and suspects; conducts custodial interrogations of arrested persons in accordance with constitutional safeguards.
10. Enforces traffic laws by stopping motorists and issuing citations or warnings as appropriate; directs traffic around traffic crashes, disabled vehicles, or obstructions; enforces parking regulations.
11. Assists stranded motorists and others in need of immediate assistance; gives directions to lost motorists or pedestrians.
12. Controls crowds at crime scenes, fires, parades, demonstrations, and other events.
13. Makes arrests using only the amount of force reasonably necessary under the circumstances; executes warrants, serves legal papers, issues summonses and citations.
14. Searches, fingerprints, photographs, books, guards, and transports prisoners.
15. Prepares and submits written reports and forms in accordance with departmental policy and procedures.
16. Operates radar or laser speed-detection devices, breath-testing equipment, and other electronic equipment.
17. Uses discretion and judgment within the limits of the law and departmental policy to accomplish organizational goals and objectives.
18. Requests assistance as necessary to handle situations; keeps superior officers informed of significant events or circumstances.
19. Cooperates with other law enforcement and public safety agencies in the performance of official duties.
20. Files criminal charges, consults with prosecutors, and testifies at grand juries, hearings, and trials as required.
21. Maintains proficiency and certification with weapons and other equipment as required.
22. Attends briefings, and training as required.
23. Reviews significant activity reports, crime analysis bulletins, wanted posters, and other information to maintain familiarity with criminal activity in the area.
24. Reviews statute books, written directives, training materials, videotapes, and electronic materials to maintain familiarity with laws and procedures.
25. Inspects vehicles, equipment, and uniforms, and keeps them in clean and serviceable condition.
26. Assists supervisors with administrative tasks; handles supervisory tasks in absence of supervisor.
27. Instructs departmental orientation and training courses as required.
28. Provides feedback and suggestions regarding departmental policies, procedures, and equipment.
29. Represents the department at civic or other functions and with the media to promote the safety of the community and the public relations of the department.
30. Performs related work as directed by superior officers.
31. Performs other duties as assigned.
The position of Jailer is a non-sworn position under the direction of the jail Captain. The Jailer works in all phases of prisoner care and jail operations. He/She works rotating shifts and may be required to work overtime. The Jailer is supervised by the shift corporal or designated officer.
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.
Examples of Work
Listens for unusual sounds in cell blocks and elsewhere in the institution such as changes in noise level, calls for help, cries of fire, arguments among inmates, scraping of metal, for example, to maintain security, safety, and welfare of inmates and to react properly in crisis situations.
Constantly observes inmates to detect violations of institutional regulations or any unusual physical appearance or behavior of inmates in various locations throughout the institution such as recreational activities to protect the security, safety, and welfare of inmates.
Detects unusual odors such as marijuana, fires, or alcohol to protect the security, safety, and welfare of inmates.
Keeps continual track of the number of inmates in his/her immediate charge through periodic head counts, and /or records in a log book all movements of inmates to the infirmary, work detail, cell block area, visitation rooms, or other assignments to be aware at all times of the whereabouts of inmates.
Patrols cell block areas, tiers, grounds, and corridors to check for safety/security hazards such as fires, smoke, broken pipes, unlocked doors, and windows/locks that have been tampered with to protect the security, safety, and welfare of inmates and the institution.
Escorts a group of inmates during movements within or outside the institution to prevent disorder or breaches in security.
Physically restrains inmates when necessary to prevent injuries to staff and other inmates and to maintain security.
Learns names and identification numbers and recognizes faces of problem inmates by observing and receiving information from other officers so that such persons can be closely observed; briefs the officer on next shift as to unusual activities, and inmate status.
Listens to informers and conversations among inmates to obtain information on escape attempts, contraband, gambling, or other security matters; reports information in accord with established policies, regulations, and procedures.
On reporting to work, attends roll call and reads bulletins issued by the department or institution to keep abreast of changes in policies/ regulations; receives work assignments.
Directs inmates in housekeeping duties in the cell block area such as sweeping/mopping of floors, making beds, and dusting/vacuuming to maintain sanitary conditions in the resident areas.
Completes short forms such as head counts, bedding inventory, and safety reports to provide routine information.
Prepares concise factual reports describing incidents of misbehavior or violation of rules to provide written documentation for disciplinary hearings.
Searches inmates cells/dormitories in accord with established policies/regulations/.procedures to find contraband articles.
Will 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.
Doing other related work essential to operational needs, prescribed by law or policies, special events, or as assigned by their supervisor or a commanding officer.
The position of Dispatcher is a non-sworn position that is responsible for receiving and dispatching emergency and non-emergency police and fire calls for service by telephone, radio, and/or computer, providing information to the public, and operating the TLETS/NCIC terminal.
The position of Dispatcher may be either full-time or part-time depending upon the needs of the department.
Duties and Responsibilities--Duties and responsibilities of the Dispatcher include, but are not limited to, the following tasks and assignments:
1. Maintains a complete working knowledge of the function and operation of the telephone, radio, computer-aided-dispatch, and TCIC/NCIC systems. Maintains a working knowledge of the manual system of dispatch in the event the CAD system fails.
2. Dispatches calls for service to appropriate units in accordance with established priorities.
a. Uses good judgment and proper communications skills related to answering phone calls for routine or emergency police service.
b. Quickly determines the type of call for service being made.
c. Asks relevant, pertinent questions and obtains the necessary information and descriptions, to include:
* Name, address and phone number of complainant.
* Type of incident being reported.
* Location of the incident.
* Time occurred.
* Whether injuries exist.
* Weapons or any other life/safety concerns.
* Description and direction of travel of suspects or suspect vehicles.
d. Calms hysterical callers and controls the conversation
e. Informs the victim/witness of the agency's response, including direct law enforcement service and/or referrals to other agencies.
f. Evaluates calls for service by emergency or non-emergency priority, available unit(s), and holding time.
g. Assigns primary and back-up police and/or fire units as necessary.
h. Uses the alert tone as necessary and in accordance with established procedure.
i. Directs radio channels for emergency traffic as necessary.
j. Coordinates perimeters for K-9 tracks or other scenes.
k. Properly uses radio signals and codes, phonetic alphabet, and clear speech procedures.
l. Records the date and times of request, dispatch, arrival, and completion for calls for service.
m. Issues event numbers and records the proper dispositions for calls that do not have an event number.
n. Records all officer-initiated activity into the CAD system, indicating unit number, location, and status.
o. Maintains a continuous awareness of the status and location of all units operating on the primary channel.
p. Responds to requests made by field units and/or coworkers.
q. Monitors all radio traffic on the primary channel. Monitors secondary other radio channels for activity that may affect units on the primary channel.
r. Remains alert to incoming computer transactions and information.
s. Prepares and broadcasts or disseminates via radio, mobile data or e-mail, BOLO and extra patrol information when applicable.
t. Uses maps or CAD to decide jurisdictional questions or to assist road units with the geography of an area.
3. Makes call outs of investigators, K-9s, crime-scene units, and other specialized personnel at the direction of a Patrol supervisor.
4. Obtains rotation wreckers and impound wreckers for requesting field units.
5. Maintains rotation ambulance and wrecker schedules.
6. Makes necessary police business phone calls for field units.
7. Contacts other public service agencies and relays information as required.
8. Transfers calls to other divisions or personnel who can handle the request.
9. Provides information to officers or other agencies who may inquire.
10. Maintains the trespass warning log and warrant files.
11. Reports 911 telephone number errors, non-valid addresses, and other problems to the Chief Deputy.
12. Operates the TCIC/NCIC terminal.
a. Queries and deciphers responses on wanted persons, articles, vehicles, driver license information, vehicle registrations, etc.
b. Transmits responses promptly to the requesting unit insuring that sensitive information is relayed discreetly to protect the officer's safety.
c. Responds promptly to all incoming TCIC/NCIC messages and relays incoming messages or notices to the appropriate personnel.
d. Transmits communications to other law enforcement agencies.
e. Processes requests for criminal histories and disseminates and logs the information according to TCIC/NCIC regulations.
f. Makes data entries and cancellations of missing persons, stolen vehicles, articles, boats, securities license plates, and guns and completes the required logs and forms.
g. Maintains a working knowledge of the TCIC Operating Manual and NCIC Agency Identification Manual.
13. Advises Patrol supervisors and deputies of important situations and calls holding.
14. Briefs the oncoming dispatcher to insure an orderly shift change.
15. Maintains an in depth knowledge of the various reference books and materials available in the Communications Center.
16. Trains new employees in proper dispatch procedures.
17. Performs other related tasks as assigned.