Community Service Officer
Job Title: Community Service Officer
Reports To: Patrol Sergeant
Open Date: February 10, 2021 (Updated June 10. 2021)
Close Date: June 20, 2021
Hiring Salary: $19.00 - $24.27 per hour, depends on experience
Salary Range: $19.00 - $28.49 per hour, depends on experience
Job Summary: The primary function of a Community Service Officer is directed towards service to, and interaction with, the public and the community of Meridian City. An employee in this class functions under general supervision and must exercise some latitude of discretion in relation to the performance of duties, while maintaining professional integrity and adhering to department policy and procedure, the law enforcement code and canons of ethics, all applicable laws, and the provisions of the Idaho State and United States Constitutions. The Community Service Officer responds to calls for service and writes police reports for criminal and non-criminal incidents. The work can involve an element of personal danger and an employee in this class must be able to react quickly and appropriately in emergency situations.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Works as part of a police patrol team functioning in a support role as needed; Enforces Meridian City Ordinances; Issues warnings or citations for parking offenses and or abandoned vehicles; Responds to a wide variety of calls for service throughout the city from citizens who are crime victims and officers who require assistance at a crime scene; Responds to cold calls for service such as thefts, vandalisms, burglaries, frauds etc.; Responds to scenes in person or by phone to meet with victims and conduct fact finding interviews and or investigations; Collects evidence and processes basic crime scenes for patrol and detectives as needed; Writes clear and concise investigative reports critical to legal and court proceedings; Uses a variety of data bases to gather information; 2 Determines what type of crime, if any, has occurred; Articulates the elements of each crime in written form for charging documents/reports submitted for review, approval or follow-up, filing or prosecution; Retrieves, transports, and books found property such as bicycles; Deploys traffic radar trailer as needed; Attends court under subpoena and provides court testimony under oath regarding their knowledge or actions in a case; Patrols specific area(s); Assists with traffic control, crowd control and or parking control at City special events; Attends training and meetings as needed; Attends briefings with patrol teams; Delivers administrative messages; Assist detectives with pawn shop property seizures; Performs other duties as assigned; Must display an attitude of cooperation, positivity, problem solving and the ability to work well with others.
Job Specifications: Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age; Must have a high school diploma or equivalent; Must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record; Must have a minimum of 60 semester credits from an accredited institution as listed in the U.S. Department of Education database, or have three (3) years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge, or possess an Idaho Basic POST Certificate in Patrol or out of state equivalent; Must meet the requirements of Meridian Police Department policy including, but not limited to: No criminal conviction for any felony and certain misdemeanors No misdemeanor convictions within the last five (5) years No drug use in the last five (5) years 3 Must be of good moral character, and successfully undergo a background investigation, polygraph exam, psychological exam, medical exam and drug screening; Must adhere to the law enforcement code and canon of ethics; Willing to enforce and abide by the provisions of the Idaho and United States Constitutions and the duly enacted laws of each, as well as the ordinances of the City of Meridian.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Ability to make sound judgments and to draw appropriate conclusions from facts and evidence available; Willingness to learn and an ability to apply experience and knowledge; Ability to work in a team environment as a team player; Ability to follow orders, directives, and suggestions; Ability to follow established departmental procedures and/or practices; Ability to establish priorities and organize workload; Ability to communicate effectively with others; Ability to multi-task; Ability to develop and use empathetic listening skills; Ability to write in a concise, but detailed and objective manner, utilizing first person narration; Ability to articulate detailed information, facts, and circumstances for narrative testimonial purposes; Ability to deal with a wide range of individuals; Must successfully complete department field training program; Must successfully complete six (6) months introductory period from time of appointment; Must display an attitude of cooperation and the ability to work well with others.
Work Environment and Physical Demands: Work is primarily performed outside of an office environment, in varying weather; Shift work is required as the duties are performed in scheduled and rotating ten (10) hour shifts; Requires maintaining a level of physical, emotional, and mental fitness to meet essential job functions; 4 Requires personal mobility and physical reflexes which allow the employee to: operate a motor vehicle, use tools (baton, OC, radios, etc.), collect evidence, physically defend one’s self and other physical duties as maybe needed given varied circumstances; Requires the wearing of a uniform with specific equipment: baton, OC, radio, and a protective ballistic vest. The belt and accessories can weigh up to five pounds or more and the ballistic vest is worn in hot and cold weather conditions; An employee in this position may work in excess of ten (10) hours in a shift or a given day; There is some potential for exposure to hazardous chemicals, domestic animals, wild animals, biohazards while performing the duties of this position; The operation of a motor vehicle requires the wearing of seat belts while operating.
Travel Requirements: Local travel is required for court appearances; Some in state and out of state travel for training purposes.