Company: City of Sequim
Posted on: May 3, 2021
A Police Officers primary responsibility is to maintain peace,
safety and order and to protect life and property through impartial
enforcement of federal, state and local laws. Under the direction
of a Sergeant or command staff, the Police Officer is responsible
for protecting lives and property within his/her jurisdiction. It
is important for officers to maintain a high public profile in
order to deter criminal behavior.
This is a non-supervisory position; however, he/she may be
responsible for providing guidance, training and evaluation to new
recruits and reserve police officers. A police officer will be
required to work any days of the week including Saturdays, Sundays,
holidays and will be subject to shift assignment and/or rotation.
Civil Service rules of the City shall apply to the Police
In addition to completing the City of Sequim application, candidate
must pass Public Safety Testing prior to being considered. For more
information, check their website:
This position is open until filled. First review of candidates will
be April 1, 2021 .
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The job duties and responsibilities represented in this job
description in no way imply that these are the only duties to be
performed. Police Officers will be required to follow any other
job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related
duties requested by a supervisor.
- Operates a motor vehicle for extended periods of time in all
environmental conditions and on occasion operates the vehicle at
high speeds and in congested traffic situations.
- Patrols city limits from a patrol car or on foot or bicycle to
- Directs traffic in congested and emergency areas; reports
- Responds to scenes of collisions, investigates cause, and takes
- Responds to the scenes of crimes, traffic collisions and
accidents, searching for and preserving evidence.
- Interviews victims, witnesses and potential suspects.
- Patrols and examines buildings and residences to detect
- Monitors and enforces traffic laws and safety ordinances within
a prescribed jurisdiction.
- Issues criminal citations and infractions.
- Identifies and eliminates hazards to public safety.
- Detects and/or prevents criminal activities.
- Apprehends individuals suspected of unlawful activity, while
observing constitutional and legal guidelines.
- Responds to calls for service and assistance from
- Conducts detailed investigations, identify and interview
witnesses, victims and suspects, and gather information that
pertains to suspected criminal activities.
- Records information related to daily patrol activities and
prepares reports based on this information to aid in the
prosecution of offenders.
- Prepares reports pertaining to arrests and investigations.
- Appears in court to testify as needed.
- Provides first aid as needed.
- Conducts light preventative maintenance on departmental
- May conduct follow-up investigations based upon reports and
other data compiled by department personnel.
- Minimum Qualifications
An applicant must be at least 21 years of age at time of
appointment. An Associates degree from an accredited academic
institution is highly desired. Attendance at and graduation from
the Washington State Basic Police Academy is required by State law.
Must be able to pass Washington State standards for police
officers, have the ability and willingness to maintain strict
confidentiality, and be able to read, understand and interpret
ordinances, laws, and other operating procedures and to communicate
effectively orally and in writing. CPR, AED and first aid
certification, qualification in the use of firearms, and training
in the use of specialized police equipment, such as radar and
breathalyzer machines is required. Maintaining a valid Washington
State drivers license throughout employment, along with proof of
insurability is required. Continued employment is contingent upon
successful completion of the field training program and
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Excellent skills in interpersonal relations and communication,
with a high level of maturity, emotional stability and the ability
to exercise sound judgment under stress, particularly in crisis
- Ability to respond to varying situations with tact and
diplomacy and know how to deal with stressful, hostile or
irrational persons, whether due to physical or mental disability,
drugs, socio-economic differences, or other factors.
- Ability to maintain objective approaches to problems under
unfamiliar and unpleasant conditions; ability to display a pleasant
and professional demeanor when in contact with citizens to
establish a positive public image.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of all information acquired
in the discharge of his/her duties.
- Ability to maintain personal health and good physical
condition, overall stamina and ability to perform moderate to
strenuous physical activity, is a basic job qualification.
- Skill when encountering emergency situations that require rapid
evacuation of an area in order to avoid personal injury or to
provide assistance to individuals.
- Physical dexterity to manipulate standard police equipment,
conduct coherent voice communication in person as well as via
portable radio and telephone, frequently use a computer with a
typing speed of no less than 25 words per minute, operate a motor
vehicle, and two-way radio (including from field situations).
Vision sufficient to perform all duties, able to hear alarms and
audibly identify the presence of a danger or hazard.
- Ability to read and interpret ordinances, laws and other
operating procedures and to communicate effectively orally and in
- In daily contact with employees of the City and citizens of the
community, the ability to present him/herself in a manner favorable
to the City in all contacts with individuals, agencies, courts,
jurisdictions, businesses and residences.
Work is performed both indoors and outdoors, and he/she will be
required to perform normal duties in inclement or severe weather
conditions and/or natural or manmade disasters. The employee may
have exposure to hazards such as chemicals, insect stings, and
temperature extremes. The employee may also have exposure to blood,
communicable diseases (i.e. blood borne/air borne pathogens),
filthy, and unsanitary conditions. A Police Officer may expect to
encounter irrational, ill, hostile or violent individuals and may
be subject to verbal and/or physical attack or assault from such
individuals, or may have gunfire directed at him/her. A Police
Officer may be required to investigate and be exposed to violent
crime scenes, and/or tragic injuries or deaths. The individual
serving in this capacity will be required to use a firearm and
specialized protective equipment (i.e., body armor) or generalized
protective equipment (i.e., rubber or plastic gloves).
The employee will routinely encounter emergency situations that may
require rapid evacuation of an area in order and must therefore
have the physical ability to walk, run, push or lift. A Police
Officer must also have the physical and emotional capabilities to
engage in physical altercations and confrontations and to subdue or
calm a combative individual, and to rescue victims. A Police
Officer will be required to operate a City patrol car safely and
efficiently. A Police Officer is subject to shift rotation, and may
be required to work overtime as the need arises. Subpoenaed
appearances in court to testify in the prosecution of individuals
charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses is a regular and
ongoing occurrence, and such appearances may be required during a
Police Officers day(s) off, or before or after a regularly
scheduled work shift. Police Officers may be placed in a stand-by
(subject to call) status.
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