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Police Officer, City of Surprise, AZ
By the City of Surprise, Human Resources
Feb 9, 2016 - 9:33:18 PM


The hiring salary is $25.82 per hour
Job Title:
Reports To:
Police Sergeant
FLSA Status:
Job Status:
Full-time; Classified
Pay Grade:


Performs law enforcement, crime prevention work; patrols an assigned area for the prevention of crime, the maintenance of law and order; performs investigative work including special assignments. Also performs a variety of technical law enforcement tasks.


This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed.

  • Patrols City in radio-equipped car; answers calls for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of City, County and State Laws; conducts preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, death and other criminal incidents as assigned
  • Coordinates and conducts complete detailed investigations of all crime activity
  • Patrols the City and responds to calls related to traffic incidents and any other required emergencies; observes, monitors and controls routine unusual traffic conditions; assists and advises motorists and enforces traffic safety laws
  • Collects and preserves evidence at accident scenes; lifts fingerprints; draws sketches; takes photographs
  • Makes arrests as necessary; interviews victims, complainants, witnesses, interrogates suspects; searches and transports prisoners; testifies and presents evidence in court
  • Serves warrants, subpoenas; keeps up to date on laws, procedures required for processing warrants; retrieves and requests information involving arrests, subpoenas; files complaints and performs other work related to processing for misdemeanor and felony complaints
  • Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses
  • Prepares reports of arrests made; activities performed, crimes investigated; and unusual incidents
  • Stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warns drivers against unlawful practices; issues citations and makes arrests as necessary
  • Maintains contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserves good relationships with the general public
  • Maintains regular attendance and punctuality
  • Performs other duties as required




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:

  • Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory
  • Self-defense tactics
  • Interview and interrogation techniques
  • Community policing methods and techniques
  • Constitutional law, Arizona State criminal and traffic laws

Skill in:

  • Using computers and related software applications
  • Using modern office equipment

Ability to:

  • Apply police methods and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation and identification techniques equipment, police records and reports and first aid techniques
  • Comprehend criminal law and procedure with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest and custody of persons committing misdemeanors, felonies, including rules of evidence pertaining to the search and seizure and the preservation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases
  • Observe accurately and remember faces, number, incidents and places
  • Use and care for firearms
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies, judge situations and people accurately
  • Understand and interpret laws and regulations
  • Prepare accurate grammatically correct written reports
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and written
  • Use standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions in an independent manner
  • Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties
  • Act quickly under pressure and make appropriate judgment
  • Keep privileged information confidential
  • Work effectively under stress
  • Maintain moral standards and integrity
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others
  • Enter data into a computer
  • Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction


High School Diploma or GED required; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as listed above.


Must have at the time of hire and be able to maintain a valid Arizona driver license. AZ P.O.S.T. Certification required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Very Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee is required to maintain a level of physical fitness to meet department standards. Correct visual acuity to 20/20.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in an office and field environment. While performing the duties and responsibilities the employee maybe exposed to loud noise, noxious odors, unsanitary conditions, chemicals, electricity, moving mechanical parts, varying weather conditions, and other related conditions and situations. Position is subject to atmospheric conditions: Fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases or poor ventilation.

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