Job Opening Announcement

Police Officer

Date: August 07, 2017
Due Date: August 28, 2017
Salary: $4,614 – $5,890 per month, DEQ

Job Announcement

The City of Coos Bay is soliciting applications for the position of lateral and entry level Police Officers.  Lateral applicants would be eligible for a $5,000 hiring bonus ($2,500 after being hired and $2,500 after successful completion of probationary period) as well as the possibility of up to $1,000 moving expense reimbursement.  Starting salary may be negotiated upon level of experience.  Applications are available from the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, 500 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon, by telephone (541) 269-8912, or listed at the bottom of this announcement.

The deadline for receiving completed applications is 5:00 p.m., August 28, 2017.  All applications shall be handwritten.  Faxed applications will not be accepted or applications received by mail after August 28, 2017 will not be accepted.  Please include a valid email address where you can be contacted.  All notifications regarding your status in the selection process will be made via electronic mail.   NOTE:  Applications without an attached personal resume will not be considered.

The City of Coos Bay is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap or any other non-merit factor.  If reasonable accommodation is required to complete the application process, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 269-8912 during normal business hours.

Responsibilities

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  Performs peace officer functions of law enforcement and crime prevention work including patrol and investigation.  Controls traffic, enforces state and local traffic regulations and other ordinances and laws.  Works directly with citizens in the areas of criminal and civil law enforcement.  Incumbents in this position may be required to work rotating shifts and days off as designated or assigned.  Performs related work as required including planning and research.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Works under the direct supervision of a Police Sergeant or superior officer who assigns work details and reviews work for conformance to laws and departmental policies, rules and regulations.  Police Corporal often supervises this position as needed.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:  Supervision is not a normal responsibility of positions in this class.  However, assignments may include field training officer responsibility, supervision of police reserves and other volunteers, and shift supervisor in absence of Corporal or Sergeant.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK:  An employee in this classification may perform any of the following duties.  However, these examples do not include all the specific tasks which an employee may be expected to perform.  May be rotated to areas of special emphasis such as investigations, alcohol and accident reduction, crime prevention, reserve coordination, special tactics and canine training.  

  1. Patrols roads, residential and business areas of the City.  Enforces traffic and criminal laws and issues citations or warnings to violators.  Patrols school zones and high activity areas.  Conduct building security checks, checks for suspicious persons and vehicles.
  2. Responds to a wide variety of radio calls including thefts, juvenile complaints, burglaries, rapes, family disputes, barking dogs, loud parties, etc., and takes appropriate action.  Performs minor first aid at scenes of accidents and directs traffic if necessary.
  3. Assists the public in answering inquiries regarding directions, laws and ordinances; aids stranded motorists; conducts vacation house checks; checks road conditions, street signs and street lights and reports defects; gives other assistance to the public as needed.  Assists other agencies as needed.
  4. Makes arrests and issues citations when required.  Handles and transports prisoners as called for by law.  Prepares full and comprehensive reports on major and many minor activities within the officer's jurisdiction.  Appears in court as a witness with prior work being done on the preparation of the court case in conjunction with superior officers and various attorneys.
  5. Investigates accidents and criminal complaints as assigned.  Contacts victim‑witnesses‑suspects and handles evidence to conduct interviews and interrogation.  Reports all pertinent information to supervisors.
  6. Performs background investigations for business/liquor license applications.  Checks records with various county, state and federal agencies.  Writes letters of recommendations for or against applicant.
  7. Performs vehicle maintenance and cleaning; participates in training; operates equipment such as computer terminal, radio, revolver and automotive vehicle.

Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY: Knowledge of English language and spelling.  Knowledge of self‑defense, restraint, crowd control and crisis is helpful but not required at the time of appointment.  Knowledge in specialized areas is also helpful.  Skill in speech communications.  Ability to work independently and make sound decisions.  Ability to learn a considerable amount of factual material such as laws, statutes, regulations, ordinances and procedures and apply this knowledge to the job.  Ability to understand fairly complex oral and written instructions and act upon them accordingly; to deal courteously and firmly with the public, often in stressful situations. 

Ability to operate assigned equipment skillfully, safely and in conformance with applicable laws and regulations.  Ability to prepare clear and comprehensive reports.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and superiors, and to deal with the public in a firm but courteous manner.  Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine a proper course of action to be taken.  Ability to learn and administer basic first aid.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:  Experience involving public contact.  Graduation from high school or the equivalent GED certificate.  Previous experience in law enforcement and/or college level law enforcement related courses desired but not required.  Possession of an associate degree in police science desired but not required.  Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which ensures the ability to perform the work may substitute for the above.

NECESSARY SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS:  Possession of or the ability to secure a valid Oregon driver's license.  Possession of or the ability to secure the Basic Certificate from the Board on Police Standards and Training.  Possession of first‑responder certification.

Physical Demands

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Physical strength, agility, and stamina sufficient to perform the work of this position; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to work independently and make sound decisions. Ability to maintain mentally fit and able to deal courteously and firmly with the public, often in stressful situations. Ability to work independently and make sound decisions.  Must be able to develop and maintain positive cooperative team-oriented relationships with co-workers, supervisors, managers, and other you come in contact with.  

Work Environment

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work environment/physical demands described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work conditions may vary by shift.  Tasks are performed inside while working in an office setting with a noise level that is usually moderately quiet.  Most tasks are performed outside while working from a police patrol vehicle.  Few tasks require heavy lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying heavy objects. Physical strength, agility and stamina sufficient to perform the work of this class including work beyond normal requirements in emergencies. Flexibility is important because of the need to frequently enter and exit vehicles, inspect buildings, climb over and around obstacles, make sudden moves, etc.

Mental alertness is very important because of the need to make fine discriminations and decisions concerning subtle cues of impending danger or to discover inconsistencies in witnesses’ or situations changing dramatically within a few seconds, taxing the maximum of human endurance.  Therefore, incumbents must remain physically and mentally fit to enable them to handle, with minimum force and backup, recurrent contacts and involvement with dangerous and potentially dangerous people, animals and equipment.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Benefits

Employees work in a strong team-oriented environment and receive a generous employee benefit package which includes eleven paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, long term disability, medical, dental and vision insurance, and retirement through the Public Employees Retirement System. The City pays 90% of the medical and dental insurance premium for the employee and their family.  

Hiring Process

Applicants must complete and submit the required application forms and personal resume with original signatures on or before 5:00 p.m. August 28, 2017 as specified in this job announcement.  All applicants will be notified of the final status of their application.  Hiring timeline and specific process will be announced.

  • Application Period: ...................................Aug. 7th - Aug. 28th
  • Review of Applications: ............................Aug. 29th - Sept. 8th
  • Interviews with Selected Candidates: ........TBA
  • Follow-up Interview (as needed) ................TBA
  • Projected Start Date: ...............................Oct. 2nd

Applications