DEFINITION Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of patrol and related duties involving the prevention of crime, the protection of life and property and the enforcement of laws and ordinances; makes investigations, assists in the preparation of cases and testifies in court; serves in specialized departmental roles as assigned; provides information and assistance to the public; performs related work as assigned.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED This class receives general supervision from a Police Sergeant or Police Commander, depending upon assignment. No direct supervision is provided, however, direction may be provided to other officers and part-time Cadet, Reserve Officer or volunteer staff on a project basis.
CLASS CHARACTERISTICS This sworn, working-level law enforcement class performs all non-supervisory assignments found in a municipal police department. While incumbents are normally assigned to a specific geographic area for patrol or traffic enforcement, all functional areas of the law enforcement field, including investigation, are included due to the size and organization of the department. This class is distinguished from Police Sergeant in that the latter is the first supervisory level in this sworn class series.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Patrols the City within an assigned area in a radio dispatched automobile to secure life and property, observe situations and deter crime by providing high visibility.
Responds to emergency calls for service, disturbances, thefts, burglaries, vehicle accidents, domestic disputes, suspicious activities and other incidents to protect public safety and property, resolve problems, diffuse situations and enforce laws and ordinances.
Provides information, directions and assistance to the public in a variety of situations; takes reports and assists the public with complaints or unusual situations.
Observes, monitors and controls routine and unusual traffic situations; stops and warns drivers or issues citations as appropriate; provides direction and traffic control in accident or incident situations, special events or other congested situations.
Makes arrests and serves warrants and subpoenas; takes individuals into custody and may transport them for medical clearance and/or booking at a longer-term facility, as required.
Secures crime scenes and evidence; interviews suspects, victims and witnesses; collects and preserves evidence; performs complete investigations and/or cooperates with other law enforcement agencies providing investigative and case development support.
Assists the City Attorney or the District Attorney staff in preparing, documenting and developing cases and gathering information; testifies in court as required.
Prepares reports; prepares and maintains logs, records and accurate files.
Develops and maintains effective working relationships with the community, including specific targeted groups, such as the elderly or school-age youth.
Directs the activities of police support personnel and/or volunteers in office and field situations.
Performs and/or coordinates specific program or project areas, such as:
.... Community-oriented policing; .... School liaison; .... Project and resource development; .... Investigations .... Crime prevention; and/or .... Field training officer.
Provides mutual aide to other law enforcement agencies as dispatched and in accordance with departmental policy.
May perform dispatch duties on a relief or as needed basis.
Law enforcement principles, practices and techniques related to patrol, traffic enforcement, crime scene control and investigation, protection of life and property, pursuit, apprehension and transportation of suspects.
Investigation and identification techniques and equipment.
Rules of evidence regarding search and seizure and the preservation of evidence.
Courtroom procedures and techniques for testifying.
Applicable laws, codes, ordinances, court decisions and departmental rules and regulations.
Safety practices and equipment related to the work, including the safe use and proper care of firearms, chemical agencies and impact weapons.
Computer applications related to the work.
Techniques of first aid and CPR.
Techniques for communication with, in English, dealing with and solving the problems presented by a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often when relations may be confrontational or stressed.
Observing accurately, recalling faces, names, descriptive characteristics, facts of incidents and places.
Interpreting, applying and explaining complex laws, codes, regulations and ordinances.
Preparing clear, accurate and grammatically correct reports, records and other written materials.
Making sound, independent decisions in emergency situations.
Identifying and being responsive to community issues, concerns and needs.
Operating the equipment of the department in a safe and responsible manner.
Coordinating and carrying out special assignments.
Operating a motor vehicle in a safe manner under patrol and emergency conditions.
Monitoring changes in laws and court decisions and applying them in work situations.
Entering information into a computer with sufficient speed and accuracy to perform the work.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
Education and Experience: Equivalent to graduation from high school, supplemented by 30 semester units or equivalent quarter units in administration of justice, law enforcement or a closely related field. Completion of an accredited police academy, two years of college level course work as described above and/or volunteer law enforcement experience are desirable.
Licenses and Certifications: Must possess and maintain a valid California class C driver's license and a satisfactory driving record. Must possess a valid basic certificate issued by the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) and possess and maintain firearms qualification.
Internal Number: 2021(4/8-4/29)PO Lat/Grad
About Pinole Police Department (City of Pinole)
Message From Chief of Police Neil H. Gang
The Pinole Police Department was established in 1903 as a Marshal’s Office. Here at the Pinole Police Department, we honor the traditions of our past while being progressive with our vision for the future. We continue to maintain our core values of Honor, Integrity, Professionalism and Respect as the foundation of our service to our community and are committed to providing exemplary police services.
As your Chief of Police, I am blessed for the opportunity to serve our community in this capacity. The men and women of the Pinole Police Department are committed to providing innovative methods to combat and reduce crime in the City of Pinole. We strive to seek out new opportunities for community outreach by utilizing Community Policing strategies, addressing quality of life issues and having a commitment to transparency while building partnerships within our community. We believe we have identified a successful strategy for crime reduction that incorporates the use of data-driven, precision policing that targets criminals and hot spots, combined with quality-of-life enforcement that addresses low-level criminal activity before it escalat...es into serious violent offenses.
We combine another component; our proactive approach to community engagement and neighborhood policing (Beat Team Philosophy). This strategy brings our officers and our community together as partners to drive down crime by deepening mutual trust, communication and collaboration. This strategy of policing embeds our officers in the community so they establish better relationships with residents and provides them greater awareness of local crime and criminals. By cultivating trust and connectivity, officers fight crime and ensure people are safe and also feel safe.
The last layer of our strategic approach is hiring the right people; finding the right people with skills and attributes that closely are in line with our mission of high level of customer service and community engagement. Extra effort goes into placing an emphasis on candidates who hold some attachment to our community, currently live, or have relatives/friends who live in our community. We feel this approach provides an increased awareness to the Pinole community needs and an added layer where our employees are invested in the outcomes of their efforts in our community resulting in a workforce that CARES about the members of its community.
I am confident with the commitment of the men and women of the Pinole Police Department, the continued support of our public officials and city leaders, and the ongoing trust and assistance from our community that together, we will continue to make the City of Pinole one of the safest communities in the Bay Area.