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Seasonal UCL Police Reserve Officer

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
City of Dothan
Physical Address
DOTHAN , AL 36303
Job Description

This advertisement for SEASONAL Unclassified Police Reserve Officer has a various work schedule with no more than 32 hours per week and no fringe benefits. The current pay rate for this position is $18.92 per hour.

NOTE: This position will be advertised until filled. We will review applications as received and schedule the firearms test as needed.

Closing Date – February 29, 2020 with ongoing review of applications.

Firearms Test – to be scheduled as needed.

    This is specialized police work in the following areas:
    School Protection Officer (SPO): protection of life and property on school campuses;
    Park Security Officer (PSO): protection of life and property at Dothan City Parks and Recreational Facilities;
    Community Services Officer (CSO): Other lower risk law enforcement related duties as designated by the Chief of Police.

All Seasonal UCL Police Reserve Officers shall perform work in accordance with department rules and regulations, general and special orders and receive assignments and instructions from full time sworn officers. This work shall include patrolling the interior and exterior of assigned schools for threats to the students and faculty; assignment to any of the City of Dothan Parks or recreational facilities, or staffing in a variety of City of Dothan buildings (i.e. Police Department, Civic Center) as a static or roving post for the safety and security of the building or park and its occupants; and other assignments as specified by the Chief of Police.

Work may involve an element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies. Work methods and results are checked by superior officers through personal inspections, review of reports and discussions

  • Essential Job Functions:
    The primary function of this position is providing support services to law enforcement personnel. Typically, this employee will respond to low priority calls for service and not self-generate calls for service unless extreme circumstances exist.

SPO’s work in schools in order to facilitate immediate intervention during an Active Shooter or similar situations; providing a reduction in the loss of life or number of injuries by sounding the alarm and immediately isolating or eliminating threats.

PSO’s work in City Parks or City of Dothan facilities on foot, or in a motor vehicle to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crimes.

CSO’s work at the direction of the Chief of Police in ancillary positions to handle traditionally low risk situations and calls for service.

All Reserve Officers:
Administer emergency medical aid, gather evidence, obtain witnesses, and make arrests at the scene of a crime; later testify to such as a witness in court should the need arise.

Interview persons with complaints and inquiries and attempt to make proper disposition or directs them to proper authorities.

Enforce Federal, State and municipal code, making arrests as necessary.

Must possess the physical ability to pursue, restrain and arrest subjects who may be actively resisting apprehension.

Must not pose a direct threat or significant risk of substantial harm to the safety or health of himself/herself or others.

Must be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all safety laws and all of the City’s safety policies and rules and must be willing to report safety violations and potential safety violations to appropriate supervisory or management personnel.

Must follow all Personnel Rules and Regulations and Departmental General Orders.

Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such level as is determined by the City of Dothan.

Must be regularly available and willing to work at least 16 hours per month and no more than 32 hours per week, or such other hours per day or hours per week as the City determines are necessary or desirable to meet its operational needs.

Must be available and willing to travel to such locations and with such frequency as the City determines is necessary or desirable to meet its operational needs.

Must perform duties onsite, except those job duties which are customarily or by their nature performed offsite (such as offsite work meetings with City customers, clients or citizens, making deliveries to designated destinations, traveling to field offices to meet with subordinates or conduct training, etc.)

Important Job Functions:
Completes regular training courses in police methods, emergency medical aid, weapons use, and related subjects.

May be assigned to any school, park or building as deemed necessary by the City.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Material and Equipment Used:
Police Vehicle Firearms Handcuffs Baton Flashlight Car Radio Camera Chemical Spray Taser Portable Radio Protective Mask Decontamination Kit Fire Extinguisher Pager Cell Phone Computer
General Office Equipment

    Knowledge of:
    The geography of the City and the location of important buildings, the interior and exterior layout of the schools and parks as assigned or ability to acquire this knowledge rapidly.

All applicable state, federal, and local ordinances, laws, rules and regulations.

Basic crime prevention techniques.

Principles and practices of modern policing strategies, tactics, and procedures.

First aid principles and their application.

City of Dothan and Dothan City Schools Policies and Procedures

Communication Skill both verbal and written

Skill in:
Communicating orally with internal staff, citizens, and other departmental staff in order to give and receive information in a courteous manner.

The use and operation of all assigned equipment to include: police vehicle, emergency equipment, fire arms, restraint devices, technical and/or specialized equipment, and basic first aid equipment.

Analyze situations and adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action, with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances.

Prepare clear and comprehensive reports.

Think clearly and make logical decisions in stressful situations.

Maintain effective work relationships.

Mental and Physical Ability to:
Learn police methods, practices and procedures and application thereof.

Remember names, faces, and details of incidents.

Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Develop skill in the use of firearms.

Deal courteously but firmly with the public.

While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; ascend and descend stairs, ladders, ramps, fences, scaffolding, etc.; maintain body equilibrium, to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching, or running on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces; move about on hands and knees; bend body downward and forward, requiring full use of the lower extremities and back muscles; reach with hands and arms; speak and hear; use color, texture, sound, shape and odor perception; and push, pull and/or lift over 50 pounds frequently and over 100 pounds occasionally.

  • Working Conditions:
    Exposure to unknown and dangerous conditions such as intoxicated or violent arrestees and life threatening situations such as armed and/or violent arrestees.

Work is performed in an office, police vehicle and in the field exposing the employee to various outside atmospheric conditions; such as fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation that affect the respiratory system, eyes or the skin; possible bodily injury from moving mechanical parts of equipment, tools, or machinery, electrical shock, radiation, explosions, falling from high, exposed places, and/or toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee is frequently exposed to persons who have contagious diseases/illnesses, volatile situations and imminent danger when performing the essential functions of the job.

The incumbent’s working conditions are typically moderately quiet to very loud.

    No more than 32 hours/week as assigned.
    The City of Dothan’s Police Department may administer a polygraph examination to anyone hired into the Police Department. The examination will be a question and answer test that covers areas of your background, including but not limited to your employment application, employment history, and involvement in criminal activity, such as thefts and domestic violence, drug usage and participation in the distribution of illegal and legal prescription medications.
  • Possession of a valid operator driver’s license and an acceptable driving record. (PBA 09/10/01)
  • Applicant must be at least 21 years of age.
  • The applicant must meet the minimum standards for law enforcement officers as established by Alabama Law (Act No. 71-156, 3rd Sp. Sess., 1971 AL Legislature.)
  • If an applicant is a former (within the last 90 days) sworn police officer of the Dothan Police Department, who resigned or retired in good standing, with the possibility of rehire; the psychological evaluation and polygraph testing components of pre-employment requirements will be waived.
    Left previous agency/agencies in good standing with the possibility of rehire, or retired in good standing.
    An applicant for this position is subject to various background investigations up to and including a criminal, credit, past employment, and reference checks. See City of Dothan’s Background Check/Investigation Policy.
    Employees are required to submit to Drug and Alcohol testing in accordance with the City of Dothan policy which includes pre-employment and random tests for the duration of employment in this position. (PBA 08/13/12).
    Must meet the City of Dothan’s employment physical standards which include drug/alcohol testing.

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