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Police Officer

Powder Springs

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City of Powder Springs

Employment Opportunity


Job Title:   Certified Police Officer

Job Summary: This is general law enforcement work, responsible for protecting life and property and enforcing laws and ordinances. Work involves personal danger, independent judgment, and discretion in difficult or unusual situations. Duties include routine patrol work and responding to emergency calls, citizen complaints, and alarms. Work also involves educating the public on basic safety and crime prevention.

This position is interchangeable with detective

Major Duties:

  • Patrols the City to enforce laws and ordinances and protect life and property; monitors commercial and residential areas for signs of criminal activity, patrols for suspicious persons or vehicles.
  • Enforces traffic and parking laws through the issuance of citations and warnings; routinely inspects roadways, bridges, and traffic signals and signs to find and report any hazardous conditions.
  • Responds to calls for assistance such as domestic disputes, burglaries, auto accidents, assaults, and other complaints of crimes.
  • Enforces Federal, State, and Local laws by performing warrant, felony, or misdemeanor arrests; implements physical confrontation when necessary; protects the civil rights of persons in custody.
  • Investigates traffic accidents by establishing point of impact, interviewing witnesses, and collecting, preserving, and packaging evidence; detects drunk drivers and performs sobriety evaluations; books DUI suspects.
  • Serves as first-responder to provide aid and assistance to victims of traffic and other accidents, assists fire and emergency medical services in treating and transporting victims.
  • Prepares and maintains a wide variety of departmental records and reports in compliance with departmental and legal policies and procedures; prepares and files thorough written case reports.
  • Gives advice on laws, ordinances, and general information to the public; renders advice on domestic disturbances, assists citizens in need.
  • Maintains assigned uniform, vehicle, and equipment in accordance with departmental policy and procedures.
  • Coordinates activities and exchanges information with officers in other law enforcement agencies as necessary.
  • Presents evidence and testimony in courts of law; assists in prosecuting felony and misdemeanor cases.
  • Maintains order in crowds and provides security for other public gatherings. Job Title:            Certified Police Officer (continued)


  • Assists stranded motorists, directs traffic when necessary; escorts special processions; transports prisoners to jail.
  • Participates in departmental training programs.
  • Serves  and  executes  criminal  and  traffic  warrants  on  felony  and  misdemeanor suspects.
  • May serve in a variety of duty assignments including K-9, Community Outreach, Station Duty, Motorcycle Traffic Enforcement or SWAT team.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Knowledge Required by the Position:

  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system at the municipal, state, and federal levels.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of police work, including modern crime prevention, investigation techniques, criminal identification, apprehension, detention, rules of evidence, traffic control and safety, and record keeping.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn the geography of the City and the location of important buildings and areas.
  • Knowledge of accident, domestic violence, and gang investigation.
  • Skill in effective, clear and persuasive oral and written communications with individuals and groups.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers.
  • Skill in resolving conflicts and gaining cooperation among competing interest groups.
  • Skill in the use of firearms.
  • Ability to analyze situations and to take quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action given due regard to the surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with subordinate employees, City officials, citizens and community groups.
  • Ability to drive and operate the department's assigned vehicles and equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Ability to operate a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night, in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
  • Ability to work routinely under highly stressful conditions including life-threatening situations.


Supervisory Controls: Work is performed under the general supervision of the assigned by higher ranking officer.


Guidelines: Guidelines include state and federal laws, traffic laws, local ordinances, and departmental policies and procedures. These guidelines are clear and specific, but require some interpretation in application. Work requires independent judgment and discretion in difficult or unusual situations.


Complexity: Work requires the exercise of independent thinking within the limits of guidelines, policies, standards, and precedents. Work involves personal danger.


Certified Police Officer (continued)

Scope and Effect: The purpose of this position is to protect life and property and enforce federal and state laws and local ordinances. Successful performance contributes to the safety and well-being of citizens and promotes the efficient and effective operation of the department.


Personal Contacts: Contacts are typically with  co-workers, members of  the  court system, attorneys, judges, medical personnel, members of the general public, and law enforcement officers from other agencies.


Purpose of Contacts: Contacts are typically to exchange information, provide services and resolve problems.


Physical Demands: The work is typically performed with the employee intermittently sitting, standing, walking, running, bending, crouching or stooping. The employee must occasionally lift light or heavy objects, use equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, be able to distinguish between shades of color, and use the physical force necessary to arrest and restrain persons.


Work Environment: The work is performed indoors, in a vehicle, and outdoors. The employee is exposed to occasional inclement weather, infectious diseases, irritating chemicals, and life-threatening situations. The work may require the use of protective equipment such as masks or gloves.


Supervisory and Management Responsibility: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or GED; Associates degree or two years of related college coursework or other specialized police related training preferred; POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training Council) basic mandated certification; possession of a valid State of Georgia driver's license (Class C) and a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR); equivalent combination of education and experience.


The City of Powder Springs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


All applicants must complete a City of Powder Springs employment application.  Applications may be down loaded and printed from the website at or you may receive an application at City Hall located at 4484 Marietta Street, Powder Springs, GA 30127.

Submit completed application to:

City of Powder Springs,

Rosalyn Nealy, Human Resources Director

P. O. BOX 46

Powder Springs, GA 30127


Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

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