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Police Officer

City of Fairburn

Listing Summary


To perform a variety of duties in the enforcement of laws, the protection of persons and property, the prevention of crimes; to control vehicular and pedestrian traffic flow and enforce State and local regulations; to perform specialized police work involving detection, investigation and prosecution of criminal offenders; and to perform a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the Police Department. Apply problem-solving methods to address identified community problems.

The Police Officer position has a wide scope of acceptable performance. It is expected that officers will achieve a higher level of proficiency with each year of pertinent field experience.

To perform a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of Police Department operations. Apply problem-solving methods to solve crimes and identify suspects. Collect and process forensic evidence from variety of crime scenes and or from traffic crash scenes.




Receives general direction from higher level law enforcement personnel.

Responsible for supervision of probationary officers when serving as Field Training Officer.


ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS—Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:   

Essential Functions:

1. Patrol a designated area of the City by car, on foot, or by bicycle to preserve law and order and discover and prevent the commission of crimes; enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances.

2. Respond to general public service and crime victim calls, traffic hazards, stray animal reports, and related misdemeanor and felony incidents.

3. Plan, execute, write and serve warrants; search suspects, vehicles, residences and buildings for evidence, contraband and lost or missing people.

4. Serve arrest warrants; make arrests for crimes committed under State law or local ordinances; perform booking procedures for new prisoners which involve using handcuffs and other restraints; contact and interview witnesses to gain information.

5. Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions or indicate the presence of dangerous conditions; process and store evidence and property found at crime scenes; maintain records and enter data into computer as necessary.

6. Investigate organized crime and gang activities, subjects, groups and representatives relative to assigned area of responsibility; collect intelligence information and produce cases and reports for presentation to the District Attorney.

7. Initiate a variety of investigations relative to assigned area of responsibility; gather information from witnesses and informants; interview suspects; prepare reports and follow up on investigations.

8. Process and transport prisoners, suspects and mental patients; take photographs and record fingerprints.

9. Testify in criminal, juvenile, civil courts and DMV hearings; prepare and process court records.

10. Maintain and operate specialized police surveillance equipment including transmitters, radios and cameras; conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.

11. Develop, conduct and participate in training exercises and classes; respond to and resolve questions and concerns; stay abreast of current crime trends and innovative policing techniques.

12. Perform rescue operations at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time; administer emergency medical aid; lift, drag and carry people away from dangerous situations.

13. Perform unique duties relative to assigned area of responsibility including investigations and undercover operations.

14. Perform problem-solving exercises using the S.A.R.A. Model in assigned geographical areas with the goal of reducing or eliminating an identified problem.

15. Will perform other duties as assigned.

Marginal Functions:

1. Assist other investigators and police divisions in related investigations.

2. May serve in a lead capacity in the absence of an immediate supervisor. 

3. Provide news releases to the media; conduct television interviews for public awareness.

4. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.




Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Successful completion of a 180 day introductory (probationary) period of service as a police officer with the Fairburn Police Department.


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by course work in police science, criminal justice or a related field.

Incumbents will be required to attend and satisfactorily pass forensic training as dictated by the Training Staff to stay current with changing technology and procedures.

License or Certificate:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Georgia driver’s license.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Georgia Law Enforcement P.O.S.T. certification.



Evidence Rules - Knowledge of rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure, and preservation. 

Police Methods - Knowledge of police methods and procedures including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control and investigation. 

Law Governing Arrest - Knowledge of laws governing the apprehension, arrest and custody of accused persons. 

Firearm Use - Knowledge of use of firearms and other modern police equipment. 

Operations of the City - Knowledge of operations, services and activities of the City. 

Police Equipment - Knowledge of operational characteristics of police equipment and vehicles. 

Applicable Laws - Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations. 

Law Enforcement Assignments - Ability to perform a wide range of law enforcement assignments. 

Quick Thinking - Ability to think clearly and act quickly in emergency situations. 

Management Principles - Learn modern management principles and practices. 

Firearms and Police Equipment - Ability to use and care for a variety of firearms and other police equipment under stress and from a variety of body positions. 

Hostile Public - Ability to endure verbal and mental abuse from irate citizens and a hostile public.

Rescue Operations - Ability to pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations which may involve lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects. 

Investigate Crimes - Ability to investigate a variety of crimes. 

Reporting - Ability to prepare clear and concise reports. 

Speak Clearly - Ability to speak clearly in front of large audiences including civic groups and students.Enforce Laws - Ability to learn, interpret and enforce State laws and City ordinances.

Work Independently - Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision. 

Clear Communication - Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 

Follow Instructions - Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions. 

Working Relationships - Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 

Audio-Visual Discrimination and Perception - Ability to maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception for making observations, communicating with others, reading and writing, monitoring assigned activities and operations and operating assigned equipment. 

Mental Capacity - Ability to maintain mental capacity which permits making sound decisions and using good judgment, prioritizing work activities and demonstrating intellectual capabilities. 

Physical Condition - Ability to maintain physical condition appropriate to performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include the following: walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time, lifting or carrying light to moderate objects and operating assigned equipment. 

S.A.R.A. Model - Knowledge of the use of the S.A.R.A. model of problem solving for addressing community problems. 



Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, running, jumping, standing, sitting, climbing or walking for prolonged periods of time; the ability to load, unload, aim and discharge a firearm.



Environmental Conditions:

Emergency peace control environment; exposure to potentially hostile environments.



The City of Fairburn is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily.  In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss accommodations with the employer.

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