Merit-Sworn Police Officer Employment – Lawrence Police Service


I. Class Title: Highway Patrol Officer

A. Examples of tasks; subject to the approval and supervision of a shift supervisor:

  1. Patrols assigned area by vehicle and on foot; maintains high patrol visibility to aid in crime prevention; actively conducts routine patrols, focusing on high-incident areas, to detect possible criminal activity or service needs; regularly monitors businesses and residential areas; monitors radio broadcasts of communications and other officers to ensure awareness of activities in area and to provide assistance as required; identifies, reports and responds to suspicious activity or service needs.

  2. Performs various functions related to police-community relations; meets and discusses with citizens, informs them and advises them on security measures; visits local businesses to determine service needs; assists motorists by providing them with directions; interviews with miners in the district to establish a report; makes presentations to neighborhood organizations and neighborhood clubs; participates in the departmental support program to provide citizens with first-hand knowledge of police operations.

  3. Performs service and assistance related tasks (lost child, injured, pedestrians, prowlers, abandoned vehicles, dog bites, civil litigation, vehicle checks, etc.); responds to the scene through radio passes, notifications or observations; assesses the situation to determine needs (assistance from others, contact with another agency, ambulance, etc.); identifies and implements the appropriate action plan.

  4. Receives emergency and non-emergency radio broadcasts and communications information; acknowledges receipt of routes sent by carriers and notes relevant information; responds to running, using a siren and/or red lights in an emergency; advises checking the state of the initial response; recommissioning at the end of the activities.

  5. Prepares reports (incident reports, warrant information sheets, probable cause affidavits, accident reports, arrest slips, uniform traffic tickets (UTTs), property slips, interdepartmental memoranda, etc.) relating to activities in accordance with general ordinances; observes and records events; verifies the accuracy of reports; submits to appropriate personnel; keep a personal activity diary.

  6. Performs functions relating to criminal investigation and arrest (investigation, prosecution, arrest, arrest, collection and protection of evidence, etc.); responds to scenes of possible criminal activity through radio broadcasts, notifications or observations; assesses scene to determine situational needs (assistance from other officers, ambulance, detective, K-9, etc.); provides assistance to victims; searches and secures the crime scene; interviews victims and witnesses to determine and verify the nature of the offense and identify the suspect(s); informs Communications of the descriptions to be disseminated; assisting in pursuit (on foot and in vehicle) and/or arrest of suspects; interrogates suspects, advises them on constitutional rights; makes arrests using only necessary force; searches for arrested suspects; ensures suspects are transported to the appropriate holding area and evidence is secured; informs victims of the procedures to follow in relation to legal proceedings.

  7. Performs functions relating to domestic disturbances and violence; responds to the scene through radio passes, notifications or observations; assesses situation to determine needs (help from other officers, ambulance, etc.); administers first aid, if necessary; assistance in conflict resolution; subdues the violent subject using only the necessary physical force; makes arrests as necessary to preserve the peace, informing the subject of their rights; searches for the arrested subject; ensure that the subject is transported to the appropriate holding area; provides reference information, where appropriate; informs the victim of possible actions.

  8. Performs traffic enforcement duties; observes traffic violations; stops vehicles; verifies registration and licenses for status; informs the driver of the violation and the need to maintain safe driving practices; performs or requests breathalyzer tests, if indicated; issues citations and makes arrests to enforce the law, counsel the rights violator; searches for the arrested offender; ensures that the arrested offender is transported to the appropriate detention area and that the vehicle is secured.

  9. Performs duties relating to accident investigation and assistance; responds to the scene of the accident with radio passes, notifications or observations; assesses scene to determine situational needs (assistance from other people, ambulance, accident investigator, fire department, etc.); assistance in the extraction of victims and the provision of first aid; secures the premises to prevent further incidents; conducts investigations, gathers evidence, takes statements and prepares diagrams; performs or requests breathalyzer tests, if indicated; issues citations and makes arrests to enforce the law, counsel the rights violator; searches for the arrested offender; ensure that the arrested offender is transported to the appropriate holding area and evidence is secured; free the vehicles and clear the scene.

  10. Testifies in court; prepares testimony, reviews reports and notes; meets with victims, witnesses, detectives, defense attorneys and representatives of the prosecutor’s office to review the case; obtains appropriate evidence from the property room; appears in court in accordance with general orders; presents testimony in accordance with departmental policy.

  11. Prepares for daily tasks; attends roll calls for information relating to patrol and administrative duties; reviews crime fact sheets and information from other officers to plan patrol duties; reviews personal notes for beat information (location of businesses, hours of operation, entering/exiting businesses prone to criminal activity, senior citizens residing in area, noted areas to locate stolen property); receives work instructions from supervisors.

  12. Maintains liaison with detectives, officers from adjacent departments, other Department personnel, assistant prosecutors and personnel from adjacent jurisdictions, to share information and coordinate activities.

  13. Serves search and arrest warrants and subpoenas issued by the courts, securing the location and maintaining officer safety.

  14. Traffic control assistance (both for pedestrians and vehicles) at the scenes of special events or disasters to ensure an orderly flow of traffic.

  15. Maintains uniform and equipment in accordance with general orders; maintains the supply of forms and reports necessary to perform the tasks; ensures that the vehicle is maintained in good working order; maintains weapons in accordance with departmental policy.

  16. Attends training sessions (in-service, defensive driving, firearms) to learn about new procedures and maintain compliance with departmental standards.

  17. Performs other duties as directed.

B. Working Conditions:

  1. Permanent shift with rotating rest days; ground conditions; exposure to extreme weather conditions, armed and/or dangerous people, arrest of criminals, people with contagious diseases and dangers associated with emergency driving and traffic control.

C. Characteristics of workers:

  1. Knowledge of:

a. Lawrence Police Department General Orders;

b. Law enforcement theories, methods and procedures;

vs. patrol theories, methods and procedures;

D. Criminal, Traffic and Juvenile Laws;

e. Laws and procedures for search and seizure, arrest, interrogation and confessions, evidence and crime scene protection;

F. Interview procedures and methods;

g. legal policy and procedures;

h. Agent security procedures;

I. Law Enforcement Information Systems (IDACS and NCIC);

d. Police report writing;

k. Juvenile delinquency;

I. crime prevention;

M. Community Relations;

nm Community service agency functions;

y. Crisis intervention;

p. First aid;

Q. Geography of the city;

r. defensive driving techniques;

s. Responsibility for firearms;

t. Police radio procedures.

  1. Ability to:

a. Apply principles to solve practical problems;

b. Quickly analyze problems and take appropriate action in the event of stress;

vs. Manage sensitive and hostile public contacts;

D. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;

e. Observe and record events accurately and completely;

F. Write routine reports;

g. Establish a relationship with minors.

  1. Skills in operating:

a. Vehicle, equipment and weapons issued.

  1. Other requirements:

a. Maintaining the physical, mental and emotional fitness necessary to maintain the minimum standards, including but not limited to EVO, firearms and defensive tactics, established for a police officer.

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