Police Officer

Description :

Police Officer - Police Department

Reports To:
Police Chief, Sergeant, Lieutenant

Non-Exempt Hourly
Full Time

Go to City Hall and pick up a paper application for the Police Department, or click here for the Neosho Police Department Application and Qualification Form. Both are required to be considered for the position as well as the following:
-Missouri P.O.S.T. License
-Copy of High School Diploma or GED
-College Transcripts if applicable
-Copy of Missouri Drivers' License
-Other documentation will be needed at the time of the investigation by the background checking officer.


The purpose of this position is to perform general public duties,   processes, or operations as well as specialized police assignments to protect   life and property through the enforcement of federal and state laws,   municipal ordinances, and adheres to the police department’s policy and   procedures manual.

Essential Duties and   Responsibilities:

1. Behaves in a responsible manner which promotes a productive, healthy, safe and positive work environment by:                         

a.   Depicting trustworthiness through integrity, truthfulness, consistency and honesty, and while protecting confidential   information as necessary;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
b.  Creating and maintaining positive   relationships at all levels by treating others with courtesy, respect and in a conflict-free professional manner, and believing the best in others;                                                                                        
c.   Taking into consideration the effects on   others, on costs, and on the intended outcomes of decisions and actions   taken;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        d.     Upholding the public trust by being safe, enforcing safety, and working promptly, diligently and with a focus on qualify;                                                                                                                                                                                                   
e.     Showing impartiality and equity towards others, and not using job responsibilities to provide or elicit special favors, and by not making  promises that conflict with job duties and responsibilities;                                                                                                                                                  
f.   Adhering to all policies, laws and   regulations as applicable to the role and to being a citizen.                                                

2.  Follows the direction of supervisor(s).             

3.  Reads, interprets and enforces federal and state laws, as well as municipal ordinances and traffic codes.     

4.  Patrols assigned areas of the City.  

5.  Responds to radio dispatched calls for service including domestic violence, alarms, emergency   responses, traffic accidents, crimes in progress, or crimes that have already   been committed.

6.  Observes, analyzes, and evaluates situations to determine appropriate action.

7.  Performs self-initiated activities, such as enforcing all traffic laws and assisting with directing traffic, crowd control activities, and/or intervenes as necessary to preserve the peace or assist the public as needed.

8.  Issues citations and makes arrests as needed.                                                                                                                         

9.  Arrests, detains, and apprehends a variety of offenders/suspects by use of necessary physical means.                                

10. Provides traffic and crowd control (and intervenes as necessary to preserve the peace) for parades, funerals, and other events which may draw crowds of people and otherwise would disrupt the normal flow of traffic.

11. Performs prolonged walking or standing while patrolling on foot.

12. Pursues suspects on foot involving running, climbing, jumping, and maneuvering under, over, or around obstacles. 

13.  Investigates crime scenes, seizes and preserves evidence, interviews witnesses, photographs evidence, serves warrants and subpoenas, makes arrests, and assists in the planning,   writing and execution of search warrants.

14.  Administers breathalyzer tests on suspected intoxicated persons in compliance with statutes and/or ordinances.   

15. Cares for the injured and administers basic emergency medical aide.    

16.  Applies community-oriented policing techniques regarding dispute mediation, conflict resolution, analysis of neighborhood problems, behavioral management, and/or crime prevention.

17.  Checks abandoned and/or stolen vehicles.

18. Prepares all reports - written and verbal as necessary including crime, accidents, fingerprinting, and other routine and non-routine reports as needed.   

19.  Books prisoners into jail. 

20.  Testifies in court as necessary.

21.  Photographs and properly documents arrests by observing, retaining, and recalling people, places, and situations in very specific detail.   

22.  Participates in in-service training and external required trainings to maintain certifications, etc.        

23.  Checks and maintains all equipment, both personal and patrol vehicle, for readiness and proper working order.    

24.  May be assigned to other specialized areas of duty in lieu of normal patrol as necessary, such as narcotics or undercover investigations.

25. All other duties as assigned by Sergeant, Supervisor, Police Chief, City Manager or Acting City Manager.   


Knowledge, Skills and  Abilities:

Knowledge of Federal and State Statutes, and City Ordinances or Codes.  

Knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Neosho Police Department.   

Knowledge of the geography of the city and the location of various buildings and landmarks.

Knowledge of police principals, procedures, methods, practices and procedures.

Knowledge of Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory.    

Knowledge of Self-defense tactics.     

Knowledge of modern police methodologies, procedures and practices related to patrol, traffic control, emergency response, and investigation techniques.  

Knowledge of first aid principles having skill in the application thereof.   

Knowledge of and the ability to maintain pertinent federal, state and locals laws, codes and regulations with particular reference to apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies,   including proper rules of evidence in traffic and criminal cases. 

Knowledge of the City of Neosho's standard operating policies (SOP's) governing police department and the City regulations.  

Ability to interact with the general public in a courteous and professional manner. 

Ability to react and respond quickly and calmly in emergency situations.               

Ability to analyze complex situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and/or circumstances.

Ability to operate radar detection devices, video equipment, and other related equipment required for job duties and responsibilities.          

Ability to render credible testimony in a court of law.    

Desire and ability to maintain use and care for firearms or other police equipment including basic maintaining of their automobile or taking it to the properly authorized repair or maintenance location upon approval by   supervisor.    

Ability to demonstrate keen powers of observation and memory with specific detail.

Desire and ability to participate in public presentations as assigned. 

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted and/or in the normal course of work.

Ability to perform as a member of the team in carrying out the department's mission to serve and protect.

Ability and desire to maintain mental capacity, which allows the capability of:

- Exercising sound judgment and rational thinking under dangerous circumstances.
- Evaluating various options and alternatives and choosing an appropriate and reasonable course of action.
- Demonstrating intellectual capabilities during training and testing processes.

Ability to maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities, which may include the following:

- Running, walking, standing, or sitting for extended periods of time
- Effecting arrests
- Subduing resisting individuals
- Chasing fleeing subjects
- Running, walking, crouching, or crawling during emergency   operations
- Working in confined places or awkward positions
- Moving equipment and injured/deceased persons
- Climbing stairs/ladders
- Performing life-saving and rescue procedures
- Operating assigned equipment, including firearms and vehicles

Ability and desire to effectively deal with personal danger, which may include exposure to:

- Hazardous chemicals and materials
- Dangerous firearms
- Intense heat
- Electrical hazards
- Dangerous animals
- Armed and dangerous persons
- Communicable diseases
- Hazards of emergency driving
- Emotional and criminal persons
- Hazards associated with traffic control and working in and near traffic
- Natural and man-made disasters

Ability to make decisions which may affect the City's budget  

Ability to use various types of computer software (including Microsoft Office) and hardware. 

Ability to have a flexible work schedule including nights, weekends and/or holidays.                                                                  

Ability to use departmental equipment and tools necessary to perform the functions of the positions include:  computers, automotive vehicles, hazardous material protective gear, chemical developers, biological fluid collection equipment, measuring devices, recording devices, telephones, clipboards, camera, flashlights, handgun, shotgun, baton, paint, rope, evidence markers.                                                                               

No offensive tattoos or brands; i.e. depicting or supporting criminal behavior, drug usage, nudity, profanity, promiscuity, subversive groups,   bigotry, etc.  No tattoo or brand may   be visible while wearing any department approved/issued uniform or plain-clothes   attire

Must be able to pass in-house training courses on the proper use of police equipment.

Must be able to pass in-house training courses on the proper use of police equipment.

Must successfully complete pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Will be subject to random substance abuse testing.  

Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at start of employment.

Must possess a high degree of integrity, strong work ethic and ability to work with minimal supervision.


Minimum Qualifications for   Application:

Must apply to the position using a City of Neosho Police Office Application and Questionnaire.

Must have a MO Peace Officers License.

Must have Graduation from a P.O.S.T. accredited Missouri Police Academy.   

Must be able to qualify with department issued firearms.

Must have completed a High School diploma or equivalent G.E.D.

Must possess a clear and valid Missouri motor vehicle operator's license.

Must successfully complete a background investigation, psychological examination, and post-offer medical evaluation. 

Must have no serious criminal conviction(s); AND must have no misdemeanors in the past five (5) years.       

Must have vision which is correctable to 20/40; must pass the Ishihara color vision test and/or be able to recognize colors of traffic signals and devices showing red, green and amber; and must meet established hearing standards.      

Must be able to pass all determined physical capability examination requirements for the position.  

EOE/ADA/Affirmative   Action                                                                                                                                                                     Open Until Filled.


Supervisor Responsibilities:

This job has no supervisory responsibilities



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

The requirements listed below are representative of the physical demands, work environment, knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   

Job specific qualifications for this position are:  Specifically listed in the job   description; required Education and/or Experience section of this   document.  All City employees are   subject to a background investigation and possible consumer credit reporting   investigation.  All City employees are   subject to a pre-employment based substance abuse testing.  All City employees after hire are subject   to random substance abuse testing.    Because we are a Public City, all City employees are subject to forced   mandatory overtime hours as necessary for required coverage, scheduling or   emergencies. 

EOE/ADA/Affirmative Action:    Open Until Filled

Education and/or Experience:

High School Diploma or general education degree (GED); Associate degree preferred.                                                                 
Certified as a law enforcement officer in the State of Missouri.     



• Must have a MO Peace Officers License.
• Must have Graduation from a P.O.S.T. accredited Missouri Police Academy.                                                                                        
• Valid and Clear Missouri Motor Vehicle Operator's License     


Language Skills:

Ability to read, and interpret documents such as safety rules, instructions, and procedural manuals and/or government regulations.  Ability to write routine reports and/or correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively with small groups of internal and external persons, and/or the general public.


Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and/or decimals.


Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of diverse situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in either written, oral or schedule form.


Computer Operations:

Basic personal computer skills, including electronic mail, ability to learn Microsoft Suite which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.  Must be able to learn City's purchased commercial and internal specific software.  Must be able to learn with computer based learning for continued education or training.



Handle multiple projects and assignments simultaneously


Physical Demands, Exposures   and/or Known Safety Hazards:

Frequently over 2/3 the time required to stand, walk, sit, talk, smell, taste and hear, use hands to finger, handle, feel, hold or grip.

Frequently over 2/3 of the time required to bend, stoop, squat, crouch, crawl, twist, run, climb or balance, stoop, kneel or reach with hands and arms to the ground or overhead.

Required to have specific vision abilities including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, texture perception, and ability to adjust focus.   

Occasionally around 1/3 of the time required to work at heights over ten (10) feet.

Required to have Color acuity to identify or recognize hazards identified by fire diamonds of red, blue, yellow or stop lights of red, yellow, and   green. 

Frequently over 2/3 of the time exposed to fluctuating temperatures of extreme cold or extreme heat.

Occasionally under 1/3 of the time required to make difficult decisions relating to life and death emergencies.

Occasionally around 1/3 of the time required to manage in tight/confined spaces such as an attic crawl space.

Frequently over 2/3 of the time required to manipulate over wet, slippery, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces.

Position requires above average hearing.

Employee must be able to undergo/complete rigorous physical and mental training.

Frequently over 2/3 of the time, employee is subjected to mental and emotional stress.


Physical Activity Level:

Heavy physical activity performing very strenuous activities.


Work Schedule/Hours:

Normal work schedule is 86 hours per fourteen (14) days with varying   shifts or times of day as necessary to serve and protect the public; and/or any other schedule as assigned by the Police Chief, Sergeant, Captain, Lieutenant, City Manager or Acting City Manager based upon shift coverage or   emergencies.  Schedule and/or hours may be adjusted with a need for overtime hours, or reduced hours depending upon business demands with compensation adjusted accordingly.  Mandatory overtime may be necessary to fulfill the needs of the City or your manager. Some meetings could be necessary for education, City Council, Court, or Public City Meetings after normal business hours.    


Work Environment:

Frequently over 2/3 of the time exposed to extreme weather conditions, confined to a vehicle for extended periods of time on a daily basis, may be subjected to poor lighting, visibility and/or ventilation when completing tasks such as search of a building, evidence collection, etc.;   possible exposure to mechanical, chemical, electrical, and toxic waste hazards, blood borne pathogens, noise, traffic, domestic violence situations, falling items, falls, confined spaces, respiratory hazards, as well as strong   odors, fumes and disease when responding to calls for service, subjected to life threatening conditions and situations associated with law enforcement   activities.  Noise level is usually moderate.



Up to 70% - Travel by land in local area for patrolling.  Air or overnight travel could be required but would be very infrequent.

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Deadline for Applying : Open until filled