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If you are currently enrolled as a full-time student, you may be eligible for the Cadet/Officer Program.
Patrol Officer's Job Description
- Patrols assigned area in vehicle and on foot; performs active campus community problem identification; attend campus neighborhood meetings; maintains high patrol visibility to assist in crime prevention; actively performs routine beat patrol, concentrating on high incident areas, to detect possible criminal activities or needs for service; regularly checks businesses, university property, and residential areas; monitors radio broadcasts by Communications and other officers to ensure awareness of activities in area and to provide assistance, if needed; identifies, reports, and responds to suspicious activities or needs for service.
- Performs duties relating to service and assistance (lost child, arguments, injured persons, walk-away, lock-outs, prowlers, abandoned vehicles, dog bites, civil law disputes, alarms, vehicle inspections, etc.); responds to scene through radio runs, notification, or observation; evaluates situation to determine needs assistance from others, other agency contact, ambulance, etc.); identifies and implements appropriate course of action.
- Prepares reports (case/incident reports, supplemental report, probable cause affidavits, accident reports, arrest slips, property slips, inter-departments, etc.) relating to activities in accordance with IUPD Policy, observes and records events; checks reports for accuracy; submits to appropriate personnel; maintains personal notebook of activities.
- Performs duties relating to traffic enforcement; observes traffic violations; stops vehicles; checks registration and licenses for status; advises driver of violation committed and need to maintain safe driving practices; conducts or requests breathalyzer tests, if indicated; issues citations and makes arrests to enforce law, advising violator of rights; conducts search of arrested violator; ensures arrested violator is transported to appropriate detention area and vehicle is secured.
- Performs duties relating to disturbances and domestic violence; responds to scene through radio runs, notification, or observation; assesses scene to determine situation needs (assistance from others, ambulance, accident investigator, fire rescue, etc.); assists in extraction of victims and provision of first aid; secures scene to prevent further incidents; conducts investigation, gathering evidence, taking statements, and preparing diagrams; conducts or requests breathalyzer tests, if indicated; issues citations and makes arrests to enforce law, advising violator of rights; conducts search of arrested violator; ensures arrested violator is transported to appropriate detention area and evidence is secured; releases vehicles and clears scene.
- Performs duties relating to criminal investigation and apprehension; secures crime scene; responds to scenes of possible criminal activity through radio dispatches (responds to run, using siren and red lights in emergencies) or observation; assesses scene to determine situation needs (assistance from other officers, ambulance, detective, K-9, etc.); provides assistance to victim(s); notifies Communications of descriptions for broadcast; assists in pursuit (foot and vehicular) and/or apprehension of suspects; interrogates suspects, advising of Constitutional rights; makes arrests using only that force necessary; conducts search of arrested suspects; ensures suspects are transported to appropriate detention area and evidence is secured; advises victims of procedures to follow in prosecution; advises control of status of initial response; marks back in service upon completion of activities.
- Performs duties relating to accident investigation and assistance; responds to accident scene through radio runs, notification, or observation; assesses scene to determine situation needs (assistance from others, ambulance, accident investigator, fire rescue, etc.); assists in extraction of victims and provision of first aid; secures scene to prevent further incidents; conducts investigation, gathering evidence, taking statements, and preparing diagrams; conducts or requests breathalyzer tests, if indicated; issues citations and makes arrests to enforce law, advising violator of rights; conducts search of arrested violator; ensures arrested violator is transported to appropriate detention area and evidence is secured; releases vehicles and clears scene.
- Testifies in court; prepares for testimony, reviewing reports and notes; meets with victims, witnesses, detectives, defense attorneys, and representatives from Prosecutor's Office to review case; obtains appropriate evidence from Property Room; appears in court as required; presents testimony in accordance with Departmental policy.
- Performs variety of police-community relations functions; meets and talks with citizens, providing information and advising of safety measures; visits local campus areas to determine needs for service; assists motorists, providing directions; talks with juveniles in beat to establish rapport; makes presentations to campus neighborhood organizations, participates in departmental ride-along program to provide citizens with first-hand knowledge of police operations.
- Attends training session (in-service, EVOC, firearms and shift meetings) to obtain information on new procedures and maintain compliance with departmental standards.
- Prepares for daily duties; attends roll calls to obtain information relating to operations and administrative functions; reviews crime information sheets and information from other officers to plan patrol duties; reviews personal notes of district information (location of businesses, business hours, entrances/exits of businesses and university property prone to criminal activity, elderly persons residing in area, areas noted for locating stolen property); receives work direction from supervisors.
- Assists in traffic control (both pedestrian and vehicular) at scenes of special events or disasters (i.e., sporting events, concerts, parades, fires and accidents) to ensure orderly flow of traffic.
- Maintains liaison with detectives, officers on their shift and other shifts, other Departmental personnel, deputy prosecutors, and personnel in adjacent jurisdictions, to share information and coordinate activities.
- Maintains uniform and equipment in accordance with Departmental Policy and SOPs; maintains supply of forms and reports needed to perform duties; ensures vehicle is kept in good working order; maintains weapons in accordance with departmental policy.
- Serves search and arrest warrants and criminal summonses issued by courts, securing location and maintaining officer safety.
- Performs other duties as directed.
Required Skills for a Patrol Officer
Permanent shift with fixed days off; field conditions; exposure to extreme weather conditions, armed and/or dangerous persons, arrest of felons, individuals with contagious diseases, and hazards associated with emergency driving and traffic control.
Major Worker Characteristics:
- Knowledge of:
- Indiana University Police Department Rules and Regulations;
- law enforcement theories, methods, and procedures;
- patrol theories, methods, and procedures;
- criminal, traffic, and juvenile laws;
- laws and procedure of search and seizure, arrest, interrogation and confession, evidence, and crime scene protection;
- interview procedures and methods;
- court policy and procedures;
- officer safety procedures;
- law enforcement information systems (IDACS and NCIC);
- police report writing;
- juvenile delinquency;
- crime prevention;
- community relations;
- community service agency functions;
- crisis intervention;
- first aid;
- campus and city geography;
- defensive driving techniques;
- firearms responsibility;
- police radio procedures;
- has the ability to use department computer systems when required.
- ability to use radio communications system.
- Ability to:
- apply principles to solve practical problems;
- analyze problems quickly and take appropriate action under stress;
- handle sensitive and hostile public contacts;
- communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
- observe and record events accurately and completely;
- write routine reports;
- establish rapport with juveniles.
- Skills in operation of:
- automobile under emergency conditions
- equipment, weapons, and chemical agents.
- Other requirements:
- maintenance of physical condition needed to effect arrests, subdue resisting individuals, chase fleeing suspects, lift and carry equipment and injured persons, force entry into buildings, climb flights of stairs, scale fences, stand or sit for long periods of time, endure exposure to extreme weather and disease, perform life saving procedures (CPR, Defib. etc.);
- effective audio-visual discrimination and perception;
- maintenance of mental alertness needed to observe activities and implement appropriate action;
- emotional and psychological stability.