City of Moab, UT
  • Moab, UT, USA
  • Full Time

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Wage: $29.75-$37.20

General Purpose

Performs a variety of full performance level professional and technical law enforcement duties related to enforcing laws, maintaining the peace, providing security, rendering aid and protecting the citizens of and visitors to the community. Responds to situations involving threats to public safety and makes emergency decisions affecting the lives and health of others, including in circumstances and at times when personal life or personal safety may be at risk. Investigates and resolves assigned cases and makes criminal arrests, coordinates investigatory work activities with prosecuting attorneys and other Federal, state and local agencies.

Reporting Relationships

Supervision Received: The Detective receives general supervision in the carrying out of functions and close supervision in activity review by the Investigations Sergeant.

Supervision Exercised: The Detective may provide close to general supervision to subordinate officers while in training or on a case-by-case basis.

Essential Function

  • Performs duties that put life and/or personal safety at risk; performs duties that actively prevent or detect crime and enforce criminal statutes or ordinances of the state of Utah; responds to situations involving threats to public safety, makes emergency decisions affecting the lives and health of others; performs various duties consistent with ensuring and providing community protection.
  • Conducts criminal investigation and follow-up on assigned cases: gathers information, assists with the determination of the point at which cases are ready for prosecution, and appears in local, state, and federal courts to provide testimony regarding cases investigated.
  • Investigates narcotics and drug-related crimes: conducts undercover surveillance and covert operations, develops and maintains relationships with confidential informants, gathers and disseminates intelligence, and maintains intelligence files pertaining to drug suspects, drugs and street activities, and gang trends.
  • Investigates and processes crime scenes and related law enforcement problems; photographs crime scenes, searches crime scenes for evidence, checks for latent fingerprints, prepares photo line-ups, and collects and preserves any physical evidence present; may serve as evidence custodian and/or transport evidence to crime lab.
  • Maintains security of crime scenes; removes suspects from scene; interviews and interrogates witnesses and suspects to gather information regarding incidents, which may include forensic interviews with children; obtains statements; fingerprints suspects; follows up leads to cases; apprehends suspects and violators of the law.
  • Prepares a variety of detailed and accurate records and reports, including supplemental investigation, background investigation, and statistical reports; maintains case files; reviews case files for potential leads and solvability factors.
  • Provides case information to prosecutors, attorneys, other law enforcement officers, and outside agencies as requested.
  • Obtains search warrants: establishes probable cause, requests warrants, communicates with other officers and/or agencies.
  • May be assigned to investigate financial, juvenile, vice, homicide, drug, auto theft, property, robbery, assault, sex offense, gang-related, and other crimes.
  • Maintains contacts with community members who may be able to provide information regarding criminal activities; seeks and develops sources of information.
  • Remains available for call-out at all hours of the day or night, weekends and holidays, as assigned.
  • Operates police vehicle and other department equipment in a manner that will maximize its life span and provide the utmost safety for the officer and the public; maintains visible presence to deter and prevent crime.
  • Performs ongoing public relations to enhance the image of the department within the community; as assigned, represents the department by speaking at public meetings and schools to educate and inform citizens; presents a professional image in both appearance and demeanor.
  • Attends all minimum and assigned training and instructional meetings; keeps informed of current law enforcement practices, procedures and trends.
  • May perform patrol duties such as answering calls, investigating traffic accidents, patrolling the city to deter crimes and traffic violations, handling domestic disputes, and other misdemeanor and felony calls.
  • Assigned to auxiliary roles to include, but not be limited to; rangemaster, Taser instructor, tactical coordinator, quartermaster, armorer, training coordinator, defensive tactics instructor, and emergency vehicle operations instructor.
  • Trains other Police Officers as a Field Training Officer (FTO).
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • High School graduate or equivalent; Minimum rank of Police Officer II; AND
  • At least three (3) years of full-time experience as a police officer; OR
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of Police Department policies and procedures, above average knowledge of State law and City ordinances, standard law enforcement practices and procedures.
  • Skill in computers, appropriate use of firearms and other standard law enforcement tools, problem-solving, conflict mediation.
  • Above average skill in report writing, with demonstrated attention to detail, proper use of grammar and punctuation, and ability to navigate Department records management system effectively.
  • Ability to establish effective and courteous working relationships with fellow officers, the public and other agencies; ability to act with tact and impartiality; ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; ability to perform work requiring good physical condition.
  • Score of 3.5 or higher on the previous two annual employee evaluations.
  • Demonstrated leadership, above average productivity, exceptional work ethic and proven ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.

Special Qualifications (Licenses, Certifications, etc.)

  • Upon employment, must possess a valid Utah driver's license; Utah P.O.S.T. Certification, and Firearms Certification.
  • Must possess Utah P.O.S.T. Instructor Development certification, or similar certification issued by other states and/or organizations.
  • Must successfully complete a Department approved basic detective/investigations training course within twelve (12) months of transfer to the Investigations Division, i.e. Public Agency Training Council (PATC) Detective and New Criminal Investigator class.
  • Must successfully complete a Department approved Interview and Interrogation training course within twelve (12) months of transfer to the Investigations Division, i.e. The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation.
  • Must successfully complete the Utah Attorney General's Forensic Interview Training within twelve (12) months of transfer to the Investigations Division.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Moderately heavy physical activity. Required to push, pull or lift medium heavy weights. Difficult working positions. Must stand, walk or sit uncomfortably for extended periods. Moderate exposure to elements such as heat, cold dampness, fumes, noise, dust or grease. Exposure to hostile, life-threatening situations. May be required to use physical force to include deadly force in course of assigned duties.

Considerable exposure to stressful situations as a result of human behavior. In field operations, exposure to stress, traumatic events and other occupational hazards is of considerable magnitude.

Considerable and repeated exposure to vicarious trauma as a result of human behavior, including felonious crimes against children, elderly and disadvantaged members of the community.

Required to work irregular hours in addition to regularly scheduled shift on an as needed basis.

Talking, hearing and seeing are essential to performing job requirements. Common eye, hand and finger dexterity is required for most essential functions.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified.

Selection Guidelines

A formal r?sum? is required; finalists will interview with the appropriate hiring authority. Applicant must pass a pre-employment drug test, background investigation, physical fitness test, and psychological evaluation.

At the discretion of the Chief of Police, exceptions to the selection process may be allowed for lateral or internal candidates who possess Utah P.O.S.T. Law Enforcement Officer certification or a like certification from another state.

Upon employment, must possess a valid Utah driver's license.

City of Moab, UT
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