Police Patrol Officers Job Description

by Writing Team on April 12, 2010

The Police Patrol Officers are assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

The Tasks of a Police Patrol Officer:

  • The Police Patrol Officer provides for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and properly, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
  • The Police Patrol Officer records facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.
  • The Police Patrol Officer monitors, notes, reports and investigates suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
  • The Police Patrol Officer identifies, pursues, and arrests suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
  • The Police Patrol Officer patrols specific area on foot, horseback, or motorized conveyance, responding promptly to calls for assistance.
  • The Police Patrol Officer reviews facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statutes violations were involved.
  • The Police Patrol Officer renders aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
  • The Police Patrol Officer investigates traffic accidents and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed.
  • The Police Patrol Officer testifies in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
  • The Police Patrol Officer Photographs or draws diagrams of crime or accident scenes and interviews principals and eyewitnesses.

The Police Patrol Officer must have knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. The Police Patrol Officer needs knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. The Police Patrol Officer must have a good knowledge of the English language. They need knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. The Police Patrol Officer needs knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality and interest; learning motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

The Police Patrol Officer needs knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs, assessments, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. The Police Patrol Officer needs some knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control and operation of telecommunications systems. The Police Patrol Officer needs knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins. The Police Patrol Officers need knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups and the measurement of training effects. The Police Patrol Officer needs knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

The Police Patrol Officer is expects to have the following skills:

  • The Police Patrol Officer is supposed to have the skill of active listening. That includes giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  • The Police Patrol Officer needs the skill of critical thinking. This includes using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • The Police Patrol Officer needs the skill of monitoring. That includes monitoring/assessing performance of you, other individuals or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • The Police Patrol Officer needs the skill of social perceptiveness. That includes being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • The Police Patrol Officer needs the skill of speaking. That includes being able to talk to others to convey information effectively.
  • The Police Patrol Officer needs the skill of coordination. That includes adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • The Police Patrol Officer needs the skill of negotiation. This includes bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • The Police Patrol Officer needs the skill of persuasion. That includes persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • The Police Patrol Officer needs to actively look for ways to help people.

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