Village of St. Charles ~ Part-Time Police Officer
Opening Date: 7/11/2017
Closing Date: Until Filled

Supervised by:  Chief of Police

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Police Chief, performs responsible law enforcement and patrol duties.  Maintains order, regulates traffic, protects life and property and prevents crime and disorder within Village boundaries and in mutual aid situations.  Provides assistance at the scene of accidents, fires and other emergency situations.

Essential Job Functions:

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties, which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  1. Patrols on foot, or in a radio-equipped vehicle to prevent crime, protect life and property, and enforce motor vehicle operation and parking regulations.
  2. Answers calls for assistance and restores order.  Assists disabled motorists, persons desiring information, and elderly or ill persons.  Investigates reports of criminal activity and suspicious activities and circumstances.  Prepares and maintains reports of accidents, complaints, offenses, and other incidents. 
  3. Performs criminal investigations. Searches for, collects and preserves evidence at crime scenes.  Locates and interviews victims and witnesses.  Identifies suspects, obtains warrants and exercises powers of arrest.
  4. Assists in the apprehension of wanted persons.  Guards prisoners and assumes responsibility for their safety and personal property while in custody.  Participates in fingerprinting of arrested persons.
  5. Issues citations for parking infractions, vehicle operation, code, ordinance, and other violations.
  6. Attends court proceedings as necessary to testify regarding criminal investigations or traffic enforcement activities.  Serves criminal processes, including warrants and subpoenas, as needed.
  7. Assists at fires and other emergencies by controlling crowds, directing traffic and assisting in rescue operations.  Directs traffic at parades, ceremonies, sporting and other events.  Performs police escort work as required.
  8. Operates police vehicles, surveillance and communication equipment, breathalyzers, firearms, and other implements approved for use in the line of duty, including a body-worn camera.
  9. Engages in public relations, youth counseling, and police outreach activities as assigned. 
  10. Keeps abreast of developments and current issues in the field of public safety through continued education and professional growth.  Attends conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate.
  11. Performs related duties as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

Requirements include the following:

  • Associate’s Degree in law enforcement, criminal justice or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Two or more years of experience in the law enforcement field preferred.
  • Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certified/certifiable as a Police Officer.
  • Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License.
  • Certification in Radar, Preliminary Breath Test (PBT), and as a Breathalyzer Operator is preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of modern police science.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, local ordinances and the limitations on police authority to effectively advise subordinates and meet public safety needs.
  • Skill in the use of department vehicles and equipment, including emergency vehicles, firearms, audio and visual surveillance equipment and radar.
  • Skill in accurately compiling and evaluating data and information, and preparing clear and accurate reports.
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and concepts orally and in writing.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of diplomacy in contentious or confrontational situations.
  • Ability to provide CPR (with or without an AED) and First-Aid during medical emergencies until an ambulance arrives
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with employees, professional contacts, elected officials, and the public in a variety of cooperative and contentious situations.
  • Ability to critically assess situations, effectively plan and implement plans, and work effectively under stress, with deadlines and changes in work priorities.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate with others in person, via radio, and on the telephone.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move items of light weight and may occasionally lift and/or move items of heavy weight. The employee is frequently required to travel to other locations within and outside of the Village.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office setting or vehicle and occasionally works in dangerous law enforcement situations. Physical demands, therefore, range from sitting in an office or vehicle to possibly, the physical exertion associated with criminal apprehension.  The employee may be exposed to outside weather conditions, and possibly exposed to moving mechanical parts, high, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, explosives, risk of radiation, vibration and other dangers.  The noise level in the work environment can range from quiet to very loud.

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St. Charles Police Department
110 W Spruce St
St Charles, MI 48655-1238