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Patrol Officer

Posted on: August 11, 2020
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  • Full Time
  • Brookings, SD
  • Applications have closed

Website City of Brookings

General Information

Under the direct supervision of the Sergeant and/or Lieutenant, the Police Officer is responsible for providing law enforcement services to the citizens of Brookings in a timely, efficient and professional manner.  Often working alone, the patrol officer must exercise independent judgment and discretion acting decisively during times of crisis and emergency.  The position will require working a rotation of various shifts and work days as assigned including day, evening and midnight shifts, weekends and holidays.

Brief Description of Duties

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conducts investigations involving crimes, traffic accidents, animal complaints, city code violations and other matters of daily law enforcement business; gathers and preserves evidence; obtains statements from all persons connected with investigations; make arrests where applicable and completes all necessary forms and paperwork as required.
  2. Patrols designated areas of responsibility as assigned in an effort to deter and detect crimes or other issues needing law enforcement intervention.
  3. Direct and reroute traffic in and around scenes involving fires, traffic crashes, major crimes and natural disasters; secures scenes to prevent contamination of evidence, disruption of services, prevent injury to bystanders and other emergency workers and to ensure the integrity and safety of the scene.
  4. Prepare reports in a timely, concise and thorough manner; interview victims, suspects and witnesses documenting actions taken, information gathered and other information material to the completion of reports.
  5. Answer all subpoenas for testimony in criminal and civil cases, Grand Jury hearings and other legal processes as required.
  6. Transport prisoners to detention centers, medical facilities and other locations as required; ensuring transportations are conducted in a safe and secure manner utilizing approved restraint devices and equipment to prevent the escape of or injury to the person(s) being transported.

Marginal Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Attend various workshops, seminars and training as deemed necessary or required.
  2. Maintain and promote positive public relations; participate in public education programs and seminars designed to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Brookings.
  3. Perform duties in a manner consistent with safe practices and policies established by the City of Brookings and the Brookings Police Department.
  4. Perform other such duties as assigned and/or deemed necessary for the effective and efficient operation of the police department.

Minimum/Preferred Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be eligible for certification under the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission.
  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Minimum of 21 years of age at the time of the written exam.
  • A graduate of an accredited high school or has an acceptable high school equivalency certificate.
  • No prior felony, serious misdemeanor or domestic violence related convictions.
  • Is of good moral character.
  • Have no convictions of any crime by any state or federal government punishable by imprisonment in a federal or state penitentiary.
  • Vision must be correctable to at least 20/40 in each eye.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain, prior to hire, a valid South Dakota driver’s license.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability and stamina to perform duties under adverse conditions.
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts, to include weekends, holidays, etc. and be available for call-out on a twenty-four-hour basis.

Preference may be given to applicants with the following education, background and/or experience:

  • Associate’s degree or completion of two (2) years of college coursework from an accredited college, university, or technical school in a criminal justice or related field.
  • Current certification from an accredited Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Prior active full-time military police experience, with an honorable discharge.
  • One or more years of prior law enforcement or corrections experience at a department of a similar size.
  • Three or more years of prior experience as a member of the City of Brookings Police Department Reserve Force.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Expectations

  • Applicant has never been discharged, or resigned under threat of discharge, for cause relating to honesty, misconduct or moral turpitude, from employment as a Police Officer in any state, or territory.
  • Applicant has never been denied certification or had basic certification revoked by the Standards and Training Commission of any state or territory.
  • Never been convicted of a felony offense, a sex crime, or a crime of violence whether set aside, suspended imposition, expunged, pardoned (including juvenile adjudications) and is not on any court ordered probation, for any violation, including but not limited to: domestic violence (even if charge was reduced) misdemeanor DUI or any drug related charges.
  • Applicant has not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of dishonesty or moral turpitude within the last ten (10) years before the time of application for certification.
  • Applicant has not illegally used a prescribed drug or used, manufactured, distributed, purchased, sold or transported any controlled substance, or marijuana (except by virtue of a valid prescription) within the last three (3) years before the time of application for certification.
  • Applicants will be required to pass a written test, full criminal background check, physical agility testing, drug screening requirements, post-offer physical examination, psychological evaluation and polygraph testing.
  • Applicant must display proper character and personality traits for law enforcement work as determined by the psychological evaluation, polygraph testing, references, and background checks.
  • Must be eligible to reapply for certification, if for any reason failed to successfully complete the basic law enforcement training program.
  • Has not involuntarily surrendered certification, had an application for certification refused, or been dismissed from the basic training program.
  • Never intentionally falsified any application or document to achieve police officer certification.


Language Skills

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organizations.

Mathematical Skills

  • Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s.
  • Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.

Reasoning Ability

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

Certifications, Tests, and Examination

  • Successful competition in written tests and/or oral interviews.
  • Possession of a valid South Dakota Drivers License or ability to obtain upon appointment and an acceptable driving record.
  • Successful completion of drug test, medical examinations, psychological evaluation, polygraph testing and physical agility tests.
  • Current South Dakota Law Enforcement Standards Certification or ability to obtain Standards Certification within one year of appointment.
  • First aid and CPR Certification or ability to obtain within one year of appointment.
  • Other such examination(s) as deemed necessary by the City.

Supplemental Information

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • The employee is regularly required to sit and is frequently required to stand and walk.
  • The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
  • Physical endurance and stamina beyond normal requirements.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  Vision must be correctable to at least 20/40 in each eye.  Effective February 20, 2012, all new police officers must recognize and distinguish among the colors of traffic control signals and devices showing standard red, green, and amber.
  • Effective February 20, 2012, all new police officers must have hearing in which able to hear forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than 5 feet with or without the use of a hearing aid, or does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500, 1,000, and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid.