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Police Officer

Posted on: September 11, 2023

Website City of Spearfish

$4000 Sign-On Bonus                

Position Description

Position Title: Police Officer
Department: PS – Police Department                   PS-PD/8
Reports to: Police Sergeant or Police Corporal
Supervises: N/A
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt


This position is responsible for the investigation of criminal cases as assigned.


·         Will be required to have a physical presence and regular and reliable attendance with the ability to work all rotating shifts.

·         Patrols the city to detect and deter criminal activity and traffic violations; promotes public safety through community presence and policing.

·         Responds to calls for service, including domestic disputes, assaults, burglaries, traffic accidents, lost or missing persons searches, public service duties, stranded motorists, and others.

·         Works with the public, businesses, and other law enforcement agencies to resolve a variety of problems and concerns.

·         Conducts preliminary investigations into traffic accidents and other incidents, including interviewing victims, complainants and witnesses, gathering information and evidence, and securing crime scenes; serves search warrants.

·         Apprehends, arrests, and processes offenders, including fugitives.

·         Provides assistance and backup support to other officers and emergency service providers as necessary.

·         Provides traffic direction as needed for events such as parades, funerals, events, and school crossings.

·         Testifies in judicial proceedings as necessary.

·         Transports prisoners.

·         Completes all required reports and forms, including accident and incident reports.

·         Inspects and maintains assigned patrol car, uniform, and equipment.

·         Performs the duties of a Training Officer as assigned; trains and develops new Police Officers; maintains training records.

·         Participates in specialized teams and task forces.

·         Performs the duties of a School Resource Officer as assigned; provides security for assigned school campuses and events; prepares and delivers instruction and training to students, parents, teachers, and school staff; investigates crimes on school campuses; provides advice and information to students, teachers, administrators, and parents; assists school in the development and implementation of safety and emergency response plans; works with school staff to develop and implement specialized programs.

·         Performs related duties.


·         Applies high ethical standards, such as honesty, responsibility, and trustworthiness, at all times.

·         Demonstrates a high level of initiative, effort, attention to detail, and commitment by completing assignments in a timely and effective manner.

·         Provides friendly, prompt customer service at all times, to both internal and external customers.

·         Facilitates cooperation, trust, and teamwork with coworkers, supervisors, and other employees throughout the organization.

·         Follows organizational policies and procedures with minimal supervision, and complies with all applicable local, state, and federal regulations as they relate to each job.

·         Completes all required safety trainings/classes in a timely manner.


·         Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, municipal ordinances, rules, regulations, and procedures.

·         Knowledge of modern law enforcement methods and the ability to apply these methods to varied law enforcement activities and prevention programs.

·         Knowledge of uniform patrol and community policing principles.

·         Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.

·         Skill in the operation of a specialized vehicle in emergency and non-emergency conditions.

·         Skill in conducting a variety of patrol and emergency-response activities.

·         Skill in the use of specialized law enforcement equipment.

·         Skill in maintaining working relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

·         Skill in oral and written communications.


The Police Sergeant or Corporal assigns work in terms of very general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures and the nature and propriety of the final results.


Guidelines include state and federal law, city ordinances, and department and city policies and procedures.  These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.


·         The work consists of varied law enforcement duties.  The necessity of responding to unpredictable and potentially dangerous situations contributes to the complexity of the position.

·         The purpose of this position is to patrol the city to detect and deter crime and to provide assistance to the general public. Success in this position contributes to the prevention of crime and to the safety of the general public.


·         Contacts are typically with city staff, representatives of other law enforcement agencies, victims, witness, suspects, attorneys, court personnel, and members of the general public.

·         Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, or motivate persons.


·         The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, walking, bending, crouching, or stooping. The employee frequently lifts light and heavy objects, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes the sense of smell.

·         The work is performed in an office and outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee may be exposed to dangerous and life-threatening situations. Work requires the use of specialized law enforcement equipment and of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.




·         Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.

·         Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.

·         Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of South Dakota for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

·         Possession of or ability to readily obtain South Dakota Law Enforcement Certification.


The above information is intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by employees in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, requirements, and working conditions. The city reserves the right to change or assign other duties to this position as needed and as deemed appropriate. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties requested by management. Reasonable accommodations may be made as needed for employees to perform the essential duties and responsibilities and meet the requirements of the position. City of Spearfish employees are considered at-will employees. An employee may terminate his/her employment at any time, and the city may also terminate the employee’s employment at any time. Unless otherwise provided by contract or law, all employment with the City of Spearfish is to be considered “at-will.”



To apply for this job please visit www.cityofspearfish.com.