Police Officer

Nov 27, 2012
Dec 07, 2012
Law Enforcement
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Essential Duties

  • Pro-actively patrol assigned areas to prevent and detect disturbances and criminal activity and arrest violators.
  • Respond to a wide range of calls for service including, but not limited to, crimes in progress, medical emergencies, natural disasters and rescue situations.
  • Maintain records and prepare coherent, accurate and complete reports on all incidents encountered while on duty.
  • Establish probable cause for arrest.
  • Identify, protect, collect and preserve evidence at crime and accident scenes and protect scenes, including a preliminary investigation.
  • Conduct surveillance of suspected criminal activities and provide undercover operations to identify and apprehend suspects as directed.
  • Enforce traffic laws conducting traffic, marking and tagging vehicles and making written reports of accidents.
  • Conduct follow-up investigations for criminal prosecution on traffic and criminal complaints.
  • Testify in court on criminal and civil matters when necessary.
  • Develop positive and supportive relationships with MPRB field staff for the purpose of collaboration and problem solving.
  • Respond to residential and business alarms for intrusion, robbery or other emergencies.
  • Protect the rights and safety of all individuals including political figures and dignitaries.
  • Operate computer terminals to enter and retrieve essential information.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Related Work

  • Understand and properly apply law enforcement principles regarding the Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure; local state and federal laws and prevailing case law.
  • Establish probable cause, draft, prepare and execute search warrants and arrest warrants. Interact with park patrons and staff and assist with community park programs.
  • Provide general education, assistance and information to park patrons regarding proper use of parks and facilities as appropriate.
  • Effectively communicate with all people especially individuals who are unruly, combative or emotionally disturbed.
  • Physically control individuals who exhibit unruly, combative or emotionally disturbed behavior.
  • Represent the MPRB to park patrons in a caring and professional manner.
  • Function as a Field Training Officer (FTO) supplementing academy instruction through field experience and serving as a final step in the officer selection process; evaluate recruits and share information with supervisors. 
  • May function as a lead worker over Park Patrol Agents providing job direction and professional advice.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate's degree from an accredited college or university (Bachelor's degree preferred).
  • Successful completion of all requirements for peace officer licensing by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board. (Applicants must present a copy of Minnesota P.O.S.T. license or proof of passing P.O.S.T. exam by December 7, 2012.)
  • Must pass thorough background investigation that includes meeting department standards regarding acceptable employment history, honesty, driving and conviction records.
  • Must be U.S. Citizen with no felony convictions.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Minnesota P.O.S.T. eligible to be licensed
  • United States citizenry with no felony convictions.
  • Must be able to own/possess a firearm under federal and Minnesota law.

Other Qualifications and Physical Requirements
A full list of other qualifications and physical requirements is available for viewing on the full job postings at www.minneapolisparks.org/jobs.  Applicants must meet entry level physical fitness standards as established by the Minneapolis Police Department; these physical fitness standards will be measured by a physical fitness test administered by the Minneapolis Park Police Department as part of the selection process.

Tips On Preparing for the Physical Fitness Exam
To be considered in the selection process, all applicants must pass each of the components on the day of testing. Employees must then also pass each fitness component as part of the Minneapolis Police Academy standards. Employees failing to meet these standards will not graduate from the Academy and will be released from employment.  See full job posting at www.minneapolisparks.org/jobs for tips to help in preparing for the physical fitness exam.

Background Check: A thorough background investigation is necessary for positions with this job title. Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation that includes meeting department standards regarding acceptable employment history, honesty, driving and conviction records.

Medical Examination: All candidates must be deemed medically and psychologically fit by the MPRB's health providers prior to hire. The medical examination will include a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening test.

Selection Process:
Applicants are encouraged to complete an online application with supplemental questions by visiting www.minneapolisparks.org/jobs and clicking on Job Opportunities. Applicants must also present a copy of Minnesota P.O.S.T. license or proof of passing P.O.S.T. exam by December 7, 2012. Scan and attach a copy to online application or fax to Attention: Human Resources to 612-370-4886 or email to rheryla@minneapolisparks.orgBecause the rating of training and experience is based on application materials, applicants are encouraged to be complete and thorough in their answers.

The examination/selection process for this position will consist of a rating of training and experience based on application materials/supplemental questions (30%), physical fitness exam (pass/fail), and oral exam (70%). Applicants must pass each component of physical fitness exam to be eligible for an invitation to the oral exam. Minimum passing score for all other testing components (rating of training and experience and oral exam) is 70.00. Human Resources reserves the right to limit the number of people invited to successive testing events. Applicants will be notified in early December of dates for physical fitness exam and oral exam. (Please note: The Minneapolis Park Police Department reserves the right to have candidates retake and pass the physical fitness exam at time of hire.)  An outline of the hiring process is included on the full job posting located on the MPRB website.

Eligible list for this examination will expire in six (6) months.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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