Essential Functions of a Probationary Antrim Police Officer
To enforce motor vehicle and criminal laws in order to protect the lives and property of the public, maintain law and order, detect and prevent crimes, apprehend suspects and prosecute violators.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
• Arrests suspects, forcibly if necessary, using handcuff and other restraints; subdues resisting suspects using maneuvers, approved weapons, and hands and feet in self-defense.
• Writes investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.
• Assesses situations to determine when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when and to what degree force may be used.
• Operates a law enforcement vehicle during both day and night; in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
• Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time and communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communication.
• Gathers information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers.
• Pursues fleeing suspects which may involve quickly entering and exiting patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying, and dragging heavy objects; climbing over obstacles; jumping from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches, and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
• Unloads, load, aims and fires handguns and other firearms from a variety of body positions under stressful conditions that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
• Performs traffic enforcement and law enforcement patrol functions within assigned patrol area and according to established laws and procedures in order to reduce loss of property and life and ensure safe and orderly flow of traffic.
• Intervenes in disputes to restore peace and ensure safety of the public and parties involved, including confronting hostile persons, mediating disputes, and advising of rights and process.
• Reads and comprehends legal and non-legal documents and demonstrates communication skill to prosecute cases in court and other formal settings.
• Searches people, vehicles, buildings, and outdoor areas to detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions; detains suspicious persons or vehicles.
• Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic, administering emergency medical aid, and evacuating people away from dangerous situations.
• Processes and transports prisoners and committed mental patients using hand restraints and other appropriate restraints.
• Successfully completes formal training such as at the Police Standards and Training Academy to develop skill and proficiency in law enforcement techniques.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job assignments in extremely disagreeable or dangerous working environment with continuous exposure to an uncontrollable number of hazardous elements, including occupational accidents, injuries, or diseases which result in total disability or death.
Physical Demands: Requires medium to heavy work, including continuous physical exertion such as frequent bending, lifting, or climbing.