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POLICE OFFICER

at Mobile County Personnel Board

Posted: 2/28/2019
Job Status: Full Time,Part Time,Contract/Temporary,Seasonal
Job Reference #: 2304289
Keywords: police

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:POLICE OFFICER
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:See Position Description
Job Type:00-Full-time/Part-time/Temp/Seasonal/Supernumerary
Location:Mobile County, Alabama
 
This is general duty police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances.

 
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WHO MAY APPLY FOR POLICE OFFICER:
  • Certified Applicants – Those who have successfully completed the required minimum standards training necessary for recognition as a sworn law enforcement officer being in good standing with the commission who have been granted a certificate of minimum standards issued by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) (or your state's equivalent) and who have no lapse in service greater than 24 months since his or her last day of employment as a law enforcement officer.
  • Lapsed-Certified Applicants – Those who, at the time of application, have successfully completed the required minimum standards training necessary for recognition as a sworn law enforcement officer but have a lapse in service greater than twenty-four (24) months since his or her last day of employment as a sworn law enforcement officer.
  • Non-Certified Applicants – Those who have passed the Law Enforcement Officer Physical Agility/Ability Test at the Mobile Police Department's testing facility within the past year and do not possess any of the previously mentioned law enforcement certifications.
 

EXAMINATION DATES:   PHYSICAL AGILITY/ABILITY TEST DATES
 
No scheduling is required. Lapsed-Certified Applicants and Non-Certified Applicants must present themselves with photo identification at the City of Mobile Police Academy located at 1251 Virginia Street, Mobile, AL  36604 at any of the following dates/times for testing.
 

Applicants who pass this test will be provided with a Law Enforcement Officer Physical Agility/Ability Verification Form (LEOPA) that must be scanned, labeled, and attached to the application of Lapsed-Certified Applicants and Non-Certified Applicants. If assistance is needed, this process can be completed at the Mobile County Personnel Board office at 1809 Government Street, Mobile AL 36606.
 
ATTENTION:
 
THE STATE OF ALABAMA HAS ADDED A BASIC ABILITY TEST FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT APPLICANTS, EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017.
 
The Basic Ability Test (BAT) is required of all applicants for admission to the Police Academy, except those applicants who have been previously APOSTC certified and who are required to complete the Refresher training for reinstatement of their Certification or those who possess an earned associates or higher degree from a college or university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), or its regional equivalent.
See Rule 650-X-2-.03 Education Requirement at www.apostc.state.al.us for additional information.
 
NOTE:  Possession of  a valid ACT WorkKeys Assessment Certificate is not a requirement for submission of this Police Officer online  application.
 
Individuals who do not possess a valid ACT WorkKeys Assessment (BAT) may test at any Alabama Community College within the State.  A list of Alabama Community Colleges can be found at www.apostc.state.al.us. Applicants may contact the community college nearest their location for scheduling, required fees, and other related information.
 
Out-of-state applicants may take the ACT WorkKeys Assessment (BAT) in their home state provided proper documentation of a valid test result is made available upon request and is subject to the employing agency's approval.

 

Additional notes related to education and the Basic Ability Test requirement:
  • In addition to a valid high school diploma or a valid GED certificate, an applicant must complete and pass the Basic Ability Test (BAT) or possess an earned Associate's Degree or higher Degree from a College or University accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), or its regional equivalent is acceptable. BAT is a requirement prior to admission to the Police Academy. 
  • See Rule 650-X-2-.03 Education Requirement at www.apostc.state.al.us for additional information.

Special Notice Regarding Law Enforcement Officer Certification Status and the Physical Agility/Ability Test:
 
Certified Applicants
  • Certified applicants may be eligible for a waiver of the Physical Agility/Ability Test.
  • In order to apply as a Certified Applicant:
    • Applicant MUST scan and electronically attach a valid APOSTC certificate (or other state equivalent) as proof of current certification as a Law Enforcement Officer.
 Lapsed-certified applicants
  • Lapsed-certified applicants must have passed the Physical Agility/Ability Test at the Mobile Police Department's testing facility within the past year
  • In order to apply as a Lapsed-certified Applicant:
    • Applicant MUST scan, clearly label, and electronically attach an APOSTC certificate (or other state equivalent) as proof of certification as a sworn Law Enforcement Officer.
    • Applicant MUST scan, clearly label, and electronically attach a Law Enforcement Officer Physical Agility/Ability Verification Form as proof of a current passing score on the Law Enforcement Officer Physical Agility/Ability Test taken at the Mobile Police Department's testing facility in order to advance in the testing process.
Non-certified Applicants
  • Non-certified applicants must have passed the Physical Agility/Ability Test at the Mobile Police Department's testing facility within the past year
  • In order to apply as a Non-certified Applicant:
    • Applicant MUST scan, clearly label, and electronically attach a Law Enforcement Officer Physical Agility/Ability Verification Form as proof of a current passing score on the Law Enforcement Officer Physical Agility/Ability Test taken at the Mobile Police Department's testing facility in order to advance in the testing process.
 
 
OPEN TO:  All U.S. Citizens who meet the requirements as set herein and who may lawfully be appointed to a position.
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR POLICE OFFICER APPLICANTS
Candidates must be able to establish they are of good character and reputation. In addition, candidates must meet all standards promulgated by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (see the APOSTC website at www.apostc.state.al.us for complete details).
 
Applicants meeting any of the following conditions will be rejected:
  • Conviction of any felony, unless adjudicated as a youthful offender, or juvenile.
  • Military discharge under other than honorable conditions.
  • On-line, correspondence, or mail order GED certificates are not acceptable.
  • Any domestic violence conviction.
  • Any person prohibited by state or federal law from owning, possessing, or carrying a firearm.
Applicants meeting any of the following conditions may be rejected:
  • Usage or manufacture of illegal drugs within the previous year.
  • Conviction of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the previous year.
  • Dismissal from a job for disciplinary reasons within the previous year.
  • Under current charges, or on probation, for any offense other than minor traffic violations.

The Basic Ability Test requirement, background and criminal history of all applicants will be checked by local law enforcement agencies and applicants are subject to disqualification based on those findings.  Additional areas other than those indicated can result in disqualification based upon a full evaluation of information submitted.  In addition, all applicants must meet State of Alabama requirements for fitness.

EXAMINATION: IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANTS. READ CAREFULLY. No written or oral examination will be required. Applicants will be scored on the basis of an evaluation of their education, training, experience and personal qualifications as outlined by the candidates' sworn statements in their application, upon corroborative evidence obtained by investigation and the applicants' responses to the job-specific Supplemental Questions. Applicants must provide all background information and supportive documents as requested on the application, supplemental questions and job posting.

SPECIAL NOTICE: The City of Mobile Police Department has adopted a policy of only hiring NON-USERS of tobacco products, either smoke or smokeless type, for the job of Police Officer.
 Requirements:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from a standard senior high school, or the successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test, preferably supplemented by college level course work in criminal justice or law enforcement, and preferably some experience dealing with the public under varying circumstances; or a combination of education and experience equivalent to these requirements.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must possess a valid driver's license from state of residence.  Must be 20 years of age - except for assignment to the City of Prichard and the City of Satsuma which requires 21 years of age or the City of Mobile which requires 19 years of age.  May be required to have successfully completed the required minimum standards training necessary for recognition as a sworn law enforcement officer.  No maximum age limit. 

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE WORK:
Some knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures with ability to apply this knowledge to specific situations.

Some knowledge of the geography of the City and the location of important buildings or ability to acquire this knowledge rapidly.

Ability to deal courteously but firmly with the general public.

Ability to obtain a motor vehicle operator's license.

Ability to prepare clear and comprehensive reports.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
 Description:
EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class.)

Patrols in a designated area of the City on foot, in a patrol boat, on a radio-equipped motorcycle, or in an audio-equipped car to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime, to direct traffic and to enforce motor vehicle operation and parking regulations.

Answers calls and complaints involving fire, automobile accidents, robberies, neighborhood disturbances and other misdemeanors and felonies.

Secures the scene of crime, obtains witnesses and makes arrests.

Testifies as a witness in court in connection with arrests and citations made.

Administers first aid at the scene of automobile accidents.

Interviews witnesses, gathers information and prepares detailed reports.

Interviews persons with complaints and inquiries and attempts to make proper disposition or direct them to proper authorities.

Gives advice on laws and ordinances and general information to the public.

Attends regular training classes in police methods, first aid, target practice and related subjects.

Keeps informed with respect to persons of known bad character and places of questionable legality within an assigned area.

Transfers prisoners.

Serves warrants, subpoenas and other legal notices.

Operates radar unit in enforcing traffic laws.

Issues traffic citations.

Fills out traffic accident and criminal offense reports.

Escorts funerals, wide loads and mobile homes.

Assists in the docket room or in the court.

Gathers statistics on accidents and violations.

When assigned to the juvenile division, works with delinquency problems.

Performs related work as required.
 Important Information:
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK: An employee in this class performs routine patrol, preliminary investigations and traffic control duties in a designated area on an assigned shift.  Work may be performed in cruiser cars, patrol boats, on motorcycles or on foot.  Police officers may also be assigned to perform specialized duties in support of specific units or sections.  Work may involve an element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without immediate supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies.  Specific work assignments are made by a Police Sergeant or other superior and work methods and results are checked through personal inspections, review of reports and discussions.
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL APPLICANTS
 
NOTICE:
 
Documents are not automatically attached to your JobOpps account (profile).  You must select and attach required documents to every application through the attachments tab on the application screen when you are applying.
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All applications must be submitted online through the Mobile County Personnel Board JobOpps site.
 
Paper applications will not be accepted and will be returned.
 
An email address is required for all applications.  For information on obtaining an email address, visit the FAQs link on the Job Opportunities page at www.personnelboard.org.  The Mobile County Personnel Board does not endorse any particular provider.
 
Accuracy and truthfulness are of primary importance for Merit System employment and all applications are reviewed with this in mind.  Errors, omissions and inaccurate information on the application will be construed as an incomplete application and will result in rejection of the application.  Therefore, special attention should be given to each and every question and every attempt made to answer each correctly. 
 
Resumes will not be accepted in place of completing the education and experience sections of the application. 
 
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED
 
Applications must be complete and all required or supplemental documents (college transcripts, driver's license, and/or certifications) must be attached at the time of submitting the application.  See the job posting and the supplemental questions for required documents for each job posting. 
 
If needed, computers and scanners are available in our office
at 1809 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama. 
Our office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday - Friday, except for major holidays.
 
Only one application will be accepted per applicant per job posting. 
Subsequent applications submitted for the same job posting will be rejected.
 
 
COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS

College transcripts, where required or otherwise to be considered, must be attached as part of completing an application.  Grade reports, computer downloads of grades, and diplomas are not transcripts and will not be considered.  Transcripts must be either an official or student copy issued by the educational institution.  See the College Transcript Information link on the Job Opportunities page at www.personnelboard.org for additional information and requirements regarding educational transcripts.
 
OPEN TO:  All who meet the requirements as set forth in the job posting and who may lawfully be appointed to a position.  Applicants for sworn law enforcement positions must be U.S. citizens.
 
RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS:  Unless otherwise stated in the job posting or supplemental questions, there are no residence requirements in order to apply.  Applicants must bear all expenses incurred in reporting for testing or appointment.  Upon appointment, the law gives the right to each Appointing Authority (Employer) to fix any further legal requirements regarding residence. 
 
FINAL DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION:  The completed application should be returned as soon as possible.  In the event of tied scores, Rule 8.1 dictates that ties will be broken by the order in which applications are filed.  Applications must be submitted by the final filing date and time specified on the job posting.
 
VETERANS PREFERENCE:  For complete information on Veterans Preference points on an open competitive application, view the Veterans Information link on the Job Opportunities page at www.personnelboard.org.
 
MEDICAL EXAMINATION:  Eligibles selected for appointment must meet the established medical and physical standards for the class of work.  The medical examination must be by one of the physicians designated by the Personnel Board.  Appointees must bear the cost of the examination. 
 
The Mobile County Personnel Department reserves the right to limit the number of applicants summoned for interview.  In such instances, a preliminary appraisal of qualifications, as indicated by the completed application, will be utilized as a guide in the selection of candidates to be summoned. 
 
Aid and assistance in the examination procedure is available for the visually or otherwise disabled.  Assistance may be requested by contacting the Mobile County Personnel Board at 251-470-7727. 
 
A "Practice Test Seminar" is held in the Personnel Department Office, 1809 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama, at 9:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.   The purpose of these seminars is to acquaint applicants or interested citizens with design format and procedures utilized by the department in its administration of written test selection devices.  Inasmuch as testing facilities are limited, the seminars will be on a first come, first served basis, as long as space remains available. 
 
NOTICE:  The continuing eligibility for appointment of those who secure a place on the eligible list is subject to future changes in specifications.
 
LIANA BARNETT, DIRECTOR
 
THE AGENCIES WE SERVE ARE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERS