Police Officer III

Police Department

$47,142 to $58,927 per year
Full City Benefits Package

Job Description

Please note:  This position is open for currently certified Police Officers who have a Utah Police Officer Certification and for those who are certified out of state but are able to successfully obtain a waiver from the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Position Summary

Performs a variety of highly trained law enforcement procedures for the City of St. George to protect and maintain the well being of the general population of the City.


Essential Functions (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)


1.   Effects an arrest within training guidelines and department policy and using that amount of force which is reasonable and necessary in accordance with policy and law.

2.   Prepares investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.

3.   Exercises independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree.

4.   Operates a law enforcement vehicle during both the 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, high wind, rain, ice, and snow.

5.   Communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.

6.   Gathers information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers.

7.   Pursues fleeing suspects and performs rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting a law enforcement patrol vehicle; lifting, carrying, and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling oneself up over obstacles; jumping down 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.

8.   Loads, unloads, aims, and fires, from a variety of body positions, a handgun, rifle, and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.

9.   Performs searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people, and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.

10. Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.

11. Engages in law enforcement patrol functions, including such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol, and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.

12. Effectively communicates with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes, and advising of rights and processes.

13. Demonstrates communication skills in court and other formal settings.

14. Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.

15. Endures verbal and mental abuse when confronted with hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.

16. Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time; administering emergency medical aid; lifting, dragging, and carrying people away from dangerous situations; and securing and evacuating people from particular areas.

17. Processes and transports prisoners and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.

18. Puts on and operates a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed.

19. Extinguishes small fires by using extinguisher and other appropriate means.

20. Reads and comprehends legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants.

21. Serves as an agent of the court in serving warrants, subpoenas, summonses, etc.

22. Processes arrested suspects to include taking their photographs and obtaining a legible set of inked fingerprint impressions.

23. Acts as Officer In Charge (OIC) when the shift sergeant is absent. When acting as OIC:

a.   Responsible for the activities and performance of that shift.

b.  Conducts and supervises lineup at beginning of shift.

c.   Makes area car assignments and special assignments and provides information on ATL’s, extra patrol, and areas of concern.

d.  Responds to major calls. Assists and instructs other officers in investigations and other unusual situations. Assumes charge in absence of a superior officer.

e.   Reviews officers’ reports to assure essential information is contained, and approves and routes reports to the records section.

f. Maintains records and reports regarding personnel rosters and logs.

24. Acts as Police Training Officer and as such:

a.   Supervises new officers and reserve officers during the initial field training program.

b.  Provides additional training for these officers or makes arrangements for additional training.

c.   Evaluates these officers and makes recommendations for additional training, corrective action, and reports trainee progress and status.

25.   Performs duties that actively prevent or detect crime and enforce criminal statutes or ordinances.

26.   Responds to situations involving threats to public safety and making emergency decisions affecting the lives and health of others.

27.   Performs duties that consist of providing community protection.

28.  Performs other related duties as required.


NOTE: The successful applicant must be able to perform ALL of the above essential job functions of an experienced police officer, unassisted, and at a pace and level of performance consistent with actual job performance requirements. This requires a high level of physical ability to include vision, hearing, speaking, flexibility, and strength.


Typical Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions

Moderately heavy physical activity required to push, pull, or lift heavy weights. Difficult working positions, including standing, walking, or sitting uncomfortably for extended periods. Exposure to elements such as heat, cold, dampness, fumes, noise, dust, or grease. Risk to life or of bodily injury is moderate under normal conditions. Intermittent exposure to infectious disease, disturbed individuals, emotionally unbalanced individuals, etc. Exposure to stressful situations is of considerable magnitude as a result of human behavior. May be required to work without sleep for extended periods during prolonged emergency situations. Subjected to traffic hazards during emergency responses through heavy traffic.

Minimum Qualifications


Education and/or Experience:  Must have an associate’s degree and at least three (3) years of law enforcement experience as a full-time law enforcement officer, or five (5) years of law enforcement experience as a full-time law enforcement officer.

Licenses and/or Certifications:

        Certified as a Law Enforcement Officer by the Utah Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) as defined in Section 53-13 of the Utah Code Annotated.

        Must successfully pass the City’s Police Department Academy and field training program.

        Must successfully pass a written proficiency test as approved by the Chief of Police.

                  Must pass and maintain the Police Department physical fitness standards.

        Must obtain and maintain all certifications as required by the Chief of Police or Division Commander, which includes:

»        Firearms proficiency (qualification at minimum 80%)

»        Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification

»        First Aid

»        Arrest Control Tactics (ACT) and Defensive Tactics proficiency

»        Baton (ASP)

»        Oleoresin Capsicum (O.C.)

»        Electro-muscular disruption device (Taser)

»        Federal/State required hazardous materials and blood borne pathogen training,

»        Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.)

»        Intoxilyzer

»        Field Sobriety Test proficiency

»        Radar / Lidar Certification

»        With written approval of the Division Commander, documented specialized training directly related to the officer’s present assignment may be substituted.

        Must maintain a minimum of 40 hours of POST accepted training each year to maintain certification which includes the Police Department’s mandatory in-service training requirements.

        Must maintain a three (3) or higher rating on annual department evaluation.

        Must have the minimum of an associate’s degree OR serve on a department special team such as:

»        SWAT

»        Hostage negotiations

»        Bomb squad

»        Accident Reconstruction Team

»        Active Department Field Training Officer (FTO)

»        Active Department Honor Guard

»        Department Instructor/Coordinator as approved by the Chief of Police

»        Proficiency in a secondary language to the extent that it can be used for interpretation and interviews

»        Other special assignment approved, in writing, by the Chief of Police.

  Must possess a valid Utah driver license. Driver license must be maintained throughout employment.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment.

Working knowledge of criminal, traffic, and juvenile codes for the State of Utah.

Working knowledge of the Utah judicial system and civil procedures, testifying, and courtroom demeanor.

Working knowledge of laws governing arrest, search, and seizure.

Basic criminal investigative techniques, including crime scene preservation, diagramming, interviewing and interrogation, photography, etc.

Basic traffic accident investigation, police radio codes and procedures, report writing, grammar, and punctuation.

Computer literate with working knowledge of the Spillman records management system and the Lexipol Policy Manual and Daily Training Bulletins.

Working knowledge of the Police Department’s policies and procedures.


Emergency vehicle operation and procedures.

Pursuit driving techniques.

Proficiency in firearms, defensive tactics, and handcuffing.

Must be able to pursue, subdue, and apprehend a hostile and combative subject.

Ability to:

Observe situations, record them, and react quickly and calmly.

Act with tact and impartiality.

Deal effectively and courteously with fellow officers and the general public.

Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Work independently.

Exhibit imagination, initiative, and problem solving capability in coping with a variety of law enforcement situations. React to change productively.

Work in a paramilitary organization that relies on policies and procedures to govern the behavior of personnel.

Exercise good judgment and maintain self-control during periods of extreme stress.

Be effectively trained to prepare reports for agency and court use.

Establish and maintain effective working relations with elected officials, department heads, coworkers, officials and employees of other jurisdictions, and the general public.


New Hires - Police applicants hired with law enforcement experience will be hired at entry level PO I, PO II, or PO III depending upon years of service and qualifications as a sworn law enforcement officer.

Other Information

To Apply:  Submit a completed City of St. George Employment Application on-line at jobs.sgcity.org.  Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Position closes 8/17/2017 at 5:00 p.m.  Refer questions to Human Resources at 435-627-4670. Pre-employment drug screening and criminal background screen are required.  EOE. We make reasonable efforts to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled candidates.