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Police Officer

Ashland, AL, USA

Job Type

Full Time



About the Role

Patrol assigned area in a car or on foot to protect life and property and to preserve law and order. Enforce laws, maintain discipline and assist in difficult or unusual situations when requested. Answer calls and complaints and respond to fire, automobile accidents, robberies, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Investigate accidents, interview witnesses, and gather information. Conduct investigations to determine cause of accidents; prepare detailed accident investigation reports. Process prisoners for admission or discharge. Interview persons with complaints; provide advice on laws and ordinances as well as general information when requested. Operate a variety of required police equipment including two-way radios, intoxilizer, radar, etc. Make arrests and transport the accused to jail. Administer first aid, conduct preliminary investigation, gather evidence, and identify witnesses at an accident or crime scene. Testify as a witness in court when necessary. Participate in the Department’s public relations program and respond courteously and tactfully to public requests for information and assistance. Qualify with weapon twice annually. Perform other duties as assigned or required.


  • Working knowledge of pertinent laws and ordinances and departmental rules and regulations.

  • Working knowledge of the principles, practices, procedures, and techniques of modern police operations.

  • Working knowledge of the geography of the City.

  • Ability to observe, analyze, and record situations clearly and objectively.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with departmental personnel and the general public.

  • Skill in the use and care of firearms, vehicles and other police equipment.

  • Ability to tactfully and courteously resolve problems or questions from the public when performing job.

  • Serve warrants and subpoenas when required.

  • Provide security at various functions and events when directed.

  • Ability to access NCIC System.

  • Any combination of experience and training equivalent to some experience as a police officer.

  • Graduation from a senior high school or equivalent. 

  • When initially employed in this position, officers are required to successfully complete a designated formal police academy.

  • Alabama Driver’s License with a driving record suitable for insuring to drive city vehicle.

  • Meet the basic requirements for a City of Ashland Police officer in accordance with the City code

  • Must pass an annual physical and agility test.

About the position

This is general duty police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Work involves responsibility for prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals, direction of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and the general enforcement of laws and ordinances in a designated area on an assigned shift. Work is performed in accordance with departmental rules and regulations and normally consists of routine patrol, preliminary investigations, and traffic regulation duties which may be performed in cruiser cars, solo, or on foot. Work involves an element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and exercise discretion in meeting emergencies. Incumbent works under supervision of the Chief of Police.

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