Port Arthur Police Officer
The Law enforcement Officer performs law enforcement
and crime prevention work, controls traffic flow and enforces State
and local traffic regulations, performs investigative work,
participates in and provides support and assistance to special
agency crime prevention and enforcement programs and performs
related assigned duties.
POLICE OFFICERS ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS-
Essential and other important duties and responsibilities may
include, but are not limited to the following:
Patrol and Incident Response
- Work a set number of hours on assigned defined or rotating
- Carry out duties in conformance with Federal, State, County,
and City laws and ordinances.
- Make arrest of suspects in traffic and criminal offenses and
when serving arrest warrants
- Perform security patrols and enforcement activities on streets
and in parks and in commercial and residential areas to preserve
the peace and enforce the law.
- Provide back-up to other law enforcement personnel.
- Maintain normal availability by radio or telephone for
consultation on major emergencies or precedent.
- Actively seek and respond to crimes in progress and secure the
area to effect an arrest.
- Use judgment in deciding the course of action, being expected
to handle difficult and emergency situations without assistance.
- When confronted with victim(s), conduct patient assessment and
administer immediate care to prevent further injury, trauma, or
- Appraise the situation, separate individuals, and discuss the
grievances to restore order at a domestic dispute.
- Use communications equipment (e.g., radio, computer, Mobile
Data Computer, telephone) to exchange information relative to
official duties (e.g., reporting status and location to
dispatcher, maintaining contact with other agencies).
- Drive law enforcement cars with specialized equipment while
maintaining a valid Texas drivers license.
- Operate a Department vehicle at a high rate of speed, using
emergency lights and siren and maintaining public safety, to
respond to emergency calls for service. Request assistance from
other law enforcement personnel.
- Operate a Department vehicle under non-emergency conditions
within a specific geographic area to observe and detect unusual
activities or circumstances, or violations of the law in order
to deter crime and provide service to the public.
- Separate individuals in a fight or disturbance (not a domestic
dispute) to restore order and minimize injury to those
individuals or property.
- Respond to an alarm, secure area, and inspect for entry to
protect life and property and apprehend the violator or
- Communicate/negotiate with a hostage taker to reduce his/her
anxiety and prevent the loss of life pending arrival of hostage
- Coordinate activities with other officers or other City
departments of locations of abandoned vehicles, traffic
interruptions, hazardous materials spills, or other occurrences
that require the need of a response by those officers or
- Participate in a large scale coordinated search for one or
more persons (e.g.; evaders, fugitives, mental patients, lost
people, etc.) to locate or apprehend the person(s).
- Pursue a suspect or violator on foot.
In response to a report of child abuse, observe and evaluate
the physical or mental condition of the child, notify the
appropriate agencies, and/or place the child in protective custody
to protect the child from physical or mental harm.
Respond to incidents requiring your presence as specified in
Maintain current information such as names, faces, and
previous arrest records of known criminals believed to be in the
Observe and check entrances to buildings and premises to
maintain security of property.
Identify a person as disturbed (e.g., mentally, emotionally)
or incapacitated (e.g., drunk, epileptic) and detain that person
in order to provide for placement.
Erect physical barriers, bodily serve as a barrier, issue
verbal commands, and/or utilize the necessary degree of
authority to affect the safe, peaceful, and orderly flow of a
crowd of people.
Patrol a specific geographic area on foot to observe and
detect unusual activities or circumstances, or violations of the
Serve on special details to help maintain peace (e.g.,
abortion demonstrations, animal rights).
Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a law enforcement
radio system and codes.
Understand and carry out oral and written directions
When necessary, evacuate to designated off-site Emergency
Operations Center due to inclement weather (e.g.: hurricanes,
hazardous material incident, etc.) that may extend for several
- Respond to calls related to traffic incidents and collisions.
- When outside of vehicle (e.g., making a traffic stop), monitor
pedestrian or vehicular traffic to reduce risk of injury to self
or others and take evasive action when necessary.
- Conduct field sobriety tests to determine probable cause for
breath or blood test and/or arrest for alcohol or drug use.
- Protect an accident scene to allow for a determination of the
facts of the accident.
- Render first aid when necessary and/or summon ambulances.
- Direct/reroute traffic, place emergency signaling devices (e.g.,
flares) or take other necessary action to ensure a safe and
orderly flow of traffic when confronted with unusual traffic
conditions (e.g., accidents, stoplight out, parades).
- Determine the status (e.g., stolen, disabled) of a stopped or
abandoned vehicle, including checking for occupants (e.g.,
- Assisting stranded motorists in distress.
- Estimate vehicle speed visually or use speed detection equipment
(e.g., radar, lydar, vascar, stopwatches) to determine the speed
of a vehicle.
- Stop vehicles for cause and check for required documents,
defective equipment (e.g., headlights, tires), and other
violations to issue citations or warnings and to aid in the safe
and legal operation of vehicles on the road.
- Issue a citation to a traffic violator.
- Impound or supervise impounding of equipment or vehicles left on
the road way
- Write long, detailed, cogent, legible, accurate and
grammatically correct reports.
- Conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of
criminal incidents committed during assigned shift.
- Identify and collect evidence at a crime scene to preserve that
evidence for use in an investigation.
- Protect a crime scene from contamination by controlling access
to the scene and erecting physical barriers to preserve the
evidence of a crime.
- Document the elements of a crime and identify potential
witnesses and suspects to produce a prosecutable case.
- Evaluate evidence (e.g., article, substance) to determine its
relationship to an investigation.
- Transport evidence to various locations (e.g., lab, court),
maintaining an unbroken chain of custody.
- Canvass the neighborhood, asking questions of persons in order
to locate and identify one or more witnesses, victims, or suspects
of a crime.
- Inspect a suspected controlled substance to make a preliminary
determination of its identity and request further lab tests as
- Determine the probable facts of the incident from examination
and comparison of statements and other evidence.
- Interview and take written statements from the general public,
witnesses, victims, or suspects to obtain and record information
pertinent to the enforcement, regulatory, and service functions of
- Evaluate individuals to determine their credibility and/or
manner in which they should be handled (e.g., during
- Identify assets for potential seizure at a crime scene.
- Observe one or more persons, places, and/or things to collect
information and evidence of criminal activities.
- Maintain contact with pawn shops; review pawn records to recover
Display or discharge a departmentally approved firearm to
protect self and/or the public which may include taking the life
of an individual or an animal
Display or utilize a departmentally issued non-firearm weapon
(baton, spray) in a defensive manner to control one or more persons in
accordance with State, Federal law, and Department
Search one or more persons for weapons, fruits of a crime, or
contraband to affect an arrest, protect oneself and the public,
and/or to obtain evidence.
Search a vehicle for weapons, fruits of crime, or contraband
to affect an arrest, protect self and the public, and/or to
Distinguish between felony and misdemeanor classifications
when making arrests.
Search a building for individuals, weapons, fruits of a crime,
or contraband to affect an arrest, protect self and the
public, and/or to obtain evidence.
Physically restrain or subdue a violent, resisting, or
non-violent individual or arresteet o protect self, the person being restrained, and
the public, or to affect custody of an arrestee.
Determine applicability of Miranda when arresting and
Signal a felon to stop (e.g., emergency light, siren, P.A.) in
order to effect an arrest or contain the felon and await backup.
Make judgments about probable cause for warrantless searches.
Ensure prisoners are held and detained in compliance with
Departmental policy and applicable statutes.
Search and transport prisoners.
Determine whether suspects require medical attention.
Make recommendations for strip or body cavity search.
- Maintain working knowledge and personal copies of Agency
missions, goal, directives and procedures as required by Agency
- Legally force entry into building to apprehend suspect and/or
- Record the arrest of an individual (e.g., fill out forms,
photograph) to document that arrest and possible detention.
- Review computer and/or booking sheet to obtain information
about booked suspects (e.g., criminal history, outstanding
- Transport person(s) (e.g., witness, victim), maintaining
safety, for some official purpose
- Work irregular hours including weekends, days, evenings,
nights, holidays and extended hours in emergency, disaster or
other situations influenced by workload or staffing
- Maintain confidentiality in performance of duties.
- Ensure the secure storage of evidence and property in the
- Ensure the maintenance of chain of custody for evidence.
- Write narrative reports (e.g., incident reports, intelligence
reports) providing complete, accurate and consistent information.
- Fill in forms requiring specific information accurately and
- Record information required by Department guidelines in proper
- Appear and testify as a witness in an official proceeding (e.g.,
traffic court, trial, Civil Service hearing) to assist in
fulfilling the Department's role in the judicial and
- Review and discuss the details of a specific investigation with
prosecutor to plan investigatory strategy, prepare for a court
- Prepare search or arrest warrants.
- Develop and maintain good relationships with the general public,
including informants and contacts that may be helpful in criminal
- Contact the immediate family of an individual (in person) or
notify uniformed personnel to provide information to the family
concerning that person's injury or death.
- Attend meetings (e.g., community meetings, concerned citizens)
to discuss and exchange information, address problems, coordinate
and develop plans of action, etc.
- Provide information upon request to individuals and groups
(e.g., business people, neighborhood groups) to increase awareness
of potential victimization and deter crime.
- Provide assistance and information to civilians seeking help
(e.g., directions, explanations of municipal codes and ordinances,
referrals to other Department personnel or other
- Maintain current information about available social agencies and
their roles for use in referring citizens seeking help.
- Present material related to law enforcement to civic
organizations, churches, or schools
Law enforcement Agency Property Management
- Clean and inspect weapons.
- Conduct inventory of assigned vehicles and equipment to ensure
that necessary equipment is available when needed.
- Operate and care for a law enforcement car, law enforcement
radio, radar gun, handgun and other weapons as required,
expandable baton, handcuffs, Taser, OC spray, flashlight, computer
including word processing software, paper, pencils, and
- Recognize vehicle and/or equipment damage or malfunctions(s) and
ensure that necessary repairs are performed.
- Maintain clothing and personal equipment to satisfy inspection
- Monitor law enforcement activity by radio
- Have working knowledge and usage of the English language to
communicate effectively with Agency personnel and the general
- Notify dispatcher of special conditions that may affect or are
affecting sector operations as required by Agency procedures.
- Communicate with other Agency personnel informally to discuss
and exchange information (e.g., intelligence), address problems,
- Monitor and respond to routine communications (e.g., phone).
- Consult with superior to provide/receive assistance with
assigned operational activities and keep him/her apprised of
- Request documents in records systems (e.g., pictures, criminal
- Notify other Law enforcement Agency units of unusual situations
and conditions as necessary and appropriate.
- Contact other Law enforcement Agencies and law enforcement
agencies (e.g., FBI) for information and assistance.
- Communicate with individuals from other city/state/federal
agencies/entities to exchange information and accomplish work
- Maintain contact with law enforcement supervisory personnel to
coordinate investigation activities, provide mutual assistance
during emergency situations, and provide general information about
- Respond to requests for information from supervisors and
- Answer investigative inquiries from other law enforcement
agencies or refer inquiry appropriately.
- Contact outside agencies and organizations (e.g., social service
agencies) for information.
- Participate in in-service training and recertification programs
including firearms, policies, and practical/tactical exercises
(e.g., defensive tactics) to receive information and develop
- Read and keep up-to-date on federal, state, and local
statutes/ordinances and court decisions to ensure appropriate
enforcement and investigatory activities.
- Read internal reports and training materials to keep current on
procedures and issues.
- Read and keep up-to-date on Agency policies and procedures to
ensure appropriate enforcement, investigatory, and administrative
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with
peers and supervisors
Other Mental and Physical Demand
- Go from a sitting, sedentary position to a physically taxing
physical response at a moment's notice.
- Stand for long periods of time while writing reports,
directing traffic, investigating crimes, etc. and remain
constantly aware of surroundings and hazards in the immediate
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Run and walk, sometimes for long distances, over even and
- Climb stairs and ladders.
- Sit for long periods while driving or riding in a car.
- Stoop, bend and assume awkward positions in order to affect
arrest and gather evidence.
- Think and act quickly in emergencies.
- Exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making
decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.
- Follow verbal and written instructions.
- Learn the City's geography.
- Wear a uniform and approx. 10-20 pounds of safety equipment
attached to a belt worn on the hips
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is
frequently required to sit, talk, hear, and see.
- The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, or run;
feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms;
jump, climb, kick or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, twist,
turn, or crawl; push or pull objects and people; drive at high
speeds; taste and smell
- The employee must possess sufficient manual dexterity and the
ability to gain knowledge to operate the following: a patrol
car, car and portable radio, handguns, ammunition in the act of
loading and unloading weapons, shotgun, rifle, handcuffs, bullet
proof vest, keys, pencil and pen with which to write on paper,
baton, OC spray, electronic ticket writer, typewriter, personal
- The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100
pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include
close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision,
depth perception, night vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee
frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee
occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, works in high,
precarious places, and with explosives and is occasionally
exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne
particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme
heat, and vibration.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
with law enforcement radio noise always present. While driving
the car the window may be down in order to hear sounds or cries
for help so wind noise will also be present. The employee must
be able to cope with general traffic noises, gunshots, traffic
collisions, yelling and screaming, use of profanity, very loud
sirens and other loud noises
- Officers may be exposed to dead bodies, bodily fluids, and
other unforeseen carnage
POLICE OFFICER QUALIFICATIONS
- High School graduate or equivalent
- Valid Texas Drivers License
- Applicant has reached a minimum age of 21 years of age (or 21
years of age upon completion of the police academy if hired as a
- Applicant has not reached their 40th Birthday upon
date of hire if the applicant is not a certified officer in Texas
or had no prior military experience.
- Applicant has not reached their 45th Birthday upon
date of hire if the applicant has prior military or police
- Applicant has not ever been on court-ordered community
supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade
of Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last
ten years from the date of the court order
- Applicant has never been convicted of any family violence
- Applicant has not used in illegal substances within the past two
(2) years including but not limited to: marijuana, cocaine, LSD,
methamphetamine, PCP, ecstasy, bath salts, synthetic marijuana,
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, basic certification as a
Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
- Applicant is not prohibited by state or federal law from
operating a motor vehicle;
- Applicant is not prohibited by state or federal law from
possessing firearms or ammunition
- Applicant is a U.S. citizen
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws and the
ability to interpret and apply them
- Organization and time management skills
- Ability to complete firearms certification
- Skills to resolve situations characterized by conflict and
- Successful completion of a written examination, work readiness
assessment, background investigation, polygraph examination,
psychological examination, physical exam, hearing and eye exam,
drug screening, TB skin test, and oral interview