Police Officer Job Description

Town Of Summerville
South Carolina

Job Description

Police Officer
First Class

General Statement of Job

Under general supervision, exercises general responsibilities for the enforcement of State and local laws relating to public safety and welfare. Work involves utilizing chain of command and following lawful orders of superior officers; exercising responsibility for specialized police work in assigned division; utilizing independent judgment in dealing with dangerous or unusual situations, exercising safety practices and procedures. Employee works under stressful, high-risk conditions. Employee may act in a limited supervisory capacity and provide limited one-on-one training. Reports to the assigned Supervisor.


Enforces local, Federal, and State laws and ordinances relating to public safety and welfare; performs duties in compliance with applicable policies, procedures, laws, regulations,and safety standards.

Responds to dispatch assigned calls for service within the corporate limits of the Town; addresses as deemed lawful and necessary.

Apprehends, arrests and detains criminal suspects and law violators when necessary; follows proper procedures when making arrests.

Files and logs evidence.

Assists other law enforcement agencies.

Patrols the Town of Summerville in a patrol car on assignment for the purpose of observing the area for possible criminal activity or other conditions that could endanger public safety, investigating complaints, and enforcing laws; maintains high visibility

Investigates crimes; interviews witnesses, complainants, and victims; and gathers physical evidence and preserves for court; conducts follow up investigations as needed.

Records information concerning events that took place during tour of duty, and records such activity in the manner as prescribed by the department.

Provides information to court; prepares cases for court appearance; testifies in appropriate court for prosecution.

Serves arrest warrants and courtesy summons.

Assists motorists in various situations and directs traffic as needed.

Provides traffic escorts as a public service.

Develops and maintains good community relations; answers questions asked by the general public, works with juveniles and adults in related matters; refers public to persons or agencies which can provide further assistance as required.

Maintains required level of proficiency in the use of firearms, intermediate level weapons, defensive tactics, hand cuffing, evasive action/driving skills, and other required skills.

Maintains weapons and equipment in functional and presentable condition.

Conducts property check and directed patrols.

Performs special projects as directed by superiors; exercises responsibility in specialized areas according to division such as Reserve Officer Coordinator, Crime Prevention Program, Officer Friendly Program, Special Enforcement Unit, K-9 handler, Courtroom Officer, etc.

Receives and responds to citizens’ concerns and complaints concerning law enforcement activities and personnel.

Receives and/or reviews a variety of records and reports such as complaints of traffic incidents,suspicious activities, warrant records check, motor vehicle records check, evidentiary information, psychophysical indicators of impairment, witness statements, arrested individuals needed for bond hearings, individuals needed for traffic court, individuals needed for preliminary hearings, individuals ready for extraction, warrants paid, etc.

Prepares and/or processes a variety of documentation such as incident reports, municipal court document, collision reports, fatal crash case files, uniform traffic summons, warrants, accident reports, supplemental reports, court transport requests, inmate locations, etc.

Refers to major crimes and drug activity, victims of criminal domestic violence, suspect behavior, warrant and motor vehicle record checks, evidentiary information, psychophysical indicators of impairment, witness statements, training manuals, information received for the public and from officers, policy and procedure manuals, codes / laws / regulations, publications and reference texts, etc.

Operates an issued vehicle and a variety of equipment and machinery such as mobile radio, portable radio, lights, cell phone, weapons, laser, breathalyzer, laptop computer, data recorder, total station data collector, personal protection equipment, camera, etc.

Uses a variety of tools such as duty gear, flashlight, handcuffs, fingerprint kits, measuring devices, gunshot residue kits, metal detectors, scanning machine, standard office tools, etc.; a variety of supplies such as writing instruments, paper, chemical solutions, law enforcement related forms and paperwork, reference materials, bond hearing forms, batteries, general office supplies, etc.; and a variety of computer software such as Omni Form, Microsoft Office, Spillman, South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Crash Zone, Internet Explorer, etc.

Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as immediate supervisor, Command staff, coworkers, other department heads and staff, victims, complainants, subjects / violators, witnesses, court personnel, attorneys, inmates / prisoners, victims, and the general public.

May perform the following duties if assigned Traffic:

Investigates traffic collisions; determines violators; addresses as deemed necessary; completes paperwork in a timely manner.

Investigates and reconstructs collisions involving fatalities and serious bodily injury.

Conducts traffic stops for violators and multi-jurisdictional public safety checkpoints.

Conducts traffic safety education programs.

Detects and apprehends impaired drivers; conducts breath tests and drug influence evaluations.

Assists Emergency Medical Service, Fire Department, special events, and community events by directing traffic.

May perform the following duties if assigned Warrants / Court Security:

Transports inmates to and from court for bond hearings, traffic court, preliminary hearings, etc.

Searches individuals attending court.

Provides court security during court proceedings.

Performs procedures such as booking, photographing, and fingerprinting of arrested individuals.

Prepares transportation memorandums on inmates needed for court.

Prepares and serves warrants; apprehends and arrests individuals wanted on warrants; performs local and long distance extraditions.


Participates in training; maintains certifications.

May pick up lunches for inmate workers and incarcerated inmates.

Performs general administrative / clerical word as required including but not limited to attending meetings, preparing reports and correspondence, entering computer data, answering telephone, copying and filing documents, etc.

Performs other related duties as required.


Requires a high school diploma with one to two years of law enforcement experience including six months of employment with the Summerville Police Department; or any equivalent combination of training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must have successfully completed prescribed courses of study at the S.C. Criminal Justice Training Academy. Must have a valid South Carolina driver's license


Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate different types of equipment and machinery including office equipment, law enforcement equipment and tools, safety equipment, firearms, communications equipment, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to fifty pounds of force occasionally and/or frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of those of sedentary work. Work involves walking, standing, running, climbing, reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, and jumping for varying periods of time. Must be able to lift or carry up to one hundred pounds. Must be able to defend one's self from assault and to restrain suspects of varying weights.

>Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or thing

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange pertinent and vital information to co-workers. Includes the receiving of information and instructions from supervisor.

Language Ability: Requires ability to read a variety of law books, maps, policy and procedure manuals, warrants, criminal records, etc. Requires the ability to prepare reports, records, logs, etc. with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in oral, written, diagrammatic or schedule form. Requires the ability to learn and understand relatively complex principles and techniques; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation. Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow verbal and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with persons of varying cultural and educational backgrounds and using law enforcement terminology.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to add and subtract totals, to multiply and divide, to determine percentages and decimals and to determine time. Must be able to use practical applications of fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion.