Police Officer

City of Kearney   Kearney, NE   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on January 15, 2022
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Closes On: February 10, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST
Location: Police, Kearney, NE 68845
Department: Police
Job Status: Full-Time
Days: Sun., Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.
Rate of Pay: $26.0347 - $37.3565
Status: Accepting Applications

Job Description Summary

Certified Law Enforcement Officers:

  • Starting range of $26.03 - $37.35 per hour dependent upon experience
  • $6,000 sign on bonus with 2 years sworn law enforcement experience
  • 40 hours of sick and vacation available on first day

Non-Certified Applicants:

  • Starting hourly rate of $26.03

Job Responsibilities
Patrols an assigned area on foot, bicycle, or automobile vehicle after appropriate training potentially operates motorcycle, for the prevention of crime and the enforcement of traffic laws and regulations; responds to radio, computer and telephone dispatches and appears at scenes of disorder or crime; notes and reports traffic hazards; assists in controlling traffic at scenes of emergencies; investigates and prepares reports on offenses, accidents and damages to property; gives directions and information; makes custodial and non-custodial arrests; issues citations; serves warrants and subpoenas; gives warnings; prepares reports on arrests and property impounded; directs traffic; handles animal problems, inspects to assure property protection; inspects establishments providing alcoholic beverages and entertainment; intervenes in private or public disputes to protect the public and maintain order; appears in court as a witness and arresting officer; transports prisoners; performs initial and follow-up investigations of crimes involving adults and juveniles; investigates complaints; interrogates persons whose actions are suspicious or criminal; issues citations for parking and moving violations; assists fire department and ambulance personnel in rendering first aid; assists in hazardous materials (haz-mat) spills; speaks before school and civic groups as required; serves on stake-outs and on surveillance; impounds and tags evidence; provides general assistance to the public; escorts parades and processions; trains in basic first aid and CPR; operates a computer and specific software; prepares reports of their own activities as well as investigative and operational reports; rotates through assignments and shifts; performs overtime as required; and performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education & Requirements
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school or GED, plus one year of work experience involving public contact or one year of college-level coursework; valid Nebraska driver’s license; must not have felony, Domestic Violence, or other serious misdemeanor convictions; must possess good character as determined by thorough background investigation and meet Nebraska Law Enforcement Certification Standards. Must have the ability to obtain Nebraska Police Officer certification within one year of appointment. Must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment, and must be a United States citizen.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Mental Requirements -

  • Ability to read and comprehend written material.
  • Ability to listen to and apply information and instructions.
  • Ability to think logically and quickly during an emergency.
  • Ability to understand mathematical concepts to include basic arithmetic.
  • Ability to organize information and prepare written records.

Machines, Tools, Equipment, and Work Aids Used -

Computer, telephone, FAX, calculator, portable radio, vehicle, bicycle and/or motorcycle, radar, handgun and other weapons as required; handcuffs, breath testing equipment, pager, first aid equipment and baton.

Physical Requirements

  • Work Type: Heavy, exerting up to 100 lbs of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 lbs of force frequently, and/or up to 20 lbs of force constantly to move objects or persons
  • Climbing/Balancing: Climb inclines and ladders, uneven surfaces, balance required
  • Walking: Moderate amount required
  • Stooping/Bending: Frequently
  • Stand/Sit: Sit about 50 percent of the time
  • Reaching: Frequent, overhead as well as horizontal
  • Vision: 20/100 correctable to 20/20, with contact lenses no upper acuity limit correctable to 20/20
  • Color Vision: Ability to distinguish colors
  • Hearing: Frequently perceive nature of sounds by ear
  • Speech: Frequently express ideas by means of spoken words
  • Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination: Frequently operates motor vehicles or bicycles requiring moderate ability
  • Manual Dexterity: Frequently operates motor vehicles or bicycles requiring moderate ability
  • Inside/Outside: Adverse conditions possible
  • Cold/Heat: Adverse conditions possible
  • Wet/Dry: Adverse conditions possible
  • Noise/Vibrations: Minimal exposure
  • Hazards: Physical confrontation, emergency response driving, traffic control, operation of firearms and foot pursuit
  • Fumes/Dust/Odors: Moderate exposure
  • Infectious Disease: High exposure

The above position description is intended to describe the duties of an employee in general terms and does not necessarily describe all of his/her duties.

The City of Kearney is a Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace and an EOE.

Application Special Instructions

Mandatory testing day will be February 14, 2022 at the Harmon Park Activity Center. This will be an all-day process.

If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 308.233.3212.

Please plan for a full day of testing. Bring a lunch, drink, and change of clothing for the fitness testing.

All dates have been approved by the Civil Service Commission so please plan accordingly to be available for the selection process.