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Police Agent (January 2020 Academy) NEW AND LATERAL AGENTS

at City of Lakewood

Pay: $61484.8 to $91665.6/year
$61484.8 - $91665.6
Posted: 5/8/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2357113

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Summary

The nationally recognized and accredited City of Lakewood Police Department is now accepting applications for the expected January 2020 Academy.

Please Note: This position is for New Recruits and Lateral Police Agents.

Applications will be accepted through the City's website until May 24, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. MST. No late entries will be permitted. Testing for the position is expected to begin at the end of June 2019. For a full testing timeline, please visit our website http://joinlakewoodblue.com.

We are an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage ethnic minorities and women to apply. The City of Lakewood offers excellent benefits.

Please visit our new Police Recruiting website at http://joinlakewoodblue.com for more information about the Lakewood Police Department.



To qualify as a Police Agent Recruit you must meet the following requirements:
  • Must be at least 21 years of age, and
  • Have obtained a Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a nationally accredited university by July 1, 2019.
Other State requirements for Police Officers in Colorado, including Lakewood Police Lateral Agents include:
  • No felony convictions.
  • No convictions of misdemeanor crimes that would affect your ability to certify with the Colorado Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. Visit the POST website at https://coloradopost.gov/node/556 for a list of misdemeanors that will preclude police officer certification. Generally, traffic violations do not fall under these restrictions; however, you must possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license by the date of hire.
To apply as a Lateral Police Officer, you must meet the above listed criteria and the following:
  • Possess an active Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification or an active state equivalent,
  • not currently under Internal Affairs investigation for any reason,
  • a minimum of three (3) years patrol duty (calls for service/street duty) while employed full time by a state, county or municipal police department or sheriff's office department similar to that found in most urban and suburban settings. Experience accumulated as a deputy or officer employed at a correctional facility, or as a Federal or Military Police Officer is not applicable experience. Academy training does not count toward the three-year minimum experience requirement. Experience gained as a Campus Police Officer, or as a DA investigator will be considered on a case by case basis.
Please Note:
The following types of experience are NOT regarded as "law enforcement" experience for the purpose of Lateral to the Lakewood Police Department:
  • Deputy/Officer employed in a jail/prison setting
  • "Full Service" employment in a university setting
  • A volunteer reserve police officer
  • A military police officer
  • A District Attorney investigator
  • Employment on a part-time basis; or
  • Time spent in a training academy.
Salary Information:

$61,484.80 annually - Starting Pay when hired into Academy 
$65,624.00 annually - Increase effective upon successful completion of Police Academy and entry in to Field Training  
$70,033.60 annually - Increase effective upon successful completion of Field Training
$74,734.40 annually - Increase after 2 years of hire and upon successful completion of Probationary Period
$79,809.60 annually - Increase after 3 years from date of hire as Police Recruit. *Qualified Lateral & Veteran starting pay.
$85,134.40 annually - Increase after 4 years from date of hire as Police Recruit.
$91,665.60 annually - Increase after 5 years from date of hire as Police Recruit. (This is our top step for Police Agents, salary is studied annually and adjusted accordingly.)

*The Lakewood Police Department values the leadership experience and service-minded culture of our Nation's military.  To honor those values and to attract selected veterans as potential-hires for our police force, Lakewood Police now offers lateral-transfer pay (currently $77,334.40 + benefits/year) for veterans which fall into any one of the below categories.

1. Any Non-Commissioned Officer with a bachelor's degree plus a minimum of six years of active duty time or 10 years of Reserve/Guard time.

2. Any Law Enforcement AFSC/MOS/NEC Non-Commissioned Officer with a bachelor's degree and a minimum of six years of active duty service.

3. Any Commissioned or Warrant Officer with a bachelor's degree and four years of service.

4. Any Law Enforcement AFSC/MOS Commissioned or Warrant Officer with a bachelor's degree plus two years of service.

This benefit extends only to lateral pay. All veterans must still submit a full application package (which will honor your Veterans Preference points), meet all of Lakewood's standards and complete the full police academy and field training.

Benefits:

Medical Insurance – Options include a Cigna or Kaiser High-Deductible Health Plan with a city-funded Health Reimbursement Account. Enrollment is the first of the month following the date of hire. 

Dental & Vision Insurance – Delta Dental plan and VSP plan. Enrollment is the first of the month following the hire date. 

Life Insurance – Full-time employees are covered for 1.5 times their annual salary in life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment, up to a maximum of $400,000 (the minimum benefit is $50,000). The City pays the cost of the coverage. Additional voluntary insurance for employee, spouse, or dependents available. 

Long-Term Disability Insurance – 60% of pay. Plan is paid for by the City. 

Retirement – The City's pension fund is a social security replacement, money purchase plan 401(a). Mandatory employee contribution is 8 percent of gross base salary; City contribution is 10 percent of gross base salary. Enrollment is immediate and vesting begins after 1 year with full vesting after 5 years.  

Leaves – 11 holidays + 2 floating days per year; 8 hours sick leave accrual per month; 8 hours vacation leave accrual per month.

Other - Use of city recreation facilities, provided cell phone for business use, uniform dry cleaning, and more.

Agent Opportunities: Patrol Agent, Traffic and Motorcycle Agent, Special Enforcement Team Agent, Police Academy Training Agent, Colorado Mills Mall Team Agent, K-9 Unit, Sector Liaison Unit Agent.

Investigative Opportunities: Major Crimes Detective, Crimes Against Children Detective, Juvenile Crimes Team Detective, Traffic Detectives, Theft Detective, Burglary Detective, Economic Crimes Detective, School Resource Officers, Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force Detective, ATF Task Force Detective, Metro Gang Task Force Detective, Internal Affairs Detective, Sex Offender Tracking & Registration Detectives, Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory Detective, Special Investigations Unit.

Promotional Opportunities: Sergeant, Commander, Division Chief, Chief of Police

Additional Opportunities/Responsibilities: West Metro SWAT Team (Negotiations/Tactical Operators), Hazardous Materials Team, Firearms Instructors, Arrest Control Instructors, Drive Track Instructors, Recruitment Team Agents/Dispatchers, Crime Scene Investigator Agents, Peer Support Team Agents, Field Training Agents, Crisis Intervention Trained Agents/Coaches, Public Information Officer, Awards Committee, Employee Representative Committee, Speakers Bureau, Critical Incident Response Team, Child Abduction Response Team, Drug Recognition Expert Certifications, Bicycle Patrol Certification, Traffic Accident Investigator (Certifications I-IV), CIT Coach.
Please note: this application will require you to answer a considerable number of questions and attach two different files;
  • one file containing your most recent unofficial college transcript,
  • and the other file containing front & back photos of current driver's license, copy of high school diploma/GED, copy of DD-214 if you are a veteran, and additional explanation of any of the application questions if necessary.

Instructions regarding the attachments are also given in the last question on the application. The application will take one to two hours to complete, possibly more.


Please select the "Supplemental Questions" tab just above these paragraphs to preview the questions and prepare the necessary information to answer the questions before you decide to apply. You may also print the supplemental questions if you find that helpful. They will take up several pages though.

If you are not prepared or qualified for this process, but will be in the future, we encourage you to submit a "job interest alert" on the Job Opportunities page of www.lakewood.org. By submitting a "job interest alert" you will receive an instant email whenever a position in your area of interest becomes available.
 
Job Summary Description
In an entry or lateral capacity, performs Police Officer duties, including but not limited to communicating information, dealing with critical and dangerous situations, safely driving in routine and emergency situations, effecting arrests, transporting arrestees, gathering information from victims, witnesses and suspects, handling firearms with proficiency and safety, working a rotating shift. New Recruits will be paid during their training, which includes a 24 week academy and 16 weeks of field training.

Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities

(This job description does not intend to list every function of the position.)
 

Communicating Through Radio (Duties Include): Comprehending radio transmissions being received over multiple law enforcement radio channels. Communicating information effectively while transmitting on the radio.
 
Dealing with High Pressure and Potentially Dangerous Situations (Duties Include): Recognizing situations of potential danger to police per­sonnel, citizens, traffic and surrounding property. Exercis­ing sound judgment in dealing with critical situations. Maintaining calm in high pressure or dangerous situations.
 
Detecting and Collecting Evidence (Duties Include): Providing a basis for probable cause that a crime has been committed and indicates who committed it.
 
Driving (Duties Include): Operating a law enforcement vehicle safely in non-emer­gency (routine) and emergency situations. Responding to the radio-mike while performing multiple functions in­cluding; floor pedals, gearshift, steering wheel and the radio (during both day­light and dark hours); in excess of posted speed limits; in congested traffic conditions; in unsafe road conditions caused by such factors as rain, ice, snow, fog, smoke, etc.
 
Effecting Arrests (Duties Include): Determining if probable cause exists for arrest. Effecting arrests using the techniques and equipment appropriate to meet the resistance presented by suspects. Taking photo­graphs of and obtaining fingerprints from arrested sus­pects. Transporting arrestees and mental subjects using appropriate force and restraint.
 
Handling Abuse (Duties Include): Both verbal and physical when dealing with hostile sus­pects and others encountered in antagonistic environments.
 
Information Gathering and Disseminating (Duties In­clude): Effectively communicating with people of all ages from diverse eco­­nomic, cultural and ethnic back­­grounds while providing information and directions, mediating disputes, advising of rights and legal processes and testifying in judicial setting. Using proper phone procedures. Gathering information by interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects.
 
Performing Patrol Functions (Duties Include): Work­ing rotating shifts. Walking on foot patrol. Check­ing doors and windows for security. Performing First Aid/CPR functions at accident and disaster scenes. Removing in­jured people from dangerous situations by lifting, drag­ging, or carrying them. Directing traffic. Safely conduct traffic stops on traffic violators. Controlling crowds. Recognizing potentially dangerous situations and evacuat­ing people from affected area. Stopping and detaining suspicious vehicles and persons. Performing searches of people, vehicles, buildings and outdoor areas.
 
Reporting/Form Completion (Duties Include): Selecting and utilizing appropriate report forms. Using appropriate grammar and construction in the thorough preparation of investigative reports, summonses, affidavits, warrants and other required forms.
 
Utilizing Firearms (Duties Include): Loading, unloading, aiming and firing handguns from a variety of positions at levels of proficiency and safety prescribed by qualification standards.
 
NOTE: A Police Agent should maintain a level of physical fitness to be able to safely perform all duties, especially those requiring maximum levels of exertion, e.g., arrest control, suspect chase.

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Performs work that requires the following physical abilities:
 
Regular and reliable attendance.
 
Keyboarding skills, with word processing functions to prepare reports, generate criminal histories, enter data on computer and mobile data terminals (MDT's) and other required forms.
 
The ability to follow supervisor's instructions.
 
The ability to work a rotating shift, including nights, holi­days and weekends.
 
Performs work that requires:
 
Vision (Examples Include): To pass a driver's test. To shoot a handgun or shotgun, day or night. To read a CRT or printed matter. To read a driver's license or license plates, both day and night. To be able to differentiate between c­olors and shades of color. To have visual acuity near, visual acuity far, color discrimi­nation to identify a suspect, vehicle, environmental surroundings, etc. An Agent uses vision while driving, performing searches, reading legal documents and a variety of other written material. Must maintain awareness of surroundings at all times. Uses near, far, depth perception and peripheral vision. Uses vision in dim lighting to read. Uses vision on a constant basis. Night vision is required.
 
Hearing (Examples Include): To hear, understand and comprehend radio transmissions in order to respond appropriately to unforeseeable events and calls that characterize police work. To listen, comprehend and take reports while interviewing witnesses, victims and suspects. To hear and distinguish sounds and remain vigilant to potential for hazardous/dangerous situations to self and others. To hear and remain alert in chaotic, unpredictable and confusing situations where high volume of background noise may be present. Must be proficient at responding to and listening to radio communications. Must have the ability to multi-task while listening. Listens to surrounding sounds while taking reports. Listens to radio while in chaotic situations. Must maintain awareness of surroundings at all times. Uses hearing on a constant basis.
 
Manual Dexterity (Examples Include): To manipulate equipment, during driving and arrest control. Uses a keyboard and touch screen, camera and fingerprint equipment (CSI's). Must have manual dexterity to manipulate gas and brake pedals in vehicle by foot on a frequent basis.
 
Walking/Standing (Examples Include): To stand in conjunction with walking while performing job tasks of investigation, use of force techniques and directing traffic on an occasional to frequent basis. Standing time is higher for traffic patrol and some other assignments. Standing increases with traffic and crowd control. Walking increases on third shift due to building searches.
 
Balance (Examples Include): To balance on occasion while running, chasing a suspect or climbing. To maintain balance while on stairs, outdoor and uneven terrain and ladders. To maintain balance while using force techniques that exceeds that seen in normal standing and walking. To work with resistive people and be involved in climbing and walking/running on uneven terrain and while on bicycle patrol.
 
Twisting and Turning at the Waist (Examples Include): To twist and turn during baton, cuffing and arrest techniques. To twist and turn while seated in car to write notes (approximately 15-20 degrees of spinal rotation). Twist and turn while driving and to use keyboard in car if it has not been removed from stand. Twisting occurs on a constant basis.
 
Lifting (Examples Include): To lift items such as traffic cones, briefcase, gear bag, first-aid kits, accident investigation kits, evidence and the car's spare tire, weighing approximately 25-34 pounds. A typical gear bag weighed at 11 to 24 pounds, the briefcase 16 to 36 pounds. This is a combined weight of 27 to 60 pounds. Lifting these items is required from floor level or from below the knee on an occasional basis. Required to lift from trunk and car miscellaneous equipment weighing from 2 to 34 pounds from knee through chest level, e.g., briefcase. The heaviest item lifted and dragged was identified to be a person (100 pounds or more), usually drunk or impaired, or a protester. Required to lift from knee through chest level people during arrest control or emergent situations, on an occasional basis. To wear a personal protection vest weighing from 2 to 6 pounds and to wear a gun belt weighing 9 pounds. This is a combined weight of approxi­mately 15 pounds and the Agent wears the items throughout the work shift. Required to lift above shoulder level on an occasional basis a rifle from rack weighing up to 10 pounds. Motorcycle traffic patrol Agents must be able to pick up a motorcycle from the ground that weighs approximately 620 pounds. Weight of equipment varies and increases significantly for SWAT Team members. Gear bags moved from personal vehicle to patrol vehicle or from office to patrol vehicle.
 
Pushing (Examples Include): To push to position spot­lights and open/close the window between the front and back seat of the patrol car (measured in the light industrial category --1 to 10 pounds of horizontal force). It is noted that hand and wrist positions observed included lateral pinch, palmar pinch and wrist extension. A power grip is required for less than 6 seconds to release the window. To push when apprehending suspects and applying baton or handcuff maneuvers. The forces encountered will be varied depending on the resistance encountered. Forces will vary from light to heavy (greater than 45 pounds of horizontal force). Pushing occurs on a frequent basis. On occasion, must push an automobile.
 
Cardiovascular Endurance (Examples Include): To run fast and far enough to pursue fleeing suspects. To run to safety when confronting certain situations. To perform rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles.
 
Muscular Strength (Examples Include): To rescue endangered persons. To physically separate individuals who are fighting or preparing to fight. To lift, carry and drag heavy objects and use body force to gain entrance through barriers.
 
Hand Functions/Gripping (Examples Include): Fine-finger dexter­ity. Gross-finger dexterity. Simple grasping, power grip and twisting at the wrist. To grip steering wheel, motorcycle handles and/or equipment on a frequent to constant basis.
 
Sitting (Examples Include): To sit while driving to patrol the assigned area, write reports, observe scenes and during briefing sessions. To sit at a desk for periods of time to perform administrative work. Sitting occurs on an occasional to frequent basis.
 
Pulling (Examples Include): To pull to position spot­lights, opening and closing a window between the front and back seat of the patrol car and when arresting sus­pects. Forces and grips encountered are as described in Pushing. Pulling occurs on a frequent basis.
 
Climbing (Examples Include): To climb over and through openings and pull oneself up over obstacles. To climb stairs, ramps, fences, uneven terrain, ladders and other obstacles on an occasional basis.
 
Stooping/Bending (Examples Include): To stoop in conjunction with standing during a traffic stop. To have the spine in a flexed posture while sitting. Bending during traffic stops, picking up evidence, entering codes to doors in office, writing citations while standing, changing tires.
 
Flexibility (Examples Include): To work varied hours and adjust sleep patterns without affecting job performance in a negative manner. To function with little rest.
 
Kneeling (Examples Include): To kneel while perform­ing arrest techniques on an occasional basis. Kneeling may increase on a SWAT call and perimeter calls.
 
Pinching (Examples Include): To write, holding a clipboard, license, papers on an occasional basis; radio control for traffic patrol when on a motorcycle.
 
Carrying/Maneuvering (Examples Include): To carry items (as noted in Lifting), from the department to the patrol car and back a minimum of two times daily. The average distance the load is carried is 250 feet to 1500 feet. Required to carry or maneuver (push/pull) on a constant basis personal protection vest weighing 4-5 pounds and boots weighing two pounds each, as well as speed gun, handgun, rifle/shotgun, helmet and radio controls (weighing up to 10 pounds) in vehicle. Also maneuver equipment on belt (gun, baton, handcuffs, flashlight, radio) ranging from 12-15 pounds, a gear bag weighing 11-24 pounds in and out of vehicle daily, saddle bag for traffic, 25-34 pounds for changing a tire, 35-50 pounds for SWAT ballistic shield, 51-75 pounds for SWAT gear bag moved in and out of vehicle daily and people during arrest control or emergent situations weighing over 100 pounds on an occasional basis.
 
Crouching (Examples Include). A Police Agent may crouch during observations, searches, or SWAT calls on an occasional basis.
 
Reaching (Examples Include): To use radio and other equipment and during arrest control on a frequent basis.
 
Jumping (Examples Include): To jump down from ele­vated surfaces and over obstacles, fences, ditches and streams on an occasional basis.
 
Running (Examples Include): To run in pursuit of a suspect on an occasional basis.
 
Squatting.
 
IMPORTANT JOB FUNCTIONS
 
Crawling (Examples Include): To crawl in confined areas, window, during car search on a rare basis.

Essential Qualifications

Education: A bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited institution of higher learning or from an accredited program. The accreditation must be recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. It is the applicant's responsibility to have degrees from foreign universities professionally assessed prior to the start of the Background process.
 
Age: At least twenty-one (21) years of age at time of hire.
 
Citizen of the United States, or proper I-9 documenta­tion (https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-9.pdf).

KSA's and Physical/Mental Reqs

Decision Making (KSAs Include): Applies knowledge and reasoning to make prompt and effective decisions quickly in both routine and non-routine situations. Evaluates alternative courses of action and selects the most acceptable alternatives. Makes sound decisions in a timely manner and takes appropriate action.
 
Integrity (KSAs Include): Represents honesty and truthfulness in daily activities as well as in all reports and testimony. Conducts activities that represent the department in a light that establishes public trust and con­­­­­­­­fidence.
 
Self-Control (KSAs Include): Maintains composure and performs effectively in high-pressure situations. Refrains from overreacting when subjected to physical or verbal abuse. Exercises restraint and uses the appropriate amount of force necessary to handle a given situation.
 
Assertiveness (KSAs Include): Asserts self when necessary to exert control over others. Approaches situations that are suspicious in nature.
 
Observation Skills (KSAs Include): Recognizes conditions or circumstances that indicate something might be wrong, unusual, or out of the ordi­nary; utilizes senses of sight and hearing to assist in recog­nition.
 
Written Communication (KSAs Include): Writes clearly and concisely. Uses proper grammar, punctuation and spelling. Writes reports that are well organized, complete and accurate. Writes reports, takes notes and gives citations. Need for legible handwriting increases for traffic patrol agents on motorcycles because of lack of computer.
 
Verbal Communication (KSAs Include): Speaks in a clear, understandable manner and compre­hends various types of information. Communicates effec­tively with persons from diverse economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Speaks with good pronunciation, projects voice clearly.
 
Teamwork (KSAs Include): Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors and other law enforcement officials. Recognizes situations where teamwork, not sole effort, is needed. Shares information and works coopera­tively with others. Complies with departmental rules and regulations. Follows orders. Is able to accept advice and constructive criticism in a positive manner.
 
Dependability (KSAs Include): Is reliable, thorough, punctual, and accurate. Assumes respon­sibility for share of workload. Works with minimal super­vision.
 
Learning (KSAs Include): Comprehends new information and applies that which has been learned on the job. Understands and conceptually applies information that is provided in writing or verbally. Retains information.
 
Interpersonal Behavior (KSAs Include): Sensitive to the feelings of others and resolves problems in ways that do not arouse antagonism. Interacts and deals effectively with people from varying social and cultural backgrounds.   Courteous and respectful. Exercises com­passion and empathy for persons in varied situations and with varied backgrounds.
 
Adaptability (KSAs Include): Adapts to changes in working conditions (e.g., changes in patrol assignment, shift changes, different types of inci­dents that must be handled one right after the other, weather conditions, etc.)
 
Driving Skills: Demonstrates ability to control vehicle in routine and emergency situations. Maintains a good driving record. Complies with departmental and state driving and safety regulations.   Must be proficient at driving while multi-tasking and requires driving in various weather conditions at various speeds.
 
COMMITMENT TO QUALITY SERVICE (KSAs Include): Educates and informs citizens and customers on a variety of issues surrounding law enforcement, develops a rapport with citizens, answers citizens' questions and understands citizens' concerns, demonstrates problem-solving for citi­zens, demonstrates involvement in Community-Oriented Problem Solving (COPS) and displays a positive relation­ship with citizens, as well as with other employees through­out the department and City.
 
OFFICER SAFETY (KSAs Include): Applies appropriate safety precautions in hazardous and potentially dangerous situations. Maintains a safe position when dealing with suspects. Maintains awareness of own location and location of legal elements.
 
USE OF WEAPONS (KSAs Include): Maintains physical strength, flexibility and maneuverabil­ity necessary to properly utilize the approved weapons for police officers. Dem­­­­­­­­­onstrates the ability to aim at a desig­nated target and attain an acceptable proficiency rating. Understands appropriate levels of force based on specific circumstances and chooses weapons accordingly.
 
LEGAL KNOWLEDGE (KSAs Include): Demonstrates working knowledge of laws, codes and legal procedures. Accurately detects crimes and violations and applies all appropriated codes. Complies with legal re­quirements when making arrests, conducting searches and obtaining evidence. Writes reports that include all neces­sary legal elements.
 
ARREST AND CONTROL TECHNIQUES (KSAs Include):  Maintains physical strength, flexibility and maneuverabil­ity necessary to apply prescribed restraining techniques. Remains current in use of force considerations and applies force appropriately. Coordinates arrests and restraints with other officers to minimize danger for Agents, arrestees and bystanders.
 
KNOWLEDGE OF DEPARTMENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES (KSAs Include): Demonstrates working knowledge of department policies, regulations and procedures. Is able to verbalize them and apply them appropriately.
 
PEACE OFFICERS' STANDARDS AND TRAINING: Ability to pass the P.O.S.T. certification test.
 
Must be able to pass a polygraph, oral board interview, psychological examinations (pre- and post-offer), back­ground investigation, pre-placement physical ex­amination, hair follicle drug screen and physical abilities test (obstacle course).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
 
INITIATIVE (KSAs Include): Proceeds on assignments without waiting to be told what to do. Makes an effort to improve skills and keeps informed of new developments in the field. Exerts the effort needed to make sure the job is done correctly.
 
APPEARANCE (KSAs Include): Presents a neat, clean and well-groomed appearance.
 
Bi-lingual (Spanish-speaking) ability is a desired qualification.

The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.