Police Officer

Applications are being accepted to establish an eligibility list for Police Officer positions at the Manassas City Police Department for both entry-level positions and lateral transfer officers. After a comprehensive hiring process, applicants selected for hire must satisfactorily complete a 20-week course at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy.

The purpose of this position is to protect life and property; respond to the needs of the general public; deter criminal activity within the community; enforce all state and local ordinances and laws; and protect the constitutional rights of all citizens by performing investigations, special details, and specific assignments.

Essential Job Functions

  • Enforces all applicable city, state, and federal laws.
  • Conducts criminal investigations, patrols assigned areas, and assists in emergency situations.
  • Reviews all documents, papers, and notes related to an investigation to allow for knowledgeable courtroom testimony.
  • Speaks with, and interacts with citizens to establish rapport and trust.
  • Establishes probable cause, issues summons, completes criminal complaints, and testifies to Magistrate during probable cause hearings for adult custodial arrests.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the use of issued or assigned equipment to include: issued firearm, ASP, Taser, OC, PBT, camera, patrol rifle, mobile data terminal, less-than-lethal munitions, body-worn cameras, and patrol shield.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Data Utilization:  Requires the ability to review, classify, categorize, prioritize, and/or analyze data. Includes exercising discretion in determining data classification, and in referencing such analysis to established standards for the purpose of recognizing actual or probable interactive effects and relationships.
  • Human Interaction: Requires the ability to apply principles of persuasion and/or influence over others in coordinating activities of a project, program, or designated area of responsibility.
  • Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate and control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials requiring complex and/or rapid adjustments.
  • Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data and information.
  • Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  May include counting, recording of counts, and basic measuring.
  • Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.
  • Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness, and creativity in critical and/or unexpected situations involving moderate risk to the organization.

Working Conditions

  • Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert moderate, though not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of objects up to 50 pounds, and occasionally required to lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.
  • Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odors, depth, textures, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
  • Environmental Factors: Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, smoke, temperature and noise extremes, animal/wildlife attacks, animal/human bites, hazardous materials, fire, traffic hazards, toxic agents, explosives, firearms, violence, disease or rude/irate persons.
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