The job of Patrol Officer is general duty police work in the protection of life
and property and the enforcement of laws and ordinances. The work involves
preventive patrol, preliminary investigation, traffic enforcement and
regulation, and preservation of social order and public peace by means of
patrolling in cars or on foot in a designated area where the officer is
The delivery of
service at the Police Officer level applies to the protection of life and
property; prevention and suppression of crime; apprehension of criminal
offenders; regulation and control of traffic; recovery of lost or stolen
property; and preservation and maintenance of social order and public peace.
The Patrol Officer is required to exercise a great deal of discretion concerning
basic police responsibility. The Police Officer runs the risk of upsetting the
delicate balance that must be maintained between the rights of individual
citizens and the safety and protection of the community. It is the duty of the
Patrol Officer to interpret the laws and determine which ones to enforce, and
decide upon the manner in which they will be enforced within real or imagined
departmental police perimeters.
The uniform force is the "backbone" of the Police Department and the focal point
for all police activities. All other police services are either supportive of,
or supplemental to, the patrol operation.
The duties and skills of the Police Officer include,
but are not limited to, the following:
Working knowledge of the
criminal and vehicular statutes of the state, local ordinances, general orders,
and all department directives as they apply to the department and employees.
Endurance for long
periods of monotony in routine patrol, yet ability to react quickly, almost
instantaneously and effectively, as problem situations occur.
Thorough knowledge of
the rules and procedures concerning the powers of arrest, search and seizure,
probable cause, and the use of force to affect an arrest.
Familiarity with the
proper procedures for transporting prisoners and the booking of prisoners.
Awareness of safety for
himself and others and the ability to overcome any and all potential hazards.
Ability to detect
potential evidence at crime scenes and know the proper procedures for collecting
and preserving that evidence. Familiar with proper procedures for sealing off
the crime scene area.
Ability to write clear,
concise, and detailed reports to aid follow-up investigations by members of the
investigative unit, to aid the quick apprehension of offenders, to aid in
testifying effectively in court to assure a conviction, and to aid the immediate
supervisor in gauging and evaluating the caliber of performance.
Follow correct radio
transmitting procedures and always be alert to any and all transmissions over
the air, i.e., calls for assistance, crimes in progress, etc.
Familiar with the
assigned patrol zone, i.e., street names, businesses and their normal business
hours, the caliber of people living there, the normal routine of events, known
criminals, being alert to anything out of the ordinary and reacting accordingly.
driving ability and be conscious of types of road conditions either in the
course of normal patrol or when responding to an emergency call by use of the
red light and siren.
interview/interrogate people effectively and sufficiently so as to gather as
much information as possible about any given situation.
Familiar with and, be
able to, refer people with problems to the correct agency.
Use discretion in the
use of police powers. Experience often dictates the effectiveness of such power,
i.e., when, how, and to what extent the use of that power will achieve a
satisfactory and effective result.
Respond whether on view
or by dispatch, investigate, interpret and enforce the law, give aid to victims
or offenders as necessary, and apprehend the perpetrators of the following
Criminal statutes as prescribed by the State of Illinois
Juvenile statutes as prescribed by the State of Illinois
Vehicular statutes as prescribed by the State of Illinois
Local Ordinances as prescribed by the City of Bloomington
In some cases, statutes as prescribed by the Federal Government
Respond to alarms.
Control and regulate
both vehicular and pedestrian traffic as the need arises.
Respond to and handle
suicide and hostage situations.
preliminary investigations of law violations.
Cooperate with other
members of the department.
The Police Officer is involved in the provision of public or non-enforcement
services also. Because the Police Officer is a visible and tangible around
the-clock representative of the city government process and can be summoned to
respond on a short notice, he is expected by citizens to provide a variety of
social services. Traditionally, the demands for such services have grown and the
department has responded, even though assuming such roles may seem somewhat
contradictory and inconsistent with the perceived "real" job of policing. Such
roles as "social worker", "nursemaid", and "counselor" (social first aid) often
lend themselves to generating increased public support and confidence in the
Police Department when done in a capable, enthusiastic, and confident manner.
The provision of public, social, or non-enforcement type services as done by the
Patrol Officers include, but are not limited to, the following:
Administer aid to
Assist persons who are
destitute and have no one to whom they can turn for advice or help.
Take part in rescue
operations, i.e., natural disasters, boating accidents, plane crashes, etc.
counselor-mediator for family and marital problems.
juvenile, or social problems-conflict.
vigilance in patrolling assigned zones for safety hazards, i.e., broken water
mains, holes in the street, defective traffic and road lights, etc., and notify
the appropriate agency for their immediate attention.
alcoholic/mental patient in getting medical attention and/or appropriate
counseling and therapy.
Search for lost
children, missing persons, and lost pets.
Help stranded motorists,
i.e., transporting to get gas, calling a tow truck for automobiles, etc.
Provide escort service
(transportation) to those who are in need of such if the situation should arise.
Give directions to
out-of-town motorists, and when asked, give directions to restaurants and
Capably assist the
public by giving advise, counseling, and interpreting situations as requested.
Respond to animal bite
calls, barking dogs, and report stray animals.
Serve as a public
relations representative, not only of the Police Department, but also the City,
by always conducting oneself in a confident professional manner.
Complete the electronic employment application and upload all required
documents. We will send an email for you to sign up for the written test (dates
are TBD). Once you have signed up, you will be required to pay a $25
application fee. If paying with check or money
order please make checks payable to the City of Bloomington. We only accept cash
payment in person.