CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Police Officer-All Levels Combined

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Officer-All Levels Combined
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators. Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
 
Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
 
Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.
 
Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.
 
Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
 
Testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
 
Evaluate complaint and emergency-request information to determine response requirements.
 
Patrol specific area on foot, horseback, or motorized conveyance, responding promptly to calls for assistance.
 
Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
 
Investigate traffic accidents and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed.
 
Photograph or draw diagrams of crime or accident scenes and interview principals and eyewitnesses.
 
Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and exhibit safe driving procedures.
 
Relay complaint and emergency-request information to appropriate agency dispatchers.
 
Issue citations or warnings to violators of motor vehicle ordinances.
 
Direct traffic flow and reroute traffic in case of emergencies.
 
Inform citizens of community services and recommend options to facilitate longer-term problem resolution.
 
Provide road information to assist motorists.
 
Process prisoners, and prepare and maintain records of prisoner bookings and prisoner status during booking and pre-trial process.
 
Inspect public establishments to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.
 
Act as official escorts, such as when leading funeral processions or firefighters.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Officer-All Levels Combined
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Officer-All Levels Combined
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Officer-All Levels Combined
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Sound Localization The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Officer-All Levels Combined
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Officer-All Levels Combined
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Accident Prevention Squad Police Officer
Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent
Animal Cop
Assistant Chief of Police
Border Guard
Border Patrol Agent
Border Patrol Officer
Border Police
Cadet
Campus Police Officer
City Constable
City Marshal
Community Service Patrol Officer
Complaint Evaluation Officer
Constable
Cop
Crime Prevention Police Officer
Crime Scene Officer
Customs Patrol Officer
Deputy Sheriff
Desk Officer
Detective
Detective Sergeant
Drug Enforcement Agent
Harbor Patrol Police
Highway Patrol Officer
Highway Patrol Pilot
Immigration Guard
K-9 Police Officer
Law Enforcement Officer
Marshal
Motorcycle Police
Mounted Police
Officer
Park Ranger
Patrol Driver
Patrol Officer
Patrol Sergeant
Patrolman
Peace Officer
Police Booking Officer
Police Cadet
Police Canine Patrol Officer
Police Inspector
Police Officer
Police Patrol Officer
Police Sergeant
Police Worker
Police or Patrol Park Officer
Policeman
Policewoman
Protective Officer
Public Safety Officer
Ranger
SWAT Team Member (Special Weapons and Tactics Team Member)
Safety Instruction Police Officer
Safety Patrol Officer
Security Police
State Highway Police Officer
State Patrol Officer
State Trooper
Town Marshal
Traffic Officer
Training Sergeant
Trooper
Uniform Patrol Police Officer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Officer-All Levels Combined
 
 
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