Hinckley Police Department Police Officer Job Application
POLICE OFFICER- The Hinckley Township Police Department is seeking qualified candidates to fill full-time and part-time Police Officer positions. The work of a part-time Hinckley Police Officer is the same as that of a full-time Hinckley Police Officer, with the exception of being limited to 1500 hours a year, including accrued overtime.  

About The Hinckley Police Department:
The Hinckley Police Department is a 24-hour, full service police department that investigates all criminal and traffic matters within the Township of Hinckley. The ten OPOTA certified men and women of the Hinckley Police Department work collaboratively with the community, and our  8,000 residents, to provide quality, professional, and fair crime prevention and law enforcement services, with integrity, and respect.
The Hinckley Police Department strongly believes in giving back to the community. We believe that by actively engaging our community, especially with our youth, we can significantly improve the way we deliver police services, reducing criminal behavior and establishing trusting relationships with those we serve.

1. Must be a U.S. Citizen.
2. Must have a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
3. Must have valid Ohio Driver License
4. Must be OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy) Certified.
5. Must have no felony or serious misdemeanor criminal record, other than minor traffic violations.
6. Must be able to pass extensive background investigation.
7. Must be able to pass prior to appointment or has within the past year passed the OPOTA Physical Fitness Assessment, or a reasonably similar Fitness Test from the applicants current agency.  
7. Must pass a medical exam given by a designated physician and a psychological exam given by a designated psychologist certifying that the applicant meets the physical and psychological requirements necessary to perform the duties of a police officer and must pass a drug screen test.
8. Must not have tattoos, body art or branding that is visible while in the uniform of the day, upon appointment.

Hiring Process:
PHASE #1 - Applications will be reviewed for accuracy and completion, then a preliminary driver’s license and criminal background check will be conducted. Applicants who have no criminal record and a minor driving record may qualify to be elevated to Phase #2.
PHASE #2 - Applicants will be required to personally pick up, sign for, complete, and return a personal history packet from the Hinckley Police Department. Further information as to the selection process and requirements will be included within the packet.

PHASE #3 – Interviews will be conducted by a panel consisting of the Chief of Police, Sergeants and Patrol Officers. Additional interviews with the department’s Chief of Police and Township Trustees may follow.
PHASE #4 – In-depth Background Investigation including – Psychological Testing, Polygraph Testing, Physical and Drug Testing.
Nature of Work
Under supervision of a Sergeant, a Police Officer patrols a designated area ensuring compliance with all applicable State Laws and Township Resolutions; answers calls when a crime is suspected or an emergency exists; takes such actions as are necessary to prevent crime, to apprehend a criminal, to maintain safety, to assist citizens in a wide range of emergency and non-emergency situations; and performs other related duties, tasks, and assignments as required and directed by a Sergeant, or the Chief of Police. The Hinckley Police Department subscribes to the “Community-Oriented Policing” philosophy and, therefore, the primary emphasis of the position involves community service. Officers are required to take a problem-solving approach to the situations they encounter on a day-to-day basis and to interact with the residents on a regular basis to address relevant concerns facing their neighborhoods.
Essential Functions of Work  (May not include all duties performed.)
Drive a police vehicle, patrolling designated area.
Report unsafe conditions, such as obstructions in streets.
Issue citations for violations of traffic laws.
Makes arrests, sometimes requiring the use of physical effort.
Transport prisoners.
Investigate accidents, determining conditions, causes and other pertinent facts regarding accident.
Conduct investigation of crimes, preserve crime scene, gather and preserves evidence.
Check doors and windows of homes and businesses for security.
Testify in court.
Assist injured persons, notifies families of injury.
Answer inquiry; assist stranded motorist.
Look for and investigate conditions or situations which may indicate a crime is about to be, or has been, committed.
Maintain records and prepare reports of incidents and activities.
Take statements from witnesses and suspects.
Secure warrants.
Where juveniles are involved, interview parents, appear in court, and works with school authorities.
Direct and regulates traffic.
Attend neighborhood meetings to address and evaluate the concerns of the citizens.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Additional Qualifications
Must be physically capable of successfully performing the essential job functions of a Police Officer and be free of medical conditions that would preclude one from successfully performing said functions or would pose a direct threat to the health or safety of oneself or others.
Must have the:
Ability to exercise sound reasoning and good judgment.
Ability to recognize unusual or threatening conditions and take appropriate action.
Ability to interpret and apply principles, concepts, methods, laws, ordinances, and techniques to field conditions.
Ability to recognize, analyze, and define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and initiate appropriate corrective actions.
Ability to organize and prioritize daily tasks and activities.
Ability to use proper research and investigative methods, techniques, and practices in gathering data.
Ability to calculate fractions, decimals, and percentages.
Ability to gather, collate, and classify information and data regarding people, places, events, and activities.
Ability to prepare clear, concise, complete, and accurate reports, and complete and maintain accurate records.
Ability to copy records precisely without error and to maintain accurate records.
Ability to use personal computer to enter data and produce typewritten reports.
Ability to work alone on most tasks.
Ability to cooperate with co-workers on group efforts.
Ability to establish and maintain a good rapport with the public.
Ability to handle routine and sensitive inquiries from, and contact with, the public.
Ability to maintain confidentiality in the handling of sensitive events and issues.
Ability to communicate with the public, peers, superiors, and other Township Officials and employees in an effective, tactful, and courteous manner.
Ability to resolve complaints from angry citizens in an effective, tactful, and courteous manner.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors and peers.
Physical Requirements
Ability to demonstrate physical strength and dexterity in the use of hands and feet.
Ability to sit for long periods at a time.
Ability to walk and stand on a regular basis, sometimes for long periods at a time.
Ability to safely and effectively operate a motor vehicle.
Ability to safely, accurately, and effectively discharge a firearm in the line of duty.
Other Requirements
Ability to acquire and maintain certification (pursuant to state standards) for the operation of on-duty and off-duty firearms (i.e. shotgun, rifle, and handgun).
Regular and punctual attendance is regarded as an essential requirement of this classification.
Compliance with training directives established by supervisory personnel.
Adherence to all applicable Federal and State safety laws, and Department Rules, and Regulations.
If you have a disability requiring an accommodation at any phase during the hiring process, please advise the Hinckley Police Department as soon as possible, so that the steps necessary to accommodate your needs can be met. Failure to do so may result in the Township’s inability to accommodate the disability.
Equal Employment
Hinckley Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliation, age, type of disability or any other non-merit factor.

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