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Probationary Police Officer

Position: Probationary Police Officer – Entry and Lateral level positions available
 
Wage/Salary: $4,239.14 to $4,732.06 per month, depending on experience.  Qualified employees may also receive Associates or Bachelors degree incentive pay as well as Montana Peace Officer Standards and Training certification pay. 
 
Bargaining Unit: Bozeman Police Protective Association (BPPA)
Fair Labor Standards Status: Non-Exempt
Date Position to be Filled: March 2015
Work Week/Hours of Work: Shift Work – Varies (workweek consists of four, 10-hour shifts)
 
Supervisors: Field Training Officer, Shift Sergeant, Police Administration
 
                                   
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
In order to be considered for a position with the City of Bozeman Police Department as a Probationary Police Officer, applicants must meet the minimum following qualifications:
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be  at least 18 years of age;
  • Be fingerprinted and a search made of the local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record;
  • Must not have been convicted of a crime for which the person could have been imprisoned in a federal or state penitentiary;
  • Be of good moral character, and conduct personal life above reproach as determined by a thorough background investigation;
  • Be a high school graduate or possess a G.E.D. certificate;
  • Possess or be eligible to obtain a Montana driver’s license at time of hiring;
  • Be of sound physical and mental health;
  • As an entry level candidate, must have successfully passed the written examination and physical abilities test conducted by the Montana Law Enforcement Testing Consortium (MTLETC) within the past 12 months. Information on the MTLETC can be found at www.mtletc.org and on You Tube at  http://youtu.be/ObQcu2BJ5KU
  • As a lateral level candidate, must successfully pass the written examination and physical abilities conducted by the Bozeman Police Department on January 6, 2015. If you are a lateral level candidate who is currently on the MTLETC eligibility list, you do no not need to take this test on January 6, 2015.
  • Must have successfully passed an oral interview examination to demonstrate the possession of communication skills, temperament, motivation, and other characteristics necessary to the accomplishment of the duties and functions of a peace officer; and
  • Must be certified or eligible to be certifiable by the Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Advisory Council (POST) as a full-time or part-time peace officer.        
 
Employment offers are conditional based upon satisfactory responses to job-related medical, hearing, vision, psychological examinations, an extensive background investigation, and possibly a drug test.
 
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Performs generalized law enforcement duties, usually in department-issued uniforms; patrols an assigned beat or area, usually on foot or in a radio equipped patrol car, but may include various forms of patrol such as bicycle, motorcycle, etc.; answers calls for service; investigates traffic accidents and criminal offenses; issues citations and warnings for traffic and criminal violations; makes physical custody arrests with and without a warrant; takes intoxicated or mentally ill persons into protective custody; transports prisoners; testifies in court and before administrative bodies; composes investigative reports; conducts crime prevention presentations; speaks before schools and civic groups; renders emergency first aid to injured or ill persons; completes all necessary reports, affidavits and citations in a thorough, legible and timely manner; makes inquiries of computerized data bases; answers telephone calls and initiates radio broadcasts; searches for latent fingerprints at crime scenes; searches for and collects trace evidence at crime and accident scenes; performs various rescue and lifesaving tasks; participates in raids and high-risk warrant service; controls violent or resisting suspects; apprehends fleeing persons in a vehicle or on foot; participates in physically strenuous and mentally demanding recruit and in-service training programs; and other related work as required.
 
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
In order to successfully perform the above critical job functions, the officer must possess specific skills and abilities, to include, but not limited to the following:
  1. Ability to operate mobile and portable radio equipment, including transmitting and receiving voice messages;
  2. Flexible in time available for work and be dependable and accountable to a supervisor;
  3. Have sufficient knowledge and training in taking care of vehicles, firearms, clothing and personal equipment;
  4. Ability to handle a vehicle in a variety of situations, including normal driving, high speed situations, inclement weather, and other hazardous conditions;
  5. Possess very good English language communication skills, including verbal and writing skills;
  6. Physical ability necessary to maintain long working hours, walk patrols, apprehend dangerous persons, subdue suspects, search for missing persons and suspects, and engage in physical exercise and training;
  7. Have good memory skills to remember names, radio codes, addresses, events, dates, circumstances, etc;
  8. Possess interpersonal skills to interact with the public and co-workers.  Establish a good rapport with citizens in the community;
  9. Ability to sit for long periods of time;
  10. Ability to protect self and others from physical attacks and hostile use of firearms or other weapons;
  11. Knowledge of, or ability to learn, general laws, legal procedures, constitutional rights and to be able to explain these to offenders and the general public;
  12. Knowledge of, or ability to learn, court procedures, to be able to confer with prosecutors, obtain search warrants, prepare affidavits, serve restraining orders, mental health commitment orders, etc.;
  13. Accurately operate typewriters, desktop and mobile computers, possess typing skills and windows based software program experience, word processing programs and standard office equipment etc.;
  14. Retrieve suspect information from files, radio transmissions, teletypes, witnesses, and criminal histories;
  15. Ability to remain calm, think and react quickly and use good judgment in the most demanding situations;
  16. Ability to maintain precise and well organized records and logs, and write complete, clear and comprehensive reports;
  17. Physically able to check buildings, parks, schools, and other developed and undeveloped areas for possible criminal activity;
  18. Have sufficient emotional stability to tolerate stressful work conditions, including verbal and physical abuse, and traumatic emergency events;
  19. Successfully complete training and obtain knowledge needed to investigate complex criminal cases;
  20. Sufficient physical and mental strength and ability to defend self and others, handcuff suspects, and subdue subjects resisting arrest;
  21. Knowledge and training, or ability to learn, general and emergency first aid, including CPR;
  22. Possess sufficient vision in both eyes, allowing you to see and distinguish colors in all weather conditions and both at day and night time;
  23. Possess sufficient hearing in both ears, to be able to hear and understand normal conversation, receive verbal instructions, radio transmissions, and detect instructions presented in crowds or emergency situations with extreme background noise;
  24. Knowledge and training, or the ability to learn, the investigation of persons for driving under influence of alcohol and drugs;
  25. Ability to control crowds, direct traffic, and give verbal commands in emergency situations;
  26. Knowledge of or ability to learn juvenile justice programs and procedures;
  27. Basic understanding or ability to learn, animal control laws and procedures;
  28. Ability to engage in physical altercations for an average of nearly two minutes of very strenuous physical exertion with some altercations much longer;
  29. As a condition of continued employment, must possess and retain the ability to provide credible testimony in a court of law;
  30. Attend and successfully complete State of Montana Law Enforcement Academy Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course or the State of Montana Police Officer Equivalency Examination (if applicable) and all required in-service department training;
  31. Comply with all departmental rules, regulations and directives.
 
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:
To include, but not limited to: police car, mobile and portable radios, radar equipment, mobile data computers, desktop computers, video and audio recording equipment, various office equipment, handgun, shotgun and other firearms as required, TASER electronic control device, handcuffs and other duty gear, breathalyzer, and first aid equipment.
 
WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions, to include extreme cold and heat.  The employee occasionally works near or with moving mechanical parts, explosives and weapons; in high, precarious places; and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
 
Job duties frequently require the employee to see, sit, talk, hear and smell.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk or run; use hands to finger, handle, or operate controls or objects or tools listed above; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
 
 
LATERAL TRANSFER INFORMATION:
Lateral Transfer Provisions/Salary Explanation: The Bozeman Police Protective Association and the City of Bozeman agree that in the interest of drawing experienced and qualified applicants to openings within the Bozeman Police Department, that lateral transfers from police agencies shall be accepted with the following conditions:
 
At the time of hire, applicants must have a current/valid transferable POST law enforcement Basic Certificate.  Refer to Montana Code Annotated 7-32-303 and 7-32-240.  In addition, in order to be considered for employment with the Bozeman Police Department, applicants must meet all established pre-employment minimum requirements as well as successfully complete all testing, screening and background investigations.
  • Officers holding a current/valid Montana POST Basic Certificate will NOT have to attend the basic law enforcement academy.  However, all certified law enforcement officers from outside the State of Montana must take and pass the State of Montana Police Officer Equivalency Examination administered by the MLEA.  Officers successfully completing this process also must complete the Bozeman Police Department Field Training and Evaluation Program;
  • Applicant must have completed a law enforcement officer basic course in another state;
  • Applicant must have served at least one full year with a law enforcement agency;
  • Applicant must have successfully completed a one-year probationary period with their prior employer;
  • If the officer is hired, the officer shall hold the rank of Probationary Police Officer.  Promotions of the officer shall be in accordance with the Bozeman Police Department Promotion Policy.  This program does not and will not provide for the lateral transfer of rights to any seniority based status.
  • Applicants with law enforcement experience that fail to produce a current/valid Montana POST law enforcement Basic Certificate or who fail to pass the State of Montana Police Officer Equivalency Examination do not qualify for lateral transfer positions;
  • Federal law enforcement officers, military police officers, correction/detention officers, jailers, special or reserve officers/deputies or any other such positions which fall outside the above guidelines do not qualify for lateral transfer positions; 
  • The lateral transfer employment program will recognize up to five (5) years of experience when establishing the starting salary for qualified applicants.  For example, a new employee who has seven (7) years of qualified experience may receive, upon entry into employment as a sworn officer with the Bozeman Police Department, the top monthly starting salary of $4,732.06. The starting salary rate of a lateral-level officer shall be established at the sole discretion of the Chief of Police. 
 
Refer to the Montana Department of Justice Public Safety Officer Standards and Training (POST) office at http://doj.mt.gov/post/ for additional information and requirements for lateral entry police officers.
 
OTHER INFORMATION:
Benefits:  Currently, City of Bozeman benefits (subject to change depending on availability of funds) include:  medical, dental and vision insurance, prescription drug coverage, flexible benefits plan, 15 days vacation and 12 days sick leave per year, 11 paid holidays,  retirement, life insurance, reduced fee health club membership, and an optional deferred compensation retirement plan.  Bozeman Police Officers are excluded from the federal social security system, but are included in the federal Medicare system. 
 
Equal Employment Opportunity:  The City of Bozeman does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, political ideas, or perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or disability in employment or the provision of services.  This policy does not preclude discrimination based upon bona fide occupational qualifications or other recognized exceptions under the law.
 
The Montana Human Rights Act requires the City of Bozeman to make and keep records relevant to the determinations of whether unlawful employment practices have been or are being committed.  The City of Bozeman Equal Employment Opportunity Applicant Survey (attached to the application) once completed, will be separated from your Application.  The survey information will be kept confidential, used only for statistical reports and other lawful purposes.  The information you and others provide will be used to monitor the City's recruitment and selection practices.  This form is optional and failure to complete this form will have no impact on any employment decision.
 
Application and Selection Process:  The process used to evaluate an applicant’s qualifications may include, but is not limited to, an evaluation of the City of Bozeman Application for Employment and supplemental questions, a performance test or work sample, and formal interview(s).  Successful applicants will be notified when screening has been completed.
 
Background Investigation Process: As a condition of employment, job candidates who receive a conditional employment offer are required to undergo an extensive background investigation.   As part of this background investigation process, each candidate who has received a conditional offer will be required to complete the forms necessary to conduct the background investigation.  These forms include, among others, the following:
 
Bozeman Police Department Applicant Waiver Packet which includes the following documents:
  • Conditional Offer of Probationary Employment
  • Certification and Penalty
  • Authorization to Release Information and Release from Liability
  • Pre-employment Investigation Discovery Waiver
  • Child Support Disclosure
  • Tattoo and Body Piercing Disclosure
  • Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act
 
Personal History Statement including:
  • Confidential Form
  • Documents to be submitted
  • General Instructions
  • Personal History Forms
 
Copies of these forms are available upon request.  The required forms will be provided at the time a verbal conditional offer is made.  This allows the candidates sufficient time to review and evaluate prior to their initial meeting with the Investigator assigned to them.
 
Reasonable Accommodations:  The City of Bozeman makes reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the recruitment and selection process or an employee's ability to perform the essential duties of the job.  For the City to consider any such accommodation, the applicant must make known any needed accommodation.
 
Employment Preference:  The Veteran’s Public Employment Preference Act and the Persons with Disabilities Public Employment Preference Act provide preference in public employment for certain military veterans and people with disabilities or their eligible relatives.  Applicants wanting to claim either veterans or disability preference must provide the appropriate documentation of eligibility with the application.  The required documentation may include a DD-214 (Un-Deleted copy); a document issued by the Office of the Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard certifying service; or a PHHS Certifications of Disability form.  Contact your local Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services Office, Department of Public Health and Human Services for details on obtaining persons with disabilities preference certification.  For more information, contact the City of Bozeman Human Resources office at (406) 582-2367.
 
Immigration Reform and Control Act:  In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire, documentation that he or she is authorized to work in the United States.  Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or social security card along with a driver’s license or other picture identification, a United Stated Passport, Certificate of Naturalization, a Permanent Resident Card, an Alien Registration Receipt Card (Green Card) or a Resident Alien Card.
 
Automatic Disqualifiers
The following disqualifiers will automatically make you ineligible to become a City of Bozeman Police Officer, to include but not limited to:
  1. Convicted of a crime for which the person could have been imprisoned in a federal or state penitentiary.
  2. Convicted of a crime of domestic violence in any state that would be a conviction pursuant to §45-5-209      M.C.A., Partner or Family Member Assault.
  3. Convicted of a crime of domestic violence as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 921(a) (33) A).
  4. Dishonorably discharged from the armed forces and unable to possess a firearm in accordance with 18 U.S.C. § 922.
  5. Demonstrated a pattern of violence, including domestic violence, regardless of whether or not resulting in conviction.
  6. Past or ongoing affiliation with, and/or support of, an organization or group which fosters anti-government beliefs or any organization that supports hatred toward any protected class or advocates violence or disruption of government, or whose organizational or individual goals are contrary to the interests of public safety and welfare.
  7. Demonstrated a pattern of bias constituting racial, gender, age, religion, ethnic, national origin, sexual       orientation, sexual harassment or other discrimination.
  8. Evidence that the applicant has willfully provided false information, misleading information or omitted      information during the application or background investigation process.
  9. Fail to possess a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma.
  10. Been registered as a violent or sexual offender in any state.
  11. Unable to work rotating shifts, weekends and/or holidays.
  12. Fail to satisfy pre-employment medical requirements.
  
APPLICATION PROCEDURES
 
THE APPLICANT MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION:
  1. City of Bozeman Application for Employment;
  2. City of Bozeman Application Supplement Questions,
  3. If applicable, a copy of your Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificate or similar certificate from whichever state you’re currently certified as a sworn police officer; and
  4. If applicable, DD-214 showing discharge status and/or Proof of Disabled Person's Employment Preference.
 
TO APPLY:   Submit a complete City of Bozeman Application for Employment and the supplemental questions (located in the link at the bottom of the job announcement) online at www.bozeman.net/jobs.  
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 5pm
 
OTHER INFORMATION: Our interview process is scheduled to be held in Bozeman, MT the entire week of January 5, 2015.  Testing will consist of the following:
 
Entry level applicants:
  • Initial interviews for applicants on the current MTLETC eligibility list will be held from January 5-8, 2015, possibly followed by a Chief’s interview and psychological evaluation later in the week.   
 
Lateral level applicants:
  • The written test and Montana Physical Abilities Test for lateral-level applicants will be held on the morning of Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in Bozeman.
  • Initial interviews for lateral-level applicants who successfully pass the written AND physical abilities exams will be held from January 6-8, 2015, possibly followed by a Chief’s interview and psychological evaluation later in the week.
 
Entry and lateral level applicants who successfully pass the above phases may be offered a conditional job.  Successful applicants should expect to be in Bozeman the entire week of January 5, 2015. If you have any questions, contact Captain Jim Veltkamp at 406-582-2238 or e-mail at jveltkamp@bozeman.net.

WHAT YOU NEED TO APPLY

Job Description - READ ONLY DO NOT SUBMIT
Supplemental Questions - ATTACH TO ONLINE APPLICATION
City of Bozeman Application INTERNET EXPLORER ONLY RECOMMENDED
Additional Work History - ATTACH TO ONLINE APPLICATION ONLY IF NEEDED
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