Because of the challenging nature of the position, certified police officers must possess the following qualities and capabilities:
- Knowledge of:
The operation and maintenance of, and safety policies and procedures for, police vehicles during emergency and non-emergency situations; procedures and policies governing the use of force, self-defense, and physical restraint methods; emergency care; communications procedures; crime scene management and protection techniques; human behavior; arrest and detention procedures; relevant City, County, State, and Federal laws and regulations; patrol procedures and operations; appropriate record-keeping techniques; and form usage.
- Ability to:
Perform well and maintain a professional demeanor under stress; communicate effectively and clearly verbally and in-writing; adhere to the ethics of professional law enforcement; deal with a variety of people; prepare clear and concise written reports; work independently; observe, retain, and recall information; apply police knowledge; and obtain detailed information.
- Skill in:
Using self-defense and other officer survival techniques; safely operating weapons, police vehicles, and communications equipment; and administering emergency care in accordance with accepted practices and protocols.
- Willingness to:
Use self-defense and other officer survival techniques; safely operating weapons, police vehicles, and communications equipment; and administering emergency care in accordance with accepted practices and protocols.
- Physical ability to:
Walk for varying distances and for varying periods of time; run at varying speeds for varying distances and periods of time; identify and distinguish between various visual inputs and long-and short-ranges; sit or stand for prolonged periods of time; safely direct and control traffic; and distinguish the difference between certain types of sounds.
Must be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which would adversely affect job performance; have physical strength necessary for applying physical force upon an individual such that the individual is controlled; and have sufficient eye-hand coordination, strength, and dexterity to use police weapons.
Due to the nature and challenge of the work, police officer applicants must be in overall good health and in good physical condition. Applicants must also be emotionally and psychologically stable.
When a conditional offer of employment is made:
- Emotional stability and psychological fitness examinations will be administered by a licensed professional in this field.
- A comprehensive pre-placement medical examination (including a drug screening test which is mandated by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission) will be conducted by a licensed physician of the City's choosing. Vision may be corrected to 20/20 or be 20/45 uncorrected.
- A physical fitness/physical agility assessment will be conducted.
UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
The normal work week is (40) hours. The shift hours are:
- Day Shift: 0600 - 1600 hours
- Evening Shift: 1500 - 0100 hours
- Night Shift: 2000 - 0600 hours
The department furnishes all uniforms and equipment and an allowance for dry cleaning service is provided to department employees.