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Entry Level Police Officer

The next testing date for this position will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Fargo Public Safety Building, 4630 15 Ave. N. at 8 a.m. Please arrive no later than 7:45 a.m.

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If you are looking for an exciting career change, or have always wanted to be a police officer, you’ve come to the right place. We value experience and diversity from all walks of life. For example, over the years we have hired a private business owner, teacher, automobile mechanic, financial adviser, retired professor, and an airline pilot.

The minimum educational requirements are an Associate’s degree (or 90 quarter or 60 semester hours) in any field. If you are hired, we will send you to a North Dakota Peace Officer Training Academy and pay you full salary ($53,082/year) while you attend. See other minimum qualifications and automatic dis-qualifiers.

The City offers a competitive benefit package, to include a defined pension.

Police Officers perform general policing functions intended to ensure the safety and security of lives and property within the City.

Activities include patrol, traffic enforcement, and investigative duties. Officers work under general supervision of a Sergeant and are assigned to a particular area of the City. Officers may be assigned to special activities or projects on an on-going or short-term basis (e.g., crime prevention, investigations, school resource officer, etc.). The work performed involves a considerable risk to personal safety, and requires quick decision making when determining the appropriate action to take in a given situation.

While much of this work is performed independently and without the immediate presence of a supervisor, incumbents are required to draw upon their extensive training and the department procedural guidelines, mandates, and laws governing an officer's response and conduct when determining the appropriate action to take in a particular situation. Officers are subject to call back at most times. Officers may respond to situations outside of Fargo and across state lines when called in for mutual aid.


POST Certified and/or Lateral Police Officer

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If you possess a current Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification in North Dakota or another state, or have completed a state POST examination and are eligible for licensing, you may test for the police officer position by appointment at any time positions are available. Please contact Sergeant Tom Morris to schedule a test or answer any questions.

POST certified applicants with zero to two years of experience have a starting salary of $25.52/hour ($53,082/year).

A Lateral Police Officer applicant is a POST certified applicant in any state, with a minimum of three years of full-time law enforcement experience. If the POST certification is from another state and the incumbent is currently separated from law enforcement, the separation must not exceed 34 months. (Please note the following experience is not regarded as law enforcement for the purpose of this position: deputy or officer employed in a jail or prison setting; a volunteer reserve police officer; a military police officer; a district attorney investigator; or employment on a part-time basis.)

The salary range for a Lateral Police Officer is $25.52-$27.02/hour ($53,082-$56,202/year), depending on experience.

See other minimum qualifications and automatic disqualifiers.

Applications will be collected on an ongoing basis and reviewed periodically as positions become available.


Community Service Officer

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Position Description

The Community Service Officer performs a variety of fieldwork in the enforcement of City ordinances and other laws and regulations relating to animal control and parking enforcement. Incumbents locate and secure lost, abused or nuisance animals, provide information and assistance to residents, and maintain required equipment. Incumbents conduct follow-up investigation and services regarding animal bites or animal cruelty incidents. Incumbents also perform parking enforcement in residential and commercial areas of the City. Incumbents perform duties relative to securing and processing found or abandoned property.

Minimum Qualifications

The job requires a high school diploma and one year of previous experience in the handling and/or care of animals, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. A valid driver's license is also required. Job holders must become trained in the use of an animal tranquilizer gun within 12 months of employment.

Knowledge, skills and ability include:

Knowledge of common breeds of animals and their behavior;
Knowledge of City ordinances pertaining to animals and parking;
Knowledge of chemical and safety applications for tranquilizer gun;
Knowledge of proper traffic control techniques;
Computer knowledge for information research/follow-up purposes
Skill in handling animals and in the use of capture/storage equipment;
Skill with firearm (tranquilizer gun);
Skill in written English sufficient to read and understand ordinances and to write reports;
Skill in communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction;
Skill with personal defensive equipment and knowledge of when it is appropriate to use it (pepper spray, expandable baton);
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

This position is full time (40 hour) with a salary range of $18.75 to $19.87 an hour.

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Evidence and Property Manager

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The Evidence and Property Manager is responsible for developing and managing the operation of the department's Evidence and Property facilities as well as many of the functions and protocols related to property and evidence handling. This manager receives property and evidence, logs it in, stores and processes it as necessary, utilizing comprehensive procedures to assure legal, safety, and other logistical considerations, and releases or disposes of said property to appropriate law enforcement personnel, the courts, or the property owners. The Manager researches and develops the department's evidence and property handling protocols and educates and trains others regarding these protocols. The job requires various security clearances.

Minimum Qualifications

The job requires a sixty semester or ninety quarter credits of post-high school education at an accredited college, university, or technical school and two years of specialized training or experience in any of the following areas: systems management, criminal justice, inventory or stock handling and management, recordkeeping/ maintenance, forensic science or evidence and property management. Other combinations of education and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the work will be considered. The incumbent must complete a basic property and evidence handling training course within six months of employment.

Knowledge, skills and ability include:
• Knowledge of principles and methods of receiving, storing and conducting inventories of property and evidence.
• Knowledge of basic management practices such as training and overseeing work assignments;
• Knowledge of procedure/policy development.
• Knowledge of business and/or inventory system management.
Knowledge of effective training techniques.
• Knowledge of basic safety requirements related to the handling of dangerous materials, controlled substances and firearms.
• Knowledge of general clerical/office practices and procedures including basic office workflow procedures.
• Knowledge of data processing methods, information storage and retrieval techniques.
• Knowledge of common practices and procedures of processing and disseminating information and supporting documentation.
• Knowledge of basic record keeping practices.
• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
• Skill in operating a computer system to process and record evidence handling. Skill in operating basic PC based software applications such as, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
• Skill in communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the general public, prosecutors, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

The position is full time (40 hours) with a salary range of $25.52 to $27.02 an hour.

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