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Police Officer - Pittsburgh, PA (ID: 292884)

Title Police Officer
Type Police Officer
Date Posted January 2, 2018
City / Organization Pittsburgh, PA
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Description

 

POSITION SUMMARY

Provides service, which protects life and property, preserves peace, prevents criminal activities and enforces City ordinances and federal, state and local laws in the City of Pittsburgh.  Police work involves an element of personal danger and officers must be able to function with minimal supervision, exercise independent judgment and take appropriate action when faced with complex situations.

Department: Public Safety, Bureau of Police
Salary: $14.96 per hour while in Training Academy. 
             $44,710 Police Officer First Year.
Civil Service Classification: Competitive
Union: The Fraternal Order of Police, Fort Pitt Lodge No.1
Benefits: Health and Life Insurance, Dental, Vision, Paid Vacation and Holidays, Tuition Assistance, Pension Plan, Voluntary Deferred Compensation Program, Uniform Allowance, Promotional Opportunities.  (Benefits may be modified based on collective bargaining unit terms.)

REQUIREMENTS

General Application Requirements:
You must submit, show proof of or attest to all of the following at the time of filing your online application (unless otherwise indicated below) or your application may be disqualified.

  • Completed online City of Pittsburgh Application for this position (see web address in above box).
  • At least 18 years of age at the time of filing application.
  • A United States citizen.
  • Applicants must be or become residents of an area within a 25-mile air radius of the downtown City-County Building prior to employment and remain a resident within the 25-mile air radius throughout employment.
  • A current, valid Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Operator's License (Class C – regular) or a current valid driver's license from another state or the U.S. Armed Forces.  Licenses must be presented at the time of filing application or prior to appointment.  PA driver's license must be obtained prior to appointment and maintained throughout employment.
  • Thirty (30) semester credits (or forty-five (45) quarter credits) of completed coursework at an accredited college, university, technical or trade school.  Official Education/Training transcripts must be submitted at the time of filing application or no later than your scheduled Written Examination date.  (see Education/Training section on other side for details)  NOTE: Sixty (60) semester credits (or ninety (90) quarter credits) of completed coursework at an accredited college, university, technical or trade school must be completed by the time your rank on the eligibility list is reached for processing for an academy class.  If you do not meet the requirement at that time, you will be able to request a one year civil service education waiver/deferment if the civil service eligibility list has not been exhausted or expired.
  • Veteran's Preference documentation, if applicable, must be submitted at time of filing application or no later than your Written Examination date.  (Review the Veteran's Preference section on other side for details)
 
NOTE: IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE IN FILING YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION CONTACT THE CIVIL SERVICE OFFICE, 4TH FLOOR, CITY-COUNTY BUILDING, 414 GRANT STREET, PITTSBURGH, PA 15219.
 
LISTED BELOW ARE SOME LOCATIONS WHICH HAVE PERSONAL COMPUTERS AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO APPLY ONLINE:
  • PERSONNEL & CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION (see address above)
  • BEDFORD HOPE CENTER,  2305 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • BLOOMFIELD-GARFIELD CORPORATION, 5321 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
  • HOMEWOOD-BRUSHTON Y.W.C.A., 6907 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
  • THE KINGSLEY ASSOCIATION, 6435 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  • THE HILL HOUSE, 1835 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • THE HILL HOUSE FIRST SOURCE CENTER, 1908 Wylie Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • PITTSBURGH/ALLEGHENY COUNTY PA CAREERLINK OFFICE, 304 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • GOODWILL INDUSTRIES PA CAREERLINK OFFICE, 118 52nd Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
  • URBAN LEAGUE OF PITTSBURGH, 610 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15222
  • THE FOLLOWING NEIGHBORHOOD EMPLOYMENT CENTERS
(CALL FOR LOCATIONS AND OPERATING HOURS)
Brashear Assoc.        412-390-3588              Oakland - Carnegie Library  412-622-3133
East Side                      412-362-8580              West End Works                    412-533-2029
Career & Workforce Center East                              412-241-2811
Northside Neighborhood Employment Center     412-330-2551                         

Education/Training Requirements at the time of filing the application:
30 semester credits (or 45 quarter credits) of completed coursework at an accredited college, university, technical or trade school must be completed at the time of filing application.  It is your responsibility to find out if your schools are on "semester" or "quarter" credit hours.  This coursework must be transferable to college credit and/or be applied toward a degree, certificate or license.  Credit hours may be allowed for applicants who possess not-for-credit training for which they were issued a state license. The Department of Personnel and Civil Service Commission will make determinations on the allowance of not-for-credit training on a case by case basis. 
NOTE:
  • Sixty (60) semester credit hours may be waived for applicants with at least four (4) years of full active military duty with an Honorable Discharge or have completed Officer Candidate School and have no term of obligation.
  • Thirty (30) semester credit hours may be waived for applicants with at least two (2) years of full active military duty with an Honorable Discharge or have completed Officer Candidate School and have no term of obligation. 
OR
  • Sixty (60) semester credit hours may be waived for applicants who have successfully completed Act 120 training as certified by the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission of Pennsylvania or by a certifying agency from another state with at least two (2) years of full-time, paid policing experience. (Full-time is defined as 32 hours or more per week.  Less than full-time experience will be calculated on a pro-rated basis.)
  • Forty-five (45) semester credit hours may be waived for applicants who have successfully completed Act 120 training as certified by the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission of Pennsylvania or by a certifying agency from another state with less than two (2) years of full-time, paid policing experience. (Full-time is defined as 32 hours or more per week.  Less than full-time experience will be calculated on a pro-rated basis.)
 
NOTE: Sixty (60) semester credits or Ninety (90) quarter credits are required before an individual on the eligibility list can be processed for an academy class.  If you do not meet the requirement at that time, you will be able to request a one year civil service education waiver/deferment if the civil service eligibility list has not been exhausted or expired.
 
Criminal History:
Conviction of a felony or serious misdemeanor is disqualifying unless applicant has been pardoned.  Other behaviors may lead to a candidate not being selected/"decertified".  (Additional information available at www.joinpghpolice.com)
 
Veteran's Preference:
Veterans' Preference points will be awarded to eligible candidates who achieve a FINAL passing score.  You must present (in person or by mail) your, or your spouse's (if deceased or disabled), ORIGINAL or COPY of original discharge and separation papers (DD-214 member 4).  Your initial service obligation must be completed by the date of your written examination.
If you are unable to locate your discharge and separation papers (Form DD-214 member 4), you must complete a "Request Pertaining to Military Records" Form (SF-180) and send it to the appropriate agency.  When received, return a copy of your DD-214 (member 4) to the Civil Service Office, 4th Floor, City-County Building.  Military or National Guard reservists are eligible for veterans' preference if they have completed their initial reserve obligation.  Reservists must provide a statement of service letter from their current Reserve or National Guard commanding officer at the rank of colonel (Army, Air Force, Marine), captain (Navy or Coast Guard) or higher.  The letter can be taken or mailed to the Personnel Department Application Counter located on the fourth floor of the City County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15219.  The letter must include:
  • A statement that characterizes your current service (i.e., honorable or under honorable conditions).
  • Date military or National Guard reserve service began.
  • Completion date of initial military reserve obligation.

 

CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATIONS

If you meet the General Application Requirements, you will be sent a letter of admission for the written examination.  You must pass the written examination in order to have your name placed on the official Civil Service Eligibility List for Police Officer.  Note: Candidates will be ranked on the eligibility list by month tested in written examination score order. Specific weights for the various test components will be determined at a later date based on the results of the job analysis and other important factors.

  • Written Examination:  Applicants will be scheduled for a written examination in the month following the submission of application (e.g., application is submitted in December, exam will be scheduled for a date in January).  An Admission letter will be emailed/mailed to you and you MUST present the admission letter to sit for the written examination. 
NOTE: Pretest preparation will be offered for the written examination.  Information will be provided to applicants at a later date.

Oral Interview/Background Interview
NOTE:  Oral Interview/Background Interview information and oral interview/background interview preparation will be provided to applicants at a later date.

Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission Tests:
Both of these tests will be administered to candidates whose names appear on the Police Officer Eligibility List and who are being further processed for an Academy Class.  The State of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) requires candidates to achieve physical fitness standards on a fitness test, and vocabulary and comprehension standards on a reading test for entry into a State of Pennsylvania Police Academy. (Information, including standards, will be available at www.joinpghpolice.com).
 
Medical Examination and Psychological Suitability Evaluation:
Both of these assessments will be administered to candidates who receive conditional offers of employment.  Final appointment to the Training Academy is contingent upon successful completion of both assessments.  The medical standards include having distant vision of at least 20/70, uncorrected, in the stronger eye, correctable to 20/20, and at least 20/200, uncorrected, in the weaker eye, correctable to at least 20/40.  In addition, candidates shall have normal depth and color perception, and must be free of any significant visual abnormality.

 

POSITION DUTIES

 

  • Patrol:  Activities involving observing zone conditions or responding to incidents as required.
  • Traffic Enforcement and Control:  Activities performed at the scene of traffic accidents and activities involved in traffic enforcement, such as issuing parking and moving traffic violations.
  • Preliminary Searches:  Activities involving searches to locate suspects, evidence, or missing/injured persons.
  • Preliminary Investigations:  Activities involving initial investigations of incidents and decisions.
  • Suspect Control:  Activities involving pursuit, isolation, containment, search, and apprehension of suspects.
  • Arrests:  Activities involving arrest processing procedures, detention, and lodging of prisoners or juveniles.
  • Evidence/Property Safeguard:  Activities involving identifying, safeguarding, storing, and otherwise accounting for evidence, and non-Police Department property at a zone station.
  • Life/Property Safeguard at Incident Scene:  Activities involving safeguarding and securing people and property at the scene of specific incidents.
  • Notifications/Communications/Administration:  Activities involving official requests for assistance inside and outside the Department. Distribution of information regarding incidents and conditions in the zone. Activities involving communications with superior officers and other officers to coordinate the activities of the zone.
  • Reports, Forms and Memo Books:  Activities involving the preparation of written (paper or electronic) forms, reports, or memo books. Forms and reports may be a variety of types, such as: captioned (fill-in-the-blank), written narrative, or a combination of these.
  • Court Appearances:  Activities involving appearance in court, testimony, and prosecution in a variety of cases (e.g., criminal, civil, and administrative).
  • Community Relations:  Engages in activities that foster positive relations between community members and the Bureau of Police.
  • Police Bureau Property Safeguard:  Activities involving safeguarding or accounting for the proper condition of all police property and equipment.
  • Bureau Policies, Procedures, Rules and Laws:  Activities involving using and explaining the Department policies and rules, and City, State, and Federal laws that govern the activities of police officers. 
  • Professional Development:  Activities to improve your skills or to improve the Department.  This includes participating in specific training or education, participating in professional organizations, or attending conferences.
  • Related Tasks and Duties:  Other related tasks and duties as assigned or required.
Note:   The Department of Personnel & Civil Service Commission maintains a comprehensive list of tasks associated with each of the above duties.

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Job Post Expiration Date   March 31, 2018

    All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description. .