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Description: The Nation Police Officer performs sworn law enforcement officer duties in conducting routine patrol duties, controlling and analyzing crime scenes, establishing and maintaining order, identifying offenders and enforcing criminal laws, and conducting proactive public relations efforts. The Nation Police Officer position is distinguished from the superior Police Sergeant position by its lack of supervisory authority over subordinate employees. 


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Communicate with the public, and other Nation employees while patrolling properties in an effort to proactively preserve law and order and achieve positive public relations.
  2. Respond to public safety emergencies, complaints, concerns or questions and administer proper procedures to ensure public safety.
  3. Conduct criminal investigations.
  4. Enforce parking regulations, control and direct traffic.
  5. Inspect and maintain the security of Nation owned buildings and facilities.
  6. Provide public assistance needs such as: jump starting and unlocking vehicles; escorting individuals; and promulgating special announcements.
  7. Prepare applicable crime and incident reports for an assigned shift.
  8. Respond to and conduct traffic accident investigations.
  9. Participate in community service activities.
  10. Perform other duties of a similar nature or level as required.


Assignment of ancillary duties requiring specialized training or expertise.

Training and Experience (typically required):
Previous certification and at least three years’ work experience as a competitively appointed police officer or federal law enforcement officer. Completion of a basic law enforcement academy for sworn law enforcement officers. A combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above. High school diploma is required, an undergraduate degree or higher is preferred.

Licensing or Certification Requirements may include:

  • Current state-issued Driver’s License
  • New York State Municipal Police Training Council Police Officer Certification or Certification as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer
  • Minimum age 21
  • Must be a U. S. citizen
  • Current New York State Pistol Permit

Knowledge Requirements (at entry):
Knowledge of:

  • Law enforcement principles and procedures
  • Applicable laws, rules and regulations
  • Homeland security and organizational safety practices
  • Defensive tactics
  • Firearm usage and justification
  • First aid principles
  • De-escalation techniques

Required Skills (at entry):
Skill in:

  • Interpreting and applying laws, rules and regulations
  • Analyzing complex and volatile situations
  • Balancing multiple priorities
  • Public speaking
  • Using firearms
  • Using defensive tactics
  • Conducting interviews and interrogations
  • Collecting and handling evidence
  • Maintaining personal control under stressful conditions
  • Communications and interpersonal abilities as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, or the public that is sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Physical Requirements:

Position typically requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motion.

Very Heavy Work: Exerting more than 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or more than 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or more than 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to chemicals, vibrations, fumes, odors, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, intense noises, dangerous situations. Limited travel may be required.

Proficient performance during an initial physical fitness assessment is required.


NOTE: The above job title and description is intended to represent only key areas of responsibility; specific position assignments will vary depending on department needs.