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Police Officer Pool

Closes On: January 1, 2021 at 11:31 AM EST

Department: Police
Job Status: Full-Time
Days Worked: Sun., Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.
Rate of Pay: $35,475.43 - $64,165.36
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Definition of Class

The City of Alcoa Police Department is accepting applications for the purpose of establishing a new candidate pool to be considered for future openings for a Police Officer. 

 This is responsible entry-level law enforcement work involving the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Incumbents perform a variety of police related functions such as police patrols, investigations, traffic regulation, and other related law enforcement activities. A patrol officer must be able to act without direct supervision using independent judgment and discretion in meeting emergency and non-emergency situations. Duties are performed in accordance with law and departmental directives. Work involves extensive public contacts and situations of personal danger. The incumbent operates under the general supervision of the Police Sergeant, Patrol Section. Some over-time work is required. This is a safety-sensitive position and will require periodic random and unannounced drug testing.

Essential Duties Performed

100% - • Works on assigned shifts performing security patrols, traffic control, investigations and first aid at accidents, and the detection, investigation and arrest of persons involved in crimes or misconduct using own judgment in deciding course of action required to handle difficult and emergency situations without assistance;
• Patrols City streets, parks, commercial and residential areas to detect criminal activity, preserve the peace and enforce the law; provides assistance to persons in distress or needing help;
• Responds to emergency radio calls and investigates accidents, robberies, civil disturbances, domestic disputes, fights, drunkenness, etc. and takes appropriate law enforcement action;
• Undertakes community oriented and problem-solving strategies, and assists citizens with such matters as crime prevention, traffic safety, etc.;
• Participates in investigating criminal law violations occurring within the City limits, obtaining evidence and compiling information regarding these crimes;
• Interviews suspects and witnesses, preserves evidence, arrests violators;
• Prepares cases for filing of charges, testifying in court, and related activities;
• Conducts patrol activities including directing traffic, investigation of reported or observed violations of law, etc.;
• Maintains contact with police supervisory personnel to coordinate investigation activities, provide mutual assistance during emergency situations and provide general information about Department activities;
• Apprehends individuals suspected and/or accused of criminal activities and provides safe custody to the appropriate correctional facility;
• Effects an arrest forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints, subdues resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense;
• Operates a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night; in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions;
• Exercises independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used;
• Communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications;
• Loads, unloads, aims and fires from a variety of body positions, handguns, shotguns and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification;
• Pursue fleeing suspects which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling up oneself over obstacles, jumping down from elevated surfaces, climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
• Perform searches of people, vehicles, building and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons;
• Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile view and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.
• Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering and summoning emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from particular areas;
• Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits and warrants;
• Serves as a liaison with local, regional and state law enforcement to receive and convey information, assist with ongoing investigations, gather intelligence, etc.;
• Must report to work as scheduled and on time; demonstrating regular and predictable attendance;
• Prepares and submits reports when required; using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations;
• Prepares for and testifies in court;
• Performs other related duties as required and / or assigned.

Minimum Education Requirements

High School graduate or GED.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities -


• Knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment;
• Knowledge of the rules and regulations of the police department and governing federal, state and local ordinances;
• Knowledge of the physical and social characteristics of assigned area;
• Knowledge of criminal law with particular reference to apprehension, arrest, search, seizure, and protection of constitutional rights of citizens;
• Knowledge of police investigative, surveillance and identification techniques;
• Knowledge of rules of evidence, laws pertaining to search and seizure, and state and municipal codes relating to law enforcement;
• Knowledge of area criminals and criminal activity;
• Ability to learn the applicable laws, ordinances, and department rules and regulations;
• Ability to perform the physically demanding aspects of the job in a variety of weather conditions;
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, local law enforcement personnel and the public;
• Ability to make timely and appropriate decisions in response to situations encountered on the job;
• Ability to follow verbal and written instructions;
• Ability to learn the City's geography.
• Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear reports;
• Ability to question and interview skillfully;
• Ability to effectively and accurately analyze evidence;
• Ability to organize and prioritize daily, weekly and monthly activities and consistently meet all established deadlines and reporting requirements;
• Ability to organize and compile information and prepare clear and concise reports;
• Ability to render credible testimony in a court of law.
• Ability to subordinate personal preferences to the orders of management;
• Skill in the use and care of firearms and other devices utilized in law enforcement and surveillance activities;
• Possession of basic computer skills required to maintain case files, generate crime data reports, compose memos and related computer generated reports and communications;

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 100 to 200 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.

The employee is occasionally exposed to biological hazards of various types and can be subject to working in potentially hazardous environmental conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Refer to the attached Physical Abilities Assessment and Work Conditions Analysis for a more detailed description of the Physical Demands and Work Environment associated with the job.

Additional Information


The duties described in this job description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not excuse them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Application Special Instructions

Application Special Instructions
City of Alcoa
Patrol Officer Candidate Evaluation

Thank you for your interest in the Alcoa Police Department. Our goal is to recruit the best individual who will abide by a Code of Ethics and conduct themselves in a manner that is not detrimental to the department.

We seek the individual who desires to serve mankind, safeguard lives, protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder, and to respect the constitutional rights of all persons to liberty, equality, and justice.

We seek the individual who strives to keep his or her personal life unsullied, who can maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule.

We seek the individual who has self-restraint, is honest in thought and deed and who is exemplary in obeying the laws of the land.

The badge of a police officer is a symbol of public faith worn by an individual who will not act officiously and will not allow personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships influence his or her decisions.

This is a voluntary hiring process. You may withdraw from the hiring process should you choose not to answer all of the following questions contained in this application packet. Please review the questionnaire first. Should you desire to move forward by completing the application package please understand that any willful omission or willful misstatement will be considered grounds to terminate your hiring process. Responses will be judged in relation to time, seriousness and circumstances and will not necessarily bar you from employment with the City of Alcoa. Our desire is not to embarrass you, but rather to select a qualified individual for a professional law enforcement career with the Alcoa Police Department.


David Carswell
Chief of Police

Alcoa Police Department
2020 N. Wright Rd.
Alcoa, TN 37701
Phone: 865-981-4111
Fax: 865-984-8010

To: All Applicants

Subject: Minimum Qualifications and Processing Procedure
Beginning Annual Salary for NON - Certified $34,779.83 and TN POST Certified Officers $36,540.56.
Under applicable law and Alcoa Police Department Directives, all successful candidates for Police Officer must meet the following requirements:

Must be at least 21 years of age
• Must be a United States citizen
• Must have high school diploma or GED
• Must be have a valid Tennessee driver’s license
• Must be physically fit for normal police functions
• Vision must meet the City of Alcoa standards and must also pass a color perception test

Processing will consist of the following procedures which applicants must pass in order to be considered qualified:

• Pre-employment written exam
• Oral Interviews
• A detailed background examination, which includes a search made of local, state and national criminal record files, medical, military and educational records, and financial history.

After an offer of employment has been made, the applicant must successfully pass:

• A physical examination
• A drug screening test
• A psychological evaluation
• A polygraph examination

In order to provide the citizens of the City of Alcoa with quality law enforcement officers, we are very thorough in our background investigations. This part of the process can be very time consuming and the employment process may take in excess of 90 Days depending on the number of applicants to be processed.

Some reasons applicants will be rejected for the position of a Police Officer are:

• A conviction, entering a plea of guilty, or entering a plea of nolo contender to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to the use of excessive force, theft, dishonesty, gambling, the unlawful sale or possession of liquor or a controlled substance. Also multiple repeated misdemeanor offenses may be cause for rejection of an applicant.
• A discharge from employment on two (2) or more occasions within the past five (5) years or documented evidence of disciplinary action or discharge on three (3) or more occasions. Habitual or recent use of narcotics, hallucinogenic substances
• Habitual or recent use of barbiturate or amphetamines not prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner
• Habitual or recent use of marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, or any other drug grouping not herein named
• Refusal to submit to drug/alcohol test
• Initial positive drug/alcohol test results confirmed
• Less than honorable discharge from any branch of the United States military service
• Six (6) or more recent points against an applicant’s operator license prior to appointment
• Any false or misleading information provided by the applicant at any time during the employment process
• Inability to meet state mandated P.O.S.T. qualifications.
This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and the right is reserved to reject any applicant at any time during the process who does not meet the City of Alcoa Police Department’s standards.

Candidates not selected for employment will be allowed to reapply for subsequent job announcements.


1. Copy of Driver License (Front & back, on single page)

2. Copy of High School Diploma or GED Certificate.

3. Copies of Military DD-214’s, DD-215’s, and DD-873’s (If applicable).

4. Copy of Tennessee Basic Academy P.O.S.T. Certificate

Any inquiries regarding the employment process should be directed to the Human Resource Department at (865) 380-4700 or by mail at 223 Associates Blvd, Alcoa TN, 37701.

Rotating Shift Assignment Notification

You are applying for an entry level patrol officer position with the City of Alcoa Police Department. If hired, you will perform a wide variety of police related functions such as; patrol, respond to complaints of criminal activity, traffic and other law enforcement related duties.

During the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP), you will be assigned to work with different Field Training Officers (FTO’s). Also during the FTEP, you will be required to rotate shift assignments approximately every 28 days.
Patrol personnel are assigned to work ten hour shifts, four days a week. Patrol personnel have three scheduled off days each week. Scheduled off days rotate every 28 days. Work schedules may have to be adjusted based on training and various departmental needs. Some over-time is required.

The police department has three shifts;

A Shift – 05:45 Hrs to 16:00 Hrs
B Shift – 14:45 Hrs to 01:00 Hrs
C Shift – 19:45 Hrs to 06:00 Hrs

Each patrol shift has a Lieutenant and a Sergeant. Once the initial training period is completed you will report to and operate under the general supervision of the Sergeant on duty.