POLICE OFFICER (CERTIFIED/LATERAL)
**This position is for candidates who are currently Certified Police Officers in the State of Arizona**
Full-Time, Classified Position, full benefits. Range 22, Non-exempt (eligible for overtime 1.5 times regular pay when you work more than 40 hours in a week). $49,708.95 - 73,253.65.
Certified Officers (Laterals) may receive up to 4% increase per year of sworn service over minimum starting wage, up to $55,159 a year, depending on experience and as determined and approved by the Chief of Police and City Manager.
DESCRIPTION: A Police Officer Lateral is someone who has current Arizona P.O.S.T. Peace Officer Certification or is eligible to obtain peace officer certification through the waiver process (see below).
A Police Officer Waiver is an applicant who meets one of the following conditions:
• Has successfully completed field training, probation, and is currently operating as fully functional peace officer in municipal policing within the United States or its Territories; OR,
• Is a former Arizona P.O.S.T. certified peace officer who has left their position more than 3 years ago.
Applicant eligibility for the waiver (or out-of-state certified police officers) program will be determined during the background process.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this classification.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work involved in this classification includes full time law enforcement activities including, but not limited to standing and/or walking for extended periods, short sprints, long pursuit running lasting over 2 minutes, running up and down stairs, pushing heavy objects such as vehicles, jumping over and around obstacles, lifting and carrying objects sometimes up and down stairs, using hands and feet in use of force situations, performance of appropriate defensive tactics and suspect control techniques, using force in short and long term (greater than 2 minutes) efforts, bending and reaching, dragging people and objects as in extracting victims from vehicles.
Applicants must have an equivalent of a high school diploma or GED, Be a U.S. Citizen, Be 21 years of age upon completion of the police academy, Have no felony convictions, Successfully complete the Arizona P.O.S.T. minimum certification requirements including a background questionnaire investigation and interview, polygraph examination, psychological test, medical examination and controlled substance screening. Must possess the ability to be clearly understood when speaking.
**Note** Police Officers must meet the requirements of Cottonwood Police Department General Order 205 General Appearance. Specifically section B Figure 2.6 and 2.7 which state that officers will display no body piercing (with limited exceptions for female employees) and no visible tattoos (tattoos on arms may be covered with long sleeves at all times).