• 849 Cove Parkway, Suites C, Cottonwood, AZ 86326

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  • Police Officer - School Resource Officer - Grant Funded Contract

    **This position is for candidates who are currently or Certified Police Officers in the State of Arizona, or those that have the ability to successfully pass the Arizona POST Waiver Exam as a Certified Police Officer**

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    Full-Time, grant funded, classified position, with full benefits. Range 22, Non-exempt (eligible for overtime 1.5 times regular pay when you work more than 40 hours in a week). 

    Expected hiring range is minimum of range 22; Hiring range: $23.90 per hour - $27.67 per hour. Full long term range of position is $23.90 per hour - $35.22 per hour. 

    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. 

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    DESCRIPTION: Under the direct supervision of a police sergeant and with guidance from educational professionals, provides law enforcement and educational services as assigned consistent with School Safety Grant on the campus of K-8 public school.


    • Protects and serves the public; serves court paperwork; maintains courtroom security; provides suspect intake, maintenance, release, and transport; investigates burglary and other felonies; investigates domestic violence and animal offenses; patrols thoroughfares for traffic infractions; responds to a variety of calls; testifies in both civil and criminal courts as well as court hearings; completes written reports; provides oral reports as requested; ensures public peace of mind.
    • Investigates bomb threats; provides first aid; makes public relation appearances; subdues suspects with as little force as necessary; determines if a crime has been committed and acts on professional judgement; investigates and documents traffic collisions, DUI and traffic related complaints (e.g. speeding, running a stop sign or stoplight, etc.), issues traffic citations and warnings as deemed appropriate.
    • Upon selection, will serve as School Resource Officer providing a safe learning environment; teaches classes, and serves as counselor to students; serves as a liaison in building the relationship between the school and the officer by promoting a positive image of law enforcement; interacts with students and obtains information regarding gangs, substance abuse, crime, and at-risk students.


    • This position will be a term appointment/contract as assigned by the Chief of Police, and school administration, to run concurrent with the School Safety Grant over a three-year period. Upon conclusion the identified 3-year term, the employment contract between the officer and the City of Cottonwood; Cottonwood Police Department, shall terminate. If there is a vacancy for a police officer position, the selected candidate may be considered to join the police department to fill a vacancy outside of this grant contract. Similarly, if the grant contract is renewed, the selected candidate may be considered for contract renewal for employment.


    • Provide for 180 hours of law-related education.
    • Develop and present curriculum on various topics to the students. Such topics should include a basic understanding of the law and the role of a Police Officer.
    • Maintain activity logs that tracks law-related education classroom education, law enforcement activity, and any situations that takes the officer away from the assigned campus.
    • Ensure full-time officer presence on campus during school hours consistent with grant requirements.
    • Facilitate access to appropriate educational records and data to officers in accordance with FERPA.
    • Utilize a multidisciplinary School Safety Assessment and Prevention Team that meets quarterly for safety needs assessment, program planning, and continuous improvement
    • Work cooperatively with school administrators and parents to identify students exhibiting high truancy rates.
    • Attempt to locate and return to school all students who are identified as absent from school without an acceptable excuse.
    • Contact a parent or guardian of each truant student to advise him or her of the incident and determine the parent or guardian’s awareness of the situation.
    • Contact the parent or guardian of students who have not provided the school with proof of identification in accordance with A.R.S. § 15-828.
    • Investigate all reported child abuse incidents within the school.
    • Contact at least ninety-five percent (95%) of reported truant students and one hundred percent (100%) of reported abused students during each month that this contract is in effect.
    • Take appropriate steps, including enforcement and reporting action, consistent with police officer duty, upon the discovery of child abuse, drug use, or any other crime.
    • Attend annual training provided by the Arizona Department of Education, with all related travel expenses to be paid by the District as provided in the grant.
    • Work high profile traffic enforcement in the areas of the school, adjacent neighborhoods, and bus stops, that are used by the school and students. (This does not limit the authority as a peace officer to enforce traffic of other laws while on duty).
    • Attend school related off-campus activities when participation is requested by the school staff, and approved by the Police Department.
    • Respond off-campus to school or student related criminal activity, per supervisor’s request, or approval.
    • Respond to emergency law enforcement radio calls; will attend court appearances, and police department’s training, and meetings including those required to maintain peace officer certification through AZ POST.
    • Coordinate activities with the School Principal, assigned Police Sergeant, and Staff Members’ concerns, and shall seek permission, advice, and guidance prior to enacting any educational program within the school.
    • Encourage individual and small group discussions, to further establish rapport with the students.
    • Actively seek out positive ways to interact with the students, including being a classroom guest speaker, schedule regular classes, or clubs for the students. Attend recess, lunch, field trips or any other unstructured or free time school activity.
    •  Will not be used for regularly assigned lunchroom duties, hall monitors, bus duties, or other monitoring duties. If there is a problem in one of these areas, this officer may assist the school staff until the problem is solved.
    • Be available for conferences with students, parents, and faculty members in order to assist them with problems of a law enforcement or crime prevention nature.
    • Become familiar with community agencies which offer assistance to youths and their families such as mental health clinics, drug treatment centers, school sponsored counseling programs, etc., and make referrals to such agencies when appropriate.
    • Minimize dangerous situations that may occur on campus or during school sponsored events.
    • Act as a liaison with law enforcement agencies and provide basic information concerning students on campus, when appropriate.
    • Gather information on potential problems such as criminal activity, and attempt to identify particular individuals who may be a disruptive influence to the school an/or students.
    • Take appropriate steps consistent with a law enforcement officer’s duty, when a crime occurs.
    • When taking law enforcement action, the Principal or designee will be made aware prior to, or as soon as possible, of the action taken.
    • At the Principal or other designated staff member’s request, this officer may take appropriate law enforcement action against any intruder or unwanted guest(s), who may appear at the school and/or school related functions. This officer will do so under the authority of the state law and Police Department policy.
    • Assist other peace officers in matters regarding their assignment, including assisting in investigation of students suspected of a crime.
    • May be assigned to non-campus investigations relating to students as determined by the Police Department Chain of Command.
    • Not act as disciplinarian. If the Principal or designated person believes an incident is in violation of the law, this officer will determine what if any law enforcement action is appropriate.
    • Should it become necessary to conduct formal police activities with the students, the officer will adhere to the Police Department policies, state and federal law. Information obtained pursuant to an investigation or interview shall not be disclosed except by court order, or as otherwise legally required.


    • Will maintain a professional image upholding the standards and integrity of the Cottonwood Police Department. This officer may wear appropriate attire, on occasion for the school environment, to blend into the dress of the teachers in their school.
    • It is suggested that when participating in school activities the wearing of school colored shirts can increase students and staff acceptance of this officer and the Police Department.
    • Will at all times while on duty be armed with their primary duty weapon or back up weapon. This firearm may be carried openly or concealed in accordance with the firearm policy.
    • Have one set of hand restraints on his person while on duty.
    • Have their portable radio available to them.
    • Obtain keys to all areas of the campus in case of an emergency.


    • Schedule shall meet the needs of assigned school and the Police Department. Any deviation from a 40-hour workweek will still need approval per the Chain of Command.
    • Scheduled leave should be done to coincide school breaks, city and federal holidays. It is understood it is often impractical for this officer to take time off while school is in session. They should be granted their leave during those times school is not in session.
    • On non-school days, this officer will make themselves available to the Patrol Supervisors, and together may determine the assignment for the day.
    • On occasion, the school resource officer may be required to attend mandatory training events during the school day that are needed to maintain certification as a peace officer. In such instances, prior notification will be given to school administration.


    • An officer assigned to the School Safety Program for a twelve (12) month school year, in addition to the duties specified above, shall/may have additional duties when school is not in session that may include any of the following activities as mutually agreed upon in writing by the parties through the related IGA.
      • Plan school safety improvements
      • Prepare law-related education lessons
      • Develop collaborations with community resources, identifying services offered that could benefit students.
      • Conduct school safety assessments.
      • Work with the school safety team to review and update the school safety plan, and conduct school wide exercises to test the plan.
      • Plan in-service training.
      • Collaborate with school administration to analyze criminal incident reports and disciplinary records as a means of identifying patterns and developing strategies to address problems.
      • Work with community-based, youth recreational, and leadership development activities that complement and reinforce the School Safety Program.
      • Attend training opportunities.


    • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, statutes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
    • Knowledge of the principles and practices of the criminal justice system.
    • Knowledge of the operations of a small to medium size law enforcement agency.
    • Knowledge of standard investigation techniques.
    • Knowledge of the judicial branch and its methods and procedures.
    • Skill in obtaining information from reluctant witnesses.
    • Skill in the proper techniques of criminal investigations.
    • Skill in analyzing data and drawing valid conclusions.
    • Skill in setting priorities to meet deadlines.
    • Skill in remaining calm during emergency situations.
    • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make logical decisions as to the appropriate response to situations while under pressure, and in accordance with rules, regulations, and policies.
    • Ability to work cooperatively, courteously, but firmly with all segments of the public.
    • Ability to observe and monitor people's behavior or objects to determine compliance with laws, codes, and regulations; recall details accurately.
    • Ability to comprehend and make references from written material and learn job-related material through observation, structured lecture, and oral instruction. This learning takes place in an on-the-job training or classroom setting.
    • Ability to learn geography of the City, community service organizations, location of facilities and buildings.
    • Ability to comprehend and enforce written comprehensive local Ordinances, State, and Federal laws.
    • Ability to make mathematical calculations and draw logical conclusions.
    • Ability to listen, communicate, and work effectively with a diverse group of people.
    • Ability to proficiently perform computerized word processing, comprehension, summarizing, and writing/editing.
    • Ability to attend various meetings as needed.
    • Ability to deal effectively with co-workers, City officials, and the public in routine and emergency situations. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and the general public.
    • Ability to testify in Court.
    • Ability to maintain proficiency with a handgun.
    • Ability to complete required OSHA/Safety training.
    • Ability to receive and comprehend instructions from supervisors and carry out assigned tasks.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Work involved in this classification includes full time law enforcement activities coupled with traffic control, crowd control, investigations, and hazardous materials spills.  Activities may also include, but are 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, or Ability to pass AZ POST Waiver exam.
    • Must possess the ability to be clearly understood when speaking. 
    • Additional experience and education will be necessary for progressive steps (Journey and Advanced). 


    •  Prefer an officer with experience working with youth, and adolescent student-age populations.

    SELECTION GUIDELINES: Formal application through department procedures and/or city requirements, a review and rating of education and experience, written test, oral interviews, other job-related tests may be required. Candidates will also undergo a review of their personnel file and work history related to professional communication, demonstrated initiative, and professional competency. The Chief of Police has the prerogative to pick any candidate from amongst the top 3 candidates based upon the testing results and review of the aforementioned items.  Reference check, polygraph examination, psychological examination, and medical examination may be required unless already employed as a certified Cottonwood Police employee.

    **Note** Police Officers must meet the requirements of Cottonwood Police Department Policy 1023 Personal Appearance Standards. Specifically, section 1023.3 and 1023.4 which states officers will not display body piercing (with limited exceptions for female employees) and every reasonable effort will be made to conceal tattoos or other body art. At no time while on-duty representing the Cottonwood Police Department in any official capacity shall any offensive tattoo or body art be visible.