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City of Sioux Falls

Job Description

Job Classification

Department/Employee Group

Police Officer


FLSA Category

OCC Code



Title of Immediate Supervisor

Police Sergeant

Job Summary
Perform general police work in the protection of life and property, including conducting
investigations, responding to emergencies, and conducting public education programs.




Perform assigned police duties such as investigating traffic accidents, responding to

emergency situations, and conducting public education programs.


Patrol designated areas of the city; answer calls in emergency and nonemergency
situations; and initiate action on matters coming to the attention of the officer, including
preparing citations.


Compile information; prepare and complete reports.


Conduct investigations, including gathering and preserving evidence, obtaining

statements, and making arrests.


Investigate accidents; administer first aid or other aid when necessary.


Serve criminal process, including warrants and subpoenas; testify as a court witness.


Perform other such duties and functions as are necessary or incidental to the proper
performance of this position.

Minimum Qualifications
Must be eligible for certification under the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards
and Training Commission.

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Minimum Qualifications
Must be a United States citizen.
Applicant must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the entrance civil service examination,
and no greater than 44 years of age at the time of the entrance civil service examination.
Associates degree or at least 60 semester hours of college credits from an accredited
institution; or two years of certified law enforcement experience; or two years of active full-time
military experience; or any such combination of education, experience, and training as may be
acceptable to the hiring authority.
Has not unlawfully used any prescribed drug, controlled substance, or marijuana within one year
before the time of application for certification.
Must have no convictions of any crime by any state or federal government punishable by
imprisonment in a federal or state penitentiary.
Must possess or be able to obtain prior to hire a valid drivers license.
Must have vision correctable to at least 20/40 in each eye. Must recognize and distinguish
among the colors of traffic control signals and devices showing standard red, green, and amber.
Must have hearing in which able to hear forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than
5 feet with or without the use of a hearing aid, or does not have an average hearing loss in the
better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500, 1,000, and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid.
Applicant must pass all phases of the hiring process designated by the Rules of Civil Service

Preemployment Screenings
Preemployment screenings may include, but are not limited to, the following: drug screen,
references, physical exam/job function test, and full criminal background, including a polygraph.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to rapidly acquire working knowledge of modern approved principles, practices, and
procedures of police work.
Knowledge of state laws and City ordinances.
Ability to deal with individuals under stressful conditions, including those involving physical
Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Ability to develop skill in the use of firearms, first aid, emergency vehicle operation, and other
police-related activities.
Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to deal courteously but firmly with
the public.

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Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to deal with those requesting or requiring police services in a prompt and courteous
Ability to comply with orders, policies, and regulations governing the activities of the Police
Must meet preemployment medical requirements.
Applicant must pass drug screening requirements and display proper character and personality
traits for law enforcement work as determined by psychological testing and background checks.
Maintain physical condition necessary to perform official duties and day-to-day operations and
to operate job-related equipment.

Physical Demand Summary




Stand up to 30 minutes to conduct public education programs.


Walk up to 400 feet around homes, including on uneven surfaces.


Sit during meetings and in patrol car up to 2 hours.


Lift up to 55 pounds at ground level to pick up person from ground.


Lift up to 15-pound bag at 29 inches, carry bag 75 feet, and place at

14 inches or drop on ground to handle medical bag.


While seated, push down up to 30 pounds at 7 inches with preferred

foot to depress gas and brake pedals; push and pull up to 15 pounds
with 1 or both hands at 3345 inches to open and close vehicle doors.


Pull up to 110 pounds at 22 inches to pull on subject arm for control

during arrest.


Climb 18 inches to get in and out of vehicle; run/climb up to 12 steps to

respond to emergency situations.


Bend and reach at 24 inches up to 30 seconds to cuff someone that is



Bend and reach at 24 inches up to 30 seconds to cuff someone that is



Grip up to 40 pounds bilaterally to steer vehicle and shift gears.

Low-Level Work

Low-level activity up to 1 minute to give chest compressions.

Above-Shoulder Work

Above-shoulder activity up to 1 minute to collect evidence.

Hand Coordination

Hand coordination for computer use, writing, and applying handcuffs.

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Extreme temperatures, Exposures in the line of duty.

biohazards, physical
altercations, motor
vehicle accidents

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Gas mask.

Ballistic vest.

Nitrile gloves.

Safety glasses.


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