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Police Officer

Company: City of Owatonna, MN
Location: Owatonna
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Job Description:

Salary: $33.15 - $43.11 Hourly

Location : Owatonna, MN

Job Type: Full-time

Job Number: Police Officer 07.31.2023

Department: Public Safety - Police

Opening Date: 08/09/2023

Closing Date: Continuous

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Bargaining Unit: MPEA


The City of Owatonna is a growing community strategically placed at the crossroads of I-35 and two major US highways, approximately one hour south of the Twin Cities metro area. The community has a commitment to growth, access to services, and quality of life for its 25,000 residents.

The City is an employer focused on maintaining and enhancing a positive workplace culture.

Organization Purpose:

Organization Values:
BETTER TOGETHER - We are one team of diverse perspectives and talents working to create a better tomorrow for Owatonna. We support each other, listen to understand, and respectfully challenge each other - always recognizing and trusting that we will succeed more as a team than on our own.
COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP - We are here to proactively care for, protect, and serve our community. We understand that our community trusts and empowers us to do our work responsibly, with integrity, and utilize resources effectively and efficiently.
PRIDE IN OUR WORK - We care, we show up prepared to work, and we strive for excellence in all that we do. We commit to continuously learn and improve each day. We believe if it's worth doing, it's worth doing well.

The City of Owatonna's Police Department is seeking a full time Patrol Officer to join their team.

Click the link below to learn more about the community this position would have the opportunity to be part of and serve.




The second level of the Patrol/Investigations Series is responsible for conducting law enforcement activities to ensure public safety. Responsibilities may include: responding to requests for assistance from the public; preventing traffic accidents and deterring violators; investigating accidents and criminal incidents; preparing incident reports; ensuring the security and order of the court; receiving, processing, recording, storing, maintaining and releasing evidence; protecting crime scenes; and coordinating with other departments.

Duties / Responsibilities

TYPICAL CLASS ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

1. Patrols an assigned area to enforce local, State, and Federal laws; investigates crimes; collects evidence; interviews witnesses and suspects; enforces vehicle and traffic laws; and apprehends criminals and offenders.

2. Writes and submits reports related to day-to-day activities utilizing established procedures and guidelines; prepares information, offense, suspect illness and injury, accident, supplement, and administrative reports.

3. Responds to routine and complex emergency situations. Answers and responds to radio or telephone dispatches.

4. Assists individuals with disabled vehicles and vehicle lockouts and assists distressed motorists.

5. Communicates with the general public and employees while patrolling City streets in an effort to proactively preserve law and order and achieve positive public relations.

6. Assists in conducting at-scene accident and criminal investigations and related follow-up.

7. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.


*Applicants must be currently post licensed or post eligible for licensure at the time of hire.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (positions in this class typically require):
Associate's degree or two-year technical certificate in Law Enforcement or related field; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS(positions in this class typically require):

  • Peace Officers Standards and Training License;
  • Valid Driver's License.

    KNOWLEDGE (position requirements at entry):
    Knowledge of:
    • Modern police practices and methods;
    • Departmental procedures, rules and regulations;
    • Knowledge of effective methods of investigations;
    • Applicable federal laws, state laws, city ordinances, and laws of arrest;
    • Street layout and geography of the city;
    • Law enforcement weapons and equipment;
    • Principles and practices of patrol and crime prevention;
    • Report preparation techniques;
    • Customer service principles;
    • Computer operation and related software applications.

      SKILLS (position requirements at entry):
      Skill in:
      • Using a variety of law enforcement weapons and equipment;
      • Applying and interpreting law enforcement principles and practices;
      • Applying applicable local, state and federal laws, rules, and regulations;
      • Maintaining records and preparing reports;
      • Providing customer service;
      • Operating a computer and related software applications;
      • Dealing firmly but courteously with the public.
      • Analyzing situations quickly and objectively, thereby determining the proper course of action;
      • Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, superiors, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information, function in a team environment, and to receive work direction.

        Hours of Work/Physical and Mental Demands

        HOURS OF WORK:
        Regular Full-Time Position.
        Hours may vary (including extended hours, emergency call outs, weekends, and holidays) but generally work on steady shifts that are bid out by seniority every 4 months.

        Positions in this class typically require: standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and seeing.

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

        Incumbents may be subjected to odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, extreme temperatures, disruptive people, imminent danger, and a threatening environment.

        The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

        City of Owatonna
        For a Regular Full-Time MNPEA Patrol Officer Employee

        The City of Owatonna provides a comprehensive, balanced, and competitive benefits package as part of your total compensation. The City's benefits programs address both the immediate needs that you and your family may have, such as medical coverage or health savings accounts, and your long-term needs, such as retirement savings.

        The following outline of City offered benefits serves as an overview and does not provide all provisions, limitations, and exclusions. If there is a contradiction between this and the official plan documents, the plan documents will prevail.


        Paid Time Off (PTO):
        It is the policy of the City of Owatonna to provide employees necessary time away from work. PTO can be utilized for any purpose, subject only to necessary request/approval procedures consistent with the City Policies and Procedures Manual and labor contracts.
        PTO accrues at the following rates for full-time employees:

        Years of Service Hours/Year
        1 144
        2 152
        3 160
        4 168
        5 176
        6-9 184
        10 192
        11 200
        12 208
        13 216
        14 224
        15 228
        16 232
        17 236
        18 240
        19 244
        20 248
        21 252
        22 256
        23 260
        24+ 264

        The first eight pay period PTO accruals in the first year of eligible service will be front loaded and made available to the employee at the onset of their PTO eligible position. Per pay period accruals will begin on the nineth pay period thereafter.

        Full time Patrol Officers receive 120 hours in a holiday bank at the beginning of each calendar year (prorated for mid-year start/stops in employment). Holiday bank time may be used for paid time off, subject to approval by the Chief. Unused holiday bank time remaining as of December 1 of the calendar year is cashed out.

        PERA (Public Employees Retirement Association)
        1. Must participate as directed by Minnesota Statutes.
        2. Contribution rates vary depending on plan.
        3. May obtain refund of employee contribution on termination of service.

        Health Insurance Coverage Through Medica:
        • Coverage for eligible employees becomes effective on the first of the month following a waiting period of thirty (30) days from the first workday.
        • 3 High Deductible Health Plans to choose from
        • City Contributes $ 596.00 towards single coverage premium or $ 1,664.00 towards family coverage/premium
        • City contributes $1,225/single or $2,500/family into an HSA account.
          Term Life Insurance:
          The City provides a $25,000 term life insurance policy at no cost to the employee.

          Long Term Disability Insurance:
          The plan provides long term disability income with a 90 consecutive day elimination period. An employee must be a regular full-time employee and have completed six (6) months of employment in order to be eligible for this benefit.

          Fitness Center:
          The Owatonna Police Department has an onsite fitness center that employees are welcome and encouraged to utilize.
          Police employees also have access to the City's West Hills Fitness Center at no cost as part of the city's wellness program.

          Employee Assistant Plan (EAP):
          The City of Owatonna provides an Employee Assistance Plan. This service provides free, confidential, professional assistance to help employees and their families resolve problems such as marital difficulties, financial or legal problems, emotional difficulties, or problems caused by alcohol or other drug use, that affect their personal lives or job performance.

          The following benefits are available on an elective basis at the employee's choice:
          • Deferred Compensation Plans (457 and Roth IRA's): Plans available through Minnesota State Retirement System and ICMARC.
          • Dental Insurance: Coverage through Health Partners.
          • STD/Cancer/Accident Policies: Plans available through AFLAC.
          • Supplemental Life Insurance: Plans through MN Life and PERA.
          • Health Care and Daycare Flexible Spending Accounts
          • Vision Care: Plan available through Eye Med.
            Questions regarding benefit information can be directed to Human Resources at 507-774-7346.


            Do you currently have a valid Minnesota driver's license or a valid driver's license from another state?
            • Yes, I have a valid Minnesota driver's license.
            • Yes, I have a valid driver's license from another state.
            • No, I do not currently possess a valid driver's license.


              Do you currently hold a Minnesota Peace Officer license or are you eligible for Minnesota Peace Officer licensure? (If "Yes" - attach a copy of your license or eligibility letter to your application.)
              • Yes
              • No


                Which of the following best describes your level of education?
                • High school diploma / GED
                • Some college
                • Associates
                • Bachelors
                • Masters or higher
                • None of the above


                  Which of the following best describes your work experience as a full-time sworn law enforcement officer?
                  • No experience
                  • Less than 6 months
                  • More than 6 months, but less than 1 year
                  • More than 1 year, but less than 3
                  • More than 3 years, but less than 5
                  • More than 5 years, but less than 7
                  • 7 or more years


                    Which of the following best describes your volunteer law enforcement experience?
                    • No experience
                    • Less than 6 months
                    • Mare than 6 months, but less than 1 year
                    • More than 1 year, but less than 3
                    • More than 3 years, but less than 5
                    • More than 5 years, but less than 10
                    • 10 or more years


                      Which of the following best describes your non-sworn, paid law enforcement experience, such as probation officer, community service officer, corrections officer, detention deputy, dispatcher, private security/loss prevention?
                      • No experience
                      • Less than 6 months
                      • More than 6 months, but less than 1 year
                      • More than 1 year, but less than 3
                      • More than 3 years, but less than 5
                      • More than 5 years, but less than 7
                      • 7 or more years


                        Which of the following best describes your experience working in the customer service (non-law enforcement related) field?
                        • No experience
                        • Less than 6 months
                        • More than 6 months, but less than 1 year
                        • More than 1 year, but less than 3
                        • More than 3 years, but less than 5
                        • 5 or more years


                          Please describe your customer service experience. If no experience, type N/A.


                          Select the certifications or training certificates that you currently possess (select all that apply and attach supporting documents to your application).
                          • Accident reconstruction
                          • ARIDE
                          • Armorer
                          • Arson Investigator
                          • Car Seat Technician
                          • Crime Scene Technician / Property Evidence Officer
                          • Crisis Negotiator
                          • Crisis Intervention Training
                          • Defensive Tactics Instructor
                          • Drug Recognition Expert
                          • EMR
                          • EMT-Basic
                          • EMT-Instructor
                          • EMT-Paramedic
                          • ERU / SWAT
                          • EVO (Emergency Vehicle Operation)
                          • Field Training Officer
                          • Firearms Instructor
                          • First Aid/CPR
                          • Lidar
                          • Mobile Field Force Instructor
                          • Narcotics investigator
                          • Negotiator
                          • OC Instructor
                          • OPUE
                          • PIT
                          • Radar
                          • Reid Interview
                          • SFST
                          • SFST Instructor
                          • Taser Instructor
                          • Other certified instructor (please specify below)
                          • Other certification (please specify below)
                          • N/A - I do not have experience in this area.


                            If you selected "Other" in certifications or training certificates, please provide additional information.


                            Are you experienced and able to fluently speak and understand a language other than English?
                            • Yes
                            • No


                              Please list all languages other than English that you are able to fluently speak and understand. NOTE: You may be required to demonstrate your fluency to better access your skills. If you do not fluently speak another language, type N/A.


                              Please explain why you would like to work for the City or Owatonna?


                              Do you wish to apply for Veteran's Preference?You must complete the Veterans' Preference points below and submit the required documentation ( MEMBER COPY 4 VETERAN'S DD214) to the City of Owatonna by the application deadline of the position for which you are applying.
                              • Not claiming Veteran's Preference
                              • Veteran
                              • Disabled Veteran
                              • Spouse of Deceased Veteran
                              • Spouse of Disabled Veteran

                                Required Question

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