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Law Enforcement Lake Patrol Officer

G52

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving law enforcement duties in the Lake Patrol Section of the Highway Patrol Division of the Department of Public Safety.  This includes conducting patrols in an assigned area or district to enforce motor vehicle, criminal, boating and other laws and safeguard citizens and property, apprehend violators and provide assistance to the general public.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Patrols highways, streets, roads, lakes, and other areas; enforces motor vehicle laws, boating and water safety laws and other state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Investigates motor vehicle and boating accidents; renders first aid and other assistance to accident victims; assists in traffic control; safeguards property; conducts search and rescue operations for possible victims in boating incidents.
  • Provides protective services for dignitaries and public gatherings; provides escort services for parades, funerals, military convoys and other events.
  • Assists in the investigation of criminal activities; pursues suspects; makes arrests; prepares reports and other information as required.
  • Conducts checks on motor vehicles, trailers or boats for proper lights, brakes, horns, licenses and other requirements; issues citations; orders removal of unsafe vehicles.
  • Gives safety talks, demonstrations and lectures to school groups, civic organizations, training schools and other groups; promotes local public relations; attends seminars, special training courses and peace officer meetings.
  • Performs a technical or specialized staff function; serves on special details or other assignments as required; maintains liaison with other law enforcement officials and agencies.

Level Descriptors

The Law Enforcement Lake Patrol Officer job family consists of three levels which are distinguished based on the complexity of assigned duties, the expertise required to perform job assignments and the responsibility assigned for providing supervision or direction to others.

Level I: Code: G52A Salary Band: NA

This is the career level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibility for a full range of law enforcement duties in an assigned area or district and will perform highly independent work in conducting assigned patrols and providing protection for citizens and property in the assigned area.  Some responsibilities may also be assigned for providing training and assistance to new officers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of first aid techniques; of small water craft and techniques to ensure safe operation; of water safety procedures and techniques; the Oklahoma Boat and Water Safety Law and of enforcement methods and procedures; and of routine police and security practices.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to deal courteously with the general public; to exercise initiative, tact and alertness to prepare simple reports; and to speak in public.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of possession of a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguard Training, Waterfront Lifeguarding Module, Waterpark Lifeguarding Module or Head Lifeguard; or a current YMCA certificate for Lifeguarding; or a diving association certificate as a Rescue Diver or Search and Recovery Diver; or an equivalent certificate

Level II: Code: G52B Salary Band: NA

This is the specialist level where employees are assigned responsibilities involving advanced level work of a technical or specialized nature.  This may include conducting research, making computations, preparing special reports and bulletins, providing advice and instruction, and other activities as directed within the scope of assigned duties and responsibilities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I plus knowledge of the technical or specialized duties assigned.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus at least five years of experience as a commissioned law enforcement officer of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Division

Level III: Code: G52C Salary Band: NA

This is the leadership level where employees are assigned responsibilities involving the supervision of other law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties.  In this role, they will be responsible for the supervision of patrols, investigations, and other activities in an assigned area or district, advising and assisting assigned officers as needed, checking equipment, and required records and reports, arranging work schedules, advising staff on changes in policies or procedures, and other related duties.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.  Ability to supervise the work of others.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II.

Level IV: Code: G52D Salary Band: NA

At this level employees are assigned responsibilities as a Patrol First Lieutenant involving the management and direction of the overall operations of the Lake Patrol Section of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Division.   Supervision will be provided to assigned first-level supervisors who are directly responsible for the supervision of assigned staff in performing various law enforcement duties and activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus knowledge of the rules, regulations, organization and purposes of the Department of Public Safety and the Lake Patrol Section; and of other law enforcement agencies.  Ability is also required to direct the work of others; to interpret and apply state and federal laws concerning motor vehicles, boats and related equipment, criminal activities and other matters.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus one additional year of qualifying experience in a supervisory capacity..

NOTE:  No substitution will be allowed for the required two years of supervisory experience.

Special Requirements

  • Some positions may require that applicants meet one or more of the special requirements identified below.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency certificate (70 O.S. Supp. 1989, Section 3311, D.2.c).
  • Successfully complete a psychological evaluation similar to the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (70, O.S.  Supp.  1989, Section 3311 D.2.b).
  • Have no record of conviction of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude (70 O.S.  Supp. 1989, Section 3311 D.2.a).
  • Successfully take and pass a driving test, vision test, oral interview, background investigation and polygraph examination and meet all required physical examination requirements, all as established and prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Safety.
  • Be willing to attend and successfully complete a course of training as prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Safety and must either be certified as a Police Officer at time of appointment or must be certified as a Police Officer by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) as defined by 70 O.S. Supp. 1989, Section 3311 D within one (1) year from the date of initial appointment.
  • Possess a valid Oklahoma driver's license at time of appointment.
  • Submit to and successfully pass a controlled substance screening conducted by a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) certified laboratory (47 O.S. Supp. 1990, Section 2-105.5).
  • Upon initial appointment to the position of Patrolman, the appointed employee shall be required to serve an initial probationary period of twelve (12) months.  The Commissioner may extend the probationary period for up to three (3) additional months.  (47 O.S. 1998 Supp. Section 2-105.C.1).
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