Corporal/Investigator/School Liaison

DATE: 3-21-03

JOB TITLE: Corporal/Investigator/School Liaison


DIRECTION OF OTHERS: General supervision over police officers and other staff as assigned.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: High school diploma or equivalent and licensed or eligible for license with the State of Minnesota Peace Officer and Standards Board. Completion of the basic law enforcement training academy or equivalent. Minimum of four years work experience as a fully commissioned police officer, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

NATURE OF WORK: Performs a variety of routine and complex public safety work in the performance and administration of investigation, school liaison activities, related law enforcement activities, and any other duty as required.


I. Reviews a variety of police related reports prepared by subordinate officers or others.

II. Evaluates officers’ investigations based on circumstances and evidence to determine whether future investigation is needed.

III. Makes day-to-day police assignments as required by the needs of the service.

IV. Makes plans about individual tactical matters such as equipment to be used for particular operations or the detailed plans needed for an investigation. Develops new approaches to investigate problems.

V. Assist supervisors on deployment of personnel during emergency responses.

VI. Maintains contact with police personnel to coordinate investigation activities, provide mutual assistance during emergency situations and provide general information about Department activities.

VII. Personally participates in investigating criminal law violations occurring within the City limits, obtaining evidence and compiling information regarding these crimes, preparing cases for filing charges, testifying in court, and related activities.

VIII. Maintains normal availability by radio, MDC, or telephone, for consultation on major emergencies.

IX. Carries out duties in conformance with Federal, State, County, and City laws and ordinances.

X. Responds to emergency radio calls and investigates accidents, robberies, civil disturbances, domestic disputes, fights, drunkenness, missing children, prowlers, abuse of drugs, etc. Takes appropriate law enforcement action.

XI. Interrogates suspects and witnesses; preserves evidence; arrests violators; investigates and renders assistance at scene of vehicular crashes; summons ambulances and other law enforcement vehicles; conducts follow-up investigations of crimes committed during assigned shift; seeks out and questions victims, witnesses and suspects; develops leads and tips; searches scene of crimes for clues; analyzes and evaluates evidence and arrests offenders. Prepares cases for giving testimony and testifies in court proceedings. Signs and files complaints and juvenile petitions.

XII. Prepares a variety of reports and records, reports of investigation, bad check form, vehicle impoundment form, traffic hazard report, etc.

XIII. Coordinates activities with supervisors or other City departments, exchanges information with officers in other law enforcement agencies, and obtains advice from the City Attorney, Court Administration, and Municipal Prosecutor’s Office regarding cases, policies, and procedures.

XIV. Analyzes and recommends improvements to equipment and facilities as needed.

XV. Reviews, evaluates, and develops programs, policies, and procedures for various departmental operations.

XVI. Maintains departmental equipment, supplies, and facilities.

XVII. Conducts background investigations as directed.

XVIII. Maintains evidence integrity when directed.


I. Develops public understanding of work and activities of the department.

A. Maintains contact with general public, court officials, and other City officials in the performance of police activities as assigned.
B. Assists citizens with such matters as crime prevention, drug resistance, etc.
C. Follows up on citizen complaints in areas pertaining to public peace and safety.
D. Maintain good relations with industries, news media, businesses, other public agencies and the general public in the course of maintaining public peace and safety.
E. Answers citizen questions and requests for materials and information.
F. Participates in public education programs regarding work of the department.
G. Attends meetings of civic organizations, schools, and other public functions to promote programs of the department.


I. Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of promotion a valid State of Minnesota driver’s license without record of suspension or revocation in any state.

I. Ability to meet department’s physical standards.

I. Basic Law Enforcement training or Police Officers Standards and Training certification or equivalent.


I. Employee may be required, but limited to the operation of the following: police car, police radio, radar gun, handgun, other weapons as required, Taser, handcuffs, intoxilyzer, pager, first aid equipment, A.E.D., MDC, personal computer, word processing software, fax, and telephone.


I. Hours may vary, but generally work on steady shifts that are bid out by seniority on an annual basis, extended hours, emergency call outs, and on weekends and holidays. This is a non-exempt position.

II. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places, and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, vibration, may be involved in physical confrontations.

III. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, controls, or tools listed above; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.