Part-time Police Officer




CLASS TITLE:  Police Officer

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:   In addition to the following, performs other related duties as required.

Under general supervision, enforces laws; assists in investigations; prepares and maintains police records; maintains personal and professional competence and awareness; performs clerical functions; and performs related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:   Any combination of training and work experience which indicates possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below.  An example of an acceptable qualification for this position is:       

  • Completion of secondary education, training and experience involving considerable contact with the public. 
  • Must possess an Ohio Peace Officer Certification and a valid Ohio driver’s license.
  • Must be between the ages of 21 years and 36 years. (initial hire)

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES OF THE CLASSIFICATION:   The following duties are intended to depict tasks performed by this classification.

  1.  Enforces laws; patrols an assigned area, generally in patrol vehicle; testifies in court; makes security checks; issues warnings and citations; apprehends and arrests suspected law violators; transports and books prisoners; operates and utilizes law enforcement equipment and weapons; prepares reports relating to law enforcement duties; responds to domestic disturbances and reports of criminal activity; interviews witnesses, victims and suspects; directs traffic.
  2. Assists in investigations; watches for stolen property and wanted or missing persons; communicates with witnesses, victims, suspects, prisoners, informants and criminals; assists in conducting investigations of crime, complaints and incidents to gather information and evidence; prepares investigative reports.
  3. Prepares and maintains police records; prepares activity reports; retrieves documents and files; enters and retrieves information into and from computers.
  4. Maintains personal and professional competence and awareness; maintains required certifications; attends professional education and training sessions, seminars and workshops; maintains required licenses.
  5. Performs clerical functions; receives and responds to routine inquires in person or via telephone; provides assistance to general public; greets and directs visitors.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES necessary to perform duties (* indicates developed after employment).

Knowledge of: office practices and procedures; public relations; certification/licensure requirements; federal, state, and local laws; department policies and procedures; records preparation and management; courtroom procedures; law enforcement procedures and methods; arrest procedures; law enforcement equipment and weapons; interviewing; security practices and procedures; investigation techniques; data processing techniques and procedures; techniques of collection and preservation of evidence; surveillance techniques.

Skill in: motor vehicle operation; operation and care of firearms; computer operation.

Ability to: answer routine telephone inquires; develop and maintain effective working relationships; deal with many variables and determine specific action; interpret extensive variety of technical material in books, journals and manuals; prepare accurate documentation; communicate effectively; recognize unusual or threatening conditions and take appropriate action; complete routine forms; carry out detailed but basic written or oral instructions; demonstrate physical agility; compile and prepare reports; apply principles to solve practical, everyday problems; define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; demonstrate physical endurance; gather, collate and classify information about data, people or things; handle sensitive inquires from and contacts with officials and general public; maintain records according to established procedures; demonstrate manual dexterity; exercise independent judgment and discretion; understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, or regulations to specific situations.


Police vehicle, radio, firearms, radar, camera, computer terminal, impact weapon, taser and mace (pepper spray).


Ohio Peace Officer Certification, valid Ohio driver’s license, and remain insurable on the Township’s insurance policy.

The beginning Part-time Police Officer pay is $10.00 per hour during the training period, and $12.00-$14.00 per hour upon completion of training.  A position description is available with the employment application referred to below.  All interested applicants may pick up an employment application in person at the Dispatch center, Shawnee Township Administration Building, 2530 Fort Amanda Road, Lima, Ohio, 45804, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. No telephone calls.  A properly completed application must be submitted to the Dispatch Center at the same address to be considered. Applicants considered for the position will submit to background and drug testing.

Shawnee Township is a Drug-free workplace.

Shawnee Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer.