I.    CLASSIFIED JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Refer to the Zachary Police Department Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Classification Plan for all classified job descriptions.

II.   UNCLASSIFIED JOB DESCRIPTIONS

A.  DETECTIVE DIVISION

PURPOSE

The purpose of this division is to provide follow-up investigation for cases that are handled by the Zachary Police Department. Cases that warrant follow-up investigation and those cases that the Chief of Police wants followed-up will be handled by this division.

QUALIFICATIONS

The officers that are assigned to the detective division shall be full time officers with the Zachary Police Department and have the desire to follow-up cases as needed. These officers shall be appointed to those positions by the Chief of Police. This is not a Classified Civil Service position.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Examples listed are illustrative only. They are not intended to include all duties which may be assigned, neither are they intended to exclude other duties which may be assigned.

Officers assigned to the detective division shall handle any and all calls, including initial complaints, accidents, etc, when requested to do so.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The detective division shall normally have one officer assigned as Supervisor of Detectives. His / Her duties will consist of coordinating the detective division workload and anything else the Chief of Police or his / her designated representative requires him / her to handle.

The officers who are assigned to the detective division shall be responsible for all initial, follow-up and other investigations assigned to them and all reports required.

B.  D.A.R.E. PROGRAM (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)

This is an appointed position by the Chief of Police and on the Chief’s decision this appointment may be changed at any time or in any way. This is not a Classified Civil Service position.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this position is to provide on-going drug education to the students in K-12 in the City of Zachary. This officer will also act as a liaison between the police department and the member schools and provide assistance to the schools as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

This person must be a full-time employee of the Zachary Police Department and have a desire to work with and be involved with kids. This person must be certified as a D.A.R.E. instructor and meet and maintain all of the requirements for D.A.R.E. training that are set forth by D.A.R.E. America and adopted by Louisiana D.A.R.E.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To promote the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program.
  • To contact each member school and schedule all classes in the program.
  • To teach lessons mandated by the D.A.R.E. curriculum according to the guidelines set forth by D.A.R.E. America and adopted by Louisiana D.A.R.E.
  • To schedule and participate with approval in all meetings, events, and press conferences related to the D.A.R.E. program.
  • To act as a liaison between the police department, local schools, and other agencies in matters relating to drug and substance abuse education.
  • To order, with approval, and keep a current inventory of all supplies used for education and promotion of the D.A.R.E. program.
  • To perform any other duties pertaining to and in furtherance of the D.A.R.E. philosophy and / or program.

 

C.  RESERVE POLICE OFFICER

Reserve police officers are appointed by the Chief of Police after they meet certain requirements. They Zachary Police Department has twenty (20) reserve officer positions. These officers are subject to the same policies, procedures, and regulations as regular police officers. This is not a Classified Civil Service position.

PURPOSE

The purpose of the reserve police officer is to assist a regular police officer in any way possible. This is accomplished with proper training and cooperation among all officers.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Must be free of any criminal record.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a valid certificate of equivalency issued by a state department of education.
  • Must attend interview conducted by screening committee. This committee will consist of regular officers and reserve officers in equal numbers. The committee will conduct personal interviews with all applicants, and will make recommendations to the Chief of Police on their findings.
  • After offer of employment, but before beginning work, must pass a medical examination, including a drug screen, prepared and administered by an authorized Doctor, designed to demonstrate good health and physical fitness sufficient to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.

TRAINING

All new reserves will be on probation for six (6) months and will be required to attend certain training classes set by the department before they can be commissioned as reserve officers.

All new reserve officers will be required to work in the communications division for their first twenty (20) hours.

All reserve officers, after completing their twenty (20) hours in communications, and after becoming certified with their duty weapon, shall ride with either a regular officer or a senior qualified reserve officer until such time that a regular officer feels that the new reserve officer has the proper training and possesses the qualifications to drive a department vehicle and makes a recommendation to the Chief or Assistant Chief for final approval.

Required training will be as follows:

  • Training in departmental procedures, rules and regulations;
  • Defensive tactics (annually);
  • Vehicle stops;
  • Law of arrest;
  • Mechanics of arrest;
  • Search and seizure;
  • Firearms training and certification (annually);
  • Use of deadly force and related matters;
  • Accident investigation;
  • All other training the department finds necessary.

RESPONSIBILITES

All reserves are required to work twenty (20) hours a month or sixty (60) hours a quarter. Absence of the required hours for three (3) consecutive quarters will result in termination.

It is the responsibility of the reserve officer to notify the regular officer in charge of the reserves when he / she is unable to get the required hours in.

All reserve officers must complete a trip sheet showing the date and hours worked. All reserve officers shall have either the communications officer or shift supervisor verify their trip sheet.

Reserve officers working on shift will notify the shift supervisor on duty when they report for duty. They are responsible to the regular officers while working.

If reserve officers work a special detail, such as a football game, parade, etc., the above rule may not apply. A regular officer or reserve officer may be placed in charge of such special details.

Reserve officers assigned to work a detail shall be on time and shall not leave without proper authority.

Regular reserve meetings are held the second and forth Mondays of each month. Reserve officers missing three (3) or more meetings in one (1) quarter without approval could face suspension or termination.

Access to departmental records, reports, file cards, etc., will be on a need-to-know basis only. Reserve officers found using any departmental records for personal gain will be terminated.