Nature and Examples of Work :

The nature of the work for this classification is consistent with that of a state classified Police Officer I. The SPO 3 is a student employee who has successfully completed the Police Department's 14 week field training program and is able to augment the Patrol Division as a fully competent police officer. The SPO 3 performs all the duties, and has all the responsibilities and obligations of a police officer. They primarily augment the patrol division to cover vacation and training leave for full-time officers and are also on call to cover shifts that are left short due to sickness, other unexpected circumstances or emergencies. They may provide assistance to other units in the department as well. While on duty and under supervision they have full authority to act in every way as a police officer. They are armed, wear the same uniform and are qualified to operate a marked patrol vehicle. There is full integration into the criminal justice system. A SPO 3 must maintain proficiency in all areas of departmental training as any full-time officer is required to. There is a somewhat greater level of supervision required but it is far less than that given to the classifications listed above. A SPO 3 generally works with autonomy and the authority to act without supervisory notification or approval, in most circumstances, is assumed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

All of the knowledge, skills and abilities described in SPO 1.
Thorough knowledge of state and municipal laws and ordinances.
Thorough knowledge of the laws of arrest, search and seizure.
Thorough knowledge of police practices and procedures.
Thorough knowledge of the use of force.
Substantial knowledge of department policy and procedures.
Physical and mental skills to operate a marked police vehicle in emergency circumstances.

Minimum Preparation for Work:

The same as SPO 1 and recommendation from the SEU supervisor and approval by the FTO Sergeant. An interview process may be used to determine and select an employee for this class with regard to their ability to succeed. A 3 month probationary period after completing the FTO program and attaining "street qualification" must be accomplished.
(*Note - A SPO 3 does NOT need to be a SPO 2 prior to appointment to this class. In addition, they will not be compensated at a greater pay rate for becoming or remaining a Team Leader, Field Training Officer (FTO) or Drug Task Force Intern as an SPO 3).

Necessary Special Requirements:

Must have a valid driver's license.
Must be 21 years of age.
Must be in good health.
Must have visual acuity corrected to 20/20 with normal color vision.
Must be a citizen of the United States.
Must be a student in good standing at Colorado State or other institution of higher education and maintain a 2.0 GPA.

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