Police Officer (Patrol)

Department: Police
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Lincoln AL

The City of Lincoln, Alabama is seeking a highly motivated and reliable individual with an interest in law enforcement to join our Police Department. The position of Police Officer- Patrol provides public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting property and people, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promotes good community relations in accordance with department rules, regulations, and procedures. The Police Officer - Patrol works under the general supervision of the assigned Police Lieutenant.

FUNCTIONS/DUTIES (include, but not limited to):

  • Patrol designated areas of the City in car, by foot, or other means to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances; protect real and personal property by providing security checks of residential, business, and public premises; maintain awareness of and remains alert for wanted suspects, known criminals, stolen vehicles, missing persons, traffic violators, and crimes in progress; issue warnings and citations.
  • Respond to calls for the protection of life and property, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, general public service calls, and complaints including those involving automobile accidents, traffic hazards, misdemeanor and felony incidents, domestic disturbances, property control, civil complaints, and related incidents; investigate complaints and takes appropriate action, which may include the use of deadly or non-deadly force; use sound judgment under adverse, stressful conditions.
  • Assist in serving search and arrest warrants; apprehend and arrest offenders for crimes committed under federal, state, and local laws and codes; control and mitigate people under the influence of drugs or alcohol or other potentially hostile situations.
  • Serve as liaison and establish and preserve good relationships with the general public; answer questions from the public concerning local and state laws, procedures, and activities of the department; make presentations before a variety of public groups to promote crime prevention activities and to enhance public understanding of Police activities.
  • Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses; may respond to requests for assistance from agencies outside the City for mutual aid in the suppression of civil disturbances, apprehension of criminals, or other related requests.
  • Participate in continuous training to enhance law enforcement skills including firearms proficiency, defensive driving skills, apprehension and arrest techniques, investigative skills, and general law enforcement skills.
  • Perform a variety of administrative and other types of duties in support of law enforcement services, programs, and activities; attend meetings; maintain and calibrate specialized equipment including preliminary alcohol screening devices.
  • Initiate and complete reports, legal documents, and other required paperwork; prepare a variety of reports including those on activities, operations, arrests made, and unusual incidents observed; prepare investigative reports and case information.
  • Testify in courts and at hearings; prepare and present case evidence; respond to mandatory court calls during irregular hours.
  • Direct traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency situations; provide traffic and crowd control at events; provide security at Municipal Court, City Council meetings and other City functions as assigned.
  • Enforce parking regulations; issue citations; tow vehicles that are in violation of codes.
  • Sign off on citations and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verification.
  • When assigned as a Field Training Officer, train new recruits and lateral police officers; document trainee progress and prepare evaluations; serve as acting field supervisor as assigned.
  • Collect, preserve, maintain, and book evidence and recovered property found that is involved with suspected crimes.
  • Review information and evidence obtained for presentation in court cases; testify in court concerning evidence and facts gathered during the investigative process.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned and required.


  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is highly preferred, or any combination or education or experience. Advanced professional training in law enforcement and/or related programs/certifications are considered assets.
  • Must be capable of passing APOSTC minimum physical abilities test requirements if uncertified.
  • Current APOST certification considered an asset.
  • Must have the ability to pass a psychological examination.
  • Must possess adequate computer skills with knowledge of common office software and willingness to learn special software as related to the position.
  • Must possess a valid Alabama driver's license and a driving record suitable for insurability.

SALARY: The salary range for this position is $42,571 annually for a non-certified officer. The salary range is $46,441 to $56,762 annually for an APOST certified officer. The starting salary for this position will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

APPLICATIONS: Individuals interested in this position are invited to submit an employment application and/or detailed cover letter and resume to the email address below. If applying by e-mail, please ensure the job position is included in subject line. We appreciate and consider all applications; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Attention: Chief Darren Britton and/or Captain Zackery Tutton
P.O. Box 172 | 150 Magnolia Street | Lincoln, Alabama | 35096
P: 205.763.7777 | E: hr@lincolnal.org | W: www.lincolnalabama.com

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