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CAPITOL POLICE OFFICER

Class Title: CAPITOL POLICE OFFICER
Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 038615

Education and Experience: Education equivalent to graduation from a standard high school and experience equivalent to two years of full-time work in law enforcement or in providing protection and security for individuals, buildings, grounds, offices, or work areas; qualifying coursework in a criminal justice field from an accredited college, university, or technical institute may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years. (Forty-five quarter hours, including at least nine quarter hours of criminal justice coursework, is required for a one year substitution. Ninety quarter hours, including at least fifteen quarter hours of criminal justice coursework, is required for a two year substitution.)
Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications:

Applicants for this class must:

1. be willing to and able to qualify with, carry, and use assigned weapons.

2. be at least twenty-one (21) years of age on the date of application.

3. be a citizen of the United States.

4. have a good moral character, as determined by investigation.

5. complete a criminal history disclosure form in a manner approved by the appointing authority.

6. agree to release all records involving their criminal history to the appointing authority.

7. supply a fingerprint sample in a manner prescribed by the TBI for a fingerprint based criminal history records check.

8. have no conviction for a felony or have been discharged under any other than honorable conditions from any branch of the United States armed forces.

9. pass a physical examination administered by a licensed physician that is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that relates to the essential functions of the position.

10. pass a psychological evaluation administered by a licensed mental health professional that is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that relates to the essential functions of the position.

11. submit to and pass a pre-employment screening test for use of illegal drugs.

12. have visual acuity of 20/100 in each eye, separately without glasses, and each eye corrected to 20/30 or better with corrective lenses.

13. possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license at the time of appointment in some positions.

14. upon appointment, successfully complete a prescribed course of instruction at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy or have successfully completed the equivalent of the prescribed course.

Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Career Service positions.

Job Overview:

Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for security work of considerable difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: An employee in this class acts as part of a special security force in providing security services for the Tennessee State Capitol Building and grounds and the Tennessee Legislative Plaza. Employees in this class perform duties such as conducting visual and physical checks of buildings and grounds on a walking assignment; conducting surveillance activities to spot incidences of break-ins, theft and other criminal activities; providing security to state legislators, legislative staff, other governmental officials and visiting dignitaries, as needed; conducting investigations of reported criminal acts; and arresting individuals suspected of criminal activities. This class differs from Capitol Security Officer in that an incumbent of the latter performs routine security and traffic control work at other state locations and performs security work of lesser scope and complexity. This class differs from Capitol Police Sergeant in that an incumbent of the latter acts as a shift supervisor over employees in this class.

Work Activities: 1. Performs walking security duties in assigned area; maintains surveillance of buildings and grounds to spot incidences of break-ins, theft, and other criminal activities.

2. Apprehends and arrests suspects when necessary; detains suspects until other state or local law enforcement officers arrive.

3. Performs investigations of reported criminal acts; assists investigators with more detailed investigations.

4. Provides security for state legislators, legislative staff, other government officials and employees, and visiting dignitaries, as needed.

5. Provides information and directions to the public and visiting governmental officials.

6. Establishes and maintains a variety of personal contacts with state officials and employees and the general public; testifies in court on cases in which involved.

7. Establishes and maintains a variety of records and reports such as sign-in logs, incident reports, and investigative reports.

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