This is community relations work serving as liaison between the assigned police department district and the citizens and community organizations that reside within that district.
Bargaining unit position.
Employees in this class perform work of average difficulty under the general supervision of a Police Major in a Uniform District. Employees may be assigned to one of two shifts comprising forty (40) hour per week, which might include weekends and holidays. General duties involve investigating complaints, conducting presentations, writing reports, and providing assistance to the public. Employees must exercise some initiative and independent judgment when developing programs and resolving/referring complaints. Work is reviewed through reports submitted, conferences, and observation of results accomplished.
Respond to questions from community members about police department events, seek opinions from citizens about police practices, and identify community concerns.
Maintain familiarity with crime trends and unique community issues in the assigned district.
Host regularly scheduled monthly district meetings and attend a variety of community sponsored meetings throughout the assigned district.
Visit with community members and local organizations to increase crime awareness, crime prevention, and personal safety while also building relationships, trust, and legitimacy, particularly with minority communities and neighborhoods that represent the diverse makeup of the city.
Share crime prevention information in various ways in a variety of settings; including presentations with residents, neighborhood watch groups, business owners, homeowner's associations and other public gatherings.
Deliver crime prevention literature at festivals and fairs. Crime prevention topics include identification theft, spotting and reporting suspicious activity, self-defense and protecting property.
Examine complaints concerning Elderly Affairs offenses within the assigned district; acts on referrals from officers, government agencies, and the community to refer elderly citizens to the appropriate social service agency for assistance; schedules and publicly announces programs in relation to Elderly Affairs and documents the programs presented, to include the location and number of persons contacted.
Assists in organizing crime prevention groups in residential and business areas targeted for certain geographical locations within the district and maintains liaison with these and other interested community groups; acts as liaison between community organizations and division personnel; assists in the formation of new community groups once the group has met established requirements.
Plans and develops programs to educate citizens in the district on how to prevent crime and how to prevent them from becoming the victim of a crime; conducts crime prevention presentations within communities in the assigned district; informs citizens on how to report crime and other activities, behaviors and information that the police should be made aware of.
Plans and develops strategies to encourage citizens to secure and identify their personal property in order to reduce the likelihood of theft or increase the likelihood of recovery in the event of theft.
Maintains statistical information with regard to presentations, contacts with citizens, elderly affairs investigations, meetings attended, and any other information deemed appropriate by the supervisor; prepares and submits monthly crime prevention activity report; prepares and submits quarterly Community Assessment report which describes current community concerns, potential problems involving law enforcement activities within the community, recommended solutions to concerns and problems, and action(s) taken.
Makes referrals to Code Enforcement and other entities when necessary.
Performs related work as required.
Working knowledge of: the departments, functions, and services available within TPD and the city to provide accurate and timely information and referrals to citizens.
Ability to: learn and interpret pertinent laws, statutes, ordinances, and standard operating procedures necessary to perform the job; establish and maintain effective relations with the public, community organizations, and co workers; speak and communicate effectively; prepare accurate, complete, and grammatically correct reports; understand and follow oral and written instructions; render appropriate decisions regarding the necessary course of action in cases; learn and satisfactorily perform various administrative, information, and, investigative tasks; operate office equipment; operate a city vehicle, when necessary.
Graduation from an accredited high school and a minimum of one (1) year of crime prevention, community engagement, community development, urban planning, law enforcement or closely related work experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.
Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.