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Assignments and Career Opportunities

Police Officer

Members of the Friendswood Police Department having completed the required probationary period and after 13 months of service are eligible to be assigned to the following Units/Divisions/Positions provided there is an opening:

  • Bicycle Officers
  • Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement/DOT
  • Court Bailiff/Warrant Officer
  • Crime Prevention Unit
  • Criminal Investigations Divisions, which include:
    • Crime Scene Detective
    • Child Abuse Detective
    • Fraud Investigator
  • DARE (Drug Awareness and Resistance Education) Officer
  • DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) Task Force
  • DRE (Drug Recognition Expert)
  • FTO Program
  • Honor Guard
  • K-9
  • Marine Unit
  • Narcotics Unit/Street Crimes Unit
  • Patrol (first assignment after field training)
  • School Resource Officer
  • SWAT Tactical and Negotiations Teams
  • Traffic Unit

Career Paths include:

  • Detective
  • Corporal (Patrol Division)
  • Corporal (Patrol)
  • Sergeant (Patrol, CID and Professional Standards)
  • Lieutenant (Patrol Division Assistant Commander)
  • Captain (Patrol, CID and Administrative Services)
  • Deputy Chief (by appointment)

Police Officer Duties

Police officers enforce laws, provide other services to their community and are expected to inspire public confidence in government by their position and allegiance to their oaths of office. The selection process is rigorous and tests applicants’ physical and emotional fitness. You must meet minimum qualifications and satisfactorily complete each phase of the applicant investigation process to be selected for appointment as a Friendswood Police Officer.

 

You must seriously consider you own reason for becoming a police officer. Not every person is an appropriate candidate for this career. Frequently, officers go from long periods of inactivity to sudden situations causing significant physical and emotional stress. You will be placed in situations that will test your judgment, to include the decision to use deadly force. Our process attempts to ensure that applicants who may pose risks of injury to themselves or others will not be selected. You are personally responsible to consider the risks before proceeding.

 

Often, officers are exposed to situations that can lead to corrupt, unlawful behavior. We seek only those people whose histories reflect honesty, reliability and responsible financial management. Public confidence depends on every officer possessing and exhibiting unquestioned integrity.

 

You will attend the Police Academy daily for about six months. In this time you will be taught the basic skills and knowledge required of patrol officers, and you will be subjected to examinations on each subject, which you must pass. You must also pass a firearms qualification course and an emergency vehicle driving course, and you will be required to achieve and maintain a high level of physical fitness that will tested frequently during your academy assignment.

 

As a police officer, you may be assigned to work in any part of Friendswood. You will be required to perform shift work, including rotating day, evening and midnight shifts. On occasion you will be required to work unscheduled overtime, and there will be times when you will have to attend court to testify on your normal day off or on a day when you are scheduled to work the evening or midnight shift. You will be compensated for overtime and court time; however, you must expect these occurrences if you accept employment.

 

A police officer’s essential job functions include:

  • Responds immediately to calls for service by motor vehicle or on foot to obtain or give information, enforce the law, provide timely assistance and make referrals to other agencies.
  • Patrols by vehicle or on foot to deter crime, apprehend violators and assist other officers. The position may require walking or standing exposed to elements for extended periods.
  • Observes and responds to traffic violations to maintain public safety.
  • Enforces laws and ordinances impartially by warning or arresting violators.
  • Prepares notes, reports and other documents using appropriate sources to provide necessary information
  • Clearly, concisely and professionally testifies in courts or other proceedings.
  • Conducts preliminary or follow up crime and traffic accident investigations.
  • Processes prisoners by properly fingerprinting, photographing, checking records and accurately preparing all charging documents to properly identify a defendant prior to release or incarceration.
  • Administers appropriate first aid to stabilize an individual’s condition until qualified medical assistance arrives.
  • Interviews and interrogates to obtain information, statements, admissions or confessions.
  • Secures and manages crime scenes to preserve evidence
  • Presents a professional appearance and maintains assigned equipment by practicing personal hygiene, wearing a clean uniform and caring for equipment to ensure proper operations.
  • Conducts surveillance of people or locations to prevent crime or obtain information.
  • Controls crowds and demonstrations in order to maintain community peace and safety, to include wearing protective clothing or masks and standing in formation for long periods.
  • Communicates effectively and coherently by radio in routine and stressful situations.
  • Makes arrests by command presence, verbal directions and, as needed, using necessary force including pressure points, control holds, impact weapons or handcuffs to control suspects.
  • Exhibits independent judgment to determine when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, probable cause to arrest or search, and appropriate level of force to be used.
  • Operates police vehicles at any hour in emergency or non-emergency situations to arrive safely and prevent injury to others.
  • Pursues fleeing suspects on foot, which may include quickly exiting a police vehicle or include running, climbing, pulling, jumping, crawling or suing physical force to gain entry through barriers to make arrests.
  • Loads, unloads, aims and fires firearms from a variety of positions in various levels of light or darkness and in various types of weather for self-defense or the protection of others in accordance with established standards.
  • Searches people, vehicles, buildings or outdoor sites for evidence or items that may pose a threat to the officer or others.
  • Communicates effectively and coherently with people by giving and receiving information.
  • Identifies and collects evidence at traffic accident or crime scenes to assist in investigations and prosecutions.
  • Maintains professional demeanor, especially when enduring verbal abuse from antagonistic people in a hostile environment.
  • Rescues by lifting, dragging, carrying, securing and evacuating people from accident scenes.
  • Reads and comprehends a variety of documents, maps and reference materials to properly enforce laws, help others and comply with Department regulations.
  • Directs traffic, which may require standing for extended periods in extreme weather conditions, using hand signals, flares, flashlight or whistle to ensure the flow of traffic, prevent accidents and deny access to dangerous locations

Public Service Officer

Public Service Officers primary function is to provide and maintain care and custody of prisoners that are being held in the City Jail, provide a support system for police officers, provide a liaison between the courts, the Friendswood Police Department and all other appropriate agencies and to provide other services to their community and are expected to inspire public confidence in government by their position and allegiance to their oaths of office. The selection process is rigorous and tests applicants’ physical and emotional fitness. You must meet minimum qualifications and satisfactorily complete each phase of the application investigation process to be selected for appointment as a Friendswood Public Service Officer.

You must seriously consider your own reason for becoming a public service officer. Not every person is an appropriate candidate for this career. Frequently, officers go from long periods of inactivity to sudden situations causing significant physical and emotional stress. You will be placed in situations that will test your judgment. Our process attempts to ensure that applicants who may pose risks of injury to themselves or others will not be selected. You are personally responsible to consider the risks before proceeding.

Often, officers are exposed to situations that can lead to corrupt, unlawful behavior. We seek only those people whose histories reflect honesty, reliability and responsible financial management. Public confidence depends on every officer possessing and exhibiting unquestioned integrity.

You will attend a forty (40) hour municipal jailer’s course. You will attend an in-house academy for about one week (forty hours). You will be required to complete a field training officers program. In this time you will be taught the basic skills and knowledge required of public service officers, and you will be subjected to examinations on each subject, which you must pass. You must also pass various in-service courses and you will be required to maintain a high level of physical and emotional fitness that will be tested frequently during your training and probationary period.

As a public service officer, you will be required to perform shift work, including rotating day, evening and midnight shifts. On occasion you will be required to work unscheduled overtime, and there will be times when you will have to attend court to testify on your normal day off or on a day when you are scheduled to work the evening or midnight shift. You will be compensated for overtime and court time: however, you must expect these occurrences if you accept employment.

A public service officer’s essential job functions include:

  • Regular and timely attendance at work.
  • Maintains order and discipline within the facility.
  • Maintain physical control of prisoners by using minimal restraint techniques.
  • Processes all incoming prisoners, including searching the prisoner, inventory of property, taking of photographs and fingerprints, and completion and filing of related reports and documents.
  • Enter arrest information into computer system
  • Responsible for prisoner needs on a 24-hour basis according to shift assignment: Duties include serving meals to prisoner and provides or obtains medical aid if needed; dispenses prescribed medications and maintains Medication Log; maintain proper care of prisoner property and records.
  • Clean and maintain prisoner blankets, towels and trustee uniforms.
  • Daily notification of the judge as to prisoners being held.
  • Prepare paperwork for arraignment before the judge.
  • Enter arrest information into Jail Booking Log, Arrest Board and Prisoner Information Sheet.
  • Conduct prisoner releases to include release of inmate property and send information to other agencies, such as Harris County and Galveston County Jail.
  • Conducts personal visual inspections of all prisoners every 30 minutes unless directed to conduct more frequently.
  • Conducts daily, weekly, and monthly inspections of the jail facility area. The inspections are for safety, supplies, security, and sanitation.
  • Conducts inspection of jail cells prior to placing prisoners in cell.
  • Ensures prisoners removes all trash and property from jail and flushes toilet.
  • Inspects cell prior to releasing prisoner to ensure that prisoner has not hidden contraband.
  • Conducts searches of prisoners and cells as required.
  • Selects trustees for special work assignments.
  • Checks for any outstanding warrants on prisoners accepted into facility per departmental procedures.
  • Respond to information requests from family, bonding companies, other agencies, escort guests take messages, answer questions and collects, receipts and posts fines/bond money for Class C misdemeanors and bond releases for county charges in reference to prisoners.
  • Perform administrative and clerical tasks as directed.
  • Provide information and directions to the public that call or come to the station seeking assistance.
  • Complete incident reports over the phone.
  • Complete incident reports from citizens that come to the station to file reports.
  • Operates Intoxilyzer.
  • Operates AFIS.
  • Keeps supervisor informed of any incident or issue that requires his/her attention.
  • Assist in training new personnel.
  • Contribute to team effort by performing other related duties as assigned.

Communications Operator  

Communications Operators or dispatchers provide services to the citizens, the community, and their co-workers. Communications Operators support Police officers, Fire fighters, Medical personnel, Animal Control officers, and other city departments on a day to day basis. A Communications Operator must be able to answer generic phone call questions, 9-1-1 emergency calls, respond to officers and other public safety units on the radio, and be able to organize and prioritize these requests as they come in. A CO must be able to type fluently and be proficient with computers; frequently moving from application to application as needed. A CO must have good listening skills and be able to prioritize information received from the telephone, 9-1-1 lines, and radio transmissions, sometimes simultaneously.

An applicant must seriously consider their reasons for applying to work as a Communications Operator. Not every person has the skill set or the mind set to successfully perform in this capacity. It requires the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize these tasks continuously. A CO must be able to obtain and record pertinent information, sometimes from excited or emotionally charged people, and then sort through this information and disseminate it to others in a clear, concise manner.

There are occasional periods of inactivity and the applicant must be self-motivated during these times. Projects and other job-related tasks are available to the CO to do. These projects and tasks help keep the Communications Center’s records and resources updated. Continuing education and pursuing further training are encouraged and may be required to maintain some certifications.

A Communications Operator is the first point of contact for anyone needing information and assistance in our city therefore it is imperative that an applicant possess the ability to provide quality customer service even under the most trying of situations. A CO must be able to calm a frantic person down over the phone, maintain a calm demeanor with an angry person, and be able to verbally convey a willingness to provide help where needed.

Communications Operators are in a field where situations exist that could expose them to unlawful, immoral, and corrupt behavior. We seek only those applicants whose history reflects honesty, reliability and responsible life management. Public confidence depends on every employee knowing and following the department’s vision and values statements which should be reflected in their professional duties as well as their personal lives.

If offered a position, the Probationary Communications Operator will receive six to twelve weeks of in-house and hands-on training. Upon successful completion of the training program the CO is required to receive training and certification in Emergency Medical Dispatch Protocols, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, and basic First Aid. Within the first year of employment COs must receive the State required 40 hour Basic Telecommunications Course and at least two National Incident Management Systems classes.

The Friendswood Communications Center is manned 24hours a day and COs work in shifts. Shifts are assigned by seniority and have set days off. Duty hours may include days, evenings or nights, holidays and weekends as well as unscheduled overtime. COs are considered “mission critical” employees and are required to remain in the city and work during natural and/or man made emergencies or disasters. When activated for emergency service the CO will report for duty and will remain on location until released. This may require the CO to eat, sleep, and stay at the Public Safety Building for an extended period of time. Compensation under emergency activation is set forth in city policy.

A Communications Operator’s essential job functions include (but are not limited to):

  • Monitor and operate emergency and non-emergency service telephones and radio communications systems to dispatch police officers, fire department, emergency medical services, animal control officers, and other city personnel within the city of Friendswood.

 

 

 

  • Operate and monitor local, state, and national crime information computer systems including TLETS/NLETS, TCIC/NCIC, OSSI, to assist public safety personnel in performing their duties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Verify location and seriousness of each incident and the response needed by answering telephones. Taking messages, and/or answering questions from remote units; coordinate police, fire, medical, and other emergency requests as appropriate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Provide Emergency Medical Dispatch pre-arrival instructions for Emergency Medical Service (ambulance) calls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Data entry for all calls for service and other events as required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Data entry/information retrieval from programs to include: amber alerts, silver alerts, email, excel spread sheets, word documents, Computer aided dispatch, records management system, jail management system, and mobile data computers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Monitor interior and exterior camera systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Federal Signal Emergency Alert Siren system activation

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Network computer system including emergency notification system (N.E.W.S.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Basic file maintenance

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Occasional use of copier, fax machine, shredder, scanner and other office equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Work with computerized mapping systems and printed maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Maintain electronic and paper logs of law enforcement related transactions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Police and other law enforcement personnel, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical personnel, Animal Control Officers, other city departments, and with citizens as required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Regular and timely attendance at work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • After normal business hours, respond to citizens and others in the lobby of the Public Safety Building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Be familiar with local municipal ordinances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Know operations for Police, Fire, EMS, Animal Control, and other city departments to include water, streets, parks, Fire Marshal, Emergency Management, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Assist in training new personnel as needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Contribute to team effort by assisting partners and other divisions as needed

    Animal Control Officer


    Animal Control officers enforce laws that deal with animals, provide other services to their community and are expected to inspire public confidence in government by their commitment and service. The selection process is rigorous and tests applicants’ history of honesty, judgment, accountability, integrity, punctuality and emotional fitness. You must meet minimum qualifications and satisfactorily complete each phase of the applicant investigation process to be selected for appointment as a City of Friendswood Animal Control Officer.

    You must seriously consider you own reason for becoming an animal control officer. Not every person is an appropriate candidate for this career. Frequently, animal control officers go from periods of normal activity to sudden situations causing significant physical and emotional stress. You will be placed in situations that will test your judgment. Our process attempts to ensure that applicants who may pose risks of injury to themselves or others will not be selected. You are personally responsible to consider the risks before proceeding.

    We seek only those people whose histories reflect honesty, reliability and responsible financial management. Public confidence depends on every officer possessing and exhibiting unquestioned integrity.

    You will attend a two (2) day basic level Animal Control training class as required by the State of Texas. In this time you will be taught the basic skills and knowledge required of animal control officers, and you will be subjected to a Texas Department of Heath and Safety examination on each subject, which you must pass. You must also attend and pass a two (2) day euthanasia training class.

    As an animal control officer, you are required to be available and subject to call outs twenty-four (24) hours a day on a rotating on-call schedule for a period of seven (7) days at a time. This schedule will require your ability to respond within thirty (30) minutes to animal related problems. Occasionally you will be required to work unscheduled overtime, weekends and holidays. You will be compensated for overtime, callouts and holiday time; however, you must expect these occurrences if you accept employment.

    An animal control officer’s essential job functions include:

    • Animal Control Officers are in contact with domestic and wild animals in the
    performance their normal duties. Responds immediately to calls for service by motor vehicle or on foot to obtain or give information, enforce animal related laws, provide timely assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Patrols the community by vehicle, to enforce animal related laws and educate the
  • community on responsible pet ownership. The position may require walking or standing exposed to elements for extended periods.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Enforces animal related laws and ordinances impartially by issuing warning or citations to animal owners.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Prepares notes, reports and other documents using appropriate sources to provide necessary information.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Clearly, concisely and professional testimony in court.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Conducts preliminary or follow up animal cruelty investigations.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Impounds stray animals, domestic and wildlife.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Euthanize sick, injured, aggressive, unclaimed, or unwanted animals. Often times this may include healthily animals.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Interview, obtain information, and statements regarding animal bites, vicious, and dangerous animals.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    • Presents a professional appearance and maintains assigned equipment by practicing personal hygiene, wearing a clean uniform and caring for equipment to ensure proper operations.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Maintain animal control facility to include the daily cleaning of animal cages containing feces and urine. Washing of kennels, litter pans, bowls, and other animal related equipment.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Communicates effectively and coherently by radio in routine and stressful situations.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Exhibits independent judgment to determine proper corrective methods to achieve compliance with local and State laws.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Operates animal control vehicles at any hour in emergency or non-emergency situations to arrive safely and prevent injury to others.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Pursues animals on foot, which may include quickly exiting an animal control vehicle or include running, climbing, pulling, jumping, and crawling to impound stray or vicious animals.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Loads and unloads animals to and from animal control trucks and cages.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Communicates effectively and coherently with people by giving and receiving information.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Maintains professional demeanor, especially when enduring verbal abuse from antagonistic people in a hostile environment.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Reads and comprehends a variety of documents, maps and reference materials to properly enforce laws, help others and comply with Department regulations.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Prepare and submit animal specimens for laboratory rabies testing.

      Volunteers

      Crime Victim Assistance Program Volunteer

      Crime victims require the intervention, time and continuing support of persons trained in counseling that relieves physical and emotional trauma. It is the policy of the Friendswood Police Department to ensure its capacity to meet victim needs, enhancing department efforts with the use of community volunteers. Through training and work with department personnel, volunteers will become effective victim advocates; skilled in crisis intervention and sensitive to persons in physical or emotional trauma.

      The goals of the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) are to reduce the trauma and insensitive treatment victims/witnesses experience in the wake of a crime; to increase victim/witness participation in the justice system by giving full recognition, and protection to the rights of these individuals and to avoid inflicting “secondary victimization” that has often characterized much of the plight of the victims of crime.

      The Victim Assistance Volunteer must be sensitive to persons in physical and emotional trauma. Good communications skills, public speaking or public relations experience is desirable. Victim Assistance Volunteers will be utilized to achieve the following program procedures:

      • Provide Crisis Counseling – This refers to in-person crisis interventions, emotional support, guidance, and counseling provided by counselors, mental health professionals, or peers. Such counseling may occur at the scene of a crime, immediately after a crime, or during the first in-person contact between an advocate and victim. This includes meeting a victim in the emergency room or at a police station.
      • Provide victims with detailed information about the criminal justice system and the investigation process;
      • Assist with clerical duties within the Crime Victim Assistance Office, i.e. filing, mailing notifications, ordering supplies, shredding, restocking resources, and special projects as assigned;
      • Provide information and assistance to victims/witnesses that must testify in court;
      • Provide information about individual case status and outcome;
      • Provide accompaniment to emergency medical services in cases involving injury;
      • Provide information to crime victims about their constitutional rights and statutory rights, and the availability of Crime Victims' Compensation; 
      • Provide follow up contact with victims by telephone, in writing, or in person 24-48 hours after the crime to see if assistance has been sought;
      • Provide immediate referrals to community agencies that offer emergency services;
      • Provide education and training for departmental personnel, the public and other local service providers about the needs and rights of victims in the criminal justice system

      The Victim Assistance Volunteer shall adhere to the following commitments and responsibilities:

      • The volunteer performing administrative duties will provide a six-month commitment to the program, volunteering four (4) hours weekly to the program.
      • Any department property that is issued to a volunteer must be signed in and out by the victim liaison. Once the volunteer and/or intern's shift is complete, Department property must be returned within 24 hours.
      • A professional demeanor is to be maintained at all times. If a volunteer is unable to maintain appropriate and proper demeanor, the victim liaison will be notified immediately. Inability to maintain a professional demeanor may be reason for dismissal from the program.
      • Appropriate clothing must be worn. Halter-tops, shorts, or mini-skirts are examples of inappropriate dress attire. A professional image must be displayed at all times. Acceptable clothing includes slacks or jeans in good condition (no tears or holes), comfortable clean shirt, and close toed shoes. It is preferred that volunteers refrain from wearing heels for safety and comfort.
      • Due to changing laws and policies, scheduled training is mandatory. If a volunteer is unable to attend, the victim liaison must be contacted to receive the updates.
      • The responsibilities and duties of the Victim Assistance Volunteer are subject to change as deemed appropriate to better suit the Crime Victims Assistance Program.

      College Internships

      Crime Victim Assistance Program Intern

      Crime victims require the intervention, time and continuing support of persons trained in counseling that relieves physical and emotional trauma. It is the policy of the Friendswood Police Department to ensure its capacity to meet victim needs, enhancing department efforts with the use of carefully selected accredited university or college interns. Through training and work with department personnel, interns will become effective victim advocates; skilled in crisis intervention and sensitive to persons in physical or emotional trauma. Internships within the Friendswood Police Department Crime Victim Assistance Program are designed specifically for actively enrolled college students interested in a career in victim services and/or law enforcement. Interns will receive a variety of experiences while meeting victim needs and rotating through assignments within the Friendswood Police Department.

      The Victim Assistance Internship is an UNPAID VOLUNTEER position. The Friendswood Police Department adheres to the United States Department of Labor (DOL) Guidelines on Interns as follow:
      • The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training, which would be given in an education environment;
      • The internship is for the benefit of the intern;
      • The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
      • The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
      • The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
      • The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship. College or university applicants must apply for internship through the Friendswood Police Department for a volunteer intern position. A background investigation will be conducted on all applicants.
      • The application process will include a detailed criteria of the applicant’s field study class and expectations of the university or college, including the required hours needed.
      • Following acceptance in the Crime Victim Assistance Program, the Victim Liaison and intern will develop a plan of action that meets the needs of the intern as well as the needs of the Crime Victim Assistance Program
      • The internship terminates when the student has fulfilled the required hours in time prescribed by the university or college. All Department-issued property will be returned to the Department at the end of the internship, including name badge and access card.

      The Victim Assistance Intern must be sensitive to persons in physical and emotional trauma. Good communications skills, public speaking or public relations experience is desirable. Victim Assistance Intern will be utilized to achieve the following program procedures:

      • Provide Crisis Counseling – This refers to in-person crisis interventions, emotional support, guidance, and counseling provided by counselors, mental health professionals, or peers. Such counseling may occur at the scene of a crime, immediately after a crime, or during the first in-person contact between an advocate and victim. This includes meeting a victim in the emergency room or at a police station.
      • provide victims with detailed information about the criminal justice system and the investigation process;
      • Assist with clerical duties within the Crime Victim Assistance Office, i.e. filing, mailing notifications, ordering supplies, shredding, restocking resources, and special projects as assigned;
      • Provide information and assistance to victims/witnesses that must testify in court;
      • Provide information about individual case status and outcome;
      • Provide accompaniment to emergency medical services in cases involving injury;
      • Provide information to crime victims about their constitutional rights and statutory rights, and the availability of Crime Victims' Compensation;
      • Provide follow up contact with victims by telephone, in writing, or in person 24-48 hours after the crime to see if assistance has been sought;
      • Provide immediate referrals to community agencies that offer emergency services;
      • Provide education and training for departmental personnel, the public and other local service providers about the needs and rights of victims in the criminal justice system;

      The Victim Assistance Intern shall adhere to the following commitments and responsibilities:

      • Victim Assistance Interns performing administrative duties will work the duration of their school semester(s). Weekly amount of hours will depend on the intern's time schedule to meet the required hours set forth by the university or college they attend.
      • Any department property that is issued to a volunteer must be signed in and out by the victim liaison. Once the volunteer and/or intern's shift is complete, Department property must be returned within 24 hours.
      • A professional demeanor is to be maintained at all times. If an intern is unable to maintain appropriate and proper demeanor, the victim liaison will be notified immediately. Inability to maintain a professional demeanor may be reason for dismissal from the program.
      • Appropriate clothing must be worn. Halter-tops, shorts, or mini-skirts are examples of inappropriate dress attire. A professional image must be displayed at all times. Acceptable clothing includes slacks or jeans in good condition (no tears or holes), comfortable clean shirt, and close toed shoes.
      • Due to changing laws and policies, scheduled training is mandatory. If an intern is unable to attend, the victim liaison must be contacted to receive the updates.
      • The responsibilities and duties of the Victim Assistance Intern are subject to change as deemed appropriate to better suit the Crime Victims Assistance Program.

       

       

      Chaplancy Corp

      Police Chaplain

      The Chaplaincy Corps is established to make ministerial counsel available to the department employees and the citizens of the Friendswood community. The police chaplains will work in conjunction with the crime victim liaison and offer spiritual counsel and psychological first aid, thereby helping to alleviate suffering for all members of the department and the citizens of the Friendswood community at any time and place needed. Their responsibilities shall include all activities that provide aid, comfort and the mitigation of stress to families, department employees, volunteers, prisoners, and other members of the community who interact with the police department.

      A police chaplain must hold the following requirements and qualifications prior to applying for a volunteer position:

      • A chaplain must be an ordained or licensed minister, of a recognized faith, in good standing within his own denomination for a minimum of three years.
      • A chaplain must have appropriate professional training and experience.
      • A chaplain must show a spirit of understanding and love for his fellow man and relate easily to people.
      • A chaplain must be tactful and considerate in his approach to all people regardless of race, color or creed.
      • A chaplain must indicate a willingness to be involved in training that would enhance his efficiency in aiding people in crisis.
      • A chaplain must be willing and available to serve as required. The congregation served by the chaplain must be willing to allow time for this new ministry.
      • A chaplain must submit an amended city application for employment, and include with this a brief history of his religious training and work.
      • A chaplain must not now be, or ever have been, a member of any group dedicated to the overthrow of the Government of the United States.
      • A chaplain must give written consent to allow the police department to run a complete background investigation.
      • A chaplain must be willing to sign a waiver of liability for the City.
      • A chaplain must be willing to ride with a police officer for the number of hours as stipulated by the Chief of Police as training to familiarize himself with all aspects of police patrol duties.
      • A chaplain should be willing to become a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains and work toward advanced credentials.

       

      The Friendswood Police Chaplain Corps shall consist of volunteers who meet the requirements set forth by the Friendswood Police Department. All Chaplains shall make their time, talents and services available to all who are in need without regard to race, nationality, creed, gender, or religious or political affiliation. Financial compensation shall be limited to occasional training seminars and reimbursement for some expenses incurred when approved. Confidentiality is a legal and moral responsibility of chaplains that can only be breached when there is threat of death, threat of serious bodily injury or when national security is jeopardized.

      A Police Chaplain will provide the following services to police officers and their families:

      • Counseling; to include Spiritual, Premarital, Marital, Stress Management and Family.
      • Visitation of sick or injured officers and family
      • Assisting with funeral arrangements
      • Providing invocations and benedictions
      • Other reasonable services deemed appropriate

      A Police Chaplain will provide the following services to the community:

      • Counseling
        • Stress management at the scene of accidents, conflict or death
        • Spiritual (upon request)
      • Delivery of death notifications
      • Responding to threatened or completed suicide
      • Other reasonable requests deemed appropriate

      A Police Chaplain's essential job functions include:

      • Maintain the high standards of integrity of the Friendswood Police Department and the Chaplain Corps at all times
      • Comply with Department's Guidelines of Professional Conduct
      • Identification provided to chaplains should be displayed when serving in official capacity
      • Promptly respond to calls, but obey all traffic laws
      • Attend meetings and training as provided for chaplains
      • Chaplains should be available to perform spiritual related tasks within the purview of their training and experience
      • Chaplains shall continually strive to advance their knowledge and skills in those areas that will enhance their job performance
      • Chaplains shall acquire a basic knowledge of the duties of the law enforcement officer.
      • Chaplains shall be familiar with proper police radio procedures.
      • The chaplain on duty will be available to the dispatcher at all times either by pager or telephone.
      • Chaplains should assist in contacting the appropriate resources to aid the public when necessary.
      • The responsibilities and duties of the Chaplain Corp are subject to change as deemed appropriate by the Chief of Police.

     

     

     

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