Police Officer III

City of Whitefish   Whitefish, MT   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on February 4, 2024
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Police Officer III

The City of Whitefish is seeking a full time Police Officer III with some knowledge of the methods, principles, and practices of city law enforcement to join our team.

We welcome your inquiries and encourage you to apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/whitefish where you will find a complete job description with job requirement details, benefits, and wage information. PRIORITY DEADLINE TO APPLY is February 21, 2024 by 5 pm, position will remain open until filled. For assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 406-863-2464, or email HR@cityofwhitefish.org.


Performs routine law enforcement work and a variety of police department activities.

Works under the close supervision of a higher-ranking officer.


Job Duties


  • Enforces applicable criminal, traffic and other state, federal and municipal codes.
  • Receives training in applicable laws and ordinances and department policies and procedures; receives training in a wide variety of police functions including criminal investigation, evidence collection, patrol and traffic procedures, self-defense, use of firearms; receives field training and guidance from senior officers while performing law enforcement work in patrol, traffic, and other police functions.
  • Operates a police vehicle while patrolling an assigned area checking for unlocked doors, windows and building security; checks residential areas for possible illegal activities.
  • Serves warrants, makes arrests and transports offenders to jail.
  • Investigates crimes and prepares cases for court; testifies in court when required.
  • Investigates accidents and prepares accident offense and other reports as necessary.
  • Issues traffic citations, makes and keeps reports as required.
  • Coordinates activities with other officers or other City departments as needed, exchanges information with officers in other law enforcement agencies.
  • Maintains contact with police supervisory personnel to coordinate investigation activities,
  • Provide mutual assistance during emergency situations and provides general information about department activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Desired Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  1. High school diploma or equivalent

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Some knowledge of the methods, principles, and practices of city law enforcement;
  2. Ability to learn the applicable laws, ordinances, and department rules and regulations; ability to develop skill in the use of fire arms and operation of police vehicles; ability to perform work requiring good physical condition; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers and supervisors; ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions; ability to follow verbal and written instructions; ability to meet the special requirements listed below; ability to learn the city's geography.


Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid State Driver's License without record of suspension or revocation in any state; ability to meet Department's and States physical standards.

Supplemental Information

Police car, police radio, radar gun, handgun and other weapons as required, side handle baton, handcuffs, breathalyzer, pager, first aid equipment.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.