Police Officer - 3316

Career Purpose

This is an entry-level position for all sworn officers after they have completed the recruit school. Position requires monitoring and enforcement of the criminal and traffic laws. Work of this nature requires responsibility to react in a thorough and professional manner and an ability to deal with the public and observe suspicious activity. Works under direct supervision of the shift commander.

CLOSING DATE AND TIME: April 30, 2021 at 3:00 PM


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Patrols assigned area of city, checking buildings, bars/private clubs, and residences for suspicious activity to deter crime and to protect lives and property of the citizens.
  • Enforces state and federal laws and city ordinances and traffic laws.
  • Investigates crime scene; talks to or interviews witnesses or victims; searches for and preserves evidence; participates in line-ups; makes oral or written reports such as criminal complaint forms or narrative reports; testifies in court.
  • Makes arrests on criminal and traffic related offenses at the scene.  Executes search warrant and arrest after obtaining sufficient evidence to arrest.
  • Assists stranded motorists, provides assistance to those who need aid, comfort or who are in distress.  Determines if a person is a danger to self or others and evaluates the mental stability of the individual.
  • Investigates traffic accidents.
  • May assist in jail responsibilities, booking and fingerprinting, dispatch, or animal control.
  • May assist in diverse tasks involving the recognition, collection, and analysis of evidence and information.
  • Speaks before citizens and citizen's groups; participates in various in service training; communicates with other law enforcement personnel in various agencies and with the City/District Attorney's office.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency with firearms and with physical defense techniques to defend self and others.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to operate two-way radio, walkie-talkie in field situation, and to operate effectively radar equipment, breathalyzer, in car computer, E911, etc. and to perform routine preventive maintenance on vehicle.
  • Ability to read, understand and interpret ordinances, laws, and other operating procedures.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to investigate crimes and make reports.
  • Ability to drive vehicle both safely and efficiently while under stress to communicate information on the radio, pursue victims, or handle emergency situations.
  • Ability to deal effectively with the public using tact and diplomacy and remain calm in emergency situations. 
  • Ability to diffuse a potentially volatile situation.
  • Ability to make split second decisions that could affect the life and property of the public, department, fellow employees as well as the officer's safety.
  • Ability to locate places on a map, receiving radio instructions, and to provide directions to others.
  • Ability to lead or take charge of a situation and to make proper decisions with confidence.
  • Ability to work with others and follow orders or allow a superior officer(s) or other trained experts to take charge as required.  Must be flexible in dealing with situations.
  • Ability to interface properly with other law enforcement personnel in the city and in other agencies  and to cooperate in law enforcement work.
  • Ability to affect the arrest of a resisting person.
  • Ability to perform first aid or CPR as required for emergencies or assist other emergency personnel administer aid.
  • Ability to respond to the needs and feelings of others in a sensitive manner.
  • Ability to respond to persons of alternative life styles and socio-economic groups and races in a sensitive manner when applying or enforcing the law.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.  Must be honest in his/her dealings with the public and obey the laws.
  • Ability to respond to varying situations with tact, even handedness, and diplomacy and know how to assess and handle stressful, hostile or irrational persons, whether due to physical or mental disability, drugs/controlled substances or alcohol, or other factors.
  • Ability to immediately respond to high emotional/high stress or physically taxing situations without any warning or warm up and to quickly return to daily activities thereafter.
  • Ability to gather information from a crime scene and determine motive or clues; ability to question witnesses and glean important information.
  • Ability to be objective and sensitive to the feelings of those harmed or injured while communicating information.
  • Ability to testify under direct/cross examination.
  • Ability to understand and comprehend reading of laws, ordinances, etc. generally of at least a high school level.
  • Knowledge or appreciation of special lingo or slang to communicate with public.
  • Knowledge and ability to use mathematical formulas to determine accident investigations and complete other investigations at a level generally obtained in high school. 
  • Skill in the use of fire arms, hand to hand combat, and other means or defense. 

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Possession of a valid Oklahoma driver’s license at date of hire or valid driver’s license from state of residency.

Other Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass local comprehension/aptitude tests, practical exams, MMPI or related psychological performance tests; must pass a comprehensive background investigation; subject to other interviews, polygraph, drug test or other exams. 
  • Must pass the State pension board physical exam. 
  • Must be 21 years of age and cannot be over 45 years of age
  • Must qualify to participate in the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States. 
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or have pending criminal actions. 
  • Must not be a present or recent user of controlled substances.  Must demonstrate both through background investigation, interviews, and other tests that he/she is suited for the job of police officer. 
  • Must be able to pass the shooting qualifications and physical defense exams.
  • Completion of CLEET certified Academy.
  • Completion of the Lawton Police Department PTO program. 


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.

  • Continuously is required to use static and trunk strength to use all the muscle force possible to lift, carry, push or pull very heavy objects (lift/carry a body or push a car).
  • Continuously required to use arm-hand steadiness, manual dexterity and finger dexterity enough to which arm-hand-finger movements can be carried out skillfully and quickly (operate a weapon safely and accurately).
  • Continuously see details at a distance, up close and peripherally, including using depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Continuously must hear and understand conversation in quiet and noisy environments and hearing sufficient enough to distinguish among environmental sounds and to determine the location of sound.
  • Frequently required to use stamina and dynamic strength enough to exert oneself physically over a period of time without muscle fatigue or without getting winded (chasing a suspect).
  • Frequently is required to use explosive strength enough to use short bursts of muscle force to propel one’s self (subdue a suspect).
  • Frequently must use flexibility and body coordination to bend, twist, reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs to inspect various locations within and outside a building.  
  • Frequently must use gross body coordination and equilibrium enough to coordinate the movement of the arms, legs and body together while in motion or balancing the body while in an unstable position (pursue/subdue suspect or rescue victims).
  • Speech sufficient to speak clearly and distinctly in English so that one is clearly understood (transmitting information over two-way radio, talking with victims, suspects, etc.)


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.

  • Continuously works outside in all kinds of weather.
  • Continuously must be able to wear a bullet proof vest and handle all safety concerns of the department.
  • Frequently exposed to all kinds of persons who may be exposed to HIV or Hepatitis B or other communicable diseases or who have vomited or have been severely injured. 
  • Must be willing to work rotating shifts, holidays, weekends, and long hours as necessary.
  • Must be able to drive in a vehicle for extended periods of time. 
  • Must be able to affect an arrest of an uncooperative citizen.


  • The candidate for this position must possess the interpersonal skills to communicate with parents and guardians to notify them of the arrest or detention of juveniles.
  • The candidate for this position confers with the District Attorney, City Attorney, or other law enforcement personnel relative to law enforcement duties.
  • The candidate for this position talks with citizens to gather and exchange information or to provide assistance and testifies in Court or before other tribunals.



This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.

  1. Police Officers or Peace Officers;
  2. Employees authorized to carry firearms;
  3. Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
  4. Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
  5. Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.


NOTE: The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. 


Application Packets will be available April 5, 2021 through April 30, 2021 from 7 am to 3 pm.

You may only obtain an application by going to the Lawton Police Department Training Division and either receiving a link to the application or having the application sent to you via email.  The Training Division is located at

Great Plains Technology Center

4500 SW Lee Blvd

Building 900 Lawton, OK


Once you complete the application packet you must scan the entire packet as ONE complete .pdf document and email to @email.  The application packet must be received by email by the closing date and time or it will not be processed.  

If you do not turn in a completed application packet by the specified deadline, or if the application packet is not complete, you will not be invited to the physical assessment test and therefore you will not proceed in the process.



All of this information is contained within your Application Packet.

Application Packets due:  April 30, 2021 at 3:00 PM emailed to @email

Physical Assessment Testing:  May 1, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Written Test:  May 1, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Oral Panel Interviews:  May 4th, 5th or 6th, 2021 depending on the number of interviews

Background Packets due:  May 12, 2021

Chief's Interviews:  June 28, 2021 through June 30, 2021

MMPI:  July 17, 2021

Pension Physicals:  July 19, 2021 through July 30, 2021



NOTE:  These are the current dates, however, if conflicts arise there may be a need to change.  You will be notified in advance.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

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Application Instructions

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