Houston Police Department - SRG

Duties

As an officer, you may be required to perform the following duties while serving the community:

  1. Patrol an assigned area by foot, bicycle or vehicle to enforce city, state, and federal laws; investigate suspicious activities, individuals or conditions; and respond to calls for assistance or protection.
  2. Pursue a fleeing subject on foot through unfamiliar and varied terrain or buildings during both day and night by running, jogging, climbing over and/or through obstacles.
  3. Subdue a resisting or violent subject by physical contact or use of appropriate weapons and tools. 
  4. Forcibly, and sometimes against strong resistance, apply handcuffs and other restraints while in various body positions.  
  5. Safely operate a police vehicle in all types of traffic, weather, lighting conditions and, when necessary, above posted speed limits.
  6. Arrest or control a subject after a lengthy pursuit and/or physical struggle.      
  7. Approach a subject of illegal activity and if necessary, pursue, wrestle, or fight with a subject in order to apprehend, detain, or control subject for the purpose of making an arrest or maintaining law and order.      
  8. Physically remove a subject from a vehicle or building and place in a patrol vehicle by securely grasping or holding subject, dragging, lifting, and/or carrying subject.      
  9. Enter and exit vehicles quickly to perform rescue, arrest, or emergency operations.   
  10. Determine type and amount of appropriate force to use to apprehend subject.      
  11. Operate standard weapons (handgun, shotgun, baton, chemical agent or other departmental provided weapon) to enforce law, detain a subject, or protect the life of self or others in situations that justify the use of force or deadly force.      
  12. Conduct searches of buildings, vehicles, outdoor areas, persons, and other objects using vision, touch, hearing, and smell to find or detect potential weapons, contraband evidence, hazards, and stolen property or to find lost persons or objects for the purpose of seizing, investigating and/or rescue.  
  13. Assist or rescue individuals in need of aid or protection as a result of an accident or a crime.      
  14. Investigate and control the scene of a traffic accident to determine cause, and protect life and property.      
  15. Control and direct traffic in situations requiring human intervention such as accidents, traffic signal failure, unusually heavy traffic conditions, or adverse weather conditions to ensure the public safety of individuals and property.      
  16. Enforce traffic laws and regulations by issuing citations or warnings to individuals who commit violations or offenses.  
  17. Remain calm, composed, undistracted, and in full control of cognitive abilities while functioning appropriately in hostile, dangerous, or frightening situations that may require use of deadly force.      
  18. Maintain rational decision-making and self-control in situations or environments that are personally offensive (cases of child abuse, child molestation, sexual assault, extreme trauma or death, etc.) or which involve considerable stress, danger, personal risk, violence, hostility, or the use of force.      
  19. Maintain composure and exercise restraint when verbally or physically provoked in hostile or violent environments.      
  20. Provide testimony and protect the rights, property, and valuables of others in a truthful and honest manner without abusing the authority or integrity of the position.      
  21. Gather information in criminal investigations to document facts and evidence. Prepare accurate and detailed reports by searching the scene and by interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects.
  22. Communicate orally and manually using radio, telephone, and Mobile Data Computers to give and obtain information, directions, instructions, and/or commands in order to provide assistance, build community rapport, protect the public, and make arrests.      
  23. Interact with a variety of people functioning in various emotional states to manage interpersonal conflicts, develop community relations, resolve or stop criminal activity, obtain or give information, issue citations, counsel and give aid, or maintain order and provide service.      
  24. Enter into dangerous situations and confront hazards in a logical and mature manner.
  25. The following physical activities have been linked to the essential job functions of a police officer:
    1. Running
    2. Lifting and Carrying
    3. Moving Non-Resisters
    4. Controlling Resisters
    5. Wrestling/Physical Struggles
    6. Dragging and Pulling
    7. Climbing
    8. Jumping
    9. Fighting
    10. Standing
    11. Sitting
    12. Riding a bicycle