Employment Opportunities

Current Employment Opportunities with the City of Meridian:

Job Title: Crime Prevention Specialist
Department: Police
Reports To: Community Services Lieutenant
Open Date: June 28, 2022
Close Date: Open Until Filled
Hiring Salary: $21.65 - $27.66 per hour, DOE
Salary Range: $21.65 - $32.47 per hour, DOE

Job Summary:
The incumbent is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of community-based crime prevention programs designed to reduce fear of crime, reduction of criminal activity, increase safety, and reduce the likelihood of crime victimization. The position requires strong customer service skills and an ability to relate to the public. This is a full time non-sworn position.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Works with Meridian Police Department Public Safety Information Officer as needed and has direct oversight of social media; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and NextDoor as directed community alerts;

Develop social media campaigns to further the Police Department’s Community Policing efforts;

Plan and implement marketing and advertising campaigns for the Police Department’s events and programs;

Serve the community through planning, developing and implementing crime prevention programs designed with the Crime Prevention Mission and Strategic Plan;

Outreach efforts with other City Department’s;

Markets new and improved evidence-based crime prevention strategies;

Administers, helps establish and promotes Neighborhood Watch program, to include maintenance of current groups and organizing new groups and involving officers in training and communication of the groups;

Works closely with local schools and youth-based organizations;

Prepares and conducts training in the areas of personal safety, child safety, bike safety, general crime prevention, and other related topics, as requested by businesses, citizen and community groups along with officers;

Develops educational brochures and handouts dealing with crime prevention, and general safety awareness;

Responsible for producing newsletters and conducting training seminars;

Acts as a liaison between the department and community/neighborhood and business programs in order to disseminate or solicit information;

Markets crime prevention programs/strategies;

Actively seeks out grant opportunities;

Facilitates, manages, coordinates, and plans meetings;

Acts as the lead for our agency in Crime Prevention but actively involves our police officers in all aspects of crime prevention including trainings and meetings;

Establish and maintain working relationships and collaboration with local and state-wide law enforcement agencies;

Conducts home safety assessments for seniors, crime victims and others;

Schedule, organize and assist in facilitating department tours;

Continuously evaluates strategic plans, supporting programs and primary measures for crime reduction overall to the City;

Promotes livability and safety by working with neighbors, neighborhood and business groups in problem solving methods;

Performs other duties as assigned or needed.

Job Specifications:
At least a College Bachelor’s Degree (120 college credits or more) from a certified college is required or the equivalent education base with demonstrated knowledge of policing practices as related to Crime Prevention Programming;

Must understand dynamics and problem solving in Crime Prevention and Community Policing;

Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills;

Must have knowledge and skill in MS Office software; (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook, and Publisher);

Prior experience in Crime Prevention or with Community Policing programs is preferred;

Certification in dispute resolutions or criminal justice is preferred;

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design certification is preferred or should be secured within two years of employment;

Prior experience or training in Problem Solving techniques is preferred;

Prior experience in media relations is preferred;

Prior experience with Crime statistics or records management systems is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Must work well with people and be comfortable with public speaking and handling media relations;

Must be independent, organized and self-motivated and have the ability to work without supervision;

Must have skills in adaptability, flexibility, problem solving and decision making;

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;

Ability to plan, develop and implement programs;

Ability to work in a team environment as a team player;

Ability to provide excellent customer service and communicate and deal with the public and co-workers in a professional and positive manner;

Ability to establish and maintain a positive attitude of cooperation and effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and the general public;

Ability to work and deal with a wide range of individuals from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds;

Integrity, in the performance of assigned tasks.

Licensing and Certifications:
Possession of a valid Idaho class D operator’s license and a safe driving record is required.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this position work is performed in and outside the office. The noise level in the office is at a moderate level, while that outside is sometimes loud. The environment indoors is subject to inside environmental temperature change conditions, while the outside is subject to varying out-of-doors weather conditions;

Constantly requires sitting at a desk for long periods of time, up to 4 hours and ability to lift up to 50lbs.;

Constantly requires clarity of speech and hearing, which permits the employee to communicate effectively with the public and other department members;

Constantly requires clear vision to read printed materials and computer screen to accomplish work;

Weekend and evening availability required for community events, meetings and workshops;

Constantly requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers;

Constantly requires sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to function in a general office environment to accomplish tasks;

Occasionally requires performance of duties away from the office that may require the transport, carrying, setting up, and taking down of: tables, information panels, educational/promotional materials and brochures;

Requires frequent driving, personal mobility and physical reflexes which allow the employee to operate a motor vehicle.

Travel Requirements:
Local, regional and national travel is occasionally required.

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