City of Indianapolis and Marion County, IN
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Animal Control Officer
at City of Indianapolis and Marion County, IN
- Position Summary
In this position, the incumbent will respond to citizen requests for service and/or complaints regarding animals. The position requires the apprehension and impoundment of animals that are at large or being kept in violation of municipal code. The incumbent in this position will investigate animal bites and/or attacks, care and treatment violations, and dog fighting cases. This position must issue summons and citations to residents of Indianapolis/Marion County for violations of State law and the Indianapolis Municipal Code and will testify in a court of law on behalf of the Division of Animal Care and Control. Incumbents will also provide assistance to other branches of local law enforcement as needed.
- Position Responsibilities
Ability to effectively address hostile situations involving citizens
Ability to handle all types of animals, including stray animals, animals with aggressive temperaments, and vicious animals.
Maintains daily records of each animal impounded (e.g., tags, location, description, etc.) to ensure that impounded animals are returned to rightful owner.
Patrols assigned district for animals that are in violation of Indianapolis Municipal Code and state laws.
Investigates all assigned animal related incidents/complaints and provides follow-up on reports of animal bites and attacks.
Maintains confidentiality when necessary regarding animal investigations.
Issues citations and court summons regarding violations of local or state law involving animals and provides testimony in court.
Maintains a daily activity log, including the time assignments are received and completed, records out of service time, and any individual initiated incidents that arise in the field.
Inspects pet shops, kennels, breeders, and special events for licensing and suitable conditions for animals.
Euthanizes animals and when necessary prepares a specimen for the State Board of Health for rabies testing.
Performs a variety of police-community relation functions and reports suspicious activity to Supervisor or Dispatcher.
Provides general assistance to the public and works with individuals throughout other Division(s) and/or Department(s), including the Indianapolis Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Department, Court and Criminal Justice System, and the Health Department.
Maintains assigned vehicle in a clean and sanitary condition and ensures proper working condition on a daily basis.
Maintains and is responsible for uniform(s), weapons, tools, and equipment supplies (bolt cutters, tranquilizer, dog/cat stick, dog/cat cage, stretcher, darts, guns, etc) while following all job site safety regulations.
This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.
High school diploma and /or GED. Successfully complete a pre-employment physical/agility test, drug screen, background check, and a written aptitude/psychological test. One (1) year prior law enforcement experience (i.e., law enforcement, traffic enforcement, security, public safety, corrections, and criminal justice) and/or one (1) year of animal-related experience as a Veterinarian Technician, Kennel Attendant, or in a related area. Must be at least 21 years old and possess a valid Indiana driver's license with a good driving record. Ablility to drive a 1-ton van and pass driving and physical examination and possess ability and physical strength to handle, control, and load animals in excess of 50 pounds. Must be qualified to receive and maintain special police and deputy sheriff powers, including the successful completion of any necessary training. Must have or be able to attain NACA (National Animal Control Association) certification upon employment. Must not have been dishonorably discharged from the military. Must obtain and maintain IDACS (Indiana Data and Communication System) certification. Incumbent must possess the ability to learn and apply applicable criminal and civil laws and evidence processing techniques. Must be knowledgeable in community relations, law enforcement, investigative procedures, and interview techniques. Must be knowledgeable in law enforcement information systems (IDACS/NCIC, JUSTIS, Tiburon), city geographies, police report writing, police radio procedures, codes, and skill in operation of issued equipment and weapons (e.g., tranquilizer gun, chemical spray, etc.) Must have keen computer skills in all systems reflected above and including EXCEL, Word, etc. Must possess and demonstrate a high degree of organizational, planning, and problem solving skills. Must possess and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively whether verbal and/or in written form and effectively present court testimony. Possess the ability to hear, visual acuteness, and mobile use of hands, feet, etc.
- Independent Judgment
Independent judgment is essential for this position to prioritize assignments and activities. While actions are dictated in part by established policies and procedures, civil/criminal laws and, Indianapolis Municipal Code – the work is generally performed independently and supervisory assistance is available when necessary and/or needed. Work is reviewed on a spot check basis and generally upon completion of an assignment by a supervisor who has given the incumbent general/detailed instructions. Errors in actions or judgment could have a significant impact on the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services, other law enforcement agencies, and the citizens of Indianapolis. A high degree of independent judgment is required as related to the responsible use of assigned equipment.