DPS Officers perform a variety of law enforcement and public safety functions within the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Assignments vary widely and incumbents are assigned to various divisions within the department including the Nevada Highway Patrol, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Investigations, Parole & Probation, and Capitol Police. All positions in this series are trained peace officers in accordance with requirements established by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). Allocation of positions to various levels within the series is based on the nature and complexity of the assignment; the depth of knowledge in specialized areas of law enforcement and public safety; supervisory responsibility; and level of independence.
Obtain and verify facts and statements regarding incidents; weigh facts impartially and accurately; conduct interviews and collect evidence and information as required in the course of law enforcement and administrative and regulatory activities; recognize, develop and secure evidence for orderly presentation in a court of law and/or Parole Board; prepare cases for court and testify as required. Obtain and serve legal documents such as subpoenas, affidavits, and arrest, search and administrative warrants; perform extraditions as assigned; write routine and specialized reports; document work activities and maintain related records.
Operate and maintain a variety of public safety equipment including tools, weapons, protective gear and vehicles applicable to the specific assignment. Respond to emergency situations, accidents, incidents and crime scenes; develop a logical course of action; identify hazards and provide assistance and protection as required and trained. Conduct surveillance activities utilizing appropriate equipment and techniques applicable to the assignment. Work cooperatively with staff in other public safety agencies, government officials, judicial system staff and the general public; refer victims and witnesses to community services and resources as appropriate; make presentations to community groups to provide information and raise awareness of public safety issues, problems and services. Provide guidance and informal training to peers and subordinate staff as needed; and provide input in the development of laws, regulations, and procedures.