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Accepting Applications for Animal Control Officer/Patrol Officer (CLOSED)

The Gravette Police Department is now accepting applications for the full-time position of Animal Control Officer/Patrol Officer. This is a hybrid position. Please return the completed application to the Gravette Police Department at 202 Main Street NE, Gravette, AR 72736 or email it to


JOB TITLE: Animal Control Office/Patrol Officer (HYBRID POSITION)


REPORTS TO: Chief of Police

STARTING PAY: $40,250-$42,400/year

***Certification is preferred, but not required. Training will be provided!

***Great benefits including paid health insurance for employee and LOPFI retirement.

***Vacation, comp time, and sick time

***Take home vehicle (if within policy/distance range)

***Uniform allowance


The Animal Control Officer/Patrol Officer works under the general direction of the shift supervisor, performs animal control duties, performs police patrol, investigations, traffic regulation, and related law enforcement activities. While on duty, animal control officers interact frequently with the members of the community. They issue warning and citations to people for mistreatment of animals in their care and may remove animals from a negligent owner’s custody. In cases of wildlife, officer may help relocate these animals. This position is governed by state laws, federal laws, and department policy.


  1. Capturing and impounding dangerous or stray animals.

  2. Investigating cases of animal cruelty.

  3. Enforcing licensing laws and city ordinances.

  4. Rescuing trapped animals.

  5. Writing incident reports.

  6. Providing humane care to animals under your supervision.

  7. Maintaining animals in the care of the city.

  8. Maintain a written record of animals picked up.

  9. Operates department patrol vehicle; prepares reports and writes offense citations; answers calls and conducts investigations; makes arrest, books, guards, and escorts prisoners; maintains daily logs of activities, incidents, arrests and radar; enforces traffic and criminal laws; monitors radio discipline and ensures adherence to policy and procedures; checks businesses during closed hours; responds to major police, fire and accident calls; assists other Patrol Officers in the performance of their duties by providing backup.

  10. Participates in Department training; and instructs law enforcement personnel; and reviews, evaluates and helps develop programs, policies and procedures for Department operation.

  11. Maintains contact with the general public, court officials, and other city officials in the performance of police activities.

  12. Testifies in court to ensure conviction of violators.

  13. Performs related responsibilities as required or assigned.


Exposure to danger is possible, and carrying a firearm is required. Irregular working hours may be required. Animal control officers may work on their feet for long periods of time, and need to be able to bend, stretch, and climb under or over obstacles to get to animals in need of help. They must also be ready to safely handle frightened or aggressive animals.


  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of law enforcement.

  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system.

  • Knowledge of the principles of self-defense and the use of small arms.

  • Ability to handle weapons and exercise self defense

  • Ability to present expert testimony in a court of law.

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

  • Ability to patrol assigned areas, conduct investigations, and enforce criminal laws, traffic laws, and make physical arrests.

  • Serving active criminal warrants

  • Completing criminal and traffic collision reports

  • Pro-active Law Enforcement

  • Enforcing City Ordinances


  • Be a citizen of the United States.

  • Possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license.

  • Possess the formal education equivalent of a high school diploma.


Certified as a Law Enforcement Officer by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training as established by Arkansas code 12-9-204.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. 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.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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