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Patrol assigned area, such as public parking lot or section of city to issue tickets to overtime parking violators and illegally parked vehicles.


  • Patrol an assigned area by vehicle or on foot to ensure public compliance with existing parking ordinance.
  • Maintain close communications with dispatching personnel, using two-way radios or cell phones.
  • Write warnings and citations for illegally parked vehicles.
  • Mark tires of parked vehicles with chalk and record time of marking, and return at regular intervals to ensure that parking time limits are not exceeded.
  • Respond to and make radio dispatch calls regarding parking violations and complaints.
  • Train new or temporary staff.
  • Identify vehicles in violation of parking codes, checking with dispatchers when necessary to confirm identities or to determine whether vehicles need to be booted or towed.
  • Perform simple vehicle maintenance procedures such as checking oil and gas, and report mechanical problems to supervisors.
  • Observe and report hazardous conditions such as missing traffic signals or signs, and street markings that need to be repainted.
  • Investigate and answer complaints regarding contested parking citations, determining their validity and routing them appropriately.
  • Maintain assigned equipment and supplies such as handheld citation computers, citation books, rain gear, tire-marking chalk, and street cones.
  • Provide information to the public regarding parking regulations and facilities, and the location of streets, buildings and points of interest.
  • Appear in court at hearings regarding contested traffic citations.
  • Make arrangements for illegally parked or abandoned vehicles to be towed, and direct tow-truck drivers to the correct vehicles.
  • Perform traffic control duties such as setting up barricades and temporary signs, placing bags on parking meters to limit their use, or directing traffic.
  • Provide assistance to motorists needing help with problems, such as flat tires, keys locked in cars, or dead batteries.
  • Enter and retrieve information pertaining to vehicle registration, identification, and status, using handheld computers.
  • Collect coins deposited in meters.
  • Prepare and maintain required records, including logs of parking enforcement activities, and records of contested citations.
  • Locate lost, stolen, and counterfeit parking permits, and take necessary enforcement action.
  • Wind parking meter clocks.
  • Assign and review the work of subordinates.
  • Remove handbills within patrol areas.


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  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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