Harbor Police Officer (Trainee)

Agency: Port of San Diego Police Department

Location: San Diego CA

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement



Closing Date/Time:            Mon. 02/27/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Salary:                                   $31.99 - $47.64 Hourly
$5,544.25 - $8,257.60 Monthly
$66,531.00 - $99,091.20 Annually 

Job Type:                             Full-time




ATTENTION: Applications will be accepted from February 6, 2017 - February 27, 2017


Under direction, performs a wide variety of professional law enforcement duties in the prevention of crime and the enforcement of federal, state and local laws, codes, ordinances and regulations within the District's jurisdiction, including the San Diego Harbor, San Diego International Airport and the San Diego tidelands area; performs marine fire suppression duties aboard boats and land facilities within the San Diego Harbor, marinas and adjacent facilities; performs a variety of special duty assignments, as required; and performs related duties as assigned.


This is the full, journey-level class in the Harbor Police series. Based upon an individual's assignment, duties are carried out on foot, from vehicles or aboard Harbor Police boats. Incumbents of this class are peace officers as defined in California Penal Code Section 830.1.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibili­ties, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

1.            Operates a marine craft to patrol San Diego Harbor, enforcing applicable federal, state and local waterway laws, regulations and rules; assists recreational boaters and makes rescues; patrols San Diego Harbor to provide security and prevent crime; assists Coast Guard and Navy vessels; escorts large vessels through harbor channels.

2.            Performs journey-level fire suppression duties aboard boats and land facilities accessible by water; assists and works closely with other firefighting departments and personnel; operates fire-suppres­sion equipment and apparatus.

3.            When assigned, performs a variety of special duty assignments, including: dive team, performing underwater search, rescue and recovery; bicycle enforcement; K-9; plain clothes; may also serve as departmental representative for special assignments, public events and other special field assignments.

4.            Tows boats and hazardous debris from San Diego Harbor.

5.            Enforces regulatory licensing and fish and game regulations within San Diego Harbor.

6.            Enforces applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and ordinances at the San Diego Regional Airport; patrols the airport by foot and vehicle; monitors alarm systems at airport security check stations; conducts security checks of airport facilities; responds to security alarms at the airport; secures unattended baggage; confiscate dangerous and prohibited items from individuals.

7.            Enforces parking regulations and traffic laws at the airport, harbor facilities and all other tideland areas; issues traffic citations; investigates accidents; administers emergency first-aid; provides traffic control at accident sites or for special events at District facilities.

8.            Makes arrests and testifies in court proceedings.

9.            Provides information and assistance to the public.

10.         Patrols assigned areas and buildings to detect fires, theft and vandalism.

11.         Participates in a variety of community relations and public education and awareness activities.

12.         Prepares a wide variety of reports, records and logs, including accident reports, arrest reports, incident reports and others.



Knowledge of:

1.            Federal and state laws, statutes, ordinances and their interpretations.

2.            Harbor Police Department policies, practices and procedures.

3.            Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) rules and procedures regarding airport and Port security requirements.

4.            Methods of self-defense and physical restraint and the use of defense and restraint equipment.

5.            Principles, practices and methods of community-oriented policing and problem solving.

6.            Safe handling and use of firearms.

7.            Two-way radio procedures and techniques.

8.            Human behavior theories, practices and techniques.

9.            Organization and function of Harbor Police and the District.

10.         First-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation principles, methods and techniques.

11.         Federal Communications Commission (FCC) marine radio operator's rules and practices.

12.         Marine fire-suppression methods, techniques and apparatus.

Ability to:

1.            Write clearly and concisely with technical accuracy in English.

2.            Read and enforce applicable laws, ordinances and statutes.

3.            Communicate effectively in English with a variety of people.

4.            Compute mathematical data with and without a calculator.

5.            Exercise tact, self-restraint, judgment and strategy in dealing with a variety of people.

6.            Drive defensively.

7.            Effectively operate and crew District boats and all attached equipment.

8.            Safely perform all assignments under all conditions.


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Education, Training and Experience:
Graduation from U. S. high school or a G.E.D. certificate that meets scores established by the California P.O.S.T. Commission or a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited college or university.
Must be at least 20 ˝ years of age on the day of written examination and 21 years of age at time of Police Academy graduation (No maximum age limit) and a citizen of the United States or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
Lateral candidates who are currently enrolled in or have completed the Police Academy will be required to take the written examination.  This requirement may be waived for those candidates who have at least one year experience as a sworn peace officer. 
Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:
Graduation from a P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement academy within the last three years or an active P.O.S.T. certification.

A current, valid California Class C driver's license at time of appointment and maintained at all times thereafter in order to operate a vehicle on District business
Candidates will be required to complete a water safety test demonstrating their ability to work on and near large bodies of water.

This position is subject to a thorough background check as outlined by California Peace Officers Standards and Training, (CA POST), in the POST Administrative Manual. Every candidate must have good moral character and the absence of past behavior indicative of unsuitability to perform their duties. The dimensions the candidate will be specifically evaluated on are: Integrity, Impulse Control, Attention to Safety, Substance Abuse and Other Risk-Taking Behavior, Stress Tolerance, Confronting and Overcoming Problems, Obstacles, and Adversity, Conscientiousness, Interpersonal Skills, Decision-Making and Judgment, Learning Ability, and Communication Skills. As part of this process, candidates will be required to submit a comprehensive investigation into their past that includes: written and verbal communication evaluation, a fingerprint check, polygraph test, a credit check, current and past employer checks, and reference checks.