Job Title:

Police Officer: Lateral, Academy Graduate & Academy Attendee

Salary: $39.65 - $48.15 Hourly
$3,436.00 - $4,173.00 Semi-Monthly
$82,464.00 - $100,152.00 Annually 
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: City of Monterey, California



About The City of Monterey Police Department

Located in an idyllic setting on the Pacific coast, the City of Monterey's historic character, natural beauty, and unique attractions have enabled it to become a quality residential community as well as one of the nation's premier tourist destinations. Committed to integrity, professionalism and loyalty, the Monterey Police Department strives to be a model organization. The Department's highest priority is to ensure that the community remains a safe haven, allowing residents and visitors alike to enjoy a high quality of life.

Agency Shop
The City of Monterey, in agreement with the Monterey Police Officers Association and Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) requires membership in the aforementioned organization or an in lieu contribution to a qualified organization as a condition of employment.

Application Process 

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received or until the position has been filled. This recruitment may close at any time without notice.

A limited number of applicants who clearly show that they most closely meet the needs of this position in terms of training, experience, education, and other job-related characteristics will be accepted to participate in the selection process. This process will include evaluation and initial screening of the standard on-line City application to determine which candidates progress to the next phase of the recruitment process. The subsequent selection process may include a panel interview and a final departmental interview. Candidates moving forward will be subject to an extensive background examination including a polygraph test, psychological exam and physical. Once testing is complete the Chief of Police shall review the background and post-conditional offer assessments and make the final determination as to whether a formal job offer is to be made. The Human Resources Department reserves the right to make changes to components of the examination process.



Currently Recruiting Laterals, Academy Graduates & Academy Attendees

To qualify as a Lateral, the candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Currently employed or formerly employed within the last three years as a law enforcement officer in a California law enforcement agency and possess a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate.
  • Currently employed or formerly employed within the last three years as a law enforcement officer in a law enforcement agency outside of California and passed the P.O.S.T Basic Course Waiver examination.
  • Formerly employed as a law enforcement officer over three years ago in a California law enforcement agency and have completed the P.O.S.T. Requalification process.

*You must attach a copy of your California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate, your Basic Course Waiver, or proof of completion of the P.O.S.T. Requalification process to your online application to be considered to move forward in this recruitment.  

Academy Graduates

To qualify as an Academy Graduate the candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a Basic P.O.S.T. Academy within past three (3) years of date of application.

*You must attach a copy of your graduation certificate from a Basic P.O.S.T. Academy or proof of completion of the P.O.S.T. Requalification Process to your online application to be considered for this recruitment. 

Academy Attendees

To qualify as an Academy Attendee the candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Current enrollment of a Basic P.O.S.T. Academy.  

*You must attach proof of enrollment at a Basic P.O.S.T. Academy to your online application in order to begin the recruitment process. Prior to any conditional job offer you will need to submit a copy of your graduation certificate from a Basic P.O.S.T Academy. 

More information regarding P.O.S.T. training and certifications can be found at

The Position
Under general supervision, to perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; and to do related work as required.


 Examples of Duties:
Patrols an assigned area in radio car, motorcycle, or on foot for the prevention of crime and the enforcement of laws and regulations; responds to radio messages or telephone instructions and appears at scene of disorder or crime as assigned; conducts preliminary or follow-up investigations of prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, deaths, accidents, and other disturbances; directs traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow, at times of emergency or congestion; stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws and issues citations; investigates accidents; renders first aid as necessary; enforces City ordinances on abandoned cars; does follow-up investigation on hit-run accidents; collects and preserves evidence; testifies in court in connection with criminal prosecution; attends fire scenes to assist in the protection of life and property; serves warrants and subpoenas; operates radio-telephone equipment at headquarters or in a patrol vehicle; occasionally relieves a superior officer and acts for him; supervises the custody of prisoners; fingerprints, photographs and books prisoners; assists in receiving, searching, booking, fingerprinting and supervising prisoners; answers inquiries; keeps records and prepares reports; when assigned, operates a motorcycle in traffic enforcement or a bicycle or all terrain vehicle when assigned to the Community Action Team; conducts preliminary and final investigations.







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