Entry Level Police Officer and Lateral Police Officer

Foster City, CA
Foster Police Department

Salary: $8,851.18-$11,861.46 Monthly.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of law enforcement duties involving crime prevention and investigation, protection of life and property, and enforcement of laws, codes, and ordinances; makes investigations, assists in the preparation of cases and testifies in court; cooperates with other law enforcement agencies and City departments; provides information and assistance to the public; and performs related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs a variety of community policing duties to maintain a highly visible presence within the community for the purpose of deterring crime, maintaining good community relations, and providing assistance to the public.
  • Patrols an assigned area in the City; responds to incidents, crime scenes, accidents, or emergencies to protect life and property, diffuse situations, resolve problems, and enforce laws, codes, and ordinances.
  • Provides information, directions, and assistance to the public in a variety of situations; takes reports and assists the public with complaints or unusual situations.
  • Provides outreach to homeless individuals; observes for potential physical or behavioral health issues; conducts welfare checks; take appropriate action as needed.
  • Observes, monitors, and controls traffic; stops and warns motorists or issues citations as appropriate; assists motorists with inoperable vehicles and arranges for removal of vehicles; provides traffic control in accident or incident situations, special events, or as needed.
  • Makes arrests and serves warrants and subpoenas; takes individuals into custody and may transport them for medical clearance and/or booking at a longer-term facility.
  • Secures crime scenes and evidence; conducts comprehensive investigations; interviews suspects, victims, and witnesses; collects and preserves evidence; performs complete investigations and/or cooperates with other law enforcement agencies providing investigative and case development support; testifies in court as needed.
  • Provides emergency medical attention to the public when responding to calls for assistance and requests appropriate medical assistance as necessary.
  • Provides mutual aid to other law enforcement agencies as dispatched and in accordance with departmental policy.
  • Prepares and maintains reports, logs, records, and accurate files.
  • Works to build collaborative partnerships between the law enforcement agency and the individuals and organizations served, focusing on developing proactive solutions and increasing trust in police by recognizing that police can rarely solve a public safety problem alone and encouraging interactive partnerships with relevant stakeholders to develop solutions collaboratively.
  • Oversees the use and care of equipment.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Equivalent to graduation from high school or passage of GED in accordance with Govt. Code Sec. 1031 (e),
    and graduation from a POST approved Police Academy within the last 12 months.
  • Lateral Police Officer experience requirements include equivalent police officer employment with a California Law Enforcement Agency, in a non-probationary capacity, within the past 12 months.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License, and a good driving record, to be maintained throughout employment.
  • Possession of a valid Basic Certificate issued by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).
  • Possession and maintenance of firearms qualification.
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Either be a U.S citizen or obtain U.S citizenship within the period of time as prescribed by law.
  • Must pass a comprehensive physical and psychological examination as provided inthe Medical
  • Screening Manual by POST. Weight proportionate to height and build. Vision acuity minimum of 20/100 corrected to no less than 20/30 and normal color vision.
  • Must have no record of felony criminal convictions or misdemeanor convictions, which affect his/her creditability as a witness in a court of law.
  • Must be of good moral character and able to pass a thorough background investigation conducted under POST guidelines, including a polygraph and psychological testing.
  • Successfully complete the Field Training Program with the Foster City Police Department.