Harbor Police Officer (Lateral)

Port of San Diego, CA
Port of San Diego

Salary: $91,521.00 – $112,559.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under direction, performs a wide variety of professional law enforcement duties involving the protection of life and property, education and enforcement of laws and ordinances, emergency response, criminal investigation, crime prevention and suppression, case preparation and testimony, and providing information and assistance to the public 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.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs armed patrol of San Diego Bay and Port tidelands and the San Diego International Airport on foot, bicycle, vessels, and other department vehicles to maintain security and order, enforce criminal laws, traffic and parking regulations, and county ordinance, rules and policies while utilizing sound judgment under adverse and stressful conditions; provides crowd management and control and may direct pedestrian or vehicular traffic as needed.
  • Responds to and investigates calls for Harbor Police service regarding criminal, non-criminal, or emergency related activities such as crimes against persons and property, accidents, and health concerns to make observations and determine actions to be taken; apprehends and initiates arrests of suspects, conducts searches, and advises suspects of their constitutional rights; restrains and subdues individuals by means of baton techniques, locks, grips, holds, or restraining devices as necessary; properly detains, guards, transports, and assists in the booking process for prisoners as needed.
  • Conducts case or incident investigations and related follow-up activities, controls crimes scenes, gathers, photographs, preserves and collects evidence in accordance with laws and regulations; locates, interviews, interrogates, and records statements from witnesses, suspects, and victims; identifies relevant facts and prepares investigative reports on incidents and cases for follow-up and filing with appropriate law enforcement officials; assists with covert and undercover investigations as assigned.
  • Responds to public service calls and complaints of potentially hostile situations, including domestic disturbances, civil complaints, protection of life and property, preservation of peace, robberies, and related misdemeanor and felony incidents; participates and testifies in court hearings and trials as necessary.
  • Serves subpoenas, warrants, summons, complaints, writs of attachment and execution, and eviction notices as necessary; administers physical roadside sobriety and “intoxilyzer” tests when necessary, controls and mitigates people under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol or other potentially hostile situations; issues warnings or citations for law violators, checks for warrants and other legal holds, performs security checks on suspicious persons or vehicles, and requests outside assistance as appropriate.
  • Responds to maritime fires identified or reported. In addition, responds to other fires such as building fires, vehicle fires, dumpster fires, and grass fires and requests assistance as needed; responds to emergency medical needs and performs First Aid and CPR/AED as necessary.
  • Cooperates with local law enforcement and government agencies in the suppression and control of disruptive or illegal activities and responds to requests for assistance from outside agencies for mutual aid in the suppression of civil disturbances, apprehension of criminals, or other related requests.
  • Prepares and maintains written records, notes, logs, correspondence, legal documentation, and other reports as related to police activity.
  • Safely and appropriately stores, maintains, calibrates, inspects, and utilizes police weapons and equipment such as firearms, conducted electrical weapons (Tasers), batons, non-lethal weapons, alcohol screening devices, bicycles, and police vehicles.
  • Performs crime prevention activities to include surveillance patrols and participating in community outreach programs that may include speaking and presenting to citizen and school groups, and other public service efforts.


  • 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 ½ 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.
  • 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.
  • Laterals: Graduation from a California Peace Officers Standards and Training P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement academy within the last three years or an active P.O.S.T. certification.