Harbor Police Officer (Trainee)

San Diego, CA
San Diego Harbor Police

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.

Salary: $72,363.20 – $97,718.40 Annually

Closing: 11/21/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

How to Prepare for the Written Test

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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-suppres¬sion 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.


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.
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.