Harbor Police Officer (Trainee)

Port of San Diego, CA
Port of San Diego Police Department

$91,521.00 – $112,559.00 Annually


Closing Date
6/15/2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada);


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.


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.

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 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.