Police Officer

Davis, CA
Davis Police Department

To perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce state and local traffic regulations; to perform investigative work; to participate in and provide support and assistance to special department crime prevention and enforcement programs; and to perform a variety of technical law enforcement tasks.



$81,182.40 – $103,604.80 Annually




Patrol city in radio equipped car; answer calls for the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of city, county, and state laws; may conduct both preliminary and follow up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, hold ups, death, and other criminal incidents; respond to hazardous waste spills on city streets.

Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.

Collect, process, photograph, and present evidence using scientific techniques including fingerprints, fibers, blood, and related physical evidence.

Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.

Prepare reports on arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed.

Stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warn drivers against unlawful practices; issue citations and make arrests as necessary.

Check buildings for physical security.

Search, fingerprint, and transport prisoners.

Issue animal control citations.

Direct traffic at fire, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.

Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public.

Assist in the performance of special investigative and crime prevention duties as required; schedule and implement crime prevention and educational programs.

Perform duties as a field training officer; train new officers in areas such as traffic enforcement, safety, report writing and policy and procedures; supervise, train and prepare schedules for reserves.

Transport prisoners to court; serve warrants and subpoenas; retrieve and request information involving arrests and subpoenas; file complaints and perform other work related to the processing of misdemeanor and felony complaints.

Administer first aid as necessary.

Coordinate and conduct complete and detailed investigations of crimes involving juveniles and adults, crimes against persons and property, and crimes involving vice, gaming, and narcotics violations; may supervise undercover agents.

Prepare cases for trial; testify in court; coordinate activities of pre-trial investigation and preparation for the District Attorney's Office.

Communicate effectively, courteously and tactfully during interactions with the public.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other city employees and the public using principles of good customer service.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Police methods and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation and identification techniques, and equipment, jail operations, police records and reports, and first aid techniques.

Criminal law and criminal procedure with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies, including rules of evidence pertaining to the search and seizure and the preservation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases.

Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory.

Self defense tactics.

Interviewing and interrogation techniques.

Ability to:

On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of a sworn police officer job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; remember accounts given by witnesses; identify crime suspects; interpret and apply the law to field situations; observe while conducting surveillance; problem solve crime situations; and explain law to the public.

On an intermittent basis, sit at desk or in patrol vehicle; walk and stand during patrol activities; bend, squat and kneel during inspection of crime scene or conducting building searches; climb stairs and/or ladders while in the field; twist while making arrests; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation. Continuously wear utility belt and other police equipment of 30 pounds; intermittently carry weight of 100 pounds or less.

Observe accurately and remember faces, numbers, incidents, and places.

Use and care of firearms.

Think and act quickly in emergencies, and judge situations and people accurately.

Learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations.

Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.

Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.

Meet the physical requirements established by the department.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


No experience required.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate California driver's license.

Possession of a POST Basic Certificate, or a certificate of graduation from a certified POST academy.