Police Officer

Hercules, CA
City of Hercules Police Department

Incumbents in this position perform a wide variety of peace officer duties involving the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, criminal investigation, crime prevention and suppression, case preparation and testimony, and providing information and assistance to the public; performs related work as assigned.



$7,642.27 – $8,859.07 Monthly




Patrols assigned areas to ensure the security of life and property, observe situations, and deter crime by providing high visibility; notes and reports unsafe conditions.

Responds to, and investigates, unusual or suspicious activities, responds to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service.

Directs traffic, and investigates traffic accidents.

Enforces state, local, and federal laws and ordinances, issues verbal warnings and citations to violators, analyzes facts, clues and evidence and makes investigations to determine law violators.

Makes arrests, serves subpoenas and warrants, transports prisoners, and interviews suspects.

Prepares evidence and appears in court to give testimony.

Searches for stolen property and missing persons.

Gives information to the public regarding laws, ordinances, traffic safety, directions and available public services.

Operates computers, radios, and other communication equipment.

Carries and uses a firearm and other appropriate defensive weaponry.

Protects the life, property, public order and constitutional rights of all citizens. Adheres to the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

Investigates juvenile and designated adult criminal activity and incidents as the assigned detective coordinates crime science control and investigation, including interviews and interrogations, identification of witnesses, overseeing collection and preservation of physical evidence.

Restores order, protects life and property, and maintains the peace at public gatherings and in conflict situations.

Prepares and documents cases, writes daily reports, completes reports and records, and prepares and maintains other logs and records.

Participates in special details and assignments, including K-9, investigations, and related activities; may serve as field training officer.

Provides emergency aid and assistance to incapacitated persons and requests additional response.

Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.

Educational requirements:

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

Equivalent to graduation from high school. Volunteer or paid experience in a law enforcement support area and college level course work in criminology, law enforcement or police science is desirable.

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of:

Basic law enforcement terminology and concepts

Techniques for dealing with people of all socio-economic level under hostile and emergency situations

Safety practices and precautions pertaining to the work

First aide and CPR

Ability to:

Observe and accurately recall places, names, descriptive characteristics and fact of incidents

Analyze problems and situations accurately and adopt a quick, effective, and responsible course of action in emergency or stressful situations

Establish and maintain positive business and community relationships

Read and understand departmental policies and rules

Read, interpret and apply complex laws, procedures and policies

Make rapid, sound independent judgments within legal and procedural guidelines

Prepare clear and concise reports, records and other written materials

Understand and follow oral and written directions

Learn the principles, practices, procedures, laws and ordinances, terminology and operations of equipment used in law enforcement and crime prevention and investigation


Be a high school graduate, or GED equivalent

Be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment

Possess a valid California driver's license (at time of appointment) and a good driving record

Must be able to obtain required P.O.S.T. certification and maintain firearms qualification

Lateral Entry: Must meet the general requirements above and be a graduate of a POST approved academy or have a POST basic certificate.

Physical Requirements:

Have normal color vision

Have vision of not less than 20/30 (corrected in each eye)

Possess satisfactory hearing capabilities

Be free of disabling physical conditions or diseases that interfere with police work

Be emotionally stable and mature

Possess strength and physical ability necessary to perform the duties of a Police Officer