Police Officer

Modesto, CA
Modesto Police Department
Salary: $64,208.76-$78,046.08


To perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local municipal codes, violations and traffic regulations; to perform investigative work; to participate in and provide support and assistance to special crime prevention and enforcement programs; and to perform a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the department.

In addition to equivalency to the completion of the twelfth grade and completion of a minimum of 30 units of college coursework from an accredited college or university, this position requires one year of work experience in a California law enforcement agency which requires a Basic POST Certificate and possession of a current Basic POST Certificate from the State of California.

All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications of the position will be placed on an eligible list and invited to a selection interview with the Modesto Police Department.

Human Resources reserves the right to revise the selection process to best meet the needs of the City.


Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol a designated area of the City to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances; assist stranded motorists.
  • Answer calls and complaints involving automobile accidents, robberies, and related misdemeanors and felonies; render first aid as required.
  • Respond to general public service calls including animal complaints, domestic disturbances, civil complaints, property control, and related incidents.
  • Collect, process, photograph and present evidence using scientific techniques including fingerprints, fibers, blood, and related physical evidence.
  • Check buildings for physical security.
  • Serve as Field Training Officer as assigned; train new officers on departmental policies, procedures and activities.
  • Enforce traffic laws and ordinances; check speed with radar; issue warnings and citations.
  • Direct traffic at fire, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.
  • Conduct investigations of serious injury and fatality traffic accidents.
  • Conduct traffic accident analyses and general traffic surveys.
  • Conduct a variety of criminal investigations involving crimes against persons and property, auto theft, white-collar crime, and narcotics; gather evidence and prepare cases for prosecution.
  • Identify suspects; conduct interviews and interrogations; apprehend and arrest offenders.
  • Teach bicycle safety in accordance with State agencies.
  • Contact and interview victims and witnesses; preserve and investigate crime scenes.
  • Conduct covert, undercover investigations as assigned.
  • Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
  • Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public; take an active role in areas of public education relative to crime and crime prevention.
  • Assist in the performance of special investigative and crime prevention duties as required.
  • Prepare reports on arrests made, activities performed and unusual incidents observed.
  • Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants and witnesses; interrogate suspects; administer polygraph tests; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.
  • Serve warrants within the department and with outside agencies; remain current on laws and procedures required for processing warrants.
  • Act as Watch Commander; review and approve the reports of other Police Officers.
  • Perform a wide variety of laboratory tests and procedures including those related to narcotics testing; act as Department photographer; testify in court as an expert witness.
  • Serve as Department Training Manager; review and assess training needs and available programs; oversee and coordinate the attendance of Departmental staff at training programs and seminars; research policies and procedures related to training activities.
  • Serve as Crime Prevention Officer; oversee and coordinate crime prevention activities; make presentations to local citizens and community groups.
  • Serve as Intelligence Officer or Gang Officer; gather crime related intelligence information and conduct background investigations; coordinate information and activities with outside agencies and jurisdictions.
  • Investigate juvenile related crimes including child abuse and juvenile narcotics; coordinate youth services with outside agencies and organizations including local school districts; conduct community presentations and instruct assigned classes.
  • Participate in recruiting sworn staff; conduct background investigations; interview potential job candidates and references; administer voice stress analysis tests.
  • Give oral presentations at schools, clubs and other community organizations.
  • Act as Department court liaison.

Marginal Functions:

  • Perform related duties as assigned.


In addition to the abilities listed for Police Officer Trainee:

Knowledge of:

  • Police methods and procedures including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation and identification 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 seizure and preservation of evidence.
  • Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory.
  • Self defense tactics.
  • First aid and CPR procedures and practices.
  • Interviewing and interrogation techniques.


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: 


  • One year experience in a California law enforcement agency which requires a Basic POST certificate.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade and completion of a minimum of 30 units of college coursework from an accredited college or university. Possession of an Associate of Arts degree is desirable.

License or Certificate

  • Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license at time of application; valid California driver’s license by time of appointment.
  • Possession of a Basic POST Certificate from the State of California.


Additional Requirements:

  • Minimum of 21 years of age at time of application.
  • Must meet physical requirements of the job established by the department.
  • Physical condition is, after examination by a licensed physician and surgeon, free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect his/her exercise of powers as a Police Officer.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.


Environmental Conditions: Field environment; travel from site to site.

Physical Conditions:  Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking or standing for prolonged periods of time; operating motorized equipment and vehicles and medium/heavy occasional lifting up to 75 lbs.