Police Officer

Eureka, CA
The City of Eureka Police Department

Academy Student: Applicants who are currently enrolled in a California POST approved academy are encouraged to apply. Please attach your T-Score indicating a score of 48 or above.

Academy Graduate: Applicants who have successfully completed a California POST approved basic academy within the last three years and do not qualify as a Lateral. Also applicants who have graduated from an approved academy more than three years ago, but have completed a California POST recertification course are encouraged to apply.

Lateral Police Officer: Lateral applicants must (1) have graduated from a California POST academy, (2) have completed an FTO Program and passed probation with a CA law enforcement agency, (3) have obtained a POST basic certificate and (4) be currently employed as a Police Officer in California, or within three years of having last worked as a Police Officer in California. Also acceptable are applicants who have completed a California POST recertification course prior to submitting an application.

The City of Eureka’s Police Department has 59 sworn allocated personnel and is fully computerized. The department has a Community Oriented Policing philosophy. Collateral and special assignments include Regional SWAT Team, K-9 program, School Resources Officer, Traffic and Motor program and many other features. The patrol section operates on a 4 – 10 plan.



$54,816.00 – $66,624.00 Annually




• Patrols the City within an assigned area in a radio dispatched automobile to secure life and property, observe situations, report suspicious or criminal activity, hazardous conditions and deter crime by providing high visibility.
• Responds to emergency calls for service, disturbances, thefts, burglaries, vehicle accidents, domestic disputes, suspicious activities and other incidents to protect public safety and property, resolve problems, diffuse situations and enforce laws and ordinances.
• Provides information, directions and assistance to the public in a variety of situations; takes reports and assists the public with complaints or unusual situations.
• Performs a variety of community policing duties to maintain a highly visible presence within the community for the purpose of deterring crime, maintaining good community relations, and providing assistance to the public, including speaking before various civic and community groups, patrolling assigned divisions by foot, bicycle or vehicle, and performing other related duties as required.
• Observes, monitors and controls routine and unusual traffic situations; stops and warns drivers or issues citations as appropriate; assists motorist with inoperable vehicles and arranges for immediate removal of stranded vehicles; provides direction and traffic control in accident or incident situations, special events, or other congested situations.
• Makes arrests and serves warrants and subpoenas; takes individuals into custody and may transport them for medical clearance and/or booking at a longer-term facility, as required.
• Secures crime scenes and evidence; interviews suspects, victims and witnesses; collects and preserves evidence; performs complete investigations and/or cooperates with other law enforcement agencies providing investigative and case development support.
• Conducts comprehensive investigations into felony and high level crimes as assigned including conducting surveillance activities and coordinating and maintaining crime scene activities.
• Provides oversight of juveniles and delinquents; interprets law to school officials and parents; confers with school administrators to identify and discuss criminal and public safety issues; works to resolve cases involving unfit homes and crimes committed against or by juveniles; advises and refers juveniles to appropriate community resources as requested or as necessary.
• Assists the City Attorney or the District Attorney staff in preparing, documenting and developing cases and gathering information; testifies in court as required.
• Directs the activities of police support personnel and/or volunteers in office and field situations.
• Provides emergency medical attention to the public when responding to calls for assistance, and requests appropriate medical assistance as necessary.
• Provides mutual aide to other law enforcement agencies as dispatched and in accordance with departmental policy.
• Prepares reports; prepares and maintains logs, records and accurate files.
• Serves writs, warrants, subpoenas and other legal documents.
• May perform and/or coordinates specific program or project areas, such as: community-oriented policing; school liaison; project and resource development; investigations; crime prevention; and/or field training.
• Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions, and reviews publications and materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas.
• Oversees the use and care of equipment as required.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Experience requirements:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade and one (1) year of experience working with the public. Two (2) years of college-level coursework and/or volunteer law enforcement experience are desirable.

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of:
• Law enforcement principles, practices and techniques related to patrol, traffic enforcement, crime scene control and investigation, protection of life and property, pursuit, apprehension and transportation of suspects.
• Investigation and identification techniques and equipment.
• Rules of evidence regarding search and seizure and the preservation of evidence.
• Courtroom procedures and techniques for testifying.
• Applicable laws, codes, ordinances, court decisions and departmental rules and regulations.
• Safety practices and equipment related to the work, including the safe use and proper care of firearms, chemical agencies and impact weapons.
• Techniques of first aid and CPR.
• Operating a motor vehicle in a safe manner under patrol and emergency conditions.
• Modern office practices, methods and computer equipment.
• Computer applications related to the work.
• English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
• Techniques for dealing with and solving the problems presented by a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often when relations may be confrontational or stressed.
• Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to the public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.

Ability to:

• Observe accurately, recall faces, names, descriptive characteristics, facts of incidents and places.
• Interpret apply and explain complex laws, codes, regulations and ordinances.
• Prepare clear, accurate and grammatically correct reports, records and other written materials.
• Identify and be responsive to community issues, concerns and needs.
• Coordinate and carry out special assignments.
• Monitor changes in laws and court decisions and apply them in work situations.
• Enter information into a computer with sufficient speed and accuracy to perform the work.
• Make sound, independent decisions in emergency situations.
• Organize own work, set priorities and meet critical time deadlines.
• Operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner under patrol and emergency conditions.
• Operate the equipment and vehicles of the department in a safe and responsible manner.
• Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software programs.
• Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone and in writing.
• Use tact, initiative, prudence and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines in politically sensitive situations.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.


Valid California class C driver's license with satisfactory driving record.
Valid basic certificate issued by the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).
Possession and maintenance of firearms qualification.