Police Officer

Davis, CA
Davis Police Department

$82,804.80 – $105,684.80 Annually

Job Summary:
The Davis Police Department is accredited by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). POST, in accordance with State law, may, from time to time, amend the regulations and standards or adopt new standards relating to the accreditation program. The Department adopts the POST California Peace Officer Job Analysis report, as periodically amended, to help establish typical job functions and standards.

  • Performs a variety of community policing duties to maintain a highly visible presence for the purpose of detecting or deterring crime, maintaining good community relations, and providing assistance to the public.
  • Serves as a spokesperson and/or attends a variety of community events, meetings, and other public relations activities; cultivates good community relations by appearing before civic, fraternal, and other community groups.
  • Builds relationships with community-based partners and effective collaboration, and often, before conflicts arise; improves understanding of and insight into the needs of specific diverse communities; reaches and establishes trust with the most vulnerable groups in the community.
  • Patrols the City to observe and address suspicious or potential criminal activity; responds to routine and emergency calls for service, including, but not limited to disturbances, burglaries, robberies, drug crimes, vehicle collisions, domestic disputes, suspicious activities, deaths, and other incidents to protect public safety, life, and property.
  • Resolves problems and de-escalates/diffuses situations/conflict.
  • Enforces State and local laws, ordinances, and codes.
  • Provides information, directions, and assistance to the public in a variety of situations.
  • Takes reports and assists the public with complaints or unusual situations.
  • Observes, monitors, and controls routine and unusual traffic situations; stops and warns drivers against unlawful practices; issues citations; performs high-risk stops; makes arrests as necessary; assists motorists with inoperable vehicles; provides direction and traffic control at incidents, special events, or other congested situations.
  • Coordinates and conducts complete and detailed investigations of crimes and related matters.
  • Detains individuals; makes arrests; takes individuals into custody; transports individuals to for medical clearance, and/or booking at a longer-term facility; searches, fingerprints and photographs individuals.
  • Evaluates and detains individuals for mental health holds.
  • Prepares police reports and/or memoranda on detentions made, arrests made, activities performed, and incidents observed; prepares and maintains other related or Department reports, logs, records, and accurate files.
  • Retrieves and requests information for law enforcement investigations; files complaints and performs other work related to the processing of criminal complaints; serves writs, subpoenas, and other legal documents.
  • Prepares, files, and/or serves arrest and search warrants, including high-risk warrants.
  • Secures crime scenes and evidence; collects, processes, photographs, and presents evidence using scientific techniques including fingerprints, DNA, fibers, blood, and related physical evidence.
  • Interviews people; documents interviews; interrogates suspects.
  • Prepares cases for trial; testifies and presents evidence in court; coordinates activities of pre-trial investigation and preparation for the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Provides emergency medical attention to the public when responding to calls for assistance and requests appropriate medical assistance as necessary.
  • Provides mutual aid to other law enforcement agencies in accordance with Departmental policy; cooperates with other law enforcement agencies providing investigative and case development support.
  • Provides outreach to homeless individuals; observes for potential physical or behavioral health issues; conducts welfare checks; takes appropriate action as needed.
  • When assigned, provides field training and trains officers in areas such as patrol, investigations, use of weapons, weaponless defense, traffic enforcement, safety, report writing, and Department policy and procedures.
  • Assists in the performance of special investigative and crime prevention duties as required; schedules and implements crime prevention and educational programs.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions; reviews publications and materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in law enforcement.
  • Releases information to the public in accordance with Department policy.
  • Oversees the use and care of equipment.
  • Observes and complies with all Department and City safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • May serve in a variety of specialized and/or collateral assignments including, but not limited to; detectives, intelligence-led policing, bike patrol, motors, K-9 handler, school resource officer, use-of-force instructor, reserve/cadet coordinator, crisis negotiator, SWAT, major collision investigations, explosive ordnance disposal, and specialized evidence response.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • In accordance with POST requirements, must be a high school graduate, passed the GED or other high school equivalency test approved by CDE, or possess a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited or approved institution.


  • None.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age. Must be able to successfully complete a thorough background investigation and meet the background job dimensions for a peace officer as recommended by POST.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License that must be maintained throughout employment.
  • Possession of a valid California POST Basic Certificate that must be maintained throughout employment or possession of a valid POST Police Academy Completion Certificate, valid POST Academy Re-qualification Course Certificate, or valid POST Academy Waiver Certificate with accompanying proof of peace officer eligibility issued by POST prior to appointment. Employees hired without a POST Basic certificate must have the ability to obtain and possess a valid POST Basic Certificate upon passing probation that must be maintained throughout employment.

Physical/Mental Demands
Must possess mobility to work primarily in a field environment and to maintain POST Patrol Officer Physical Job Demands Medical Screening guidelines, including mobility, physical strength, and stamina requirements to respond to emergency situations and apprehend suspects; vision to operate vehicles in all conditions, frequently at a high rate of speed, to maintain weapons qualifications and to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone or radio.