Police Officer

Fountain Valley, CA
Fountain Valley Police Department

The Fountain Valley Police Department is currently seeking officers to join the department. The Department’s Motto and Mission Statement is COURAGE • DUTY • COMMITMENT. Members of the Fountain Valley Police Department will demonstrate the COURAGE to protect life and property in our community. Our DUTY is to provide the highest quality of service in a fair, impartial and ethical manner. Our COMMITMENT is to take a leadership role in providing for public safety and quality of life in a manner that will preserve the public trust.

$80,385.89 – $97,715.07 Annually


• Patrol an assigned area searching for indicators of possible criminal activity or threats to life and property; answer calls for police service; enforce City, county, and state laws; make field contacts and prepare required reports; may conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, vehicle accidents, suspected homicides, and other criminal incidents.
• Make traffic stops and issue warnings, citations, or arrests as necessary; check vehicles and observe occupants of vehicles; responds to calls related to traffic incidents and other emergencies; provides first aid for injured persons, and take safeguards to prevent further accidents; interviews principals and witnesses; takes written statements and examines conditions of accident scene; clears or directs clearing of obstructions and wreckage; observes, monitors, and controls routine and unusual traffic conditions; assists and advises motorists and enforces traffic safety laws.
• Make arrests as necessary; serve warrants and subpoenas; conduct searches and seizures involving people, vehicles, and structures; interview victims, complainants and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; receive, search, and book prisoners; fingerprint and transport prisoners; and testify and present evidence in court.
• Investigates crimes against persons and property; interviews victims and witnesses; searches for, evaluates and secures/collects evidence; arrest suspected perpetrator(s).
• Writes reports and field notes; participates in staff development; attends briefings and training sessions; performs routine maintenance on assigned firearms and other equipment.
• Assist the public and answer questions; administer first aid and respond to calls for medical assistance; establish and maintain good relationships with the general public.
• Maintain knowledge of local ordinances and state laws, rules of evidence for criminal cases, crime prevention techniques, current investigation techniques, traffic control techniques, care and custody of persons and property.
• Drive vehicles under hazardous and emergency conditions.


• High School graduation or equivalent or possession of a General Education Development Test (GED) certificate is required.
• Associate of Arts or Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is highly desirable.
• Graduation from a California P.O.S.T. approved academy at the time of appointment within the last 3 years or have successfully completed the P.O.S.T. basic course waiver examination process is required. If graduation from a California P.O.S.T. approved academy was more than 3 years ago, successful completion of the recertification program is required.

Previous law enforcement experience is highly desirable.

Possession of a valid California Class "C" driver's license.

• At least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
• United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and applied for United States citizenship, at least one year prior to the application for employment.
• Candidates selected for processing will be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal records.
• Candidates must be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation.
• Candidates must be free of any felony convictions.
• Candidates must have normal hearing acuity.
• Candidates must have vision of 20/70 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 and normal color vision.
• Candidates must have height and weight in accordance with age, sex, and frame.
• Police Officers must be able to work rotating shifts, evenings, holidays, and weekends as assigned.