Police Officer

Chico, CA
Chico Police Department
Salary: $56,992.00-$78,561.60

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement

Position Information

A complete application packet for this position includes:

  • Completed NeoGov application,
  • Resume attachment,
  • Proof of academy enrollment or previous graduation,
  • POST PELLETB T-score of 47 or higher, dated within the last year, if you wish to be exempt from the written examination.

This is a continuous recruitment, until further notice.

Job Description


Under supervision, to perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; to perform investigative work; to perform related work as required.

Tools and Equipment Used:

Police car, police radio, radar gun, baton, handcuffs, Intoxilyzer, cellular phone and/or pager, first aid equipment, handgun, Taser and other weapons as required, and computer related equipment in the field and office environment.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk and hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, controls, and/or tools listed above; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste and/or smell.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions.
  • The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in high precarious places, and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


  • Patrol City in radio car, on bicycle, horseback, motorcycle or on foot.
  • Answer calls for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of City, County and State laws.
  • May conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, holdups, vehicle accidents, death and other criminal incidents; make arrests as necessary.
  • Interview victims, complainants, witnesses and suspects; gather and preserve evidence.
  • Testify and present evidence in court; administer first aid.
  • Contract and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders.
  • Prepare reports of arrests made, investigations conducted and unusual incidents observed.
  • Serve warrants and subpoenas.
  • While on patrol, stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warn drivers against unlawful practices.
  • Issue citations and make arrests as necessary; check buildings for physical security.
  • Attend and police special events and other emergency or congested situations.
  • Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Ability to:

  • Physically pursue and capture wanted persons.
  • Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places; use and care of firearms.
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies, and judge situations and people accurately.
  • Learn, understand and interpret laws and regulations.
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.
  • Learn and use standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.


  • High school graduation or equivalent, supplemented by a valid Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Academy certification.


  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Be a citizen of the United States; or be a permanent resident alien and have applied for citizenship.

A person who has not obtained citizenship within three years after application for employment due to non-cooperation with the government agency processing the citizenship application, or a person who has been denied citizenship, is disqualified from being or becoming a police officer.

Additional Requirements:

  • Possession of a valid California Driver License.