Police Officer

Lathrop, CA
Lathrop Police Department

Salary: $99,774.00 – $121,277.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, performs law enforcement and crime prevention tasks and duties related to the protection of public health, safety, and welfare; patrols an assigned area to ensure the enforcement of all applicable federal, state, and local laws; performs investigative work; and performs additional related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Enforces State, County, and City ordinances and laws; patrols, either in a vehicle, bike, motorcycle, or on foot, an assigned area to prevent crime and maintain law and order; may conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, holdups, suicides, deaths, and other criminal incidents.
  • Prepares and serves warrants and subpoenas; makes arrests for all criminal violations of law; interviews victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogates suspects; gathers and preserves evidence; testifies and presents evidence in court.
  • Receives, searches, books, fingerprints, and transports prisoners.
  • Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders.
  • Investigates suspicious vehicles or persons; observes for stolen cars; performs crowed control, parade, or riot work.
  • Makes traffic stops and issues warnings, citations, or makes arrests; checks vehicles and observes vehicle occupants; investigates scenes of vehicle accidents by interviewing drivers and witnesses; directs traffic and arranges for cleaning of roadway.
  • Administers first aid and responds to calls for medical assistance.
  • Prepares and submits written reports and field notes on all cases investigated; participates in staff development; attends briefings and training sessions; performs routine maintenance on assigned patrol vehicles, firearms, and other equipment.
  • Establishes and maintains good relationships with the general public and works with the community to identify problems and solutions that may or may not be enforcement related.
  • May participate in or be assigned to special programs such as crime prevention, investigations, Narcotics Task Force, SWAT, dog handler, and traffic investigator; also, may make presentations before a variety of public groups, and work as a member of the school resource programs (e.g., DARE team; school resource officer) as a rotating assignment.
  • When assigned to Investigations, coordinates and conducts complete and detailed investigations of crimes involving juveniles and adults, crimes against persons and property, and crimes involving vice, gaming, and narcotics violations; performs undercover and surveillance activities; interviews victims, complainants, witnesses, and suspects; collects, preserves, and maintains evidence and property found that is involved with suspected crimes; prepares and executes search warrants; prepares investigative reports and case information.
  • When assigned as School Resource Officer, serves as law enforcement officer, law related counselor, and law related instructor for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program at assigned school; supervises City-wide truancy sweeps; assists with special juvenile enforcement details; supervises security for school functions.
  • When assigned as a Field Training Officer, trains new recruits and lateral police officers; documents trainee progress and prepare evaluations; serves as acting field supervisor as assigned.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • 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 graduation from high school or equivalent and successful completion of a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified Police Academy. College-level coursework and specialized training in law enforcement, criminal justice, or a related field are highly desirable.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must successfully complete a comprehensive P.O.S.T. background investigation, physical examination, drug testing, and psychological evaluation.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States by federal law at the time of appointment and meet all California State Minimum Selection Standards set forth by P.O.S.T. and California law.
  • Possession of a valid California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate or valid California P.O.S.T Basic Course Waiver at the time of application.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid CPR certification.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License, Class C or higher, prior to the date of appointment.