Police Officer

St. Helena, CA
St. Helena Police Department

Salary: $92,428.00 – $112,346.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, performs tasks and duties related to the protection of public health, safety and welfare, and the enforcement of applicable federal, state and local laws; provides traffic enforcement and control; carries out special assignments in a particular phase of police work; and performs related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols assigned areas by car, motorcycle, bicycle or on foot; performs crime suppression and prevention activities; answers special calls; conducts initial and follow-up investigations; interviews victims, complainants and witnesses; answers complaints including domestic disturbances, health code and local ordinance violations; performs surveillance activities; conducts chemical, drug and alcohol testing; investigates suspicious circumstances; performs the handling of domestic and wild animals.
  • Enforces traffic laws; controls and directs traffic when necessary; performs crowd control, operates hand held and stationary radar devices; assists in crime prevention activities and the control of juvenile delinquency; serves search warrants and subpoenas; administers CPR and first aid in cases of emergency; issues citations and makes arrests; transports, books and is responsible for the care and custody of detained persons; performs commercial vehicle enforcement.
  • Trains and assists less experienced personnel as assigned; may serve as a Field Training Officer, officer in charge or in a variety of special program areas, including the Special Enforcement Team, traffic safety, K-9, school resource officer, detective, multi-agency task forces and administration.
  • Coordinates and conducts complete and detailed investigation of crimes against persons and property; collects, preserves, maintains and processes evidence; takes written statements; prepares required reports and maintains investigative records; serves warrants and subpoenas; testifies in court in connection with prosecution of offenders; contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies as warranted.
  • Conducts property and building checks for burglary and other criminal activity; responds to questions, concerns and requests for service from the general public; provides information as appropriate and resolves complaints.
  • Logs activity into department’s database to accurately reflect activity and status.
  • Participates in community policing activity including downtown foot patrol, school visits, organized events, community meetings etc.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.


  • A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.
  • Experience in law enforcement and completion of an Associate’s degree with major course work in a related field are desirable.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license.
  • Specialized assignments may require additional P.O.S.T. certifications as necessary.