Police Officer

Seaside, CA
Seaside Police Department

Salary: $104,956.80 – $127,545.60 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of patrol and related duties involving the prevention of crime, the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances; makes investigations, assists in the preparation of cases, and testifies in court; serves in specialized departmental roles as assigned; provides information and assistance to the public; performs related work as assigned.

Receives general supervision from assigned supervisory or management personnel. No supervision of staff is exercised.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols the City within an assigned area in a radio dispatched automobile to secure life and property, observe situations, report suspicious, criminal activity, or hazardous conditions, and deter crime by providing high visibility.
  • Responds to emergency calls for service, disturbances, thefts, burglaries, vehicle accidents, domestic disputes, suspicious activities, and other incidents to protect public safety and property, resolve problems, diffuse situations, and enforce laws and ordinances.
  • Provides information, directions, and assistance to the public in a variety of situations; takes reports and assists the public with complaints or unusual situations.
  • Actively engages in community policing activities and maintains a highly visible presence within the community for the purpose of becoming familiar with the community to build trust, deter crime, maintain outstanding community relations, and provide assistance to the public, including speaking before various civic and community groups, engaging with the community in assigned areas by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or vehicle, and performing other related duties as required.
  • Engages in collaborative problem solving with members of the public, community groups, businesses, and other community partners.
  • Observes, monitors, and controls routine and unusual traffic situations; stops and warns drivers or issues citations as appropriate; assists motorists with inoperable vehicles and arranges for immediate removal of stranded vehicles; provides direction and traffic control in accident or incident situations, special events, or other congested situations.
  • Makes arrests and serves warrants and subpoenas; takes individuals into custody and provides for the safety and welfare of juveniles and adults in custody to include the transport of detainees for medical clearance and/or transport to a longer-term facility as required.
  • Secures crime scenes and evidence; coordinates and maintains crime scene activities including conducting interviews of suspects, victims, and witnesses and collecting and preserving evidence.
  • Provides leadership and guidance to juveniles to prevent incarceration; if necessary, interprets law to school officials and parents; confers with school administrators to identify and discuss diversionary opportunities prior initiating criminal and public safety issues; works to resolve cases involving unfit homes and crimes committed against or by juveniles; advises and refers juveniles to appropriate community resources as requested or as necessary.
  • Assists the City Attorney or the District Attorney staff in preparing, documenting, and developing cases and gathering information; testifies in court as required.
  • Directs the activities of police support personnel and/or volunteers in office and field situations.
  • 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 as dispatched and in accordance with departmental policy.
  • Prepares and maintains reports, logs, records, and accurate files.
  • Serves writs, warrants, subpoenas, and other legal documents.
  • May perform and/or coordinate specific programs or projects, including community-oriented policing, project and resource development, investigations, and crime prevention.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions; reviews publications and materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas.
  • Oversees the use and care of equipment as required.
  • Provide public presentations as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • Must possess a valid California Drivers’ License with an acceptable driving record.
  • United States High School Diploma or general education diploma (GED) which may be waived if you have a college degree from an accredited college within the United States.
  • No felony, domestic violence, misdemeanor assault convictions or currently on probation or parole.
  • Have graduated from a POST Basic Police Academy within the last 3 years OR an attached letter uploaded to your application that you are currently enrolled and or attending the Police Academy.
  • Be able to pass a comprehensive background investigation, physical examination (including drug testing), polygraph examination and psychological examination.
  • Currently employed as a Police Officer in the State of California.
  • Possession of a Basic Certificate issued by the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T).
  • Possession and maintenance.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License by time of appointment.
  • Possession of a Basic Certificate issued by the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).
  • Possession and maintenance of firearms qualification.