Police Officer (Academy Graduate / Lateral)

Corona, CA
City of Corona

$84,264.00 – $107,544.00 Annually


Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join the City of Corona Police Department! We currently have vacancies for the position of Police Officer Academy Graduate and Police Officer Lateral. An eligibility list will be created from this recruitment to fill vacancies as they occur.

In addition to our competitive salary, the Corona Police Department offers the
following benefits:

Medical/Dental/Vision (Family) -$2048.39 monthly
Medical Opt-out -$600, $400, $200
Marksmanship Bonus – $420 a year
Uniform Allowance – $3,440 a year
Retirement Health Savings – $5,000 a year
Bilingual Pay – 4%

Special Compensation is awarded for the following positions while employed:

Intermediate Post Certificate – 3%
Advanced POST Certificate – 8%
Canine Pay – 5%
Commercial Enforcement Officer – 5%
Homeless Task Force – 5%
Accident Investigator – 5%
Motor Officer – 5%
PACT Team – 5%
FLEX Team- 5%
Personnel Officer – 5%
School Resource Officer – 5%
Special Enforcement Team – 5%
Training Officer – 5%

For more information please CLICK HERE to be taken to the complete Corona Police Employees Association Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

This recruitment will be open on a continuous basis and may close at anytime without advance notice. You are encouraged to apply immediately. You will not be able to submit an application for this position once the recruitment closes. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis.

Please be sure to review the application procedure below.



Under general supervision, the Police Officer performs a wide variety of patrol and related duties involving the prevention of crime, the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of laws, codes, and ordinances; conducts surveillance; performs investigative work; controls traffic flow and enforces traffic regulations; participates in and provides support and assistance to special department crime prevention and enforcement programs; responds to various emergencies and calls for service; assists in the preparation of cases and testifies in court; serves in specialized departmental roles as assigned; provides information and assistance to the public; and performs related duties, as assigned.


Receives general supervision from assigned supervisory or management personnel. Exercises no direct supervision over staff.


This is the fully qualified journey-level classification. Positions at this level are distinguished from the Police Officer Trainee by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned, working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.



Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Performs a variety of community policing duties to maintain a highly visible presence within the community for the purpose of deterring crime, maintaining good community relations, and providing assistance to the public.
  • Patrols an area of the City to observe and address suspicious or potential criminal activity; responds to emergency calls for service, including, but not limited to, disturbances, burglaries, vehicle accidents, domestic disputes, suspicious activities, deaths, and other incidents to protect public safety, life, and property; resolves problems and diffuses situations; enforces state and local laws, ordinances, and codes.
  • Provides information, directions, and assistance to the public in a variety of situations; takes reports and assists the public with complaints or unusual situations.
  • Observes, monitors, and controls routine and unusual traffic situations; stops and warns drivers against unlawful practices; issues citations and makes arrests as necessary; assists motorists with inoperable 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; transports individuals to court, for medical clearance, and/or booking at a longer-term facility; searches and fingerprints prisoners.
  • Prepares reports on arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed; prepares and maintains other related reports, logs, records, and accurate files.
  • Retrieves and requests information involving arrests and subpoenas; files complaints and performs other work related to the processing of misdemeanor and felony complaints; serves writs, warrants, subpoenas, and other legal documents.
  • Secures crime scenes and evidence; interviews suspects, victims, complainants, and witnesses; documents interviews; interrogates suspects; coordinates and conducts complete and detailed investigations of crimes involving juveniles and adults.
  • Collects, processes, photographs, and presents evidence using scientific techniques including fingerprints, fibers, blood, and related physical evidence.
  • 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; cooperates with other law enforcement agencies providing investigative and case development support.
  • Assists in the performance of special investigative and crime prevention duties as required; schedules and implements crime prevention and educational programs.
  • Provides outreach to homeless individuals; observes for potential physical or behavioral health issues; conducts welfare checks; take appropriate action as needed.
  • Prepares cases for trial; testifies and presents evidence in court; coordinates activities of pre-trial investigation and preparation for the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions; reviews publications and materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in law enforcement.
  • Oversees the use and care of equipment as required.
  • Observes and complies with all City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge of:

  • Operations and services of a comprehensive municipal law enforcement department.
  • Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of criminal law enforcement including patrol, investigations, interrogation, crime prevention, and special operations functions.
  • Criminal law and criminal procedure with particular reference to the apprehension and arrest of suspects committing misdemeanors and felonies.
  • Rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure and the preservation of evidence.
  • Operational characteristics of vehicles and equipment used in law enforcement.
  • Criminal court system processes and regulations.
  • Methods and techniques of interviewing and eliciting information from victims and witnesses.
  • Traffic control, enforcement, and education methods.
  • Police records, communications, property, jails, and custody system operations.
  • Procedures in handling warrants, filing complaints, court appearances, and testifying.
  • Investigation and identification techniques and equipment.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility including the California Penal Code, California Vehicle Code, Health and Safety Codes, Welfare and Institution Codes, and the Corona municipal code.
  • Safety practices and equipment related to the work, including the safe use and proper care of firearms, chemical agents, and impact weapons.
  • Methods and techniques of preparing police reports and related documentation.
  • Self-defense tactics.
  • Techniques of first aid and CPR.
  • Principles and procedures of recordkeeping
  • City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.

Ability to:

  • Perform law enforcement duties within an assigned program area to ensure the protection and safety of citizens and property.
  • Observe accurately; recall faces, names, descriptive characteristics, and facts of incidents and places; remember accounts given by witnesses.
  • Identify crime suspects; interpret and apply the law to field situations; observe while conducting surveillance; and problem solve crime situations.
  • Use and care for firearms.
  • Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
  • Learn, understand, interpret, apply, and explain complex laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Identify and be responsive to community issues, concerns, and needs.
  • Conduct effective interviews with victims and witnesses; interrogate suspects; summarize and document interviews and interrogations.
  • Pursue, apprehend, and subdue suspects in accordance with mandated procedures.
  • Process crime scenes and maintain chain of custody of evidence.
  • Monitor changes in laws and court decisions and apply them in work situations.
  • Make sound, independent decisions in emergency situations.
  • Operate the equipment and vehicles of the department in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Education and Experience:

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:


  • Equivalent to completion of the twelfth (12th) grade.


  • Academy Graduate: Graduation from a California POST Basic Academy or proof of Basic Course Requalification.
  • Lateral: Must have successfully completed probationary period and/or training program at another law enforcement agency; and must possess a current CA POST Basic certificate or CA POST Basic Waiver.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License, to be maintained throughout employment.
  • Possession of a valid Basic Certificate issued by the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.), to be maintained throughout employment.




Must possess mobility to work primarily in a patrol and field environment and to maintain P.O.S.T. physical standards, including mobility, physical strength, and stamina to respond to emergency situations and apprehend suspects; vision to operate vehicles in all conditions, frequently at a high rate of speed, to maintain firearms qualification and to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone or radio.

The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking or running or standing on uneven terrain, and climbing and descending structures to access crime scenes and to identify problems or hazards; vision and manual dexterity to operate an emergency response vehicle at high rates of speed in emergency situations. Finger and manual dexterity are needed to operate police services equipment and firearms, and to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard. Positions in this classification frequently bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work. Employees must possess the ability to apprehend, lift, carry, push, and pull victims, suspects and equipment as determined within P.O.S.T physical standards, which may include the use of proper equipment.



Employees work in outdoor conditions, and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, moving vehicles, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees also work in an office or station environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

The principal duties of this class are performed in a field or police station environment with exposure to criminal offenders, mentally ill individuals, and persons potentially infected with communicable diseases.



May be required to be on-call and to work various shifts or emergencies on evenings, weekends, and holidays.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application must be submitted using the following procedure:

Step 1. Complete the online application in full, including job history, supplemental questions, and required attachments. In order to complete your application, copies of the following MUST be attached on-line:


  • California POST Basic Academy or proof of Basic Course Requalification.


  • California POST Basic Certificate or California POST Basic Waiver

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Those candidates not having the required documentation will be disqualified during the application screening and will NOT be allowed to continue in the process. Candidates will NOT be notified of an incomplete application.

Candidates passing the screening process will be emailed. Emails will be sent to the registered email address for all steps in the recruitment process. Candidates should always check their email for confirmation of the next step in the process.
Those applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for any portion of the testing process must notify the Human Resources Department at least five (5) days in advance of the test.