Police Officer – Academy / Non-Lateral

Benicia, CA
Benicia Police Department
Salary: $78,180.00-$95,040.00 Annually

The City of Benicia is recruiting for the position of Police Officer to fill current vacancies, as well as establish an eligibility list for future vacancies. We seek energetic, enthusiastic, and hard working individuals for our Police Department.

Salary $78,180.00 – $95,040.00 Annually

The City has 2 separate recruitments for Police Officer: Lateral Candidates and Academy/Non-lateral candidates. Please see below for the definition of each. It is the candidate’s responsibility to apply for the correct recruitment.

Academy/Non-lateral candidates: The City is accepting applications from candidates who are currently enrolled in a recognized police academy or who have graduated from an academy within the last 3 years; or candidates who have previous law enforcement experience but are not currently working as a sworn law enforcement officer, but still have a valid POST certificate. Candidates who meet this criteria will apply through this current recruitment.

For P.O.S.T. information and requirements please click on the link below:

Lateral Candidates: The City of Benicia is also accepting applications for Police Officer. Lateral candidates (sworn police officers currently working for a law enforcement agency in California) can apply through the recruitment entitled Police Officer – Lateral.


Representative Duties / Qualifications:
Maintains law and order, responds to emergencies as directed by radio, telephone or other type of communication;

Investigates unusual or suspicious conditions, directs traffic, investigates traffic accidents;

Administers first aid, gives assistance to the injured;

Makes arrests, serves subpoenas and warrants, guards prisoners, interviews suspects;

Notes and reports unsafe conditions, prepares evidence and appears in court to give testimony, searches for stolen property and lost persons;

Gives information to the public regarding laws, ordinances, traffic safety, directions and available public services;

Issues citations to traffic violators, writes reports of daily activities and action taken, investigates vice conditions, analyzes facts, clues and evidence and makes investigations to determine law violators and their whereabouts;

Writes a variety of reports in paper as well as computer form;

Maintains effective working relationships with other law enforcement agencies, employees and the public;

Operates radio and other communication equipment;

Carry and use a firearm and other appropriate defensive and offensive weaponry;

Protects the life, property, public order and constitutional rights of all citizens. Adheres to the California Peace Officers Standards and Training, police code of ethics;

Performs other duties as assigned.


Ability to:

Communicate effectively and be readily understood;

Read, understand, explain and implement technical material consisting of laws, policies, regulations, guidelines and orders concerning the protection of life and property and maintenance of law, order and peace;

Analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action after prioritizing while giving due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances;

Drive an automobile safely, under stressful and non-stressful situations;

Prepare and write accurate and factual reports. Reports may be written by hand, use of typewriter or computer in a proficient manner;

Maintain cooperative relationships with other employees, supervisors, public officials and employees of other non-police organizations and agencies, as well as the public;

Work at night with varying hours and days, and to remain available for calls and to report for duty in any emergency;

Work under strict discipline with the ability to work under a minimum of supervision;

Meet the City's standards of stature, endurance, agility and general physical condition for the position.

Knowledge of:

Modern and progressive police methods and procedures, community policing, problem solving, safety techniques, policing, including patrol, investigation, crime prevention, traffic control, crime detection, rules of evidence, and interrogation;

Applicable Federal, State, and local laws;

Community, County, State and Federal resources;

Modern English grammar, spelling and composition; basic mathematics;

Computer applications including word processing, spreadsheet, scheduling and other related programs


Any combination of experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and ability would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and ability would be:


Equivalent to graduation from high school. Enrollment in, or graduation from, a recognized police academy.


No experience in law enforcement is required, however it is preferred.


Must possess and maintain a valid and appropriate driver's license as issued by the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Must be able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time and have the ability to meet the standards of stature, endurance, agility and general physical requirements as outlined in the P.O.S.T. Medical Screening Manual, as well as pass a polygraph and psychological screening, background investigation, written, oral and physical agility examinations.

Must have the ability to work any shift, holidays, weekends, scheduled and emergency overtime; be available on call as required, work under potentially hazardous conditions, taking all necessary safety precautions.

Must adhere to P.O.S.T. Police Code of Ethics, display loyalty to the department, City government and the community.

Must have no record of felony criminal convictions or misdemeanor convictions which could affect credibility as a witness in a court of law.

Must be of good moral character to be determined through a thorough and comprehensive background investigation, which will be conducted under P.O.S.T. guidelines.

Minimum age of 21 years by date of employment