Downey Police Department, Downey, CA
Downey Police Department
Salary: $32.64

This recruitment will remain open until a sufficient number of applications have been received and may close without prior notice.

To perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; enforce State and local traffic regulations; perform investigative work; and participate in and provide support and assistance to special department crime prevention and enforcement programs.

Starting pay for Academy Trained entry is at “A” step of the pay range. Effective July 1, 2014, a 4.25% across the board increase is scheduled for the position of Police Officer.

Education Incentive Pay: An additional 6% of base pay for an Associate’s degree or equivalent units (60) OR Intermediate California (CA) P.O.S.T. Certificate. An additional 9.5% for a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent units (124) OR Advanced CA P.O.S.T. Certificate.


  • Height in proportion to weight;
  • Vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes and free from color blindness;
  • Hearing within normal limit; and
  • United States citizen or an applicant for citizenship within the past year.


The following examples are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this classification.

  • Patrols assigned area in patrol car to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crimes, and to enforce traffic regulations; responds to calls and complaints involving traffic accidents, robberies, disturbances, and other misdemeanors and felonies, and take necessary police action; make arrests; take charge of, and guide and direct the work of other law enforcement personnel in various situations until relieved by a supervisor officer.
  • Conducts motor vehicle accident investigations; provides first aid for injured persons, and take safeguards to prevent further accidents; interviews principals and witnesses; takes written statements and examines conditions of accident scene; and clears or directs clearing of obstructions and wreckage.
  • Investigates crimes against persons and property; interviews victims and witnesses; searches for, evaluates and secures/collects evidence; and arrests suspected perpetrator(s).
  • Investigates complaints involving juveniles, including reports of child neglect and persons reported to be contributing to the delinquency of minors; checks business establishments and public places known to be frequented by juveniles; and arrests juvenile and adult offenders.
  • Processes warrants and apprehends or assists in the apprehension of wanted persons by court orders or actions in criminal cases.
  • Maintains knowledge of local ordinances and state laws, rules of evidence for criminal cases, crime prevention techniques, current investigation techniques, traffic control techniques, care and custody of persons and property.

Prepares and submits required reports and provides assistance, information, and directions to the public.

Educational requirements:

  • High school graduate or equivalent AND completion of a California (CA) Basic Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Academy within the last twelve (12) months (from October 1, 2012) OR current enrollment with good class standing in a full-time basic police academy certified by the CA Commission on P.O.S.T. and expected graduation by December 15, 2012.

Experience requirements:


  • No previous sworn law enforcement experience required. In addition to Academy training, any related work experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential function of the position is helpful.


  • 21 years of age at time of appointment.

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of: 

  • Good command of basic grammar and written communication; use and care of firearms; Federal, California state, and local laws applicable to law enforcement; police department equipment, practices, and procedures; proper search and seizure and arrest procedures; geography of the City of Downey and the location of important buildings and streets; and, investigative procedures and techniques.

Ability to:

  • Observe accurately and remember faces, numbers, incidents and places;
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies and judge situations and people accurately;
  • Effectively analyze problems for an appropriate response under emergency or stress situations;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Understand and interpret laws and regulations;
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports;
  • Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties;
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions; and,
  • Meet and maintain the physical requirements established by the Downey Police Department.

License Requirements:

  • Due to the performance of field duties, possession of a valid California Driver's License and possession of an acceptable driving record and the ability to maintain a valid Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment and throughout the course of employment in the position is required.

California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Pull Notice System: 

  • An incumbent appointed to this position is subject to enrollment in the California DMV Pull Notice Program. The Pull Notice program provides information on the incumbent’s driving record and Driver’s License status on a periodic basis to the City of Downey. An employee assigned a City vehicle must acknowledge receipt and understanding of City Administrative Regulations covering the use of City vehicles.

Physical Tasks and Environmental Conditions:

  • Work is performed both inside and outside in seasonal climate and weather conditions.
  • Slippery surfaces, oily conditions, dust, dirt, and odors are conditions frequently encountered.
  • Must constantly work with noise from traffic and police radio.
  • Position requires availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, on-call and overtime.
  • Physical demands include constant arm and leg movements, driving, standing, and sitting for long periods of time. Bending, stooping, lifting, running, squatting and climbing is also required.