Police Officer (Entry Level/Lateral)

Hanford, CA
Hanford Police Department

Salary range: $73,380.00 – $89,196.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

This position is to perform general law enforcement duties on an assigned shift; respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service; and promote community order and protect life and property through the preservation of public peace and prevention of crime.

This is the journey-level sworn Police Officer class. Incumbents initially perform the more routine duties assigned to positions in this series and work under close supervision. However, as experience is gained, incumbents are expected to perform the full range of duties as assigned with increasing independence.

Essential Functions:

  • Protect life and property by patrolling assigned areas, in vehicles, on motorcycles, or on foot as required.
  • Answer calls for service regarding criminal activity and other matters relating to the safety of the community.
  • Investigate conditions hazardous to life or property; respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service in a variety of situations.
  • Arrest and detain violators, by means of reasonably objective, lawful use of force if necessary.
  • Mediate conflict, provide crowd control, and provide general assistance to the public.
  • Obtain criminal complaints, serve warrants, and make arrests.
  • Gather and document evidence.
  • Perform traffic enforcement and traffic control duties via vehicle and on foot; issue citations as necessary.
  • Conduct criminal investigations for narcotics and alcohol violations, property crimes, and crimes against persons; inspect persons and property, including searching and checking buildings, vehicles, etc.
  • Write clear and concise reports; read and create law enforcement bulletins.
  • Administer roadside sobriety tests and evaluate subjects for evidence of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Serve on local and regional special task forces as assigned.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other district employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Foster an environment that embraces diversity, integrity, trust, and respect.
  • Be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation, and communication.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Completion of a POST-approved basic academy.
  • Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certificate.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, valid American Red Cross C.P.R., First Aid, and AED certification.
  • Ability to pass an extensive background investigation including medical and psychological exams.