Police Officer- Entry Level (Recruit)

Santa Paula, CA
Santa Paula Police Department

Salary: $54,953.60 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under supervision, performs law enforcement duties in an assigned area; protects life and property in accordance with all applicable laws and ordinances; carries out special assignments as necessary; and does related work as required. As an Entry Level Applicant no experience is required. You shall attend a P.O.S.T. certified police academy designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system, training in various laws and procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid, physical fitness and related duties. Upon successful completion of the police academy, you will be assigned to a Field Training Officer. Upon successful completion of Field Training, you will remain on a probationary status for up to one year.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols assigned areas in radio equipped patrol vehicles or on foot;
  • Answers call for assistance from the public;
  • Makes arrests and issues citations for violation of law and/or ordinances;
  • Investigates misdemeanors and felonies;
  • Secures and preserves crime scenes and evidence for further investigation;
  • Enforces traffic laws; conducts interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects;
  • Testifies in court; provides information to general public;
  • Escorts and transports prisoners;
  • Prepares comprehensive reports;
  • Safeguards life and property and renders first aid to the injured in emergency situations;
  • Occasionally performs special duties as called upon.


  • Vision Standards: 20/70 uncorrected, 20/30 corrected with some flexibility.
  • Physical Standards: Good health and emotional stability, sufficient strength to perform occasional strenuous work under adverse conditions; body weight in proportion to height as determined by examining physician.
  • Requires full unassisted ambulatory activity including bending, stooping, lifting up to 100 pounds, walking on uneven surfaces, running, climbing, lying prone, and driving.
  • Requires hand and finger dexterity for operation of weapons and computer keyboard, and searching suspects.
  • A minimum of 21 years. High School degree or possession of G.E.D.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Class C California driver’s license.
  • As a POST program participant, all applicants must meet the minimum selection standards as set forth in the Government Sections 1029 and 1031.