Police Officer I / Academy Graduate

Westminster, CA
Westminster Police Department

Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of patrol and related duties involving the prevention of crime, the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances; assists in the preparation of cases and testifies in court; provides information and assistance to the public; performs related work as required.

This recruitment is for applicants who have graduated from a California POST Basic Police Academy within the last twelve (12) months.

Salary: $71,724.00 – $91,536.00 Annually


o Patrols the City within an assigned area in a radio dispatched automobile to secure life and property, observe situations, report suspicious, criminal activity, or hazardous conditions, and deter crime by providing high visibility.
o Responds to emergency calls for service, disturbances, thefts, burglaries, vehicle accidents, domestic disputes, suspicious activities, and other incidents to protect public safety and property, resolve problems, diffuse situations, and enforce laws and ordinances.
o Provides information, directions, and assistance to the public in a variety of situations; takes reports and assists the public with complaints or unusual situations.
o 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, including speaking before various civic and community groups, patrolling assigned divisions by foot, bicycle, or vehicle, and performing other related duties as required.
o Observes, monitors, and controls routine and unusual traffic situations; stops and warns drivers or issues citations as appropriate; assists motorists with inoperable vehicles and arranges for immediate removal of stranded vehicles; provides direction and traffic control in accident or incident situations, special events, or other congested situations.
o Makes arrests and serves warrants and subpoenas; takes individuals into custody and may transport them for medical clearance and/or booking at a longer-term facility, as required.
o Secures crime scenes and evidence; interviews suspects, victims, and witnesses; collects and preserves evidence.
o Directs the activities of police support personnel and/or volunteers in office and field situations.
o Provides emergency medical attention to the public when responding to calls for assistance and requests appropriate medical assistance as necessary.
o Provides mutual aid to other law enforcement agencies as dispatched and in accordance with departmental policy.
o Prepares and maintains reports, logs, records, and accurate files.
o Serves writs, warrants, subpoenas, and other legal documents.
o Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions; reviews publications and materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas.



Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade. Specialized training in law enforcement, criminal justice, or a related field is highly desirable.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver's License by time of appointment.
  • Possession of a Basic Certificate issued by the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).
  • Possession and maintenance of firearms qualification.