Police Officer I/II

Turlock, CA
Turlock Police Department
Salary: $3,916.00-$5,510.00

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Monthly Salary:
POLICE OFFICER I $3,916.00 – $4,760.00
POLICE OFFICER II $4,534.00 – $5,510.00

The City of Turlock is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer I/II.  This position is assigned to perform law enforcement and crime prevention work, to enforce State and local traffic regulations and to perform comprehensive criminal investigative work on special assignments and will also perform related duties as assigned.

This classification is assigned to the T.A.P.O. bargaining unit for labor relations purposes and is subject to overtime, standby, call-back and shift assignments.

The Police Officer I – An entry level position that serves an eighteen (18) month probationary period and is expected to promote to the journey level Police Officer II classification after successful completion of probation.

The Police Officer II – An entry level Police Officer that has successfully passed  probation at the Turlock Police Department or a lateral Police Officer that has successfully met prerequisite qualifications.

LATERAL POLICE OFFICERS – Individuals who currently work in a California Law Enforcement Agency or have worked in a California Law Enforcement Agency within three (3) years of appointment to Turlock Police Department and possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate may be hired at the Police Officer I or II salary range, may be eligible for all applicable salary incentives and may be subject to a twelve (12) month probationary period.  Appointment may be made anywhere within the salary range.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Patrols assigned areas in vehicles, on foot, on motorcycle, or on bicycle as assigned.
  • Analyzes and solves community/neighborhood problems involving the protection and preservation of life, property, and the enforcement of City, County and State laws.
  • Conducts a variety of investigations including neighborhood disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, juvenile crimes, domestic violence, sexual assaults, vehicle accidents, and deaths.
  • Directs traffic/provides regulation of traffic flow at time of emergency or congestion.
  • Works shiftwork to include Days, Swings and Graveyard.
  • Testifies in court as needed.
  • Provides traffic enforcement to include arrests and issuance of citations as required.
  • Receives calls from and provides assistance for other law enforcement agencies in emergencies.
  • Conducts investigations to include the collection and storage of evidence for court presentation.
  • Prepares detailed reports of arrests made, investigations conducted, and illegal incidents observed.
  • Proactively patrols business districts and residential neighborhoods at all times of day and night.
  • Provides direction and information to the general public.
  • Processes and cares for prisoners.
  • Establishes and maintains positive contact with citizens pertaining to potential community and neighborhood problems, suspicious people and circumstances.
  • Assists with Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch meetings.
  • Counsels at-risk youth and assists with diversion programs and press relations.
  • Provides service and assistance to the public.
  • May be assigned to act as School Resource Officer - teaching high school students youth in law classes or Drug Awareness Resistance Education.
  • Assists in assigned projects such as licensing of businesses, building maintenance, issuance of permits or other tasks as assigned.
  • May work with a team of officers working a specialized street crimes suppression unit.
  • Participates in and assists with community recreation activities.


  • Investigates, collects, and preserves evidence from the scene on a wide variety of crimes, suspected crimes and accident scenes.
  • Interviews and interrogates witnesses, victims and suspects.
  • Locates suspects, makes arrests and searches for and seizes criminal evidence.
  • Prepares detailed reports of investigations and arrests.
  • Prepares evidence for trial of cases and testifies in court.
  • Interviews merchants and the public to obtain descriptions of possible suspects, and secures written and oral statements from witnesses and victims.
  • May serve as an undercover agent for vice and narcotic investigations.
  • May conduct background investigations on police officer or civilian applicants.
  • Cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in carrying out assigned investigative duties.
  • Confers with supervisor on progress and problems concerning assigned cases.
  • May work with a team of investigators on the Turlock drug enforcement team.
  • May perform duties in other areas of the Police Department or countywide task forces to include:
    • Stanislaus County Drug Enforcement Unit
    • Stanislaus County Gang Intelligence Task Force
    • Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force
    • Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force, or others

Desired Skills:

  • Provide high quality customer oriented service.
  • Demonstrate keen powers of observation and memory.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action, learn and apply the community oriented policing philosophy.
  • Learn laws of arrest and pertinent local and state laws.
  • Learn criminal investigative techniques and procedures.
  • Learn the safe use and care of firearms and equipment.
  • Exercise restraint and good judgment in a variety of emergency situations.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions and directives.
  • Prepare accurate case reports.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.