Police Officer – Lateral

Napa, CA
The Napa Police Department

$108,549.00 – $132,050.10 Annually


Depending upon assignment, duties may include:

  • Patrols an assigned area of the city by vehicle, foot or as designated by the supervisor to ensure the security of life, property, public order, to protect the constitutional rights of all citizens and to observe situations and deter crime.
  • Identifies problems in a beat or in the community, develops tactical action plans and recommends solutions or strategies to supervisory staff.
  • Maintains law and order; enforces state, local and federal laws and ordinances; responds to suspicious activities and answers emergency calls for service.
  • Investigates traffic accidents; gives assistance and/or first aid to injured citizens and requests additional responses as necessary; provides traffic and crowd control as necessary; issues citations to traffic violations.
  • Investigates criminal activity and incidents as the responding officer; coordinates crime scene control and investigation, including interviews and interrogations and identification of witnesses; oversees collection and preservation of physical evidence; seeks to locate law violators.
  • Issues verbal warnings or citations; prepares search and arrest warrants; serves subpoenas and warrants; apprehends suspects and makes arrests.
  • Interrogates suspects, interviews victims, complainants and witnesses; searches, transports and guards prisoners.
  • Prepares and documents cases; testifies in court; completes reports and records; prepares and maintains other logs and records.
  • Retrieves, identifies and returns found property and/or evidence to owners; searches for stolen property and lost persons.


Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and ability would be qualifying. A typical way to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position would be:

EXPERIENCE: One year of experience in a sworn law enforcement position in the state of California as defined in California Penal Code Section 830.1.

CERTIFICATION: Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a POST Basic Certificate is required. Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a California POST Basic Certificate is required. Lateral applicants from outside California are also encouraged to apply! For those interested, you must show proof of the California POST Basic Course Waiver application to apply and must obtain a California POST waiver letter prior to becoming eligible to be hired.