Police Officer – Lateral

Elk Grove, CA
Elk Grove Police Department

$77,729.00 – $104,164.00 Annually

Earn up to $132,000.00 annually depending on years of service, POST and educational incentives, and special assignment pays. 

Are you looking for a great opportunity to be a part of an agency that aspires to deliver world-class public safety services?  Start a rewarding career with the City of Elk Grove Police Department and partner with a diverse community that shares mutual respect and trust. Join our team in serving our community with pride and integrity!

Under general supervision by police sergeant, provides law enforcement and crime prevention work by utilizing community policing and problem oriented strategies; controls traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; performs investigative work; participates in and provides support and assistance to special department crime prevention and enforcement programs; and does related work as assigned.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Patrol designated areas of the City in a radio-equipped car, motorcycle or on foot.
  2. Enforce City, County, State and Federal laws.
  3. Respond to calls related to the protection of life and property, traffic incidents, and other required emergencies.
  4. Conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, hold-ups, vehicle accidents, death, and other criminal incidents.
  5. Make arrests; interview victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogate suspects.
  6. Testify and present evidence in court.
  7. Preserve, collect, process, photograph, and present evidence using scientific techniques including fingerprint, fibers, blood, and related physical evidence.
  8. Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
  9. Prepare reports on arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents.
  10. Search, fingerprint, and transport prisoners.

Education and Experience Guidelines:


  • Must possess an Associate’s degree, or 60 college units, from an accredited college or university.
  • Four (4) years of U.S. Military Service with an honorable discharge or a reservist member with a Joint Service Transcript showing 60 credits can be substituted for the sixty (60) unit requirement.


  • Minimum of one (1) year of recent law enforcement experience equivalent to that of a Peace Officer as defined by P.O.S.T.
  • This is a sworn position designed specifically for individuals currently employed as a Sworn Police Officer with another agency and who possess a California P.O.S.T. Basic Peace Officer certificate.   A California P.O.S.T. Basic Peace Officer certificate MUST be attached to the application in order to be considered for this position.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of an appropriate, valid California driver’s license by the time of appointment.
  • Must possess a current California POST Basic Peace Officer Certificate.
  • Incumbent will need to pass a background investigation which includes a polygraph, psychological and medical evaluation.

Other Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of hire.
  • Police Officers must serve a 12-month probationary period.