Police Officer – Lateral

Atwater, CA
Atwater Police Department

Salary: $68,141.88 – $86,968.20 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, to perform responsible law enforcement and crime prevention work by patrolling assigned areas and answering calls and complaints; to investigate incidents and crimes; to enforce laws and ordinances, maintain order, protect life and property, detect and investigate crimes, and apprehend criminals; to serve as a role model of impeccable character, trustworthiness, and willingness to help and serve people in need; and to do related work as required. Serves as Disaster Service Worker. FLSA Status: Non-exempt. Bargaining Group: Atwater Police Officers Association Safety Unit.

Essential Functions:

  • In an assigned area utilizing a variety of patrol methodologies including but not limited to automobile, bicycle, and foot patrol, performs patrol on an assigned shift;
  • Responds to calls of service;
  • Conducts property checks on businesses and homes for burglary and other criminal activities;
  • Stops and questions suspicious persons;
  • Assists with a variety of emergencies;
  • Issues citations for violations of laws and ordinances;
  • Prepares reports of incidents and investigations on a computerized report writing system;
  • Contacts victims, witnesses, and suspects for detailed interviewing when required;
  • Secures statements;
  • Serves warrants;
  • May have responsibility for preserving evidence at the scenes of incidents and crimes;
  • Follows-up on investigations when assigned;
  • Appears in court proceedings when summoned;
  • Arrests, detains, transports, and has responsibility for the care and safety of detained persons;
  • Handles civil disputes and serves court orders;
  • Provides aid and support to other agencies;
  • Issues traffic citations and performs traffic control assignments; does accident investigations;
  • Performs a wide range of law enforce assignments;
  • May perform a variety of special assignments as directed;
  • May provide investigation and law enforcement guidance to students;
  • May serve as a shift lead officer, as needed;
  • Performs essential functions while emphasizing community-based policing, familiarization between law enforcement and community residents, and collaborative problem solving, and while de-emphasizing the paramilitary aspects of the job.


  • Previous law enforcement experience is highly desirable.
  • Successfully completed a POST-certified basic academy approved by the Atwater Police Department, or
  • Currently possesses a POST-certified Non-Designated Level I Police Officer status at time of hiring, and within twelve (12) months of application has successfully completed at least one (1) year with the Atwater Police Department Police Reserve Corps as a Non-Designated Level I Reserve Police Officer.
  • Satisfactory continuous employment of at least twelve (12) months as a full time regular sworn Police Officer with a California law enforcement agency within one (1) year of application and possession of a current POST Basic certificate.
  • Possession of a Basic POST certificate within twelve (12) months of employment.
  • Equivalent to graduation from high school.
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license.