Police Officer (Lateral)

Arroyo Grande, CA
Arroyo Grande Police Department

$70,922.64 – $86,206.92 Annually

To deliver and support police services in law enforcement, crime prevention, investigation, patrol, traffic regulation programs and related law enforcement activities by performing a variety of duties as needed and directed.


  • $10,000 Signing Incentive
    • $5,000 paid upon hire
    • $2,500 paid upon successful completion of Field Training Officer Program
    • $2,500 paid upon successful completion of 12-month Probationary Period
  • 40 hours of vacation loaded upon completion of Field Training Officer Program

Supervision Received and Exercised
Receives general supervision from higher level law enforcement staff.

Essential Function Statements
Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Patrol the City in a motor vehicle, on a bicycle, or on foot to respond to calls for police service and to preserve law and order; enforce federal, state and local laws and ordinances and traffic regulations.
  2. Make arrests for crimes and offenses; perform booking procedures for prisoners.
  3. Conduct appropriate and complete preliminary investigations of criminal activity including contacting and interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects and identifying, collecting and booking evidence.
  4. Conduct appropriate and complete investigations of traffic accidents.
  5. Conduct appropriate and complete follow-up investigations as directed.
  6. Plan, write and execute arrest and search warrants.
  7. Search individuals, vehicles, structures, and land areas for evidence and contraband in conjunction with investigations or as directed.
  8. Conduct searches for lost or missing persons.
  9. Perform emergency first aid as reasonable and appropriate.
  10. Prepare clear, concise and correct written reports using the Police Department’s computerized records management system with minimal errors as necessary or directed in a timely manner and in compliance with legal and Police Department standards.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Education: Graduation from high school or GED Certificate.
Thirty college semester units (45 quarter units) from an accredited college or university with major coursework in criminal justice, police science or a job related field is highly desirable.

Experience: Lateral candidates must possess a California POST Regular Basic Certificate. Recent employment (within the past 3 years) as a California peace officer is required, or completion of a POST Certified Requalification Course is required by the date of employment.

Age: Minimum of 21 years of age.