Police Officer – Lateral

Signal Hill, CA
Signal Hill Police Department

$83,662.65 – $106,777.08 Annually

Position Description

Join the City of Signal Hill Police Department for a rewarding career, where Officers care about their community and the community supports its Officers. The Department is devoted to enhancing the quality of life in the City by providing a proactive and professional level of police service, and treating all persons with fairness, respect, and dignity.

This is not an entry-level position. The city of Signal Hill is searching for QUALIFIED LATERAL APPLICANTS with current full-time employment, in good standing, of at least one year as a sworn police officer with a California P.O.S.T. approved agency, possession of a California Basic P.O.S.T. Certificate, and successful completion of the required probationary period.

Example of Duties

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.


  • As a Patrol Officer, patrol the City in a radio-equipped car; respond to calls for the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of City, County, and State laws; may conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robbery, death, and other criminal incidents.
  • As a Senior Officer, serve as Watch Commander and assist the Field Sergeant with supervisory duties.
  • As a field training officer, train and evaluate officers in law enforcement policies, procedures, and tactics; prepare related reports.
  • Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.
  • Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
  • Prepare reports on arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed.
  • Stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warn drivers against unlawful practices; issue citations and make arrests as necessary.
  • Check buildings for physical security.
  • Search, fingerprint, and transport prisoners.
  • Direct traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.
  • Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public.
  • Assist in the performance of special investigative and crime prevention duties as required.
  • Transport prisoners to court; serve warrants and subpoenas; retrieve and request information involving arrests and subpoenas; file complaints and perform other work related to the processing of misdemeanor and felony complaints.
  • Assist with the service of warrants within the Department and with outside agencies; provide functional guidance to clerical staff involved in warrant processing; keep up-to-date on laws and procedures required for processing warrants.