Police Officer – Lateral

Fortuna, CA
Fortuna Police Department

$53,951.09 – $65,639.75 Annually

Under the general supervision of a Police Sergeant, to perform law enforcement, crime prevention, traffic control, and crime investigation activities; to perform assigned, specialized law enforcement duties; to assist the public in a variety of ways; and to do related work as required.


  • Patrols assigned areas in an automobile and on foot, checking for crime and dangerous conditions; enforces State and local laws and traffic ordinances;
  • responds to calls from the public regarding crimes, preservation of the peace, and protection of life and property;
  • pursues and apprehends suspects;
  • conducts initial and follow-up investigations of crimes;
  • interviews witnesses and victims of crimes and others who may have information relating to the whereabouts of suspects;
  • conducts undercover investigations;
  • assists and cooperates with other law enforcement and public safety agencies;
  • serves warrants and makes arrests; prepares reports of incidents and investigations;
  • searches crime scenes for physical evidence such as fingerprints, footprints, and tire marks;
  • photographs crime scenes;
  • transports, books, and has responsibility for the care and custody of detained persons;
  • issues traffic citations and performs traffic control work;


  • Graduate of POST Academy at time of application.
  • Must be 21 years of age at time of hire.
  • Maintain a valid California Driver’s License throughout employment. Incumbent will participate in the DMV “Pull Program”.
  • Physical qualifications and fitness as may be prescribed by the City.
  • Successful completion of a background check, polygraph examination and extensive psychological testing.