Police Officer Lateral
Salary: $92,424.00 – $112,212.00 Annually.
- Patrols assigned areas of the City in a vehicle and responds to routine and emergency calls for service on foot or other means to protect life and preserve law and order.
- Performs duties in conformance with Federal, State, County and City laws and ordinances and initiates appropriate law enforcement action; interprets and applies laws, regulations, policies, procedures and precedents firmly, courteously, tactfully and impartially to achieve successful results in support of the Department’s mission, goals, and objectives.
- Performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the Department; attends Commission, community and department meetings and represents the Department and City as assigned; makes presentations and speaks at public events. Performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the department.
- Works irregular hours including days, evenings, nights and overtime including weekends and holidays; must be available for call-back and automatic return to work with a reasonable response time during off-duty hours for major emergencies, disasters, critical incidents and as otherwise required.
- Demonstrates an extensive knowledge of the City’s geography.
- Practices law enforcement procedures and techniques effectively including standard broadcasting procedures for the police radio system.
- Operates computers and uses a variety of law enforcement and common office software including word processing, geographic information systems, law enforcement databases, and specialized law enforcement programs.
- Investigates suspicious persons and circumstances; observes and accurately recalls places, names, faces vehicles, and incidents.
- Interviews, interrogates and records statements from victims, witnesses and suspects as a preliminary investigation of criminal, civil, nuisance and quality of life incidents; identifies relevant facts; prepares written reports that are accurate, comprehensive and written with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- Reacts quickly, efficiently and calmly in emergency situations.
- Responds to major incidents reported to the Police Department; comprehends and uses the Incident Command System/Standardized Emergency Management System (ICS/SEMS) protocol; assumes the role as Incident Commander until relieved by a higher authority or other role as needed for the situation; ensures the safety of responders and others, the achievement of tactical objectives and the efficient use of resources.
- Applies laws, court decisions, Department and City policies, criminal investigation theories, etc. to collect, organize and analyze information and determine a reasonable course of action.
- Understands and follows oral and written directions; relates positively to supervisors, peers and the public; enforces laws that may conflict with personal values.
- Assists the public by responding to inquires, making referrals to community resources; provides public education and training in crime prevention, traffic safety, and other laws as necessary.
- Apprehends criminals, makes arrests, and collects and preserves evidence at crime scenes; serves warrants and subpoenas.
- Cooperates with other law enforcement agencies to investigate crime and apprehend criminals.
- Performs first aid, CPR and operates AED devices.
- Enforces traffic laws and issues citations; conducts tests for intoxicated drivers; directs traffic and investigates collisions.
- Appears in court to present evidence and testimony; responds to mandatory court appearances during irregular hours.
- Attends training assignments and maintains proficiency in the perishable skills of the safe operation of vehicles, proficient use of firearms and other weapons, weaponless defense and arrest and control techniques.
- Refrains from abusing authority, applies discretion, and assumes a command presence in conflict situations; acts with honesty, integrity, honor, courage, self-confidence, maturity, tolerance and stamina.
- Makes timely, sound independent judgment within legal and procedural guidelines and demonstrates a significant degree of initiative, reliability, good judgment and discretion to perform a community oriented, problem solving approach to policing.
- Delivers outstanding internal and external customer service, communicates effectively orally and in writing with the public and fellow employees; solves problems and supports the City’s mission, policies, goals, and objectives.
- Exercises initiative, courtesy and independent judgment; establishes and maintains effective working relationships with members of the Department and City staff, other agencies and the public; communicates effectively both orally and in writing.
- Provides sound decision making skills and critical thinking to provide professional recommendations, decisions and completed staff work.
- Works cooperatively with personnel, co-workers and the management team; exercises tact, self-restraint and good judgment; takes initiative to achieve positive, timely results for the organization with diplomatic skills and ethical conduct.
- Conducts duties, responsibilities, tasks and assignments with a constructive, cooperative, positive, and professional attitude and demeanor.
- Supports the City’s mission, goals, policies and objectives; delivers outstanding internal and external customer service; solve problems and communicate effectively with the public and fellow employees.
- Supports the City’s corporate values of: openness and honesty; integrity and ethics; accountability; outstanding customer service; teamwork; excellence; and fiscal responsibility.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- High school diploma or G.E.D. Completion required; an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is desirable.
- Possession and maintenance of a valid California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Certificate with successful completion of probation as a full-time peace officer.
- If applying as an out-of-state lateral officer: successful completion of a Basic Course Waiver process administered by California Commission on P.O.S.T.
- Details on the Basic Course Waiver Process are available on the P.O.S.T. website.
- Current employment in good standing with a law enforcement agency of the United States, or departure in good standing from a law enforcement agency within the last eighteen (18) months.