Police Officer-Lateral

Fairfield, CA
Fairfield Police Department

Salary: $96,625.15 – $146,837.18 Annually.

Position Summary:

The Fairfield Police Department serves a diverse community and exists to improve the quality of life in Fairfield. The department is committed to working with our community members to solve problems together. Police Officers are expected to perform a wide variety of sworn peace officer duties involving the protection of life and property; to maintain order and preserve peace; to provide assistance to the public; to perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; respond to emergency and non-emergency situations; arrest violators of the law; to conduct investigations and perform other related duties.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol city in radio dispatched car on assigned shift.
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency general public service calls and complaints.
  • Answer local complaint calls, and calls for the protection of life and private property and the enforcement of city, county, and state laws.
  • Prepare reports of arrests made, investigations conducted, and illegal incidents observed.
  • Operate portable radar equipment to detect traffic violators. Stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of law; warn drivers against unlawful practices and issues citations and makes arrests as required.
  • Direct traffic during emergency and congested conditions and at school crossings.
  • Preserve peace in the community including at public and private gatherings.
  • Remember accounts given by witnesses and identify crime suspects.
  • Search, transport, and assist in the booking of prisoners.
  • Receive calls from, and assist other law enforcement agencies in emergencies.
  • Conduct investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, holdups, vehicle accidents and deaths. Take pictures of crime scenes and accidents.
  • Interview and interrogate suspects and witnesses.
  • Serve writs, warrants, subpoenas, and other legal documents.
  • Assist in conducting special studies of crime prevention, traffic control, or other department projects.
  • Participate in training courses and programs. Assist in the training and development of new employees.
  • Operate radio, computer and other communication equipment.
  • Appear in court to present evidence and testimony in connection with criminal prosecution.
  • Administer first aid and provide assistance to the injured.
  • Conduct special investigations and projects; make public presentations to schools, businesses, and neighborhood groups.
  • Observe children and encourage children to obey safety rules; counsel juvenile offenders.
  • Respond to questions, concerns, and requests for service from the general public; provide information as appropriate and resolve complaints.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • A minimum of one (1) year employment as a full-time paid Peace Officer with a P.O.S.T. approved California law enforcement agency is required.
  • An Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, psychology, business administration, public administration or related field or 60 semester units from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Possession of a valid Class C California State Driver’s License is required.
  • Possession of a valid California POST Basic Police Academy Certificate is required.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • Must be lawfully able to possess a firearm.
  • Must be free of felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.