Police Officer-Lateral

Walnut Creek, CA
Walnut Creek Police Department

Under general supervision, performs varied law enforcement duties; enforces laws and regulations and apprehends law breakers; provides information, advice and assistance to the public in their use of police and other City services; conducts crime investigations; and does related work as required.

$95,951.70 – $116,576.98 Annually


  • Patrols an assigned area for the prevention and detection of crime and enforcement of laws and regulations; responds to and investigates reported disorders or crimes; notes and reports complaints, accidents, offenses and damages to property; reports abandoned or damaged vehicles; directs traffic.
  • Makes arrests and advises suspects of rights; prepares reports on arrests and property impounded; inspects crime scenes and questions witnesses; checks alibis of suspects and attempts to determine the validity of statements made; analyzes clues and information related to a crime to determine how it was committed; reviews modus operandi of known criminals in attempting to determine relationships between criminals and crimes under investigation; reports on the progress of investigations and prepares assigned cases for court; serves warrants; appears in court to testify regarding arrests, citations and other law enforcement activities.
  • Observes and reports conditions conducive to crime; provides information and assistance to the public; issues warnings and citations to traffic law violators and inspects vehicles; searches and transports prisoners.
  • Conducts special investigations and projects; makes public presentations to schools, businesses, and neighborhood groups; assists in the training and development of new employees.
  • May act as temporary supervisor or Watch Commander.


Education and Experience: The classification of Police Officer requires high school graduation or equivalent and completion of 60 semester units from a recognized college or university. Up to 15 units from the police academy may be combined with other college units to meet the 60 semester units.

Applicant must have passed a P.O.S.T. approved academy and possess a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate. Out-of-state applicants may also be eligible for hire as a Lateral candidate by successful completion of the "Basic Course Waiver Process" administered by California P.O.S.T.

Special Requirement: Possession of or ability to obtain, prior to employment, a Class C California Driver's License and a good driving record.

Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.