Police Officer (Lateral)

Tulare, CA
Tulare Police Department

Salary: $71,763.72 – $87,217.56 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of law enforcement, community policing, and crime prevention work, including patrol, traffic, narcotics, motorcycle, crime prevention, school resource, investigations, and the protection of life and property; maintains good community relations and provides information and assistance to the public; enforces Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances; assists in the preparation of cases and testifies in court; serves in specialized departmental roles as assigned; and performs related work as required. Receives general supervision from a Police Sergeant. Exercises no direct supervision of staff.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols the City within an assigned area in a radio dispatched automobile to secure life and property, observe situations, observes and investigates unusual conditions in facilities, property or other areas, report suspicious or criminal activity, hazardous conditions and deter crime by providing high visibility.
  • Analyzes crime scenes and gathers or directs the collection of data and evidence; writes notes and prepares reports and case files.
  • Performs a variety of community policing duties to maintain a highly visible presence within the community for the purpose of deterring crime, maintaining good community relations, and providing assistance to the public, including speaking before various civic and community groups, patrolling assigned divisions by foot, bicycle or vehicle, and performing other related duties as required.
  • Observes, monitors and controls routine and unusual traffic situations; stops and warns drivers or issues citations as appropriate; assists motorists with inoperable vehicles and arranges for immediate removal of stranded vehicles if they are stolen or a hazard; provides direction and traffic control in accident or incident situations, special events, funerals, or other congested situations.
  • Responds to and investigates non-injury and injury accidents including hit and run collisions.
  • Enforces speed utilizing radar and LIDAR; conducts DUI saturation patrols and check points; assists in special campaigns and operations including seatbelt, car seat, and identifying unlicensed/suspended license drivers.
  • Verifies correction and signs off mechanical citations; releases stored vehicles.
  • May conduct bi-annual motorcycle certifications of the traffic unit.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade and one (1) year of experience working with the public.
  • Some college-level coursework in and/or volunteer law enforcement experience are desirable.
  • Possession of a valid Class C California driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record.
  • Valid basic certificate issued by the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).
  • Possession and maintenance of firearms qualification.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • Emotional stability, coping skills, judgment, flexibility, and social skills.
  • Free of any bias based on race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.