Police Officer (Lateral)

Upland, CA
Upland Police Department

$78,060.25 – $94,882.74 Annually


Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of patrol and related duties involving the prevention of crime, the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of laws, codes, and ordinances; patrols areas of the City and conducts surveillance; performs investigative work; controls traffic flow and enforces traffic regulations; participates in and provides support and assistance to special department crime prevention and enforcement programs; responds to various emergencies and calls for service; assists in the preparation of cases and testifies in court; serves in specialized departmental roles as assigned; provides information and assistance to the public; and performs related work as required.


Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • 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.
  • Patrols an area of the City to observe and address suspicious or potential criminal activity; responds to emergency calls for service, including, but not limited to, disturbances, burglaries, vehicle accidents, domestic disputes, suspicious activities, deaths, and other incidents to protect public safety, life, and property; resolves problems and diffuses situations; enforces state and local laws, ordinances, and codes.
  • Provides information, directions, and assistance to the public in a variety of situations; takes reports and assists the public with complaints or unusual situations.
  • Observes, monitors, and controls routine and unusual traffic situations; stops and warns drivers against unlawful practices; issues citations and makes arrests as necessary; assists motorists with inoperable vehicles; provides direction and traffic control in accident, incident, and emergency situations, special events, or other congested situations.
  • Makes arrests and serves warrants and subpoenas; takes individuals into custody for medical clearance and/or booking at a longer-term facility; searches, fingerprints, photographs, and books prisoners.
  • Prepares reports on arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed; prepares and maintains other related reports, logs, records, and accurate files.
  • Secures crime scenes and gathers and preserves evidence; interviews suspects, victims, complainants, and witnesses; documents interviews; interrogates suspects; coordinates and conducts complete and detailed investigations of crimes involving juveniles and adults.
  • Conducts traffic studies and surveys and investigates traffic collisions; obtains accident statements and examines scene conditions; prepares written documentation of the scene and witness accounts; clears scene of obstructions and wreckage; reports traffic hazards; conducts and investigates accidents involving serious injury and/or fatality.
  • Provides emergency medical assistance to the public when responding to calls for assistance and requests appropriate medical attention or advanced medical support, as necessary.
  • Provides mutual aid to other law enforcement agencies as dispatched and in accordance with departmental policy; cooperates with other law enforcement agencies providing investigative and case development support.
  • Assists in the performance of special investigative and crime prevention duties as required; schedules and implements crime prevention and educational programs.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:


  • Equivalent to completion of the twelfth (12th) grade.


  • This is a lateral entry opportunity; applicants must have Basic P.O.S.T. certificate and be currently employed as a full-time Police Officer.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License, to be maintained throughout employment.
  • Graduation from a P.O.S.T. accredited Police Academy.

Out of State Applicants: At least one continuous year of sworn general law enforcement experience within the last two years. Basic Course Waiver (BCW) from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) is required and must be submitted by time of appointment.
Vision: No more than 20/70 uncorrected and 20/20 corrected and normal color vision. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Age: Must be 21 years of age or older.
Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States OR permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has already applied for citizenship.
Character: Applicants must be of good character and reputation. Applicants will be fingerprinted and records checked in both State and Federal Bureaus. Applicants must not have any felony convictions, or numerous convictions of minor offenses. Credit rating, if established, must be satisfactory.
Driver’s License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license, an acceptable driving record and evidence of insurability.