Police Officer Lateral

Placentia, CA
Placentia Police Department


$79,103.30 – $97,624.08 Annually


Recruitment will close when a sufficient number of qualified applications are received. Apply immediately.

Under general supervision, the Police Officer patrols an assigned area, enforces public safety laws, codes, and regulations and maintains order, prevents, detects and investigates crime, and carries out special assignments in the protection of life and property; and performs other related duties as assigned.

The Police Officer is distinguished from the Police Sergeant, which serves as a first-line supervisor, and has responsibility for the development, coordination, and evaluation of sworn personnel that are part of a work shift or section. Police Officers may be assigned to special assignments, such as motors, traffic, K-9, detective, SWAT, field training officer, jail, bike team, VIP handling, reserves, and similar details.

Examples of Duties

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the class.

  1. Enforces federal, State, County and City laws, regulations, and ordinances related to public safety and law enforcement.
  2. Patrols an assigned area of the City, in a patrol vehicle or on foot in order to detect and prevent crime and maintain law and order; may operate a motorcycle or bicycle as part of special assignment detail.
  3. Prepares citations, arrest reports, crime reports, daily observation reports, vehicular incident and pursuit forms, injury reports, collision reports, and impounded property reports.
  4. Responds to radio messages, and citizen requests for protection of life and property and public assistance, and appears at crime and scenes of disorder and determines proper course of action; investigates suspicious vehicles or persons; observes situations related to stolen cars, traffic violations and proper flow of traffic.
  5. Gives verbal warnings and issues citations; inspects premises at night and on other shifts; assists in the investigation of crimes; conducts preliminary investigations of disturbances, burglaries, thefts, armed robberies, vehicle accidents, deaths or other types of incidents involving possible violation of public safety laws and codes.
  6. Questions suspects, interviews victims and witnesses; books property and evidence; performs basic crime scene investigation; testifies in Court regarding facts, circumstances, and violations; completes field and follow-up investigations.
  7. Takes written statements; examines conditions of accident scenes; clears scene of obstructions and damaged vehicles; notes and reports traffic hazards; provides first aid for injured persons or requests medical attention in accordance with departmental procedures.
  8. Reports abandoned or damaged vehicles; inspects establishments providing alcoholic beverages and entertainment, and other public gatherings and assures that proper licenses and permits are in effect.
  9. Intervenes in private or public disputes to protect the public and maintain order; monitors status of parolees and individuals on probation status, including Court orders
  10. Develops and maintains positive relations with citizens, business owners, and other members of the community.

A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent AND completion of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.) Basic Certificate. For specialty assignments, completion of all required training and certification related to the special position assignment. Candidate must be currently employed as a sworn Police Officer and have passed probation in their current agency. In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • No more than 20/100 uncorrected and 20/30 corrected and freedom from uncorrectable color blindness. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older at time of appointment.
  • Must have a valid California Class C Driver License, acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurance.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law.
  • Must be of good character and reputation.
  • May undergo a psychological assessment by a qualified professional to determine their suitability for the position.
  • Will be administered an integrity test and a polygraph examination.
  • Will undergo a complete, comprehensive, P.O.S.T. approved Background Investigation.
  • Will be fingerprinted and records checked in both State and Federal Bureaus.
  • Must not have a record of conviction of a serious offense, or numerous convictions of minor offenses. Credit rating, if established, must be satisfactory.