Police Officer (Lateral)

Modesto, CA
Modesto Police Department

$38.79 – $47.14 Hourly


The Police Officer is responsible to perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local municipal codes, violations, and traffic regulations; to perform investigative work; to participate in and provide support and assistance to special crime prevention and enforcement programs; and to perform a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the department.

In addition to a high school diploma or GED equivalency and completion of a minimum of 30 units of college coursework from an accredited college or university, this position requires one year of work experience in a California law enforcement agency which requires a Basic POST Certificate, and possession of a current Basic POST Certificate form the State of California.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol a designated area of the City to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances; assist stranded motorists.
  • Answer calls and complaints involving automobile accidents, robberies, and related misdemeanors and felonies; render first aid, as required.
  • Respond to general public service calls including animal complaints, domestic disturbances, civil complaints, property control, and related incidents.
  • Collect, process, photograph, and present evidence using scientific techniques including fingerprints, fibers, blood, and related physical evidence.
  • Check buildings for physical security.
  • Serve as Field Training Officer, as assigned; train new officers on departmental policies, procedures, and activities.
  • Enforce traffic laws and ordinances; check speed with radar; issue warnings and citations.
  • Direct traffic at fire, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.
  • Conduct investigations of serious injury and fatality traffic accidents.
  • Conduct traffic accident analyses and general traffic surveys.
  • Conduct a variety of criminal investigations involving crimes against persons and property, auto theft, white-collar crime, and narcotics; gather evidence and prepare cases for prosecution.
  • Identify suspects; conduct interviews and interrogations; apprehend and arrest offenders.


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


One year experience in a California law enforcement agency with a Basic POST certificate.


High School diploma or GED equivalency and completion of a minimum of 30 units of college coursework from an accredited college or university.

Possession of an Associate of Arts degree is desirable.

License or Certificate

  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.
  • Possession of a Basic POST Certificate from the State of California.

Additional Requirements:

  • Minimum of 21 years of age at time of application.
  • Must meet physical requirements of the job established by the department.
  • Physical condition is, after examination by a licensed physician and surgeon, free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect his/her exercise of powers as a Police Officer.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.