Police Officer (Lateral)

Upland, CA
Upland Police Department

Salary: $83,723.18 – $106,854.35 Annually.

Position Summary:

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.

Essential Functions:

  • 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.
  • Retrieves and requests information involving arrests and subpoenas; files complaints and performs other work related to the processing of misdemeanor and felony complaints; serves writs, warrants, subpoenas, and other legal documents.
  • Provides outreach to homeless individuals; observes individuals for potential physical or behavioral health issues; conducts welfare checks.
  • Prepares cases for trial; testifies and presents evidence in court; coordinates activities of pre-trial investigation and preparation for the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Attends and participates in meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions; reviews publications and materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in law enforcement.
  • Carries out special assignments related to departmental operations or law enforcement activities as necessary; maintains and ensures the safe working condition of assigned patrol vehicle, firearms, and other equipment.
  • Observes and complies with City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • 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.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License, to be maintained throughout employment.
  • Graduation from a P.O.S.T. accredited Police Academy.
  • 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.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States OR permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has already applied for citizenship.
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license, an acceptable driving record and evidence of insurability.