Police Officer- Lateral

Manhattan Beach, CA
Manhattan Beach Police Department

Salary: $96,924.00 – $117,828.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, patrols an assigned area and enforces public safety laws, codes, and regulations; engages in crime prevention activities; responds to calls for assistance including completing records and reports; carries out special collateral assignments in the protection of life and property; and performs other related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols an assigned area on foot or by vehicle and enforces Federal and State laws, and local ordinances and regulations pertaining to public safety and law enforcement; observes designated areas in which significant crime has been reported.
  • Responds to radio calls and citizen requests for protection of life, property and public assistance.
  • Appears at scenes of crime and public disorder and determines proper course of action; provides first aid or CPR as first responder for persons in need of medical assistance; investigates suspicious vehicles or persons; and restores proper flow of traffic.
  • Gives verbal warnings and prepares citations, crime reports, arrest reports, patrol reports, vehicular incident and pursuit forms, injury reports, collision reports, impounded, and property reports.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations of disturbances, burglaries, thefts, armed robberies, vehicle accidents, deaths, or other types of incidents involving possible violation of public safety statutes.
  • Assists with crime scene investigations and the handling and preservation of evidence; arrests suspects and completes booking reports.
  • Questions suspects and interviews victims and witnesses; examines conditions of accident and crime scenes; notes and reports traffic hazards; takes written statements; completes police field reports and writes supplementary reports; and testifies in Court regarding facts, circumstances, and violations.
  • Completes follow-up investigations and monitors status of parolees and individuals on probation status, including Court orders.
  • Intervenes in private or public disputes to protect the public and maintain order; and assists other law enforcement agencies and public safety personnel in responding to calls.
  • Develops and maintains positive relations with citizens, business owners, schools, other community members, and attends public meetings; provides safety or traffic control services for parades, various public activities and events.
  • Participates in daily police briefings, exercises, training courses, and programs; demonstrates proficiency at shooting range.
  • When assigned to Detective section, conducts criminal and civil case investigations; interviews victims, witnesses, suspects, and other parties to obtain leads; and establishes the nature and causes of potential crimes and violations of statutes.
  • When assigned to Traffic detail, also enforces specialized Traffic and Motor Vehicle Codes and prepares traffic and collision reports and investigation records; sets up DUI monitoring; coordinates work with Department of Motor Vehicles and Courts; attends meetings, prepares logs, and makes presentations.
  • When assigned to S.W.A.T. Team, responds to emergency calls involving hostages, barricaded suspects, bomb threats, deadly use of force, high risk search and arrest warrant service, and related incidents involving public safety.
  • May perform other collateral duties as assigned, such as Field Training Officer and K-9 and serve as special instructors.


  • High school graduation or G.E.D. is required. Completion of up to 60 semester level units related to general education and police science is desirable.
  • Lateral Police Officer candidates must be currently employed at least one (1) year as a peace officer as specified in the State of California Penal Code, Section 830.1 or Section 830.2 (a) – (d) and possess a valid Basic P.O.S.T. Certificate.
  • A valid Class C California driver’s license and acceptable driving record is required at time of appointment.
  • For specialty assignments, completion of all required training and certification related to the special position assignment within one (1) year of assignment.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age or older at the time of appointment.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law.
  • Applicants will undergo a psychological assessment by a qualified professional to determine their suitability for the position.
  • Applicants will undergo a complete, comprehensive, P.O.S.T. approved, background investigation.