Police Officer – Lateral

Chico, CA
City of Chico Police Department

$10,000 signing bonus for Lateral hires!

Under supervision, to perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; to perform investigative work; to perform related work as required.



$55,806.40 – $78,561.60 Annually


Open Until Filled


• Patrol City in radio car, on bicycle, horseback, motorcycle or on foot; answer calls for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of City, County and State laws*;
• May conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, holdups, vehicle accidents, death and other criminal incidents; make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants, witnesses and suspects*;
• Gather and preserve evidence*;
• Testify and present evidence in court*;
• Administer first aid*;
• Contract and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders*;
• Prepare reports of arrests made, investigations conducted and unusual incidents observed*;
• Serve warrants and subpoenas*;
• While on patrol, stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warn drivers against unlawful practices; Issue citations and make arrests as necessary; check buildings for physical security*;
• Engages in community-based policing and collaborative problem solving in order to build trust and familiarization between law enforcement and community residents*;
• Attend and police special events and other emergency or congested situations*;
• Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public*;
• Perform related duties as assigned.

Educational requirements:

High school graduation or equivalent, supplemented by a valid Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Academy certification.

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of: Community based policing, intelligence-led policing, and other similar practices used to develop relationships with the community in order to best identify and solve public safety problems; law enforcement principles, practices and techniques related to patrol, traffic enforcement, crime scene control and investigation, protection of life and property, pursuit, apprehension and transportation of suspects; applicable laws, codes, ordinances, court decisions and departmental rules and regulations; courtroom procedures and techniques for testifying; safety practices and equipment related to the work, including the safe use and proper care of firearms, chemical agencies and impact weapons; computer applications related to the work; techniques for communication with, in English, dealing with and solving the problems presented by a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often when relations may be confrontational or stressed.

Ability to: Physically pursue and capture wanted persons; observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places; use and care of firearms; think and act quickly in emergencies, and judge situations and people accurately; learn, understand and interpret laws and regulations; prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports; learn and use standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; understand and carry out oral and written directions.


• Be at least 18 years of age.
• Be a citizen of the United States; or be a permanent resident alien and have applied for citizenship.