Police Officer Lateral

Riverside, CA
Riverside Police Department

Salary: $81,936.00 – $104,556.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Police Officers under direct supervision, perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; control traffic flow and enforce state and local traffic regulations; perform investigative work; display an awareness of, and empathy towards all persons who they come into contact with; and perform related duties as required.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol city in radio car, on 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, and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.
  • Contact 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; receive, search, book, fingerprint, and transport prisoners; direct traffic at fire, 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.
  • As assigned, perform specialized investigative, identification, crime prevention, special operations, aerial observation, communications or juvenile work.


  • High school graduation or equivalent.
  • Must have completed a California Basic POST Academy and be currently employed as a sworn Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, or related Law Enforcement Officer with a law enforcement agency in the State of California.
  • Possession of a valid class “C” California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
  • Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, as well as days, swing and graveyard shifts.
  • Candidates selected must pass an extensive police background investigation including a polygraph, psychological evaluation and medical evaluation.