Police Officer (Lateral/Academy Graduate)
$81,902.90 – $105,100.18 Annually
If you want to be part of a premier Police Department that’s focused on community policing in a young, vibrant, family-oriented city, we invite you to apply. If you’d like to be part of building an extraordinary new agency, we invite you to apply. If you’re hardworking, accountable, love what you do, and are yearning for new opportunities in your law enforcement career, we invite you to apply.
Under general supervision, performs law enforcement and crime prevention tasks and duties related to the protection of public health, safety, and welfare; patrols an assigned area to ensure the enforcement of all applicable federal, state, and local laws; performs investigative work; and performs additional related duties as assigned.
Examples of Essential Functions
Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
- Enforce State, County, and City ordinances and laws. Patrol, either in a vehicle, bike, motorcycle, or on foot, an assigned area to prevent crime and maintain law and order; may conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, holdups, suicides, death, and other criminal incidents.
- Serve warrants and subpoenas, make arrests for all criminal violations of law; interview victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.
- Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders.
- Investigates suspicious vehicles or persons; observes for stolen cars; performs crowd control, parade or riot work.
- Makes traffic stops and issues warnings, citations, or makes arrests; checks vehicles and observes vehicle occupants; investigates scenes of vehicle accidents by interviewing drivers and witnesses, directs traffic and arranges for clearing of roadway.
- Administers first aid and responds to calls for medical assistance.
- Prepares and submits written reports and field notes on all cases investigated; participates in staff development; attends briefings and training sessions; performs routine maintenance on assigned patrol vehicle, firearms, and other equipment.
- Establishes and maintains good relationships with the general public and works with the community to identify problems and solutions that may or may not be enforcement related.
- May participate in or be assigned to special programs such as: crime prevention, investigations, Narcotics Task Force, dog handler, and traffic investigator; also, may be required to make presentations before a variety of public groups, and work as a member of the school resource programs (i.e. DARE team; school resource officer) as a rotating assignment.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
Graduation from High School or equivalent and successful completion of a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified Police Academy Currently employed as a full-time peace officer in good standing with a public agency. Completion of the POST required Field Training Program and off probation at time of application.
Graduation from High School or equivalent and successful completion of a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified Police Academy or attained POST Basic Certification or POST Re-certification within the last three (3) years.
Laterals and Academy Graduates
Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate’s Degree or higher is highly desirable.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Possession of a valid California POST Basic Certificate or a valid California POST Basic Course Waiver at time of application (Laterals only).
- Possession of a valid California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified Police Academy Certificate. (Academy Graduates only)
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Class C Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record.
- Must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
- Must successfully complete a comprehensive POST background investigation, physical examination, and psychological evaluation.
- Must possess U.S. Citizenship at time of appointment.