Police Officer (Lateral/Academy Graduate)

Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Beach Police Department

The Position: Under general supervision of a Police Corporal, Sergeant, or Watch Commander, performs in an assigned area of responsibility, responds to calls, observes violations, and enforces public safety and traffic laws, regulations and ordinances; performs crime prevention and investigation work to protect life and property; discusses problems, complaints and violations with citizens, residents and visitors; testifies in court hearings; assists other officers and performs special detail work as needed; and does other work as assigned. Solves community related problems and prepares comprehensive written and dictated reports. All Academy Graduates spend their initial probationary year in field training

Salary
$78,900.00 – $110,976.00 Annually

Responsibilities:

• Responds quickly and correctly in emergency situations and makes field decisions in accordance with departmental policies and procedures in any given law enforcement assignment.
• Patrols assigned district by automobile, motorcycle/bicycle, ATV, or on foot in order to prevent and detect crime activity and enforce laws, regulations and ordinances.
• Responds to radio communications, computer prompts or citizen requests and investigates reported disorders, observed violations, and related incidents.
• Notes and reports traffic problems, abandoned or damaged vehicles, and other safety hazards.
• Issues verbal warnings or written citations for parking, moving, and municipal violations.
• Investigates traffic accidents and directs and controls the flow of traffic at the scene of accidents, signal failures, special events, natural and unnatural catastrophes in adverse weather conditions.
• Investigates and prepares reports on complaints, accidents, offenses and damages to property; interviews witnesses and suspects.
• Restores order and maintains peace at public gatherings or in conflict situations.
• Collects and preserves physical evidence in accordance with department policy and laws.
• Observes and reports conditions conducive to crime activity.
• Provides information and assistance to the public in a respectful manner.
• Pursues and apprehends suspects.
• Makes arrests and advises suspects of rights.
• Prepares crime and arrest reports and documents other situations such as traffic accidents and civil disputes.
• Appears in Court to testify regarding arrests or other law enforcement activity and case evidence and civil cases.
• Searches and transports prisoners.
• Completes booking (e.g., digital camera, fingerprinting).
• Administers emergency first aid to injured or incapacitated persons until medical personnel are present.

 

Qualifications:

LATERAL:
Education: Graduation from high school or equivalent, supplemented by completion of the police academy.

Experience: Must be a current sworn peace officer in the State of California including the completion of a probationary period with acceptable performance.

License Requirements: The incumbent must obtain a valid Class C or Class 3 California driver's license and provide evidence of an acceptable driving record. May be required to obtain a Class 4 or Class D license following hire, depending upon position assignment as a Motor Officer.

ACADEMY GRADUATE:
Education: Graduation from high school or the equivalent, supplemented by completion of the police academy. You MUST ensure that you have attached proof of completion to your application.

Experience: Some experience, on-the-job training and college course work in police science, preferably involving public contact work and the enforcement of public safety rules and policies.

License Requirements: Must obtain a valid Class C or Class 3 California driver's license and provide evidence of an acceptable driving record; may be required to obtain a Class 4 or Class D license following hire, depending upon position assignment as a Motor Officer.