Police Officer – Lateral Entry/Academy Graduate

Lompoc, CA
Lompoc Police Department

Salary range: $6,191.15 – $7,901.63 Monthly.

Position Summary:
The class of Police Officer represents the entry and working level sworn position in law enforcement work. Under general supervision, incumbents work on a regular or assigned shift, to perform general police work in the prevention of crime and the enforcement of law and order; to perform traffic enforcement and control; to carry out special assignments in specialized phases of police work; and to perform related work as required. The work involves working in inclement weather as well as working in potentially hazardous situations.
Essential Functions:

  • On a regular or assigned shift, patrols assigned areas by car, foot, bicycle or motor­cycle;
  • Responds to calls for protection of life and property;
  • Conducts initial and follow-up investigations;
  • Develops, enforces, controls and directs traffic when appropriate;
  • Stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of the law;
  • Warns drivers against illegal practices;
  • Makes arrests;
  • Testifies in court in connection with the prosecution of offenders;
  • Serves warrants and subpoenas; administers first aid in emergency cases;
  • Answers complaints on such problems as civil disturbances, obnoxious animals, health code and local ordinance violations;
  • Investigates suspicious circumstances;
  • Makes property security checks;
  • Takes custody of lost and found property;
  • Performs crowd control, parade or riot work;
  • Takes crime prevention measures and assists in controlling problems of juvenile delinquency;
  • Books prisoners in the City jail and assists in their custody, care and welfare;
  • Transports prisoners;
  • Furnishes information and directions to the public;
  • Attends briefings and reads briefing materials;
  • Submits complete written reports on assigned cases;
  • Participates in training courses and programs;
  • Operates police unit, two-way radio, recorders, firearms and equipment common to law enforcement;
  • May relieve superior officer in periods of absence or as assigned; and performs related work as required.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. College level coursework or other specialized training in police science, psychology, public administration or related field is highly desirable.
  • Posses a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate from an approved Basic Academy dated within the past three years; OR possess a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate and have been employed as a Police Officer within the past three years by a California law enforcement agency.
  • Possession of a valid and appropriate California Driver’s License; AND a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate.
  • Basic English composition, grammar and spelling; and basic math.