Police Officer Lateral (Experienced Only)

Tustin, CA
Tustin Police Department

Salary: $7,179.47 – $9,675.47 Monthly.

Position Summary:

This position, under general supervision, performs law enforcement and crime prevention work in the protection of life and property. Patrols assigned areas in a radio equipped patrol vehicle or on foot; answers calls for assistance from the public; makes arrests and issues citations for violations of laws or ordinances; investigates misdemeanors and felonies; secures and preserves crime scenes and evidence for further investigation; investigates traffic accidents; conducts interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects; testifies in court, often during off-duty hours; provides information to the general public; escorts and transports prisoners; prepares comprehensive reports; safeguards life and property; renders first aid to the injured in emergency situations and other related duties as assigned. Applicants must be available to work day, evening and late night/early morning shifts, weekends and holidays.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols, either in a vehicle or on foot, an assigned area during an assigned shift and looks for indicators of possible criminal activity or threats to life and property; answers calls for police services; enforces City, county, and state laws; makes field contacts and completes forms; may conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, vehicle accidents, suspected homicides, and other criminal incidents.
  • Responds to calls related to traffic incidents and other emergencies; observes, monitors, and controls routine and unusual traffic conditions; assists and advises motorists and enforces traffic safety laws.
  • Makes arrests as necessary; serves warrants and subpoenas; conducts searches and seizures involving people, vehicles and structures; interviews victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogates suspects; gathers and preserves evidence; receives, searches, and books prisoners; fingerprints and transports prisoners; testifies and presents evidence in court.
  • Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders.
  • Writes reports and field notes; participates in staff development; attends briefings and training sessions; performs routine maintenance on assigned patrol vehicle, firearms, and other equipment.
  • Makes traffic stops and issues warnings, citations, or makes arrests as necessary; checks vehicles and observes vehicle occupants; investigates scenes of vehicle accidents, provides emergency medical care as necessary, directs traffic and arranges for clearing of the roadway, interviews drivers and witnesses and prepares reports; directs traffic during a fire, special event, and other emergency or congested situations.
  • Assists the public and answers questions; administers first aid and responds to calls for medical assistance; establishes and maintains good relationships with the general public.
  • As assigned, makes presentations before a variety of public groups to promote crime prevention activities and to enhance public understanding of Police Department activities; serves as liaison to neighborhood watch groups and schools.
  • May conduct traffic control and security at parades and/or sporting events; takes information and writes reports; transports evidence; enforces parking regulations; may transport prisoners.


  • 21 years at time of appointment.
  • At time of appointment, candidate must possess a valid California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record.
  • High school graduation or equivalent required.
  • Candidates must have successfully completed an approved California Basic Police Academy.
  • Must be currently employed as a Police Officer, or have been employed as a Police Officer within the last six months. College education is desirable.
  • Writing legibly using correct English sentence structure and grammar; driving a vehicle safely under varied and sometimes difficult conditions.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law.
  • Free from conviction of a felony or serious misdemeanor; demonstrates maturity, good judgment and ethical behavior; willing to perform non-traditional and innovative duties to improve the community, police relations and moral standards compatible with law enforcement.
  • Must be in excellent physical condition; weight in proportion to height; normal hearing; vision 20/100 correctable to 20/20; normal color vision and physically capable of performing the duties of a Police Officer.