Police Officer (Lateral or Academy Graduate)

El Segundo, CA
El Segundo Police Department

Salary: $7,642.13 – $10,217.97 Monthly.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, performs law enforcement work in a community-oriented policing model through patrol, crime prevention, investigation, community partnership and special assignment detail.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols an assigned area and responds to calls for service, searching for indicators of criminal activity, traffic and other law violations, and threats to life and property, which may include conducting traffic stops; issuing warnings or citations; checking vehicles and observing occupants of vehicles; making field contacts; conducting preliminary and follow up investigations; preparing required reports; providing emergency medical care as necessary; observing, monitoring, and directing traffic conditions; assisting and advising motorists; and enforcing laws.
  • Makes arrests as necessary; serves warrants; 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.
  • Attends briefings, training sessions, and professional development activities.
  • Conducts neighborhood crime prevention programs; prepares and presents special programs to community groups and school classes designed to increase community awareness of police department service programs; prepares and gives presentations to school conferences and assemblies; conducts basic research and prepares reports regarding crime prevention systems and procedures.
  • Communicates with members of the community to identify problems and needs of the area and make recommendations for improvements in safety and quality of life.
  • Performs follow-up investigations of economic, property, person, or narcotics related crimes; evaluates crime reports and reviews criminal history information; makes recommendations regarding case disposition; prepares, obtains, and serves warrants; prepares and presents cases to the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Performs field training responsibilities including conducting on the job field training, providing mentoring and guidance, and supervising and evaluating trainees.
  • Performs administrative functions related to personnel and training such as hiring, background investigations coordinating training, and supervising and evaluating part-time, non-sworn staff.
  • Counsels victims, juveniles, and parents of juveniles; provides information and refers to other agencies for further assistance; maintains contact with local schools and the School Attendance Review Board.
  • 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.
  • May participate in or be assigned to special assignments, programs, or teams such as canine, detectives, field training officer, range staff, customs, SWAT, specialized interagency task force, hostage negotiation or court liaison.
  • Performs minor maintenance on assigned patrol vehicle, and other equipment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma. California G.E.D accepted.
  • Graduation from a California P.O.S.T. approved Regular Basic Course (academy) at the time of appointment or successful completion of the P.O.S.T. Basic Course Waiver examination process is required.
  • Acceptance of a waiver is at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
  • Candidates may qualify and test for the position while currently enrolled in a P.O.S.T. approved academy, but eligible list placement is conditional and contingent upon successful academy graduation.
  • Must be 21 years of age by the time of appointment.
  • Must possess a valid California Class C driver license by the time of appointment.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for United States citizenship.
  • Must be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal records. Must be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation.
  • Must be free of any felony convictions.
  • Must be of proportional height to weight, be physically able to handle the rigorous duties of police work; possess normal hearing and color perception, minimum vision of 20/100 in each eye, correctable to 20/20.
  • Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully complete a polygraph test, psychological and medical examination, and an extensive background investigation process.
  • Smoking and/or the use of tobacco products on or off duty are prohibited as a condition of employment.
  • Any visible tattoo(s), body art and/or body piercings are prohibited while performing department duties.