Police Officer – Lateral (Signing Bonus!)

Chico, CA
Chico Police Department

$61,526.40 – $86,611.20 Annually

NEW December 2022: $40,000 signing bonus for Lateral hires!

Under supervision, to perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; to perform investigative work; to perform related work as required.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations where appropriate so qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Patrol City in radio car, on bicycle, horseback, motorcycle or on foot; answer calls for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of City, County and State laws
  • May conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, holdups, vehicle accidents, death and other criminal incidents; make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants, witnesses and suspects.
  • Gather and preserve evidence.
  • Testify and present evidence in court.
  • Administer first aid.
  • Contract and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offender.
  • Prepare reports of arrests made, investigations conducted and unusual incidents observed
  • Serve warrants and subpoenas.
  • While on patrol, stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warn drivers against unlawful practices; Issue citations and make arrests as necessary; check buildings for physical security.
  • Engages in community-based policing and collaborative problem solving in order to build trust and familiarization between law enforcement and community residents.
  • Attend and police special events and other emergency or congested situations.
  • Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public.


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:

  • High school graduation or equivalent, supplemented by a valid Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Academy certification.

Licenses and Certifications:
Possession of a valid California Driver License.


  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Be a citizen of the United States; or be a permanent resident alien and have applied for citizenship.

A complete application for this position requires:

  • Resume,
  • POST Basic Certification or higher (State of CA DOJ Basic (or higher) Certification which complies with the provisions set forth in Title 11, Division 2, of the California Code of Regulations. POST accredited police academy graduate certifications labeled “Basic” or “Basic Academy”, etc. are NOT equivalent to the State of CA Basic Certificate as listed above.)