Police Officer – Lateral

Town of Los Gatos, CA
Los Gatos Police Department
Salary: $41.71-$50.69

Town of Los Gatos
Police Officer – Lateral
$41.71 to $50.69 / hourly
$3,336.80 – $4,055.20 / Biweekly
$86,756.80 – $105,435.20 / Annually

The Town of Los Gatos is actively recruiting Police Officer – Lateral. Under general supervision of an experienced training officer, this position immediately begins the field-training program. Upon successful completion of training, Police Officers work under a Community Policing philosophy and will be assigned to areas answering calls for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of State and local laws. Police Officers conduct investigations of crimes and arrest suspects; investigate traffic accidents and enforce traffic laws; present evidence in court and interview complainants.

Application and Selection Process:

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity,  Apply immediately, as this announcement may close without notice. Please submit your application on-line at www.losgatosca.gov. Application screening will be conducted by Human Resources to identify applicants with experience, education, and training that best match the position. Reference checks and verification of applicant history will be conducted before a job offer is made. *This classification is represented by the Police Officers Association and is subject to agency shop fees.

Please note that due to the number of applications expected, we are unable to accept individual phone inquiries. Please submit any questions to:  hr@losgatosca.govAllow two (2) business days for a response. Thank You.

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract. 

The Town of Los Gatos is an Equal Opportunity and does not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, medical, physical or mental disability, or any other basis protected by law. Qualified individuals with a disability will receive reasonable accommodation, as required by the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504, during any phase of the selection process, providing such request is made to Human Resources at least five working days in advance. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation. Under federal law, all job applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of job offer.

Desired Skills:

The successful Police Officer(Lateral) candidate will possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to:

  • Work alone and patrol an assigned area of Town.
  • Work in an outdoor environment for extended periods when required.
  • Work flexible shifts, including nights and weekends.
  • Decide between alternative courses of enforcement action while under routine or stressful conditions.
  • Demonstrate sound judgment, tact and integrity, act with courtesy, resourcefulness, and initiative.
  • Accurately re-create events, conversations or readings and to record those re-creations in written and/or oral form.
  • Assimilate and understand information in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.
  • Understand modern police methods and procedures.
  • Be physically capable of performing the essential job functions of this classification.
  • Have a background free of felony convictions and pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.



  • Valid California Class C Driver’s License;
  • Graduation from high school or equivalent;
  • Minimum age 21 at time of appointment;
  • Completion of 60 semester units from an accredited college;
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and applied for citizenship;
  • Possession of a current California P.O.S.T. Basic certificate;
  • Successfully completed a probationary period with another California law enforcement agency.