Police Officer – POST Grad or Lateral Transfer

Atascadero, CA
Atascadero Police Department

Salary: $84,575.16 – $107,941.80 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, patrols an assigned area in the prevention of crime and enforcement of law and order, carries out special assignments related to departmental operations or law enforcement in general, participates in community oriented policing activities, performs related duties as required.

Essential Functions:

  • On assigned, rotating shifts, patrols designated areas either in a vehicle, on a bicycle or on foot, enforces City, County, and State laws, conducts both preliminary and follow-up investigations, responds to calls for service, makes field contacts, completes forms, serves warrants and subpoenas, works traffic accident scenes, and performs other general police functions.
  • Makes arrests as necessary, 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, and attends briefings and training sessions.
  • Assists the public and answers questions, administers first aid and responds to calls for medical assistance, establishes and maintains good relationships with the public.
  • May participate in or be assigned to special programs such as canine, traffic unit, investigations, or school resource officer as a rotating assignment.
  • Attends and/or schedules meetings within the community to foster communication with citizen’s groups and individuals.
  • Participates in community-based policing; must be familiar with and work to promote positive interactions between law enforcement and all members of the community. Participates in community activities.
  • Engages in collaborative partnerships with community members and organizations to be part of developing solutions to problems and to increase trust in the department.
  • Coordinates police activities within any given beat or other geographical area;
  • Participates in and coordinates other City Departments’ teamwork. Performs other related duties as required.


  • Must be at least twenty-one years of age at time of appointment.
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Weight in proportion to height, vision correctable to 20/20 with corrective lenses supplied by the applicant, and normal depth perception.
  • Possess Certificate of Completion from an accredited basic P.O.S.T Academy
  • Must possess or be eligible for a valid First Aid Certificate issued by the American Red Cross and verified completion of an approved CPR course within one year of the appointment.
  • Must meet all other current requirements in keeping with the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.
  • Must possess a valid Class C California Driver’s License.
  • Must meet the Department’s Fitness for Duty standards as defined in the Policy Manual.
  • In addition to the above qualifications, Lateral Police Officer applicants must possess a Basic P.O.S.T. Certificate and have a minimum of two years of full-time experience, as defined in Section 830.1 of the California Penal Code, with a California law enforcement agency.
  • Must be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition, including bias against race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, or sexual preference that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.