Police Officer – Pre Service

Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Police Department

Salary: $6,482.00 – $9,122.00 Monthly.

Open until filled

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol a designated area of the City to preserve law and order and discover and prevent the commission of crimes; enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances.
  • Respond to general public service and crime victim calls, traffic hazards, stray animal reports, and related misdemeanors and felony incidents.
  • Plan, execute, write, and serve search warrants; search suspects, vehicles, residences and buildings for evidence, contra band and lost or missing people.
  • Serve arrest warrants; make arrests for crimes committed under penal and institute codes; perform booking procedures for new prisoners; contact and interview witnesses to gain additional information.
  • Process and store evidence and property found at various crime scenes; maintain records, and enter data into computer as necessary.
  • Investigate organized crime and gang activities, subjects, groups, and representatives relative to assigned area of responsibility; collect intelligence information and produce cases and reports for presentation to the District Attorney.
  • Review and investigate reports relating to vehicle theft and accidents.
  • Conduct a variety of investigations relative to assigned area of responsibility including narcotics, crimes against property and persons; gather information from witnesses and informants; interview suspects; prepare reports, and follow up on investigations.
  • Testify in juvenile and civil courts and DMV hearings; prepare and process court reports.
  • Maintain and operate specialized police surveillance equipment including transmitters, radios, and cameras.
  • Develop, conduct and participate in training exercises and classes; respond to and resolve questions and concerns; stay abreast of current crime trends and innovative policing techniques; implement new information into training programs as appropriate.
  • Perform unique duties of assigned area of responsibility including SWAT, K-9, bicycle, and mounted police units.
  • Assist other investigators and police divisions in related investigative activities.
  • May serve in a lead capacity in the absence of immediate supervisor.
  • Provide news releases to the media; conduct television interviews for public awareness.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


  • Completion of in the last 36 months (or current enrollment in) a California P.O.S.T. Certified Police Academy is required.
  • Must successfully pass the academy prior to the completion of a background investigation.
  • No experience is required.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent education, supplemented by the completion of a California P.O.S.T.
  • Certified Police Academy is required.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver License with a satisfactory driving record (a driving record may be deemed unsatisfactory for any of the following reasons: three or more moving violations or reportable accident within the last three years; conviction of driving under the influence within the last five years) is required.
  • Completion of in the last 36 months (or current enrollment in) a California P.O.S.T. Certified Police Academy is required.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid C.P.R. Certificate is required.
  • Cannot be related to any other employee in the Palm Springs Police Department.
  • Must be 21 years of age or greater.
  • Incumbent will be enrolled in the California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Pull Notice Program. The DMV Pull Notice Program provides information on the incumbents driving record and driving record status on a periodic basis to the City.
  • Must plan to reside within 1 hour driving distance from the Palm Springs Police Department.
  • Must successfully complete a pre-employment background investigation including a criminal history check for job related convictions, fingerprinting, polygraph screening, credit check, psychological screening and a physical and drug screen.