Police Officer Pre-Service

Covina, CA
Covina Police Department

Salary: $84,636.34 – $110,786.20 Annually.

Position Summary:

The Police Officer is the journey level class responsible for the performance of the full scope of assigned law enforcement duties and responsibilities, under general supervision. This classification is distinguished from the next higher classification of Police Sergeant in that the latter is responsible for the performance of the more complex and difficult tasks, and the supervision of assigned activities.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols assigned areas by car, foot, motorcycle or bicycle; performs crime suppression and prevention activities; answers special calls; conducts initial and follow-up investigations; interviews victims, complainants and witnesses; answers complaints including domestic disturbances, health code and local ordinance violations; performs surveillance activities; conducts chemical, drug and alcohol testing; investigates suspicious circumstances.
  • Enforces traffic laws; conducts complete accident investigations; controls and directs traffic when necessary; performs crowd control, special event or riot duties; assists in crime prevention activities and the control of juvenile delinquency; counsels and educates the community; administers first aid in cases of emergency; transports, books and is responsible for the care and custody of detained persons.
  • Trains and assists less experienced personnel as assigned; may serve as a Field Training Officer or in a variety of special program areas including schools liaison, K-9 programs, motorcycle traffic patrol, or other specialized areas of assignment.
  • May serve as a detective; coordinates and conducts complete and detailed investigation of crimes against persons and property, and crimes involving vice, gaming and narcotics violations; performs undercover and surveillance activities; conducts registration and tracking of sex offenders; collects, preserves and maintains evidence and property.
  • Obtains and processes evidence; takes written statements; prepares required reports and maintains investigative records; serves warrants and subpoenas; testifies effectively in court proceedings; provides information and referrals in non-criminal situations; contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies as warranted.
  • Responds to questions, concerns and requests for service from the general public; provides information as appropriate and resolves complaints.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/ local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.


  • A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Be 21 years of age by the time of sworn appointment.
  • Prior experience in law enforcement and successful completion of some college course work in criminology, police sciences or a related field is desirable.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license, and possession of a Basic Certificate from P.O.S.T.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for U.S. citizenship.