Police Officer Pre-Service

Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica Police Department
Salary: $90,624.00-$111,888.00 Annually

Police Officer Pre-Service is expected to have successfully completed the basic training courses as prescribed by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standard and Training (P.O.S.T.) Enforces laws and maintains order; protects life and property; prevents crime; and actively contributes to the welfare of the community.

$90,624.00 – $111,888.00 Annually


Major Duties
Participates in firearm training and defensive tactics.

Learns basic principles of patrol procedures and criminal investigation.

Drives a variety of police vehicles under various training conditions.

Patrols an assigned area in marked/unmarked vehicles, bicycles,motorcycles, horses, and all terrain/beach vehicles and on foot for the prevention of crime and enforcement of laws and ordinances.

Maintains law and order, answers inquiries and assits the public; responds to requests for police services and takes appropriate actions.

Investigates and prepares reports on offenses, accidents, and other police incidents.

Makes arrests, issues citations, serves warrants and subpoenas. Directs traffic, inspects premises for security.

Appears and testifies in court, both on and off duty. Transports prisoners.

Observes and reports hazards, abandoned or damaged vehicles or property, and malfunctions of equipment such as street lights and traffic control devices.

Practices and maintains proficiency in the use of firearms and other police weapons and equipment.

Attends training courses as required by P.O.S.T. and the Chief of Police.

Performs a variety of clerical support duties including, but not limited to, typing, filing, photocopying, and assisting the public on the telephone or in person, as required.

Follows applicable safety rules and regulations.

Performs other related duties, as assigned.


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

Knowledge of:
Grammar and composition.
Effective customer service techniques.

Ability to:
Follow written and oral instructions.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Respond to inquiries from the public in a tactful manner.
Provide effective customer service.
Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with City employees and the general public.

Skill in:
Reading, writing, and communicating at an appropriate level.
Dealing with a variety of culturally sensitive issues.

Education, Training and Experience:

Graduation from high school or the equivalent. Successful completion of a California P.O.S.T. approved police academy within the last six months or currently enrolled in a California P.O.S.T. approved police academy. If currently enrolled in a police academy, must successfully complete within 6 months from the time of application. Current California P.O.S.T. Level 1 Reserve Officer who has completed Module I, II and III. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who are eligible for and have applied for U.S. citizenship. Must obtain citizenship within three (3) years from date of application.

Licenses and Certificates:

Possession of a valid Class C driver license. Must possess a graduation certificate from a California P.O.S.T. approved academy within 6 months from date of application. Must be able to obtain a Basic California P.O.S.T. Certificate within 12 months of date of hire or must possess a valid Basic California P.O.S.T. certificate.