Police Officer (Pre-Service or Lateral)
$84,449.00 – $102,709.00 Annually
Examples of Duties
- Patrols designated areas of the City in car, on motorcycle, by foot, or other means to preserve law and order, discovers and prevents the commission of crimes, and enforces traffic and other laws and ordinances; maintains awareness of and remains alert for wanted suspects, known criminals, stolen vehicles, missing persons, traffic violators, and crimes in progress; issue warnings and citations.
- Responds to calls for the protection of life and property, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, general public service calls, and complaints including those involving automobile accidents, traffic hazards, misdemeanor and felony incidents, domestic disturbances, property control, civil complaints, animal control, and related incidents; responds to and provides assistance at a variety of public service type calls that are non-criminal in nature.
- Conducts investigations at scenes of incidents to which summoned or incidents observed; determines what, if any crime has been committed; identifies, collects, preserves, processes, photographs, and books evidence; locates and interviews victims and witnesses; identifies and interrogates suspects.
- Prepares and serves search and arrest warrants; apprehends and arrests offenders for crimes committed under Federal, State and local laws and codes; controls and mitigates people under the influence of drugs or alcohol or other potentially hostile situations.
- Searches and transports prisoners for booking, processing, and housing.
- Serves as liaison and public relations officer for the assigned area; establishes and preserves good relationships with the general public; may develop reliable informants and provide intelligence information to divisional and/or departmental personnel.
- Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses; may respond to requests for assistance from agencies outside the City for mutual aid in the suppression of civil disturbances, apprehension of criminals, or other related requests.
Must be at least 21 years of age; U.S. citizen or resident alien who has applied for citizenship at the time of application; must possess a valid Class C California driver’s license; must be free of felony criminal convictions or those involving moral turpitude; must meet POST guidelines for both near and far vision, the ability to distinguish colors and acute hearing, sufficient to perform all of the essential functions of the position;
Education/Training/Experience: Graduation from high school or GED equivalent. Bilingual skills are highly desirable.
Applicants must possess a certificate of completion from a POST-certified Basic Academy within the last 12 months or currently attending the academy and graduating at the time of appointment. (Applicants who completed the POST-certified Basic Academy more than 12 months ago and are not currently employed as a peace officer are NOT considered pre-service applicants even if they possess a POST-certified Requalification Academy certificate.) Lateral applicants must possess a valid POST Basic Certificate and be currently employed as a peace officer with a California law enforcement agency.