Police Officer (Pre-service)

Folsom, CA
Folsom Police Department

The City of Folsom is currently recruiting for a Police Officer (Pre-service). This entry-level classification is designed for applicants who are currently in a POST Basic Academy or have recently graduated from a POST-approved Basic Academy, and/or are currently working as a peace officer for a recognized law enforcement agency but have not obtained a Basic POST Certificate. This position performs sworn law enforcement and crime prevention duties involved in the protection of life and property; performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of law enforcement services and activities; and performs other related duties as assigned.


$72,211.57 Annually


8/8/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Examples of Essential Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Patrol an assigned area on rotating shifts, in an automobile, other vehicle, or on foot for the prevention of crime and the enforcement of traffic laws and regulations; issue citations; perform security patrols, traffic control, investigations; administer first aid and request medical attention when necessary.
• Investigate crimes including felonies, misdemeanors, and City ordinances; conduct follow-up investigations of crimes committed during assigned shift; seek out and interview victims, witnesses, and suspects; search crime scenes for clues and evidence, collect, package, and preserve evidence.
• Handle emergency situations without assistance.
• Detect, pursue, apprehend and arrest or detain persons involved in crimes or misconduct; confront and arrest violent combative subjects; transport prisoners.
• Patrol City streets, parks, commercial, and residential areas to secure and protect property and to preserve the peace and enforce the law; participate in community crime prevention programs and activities.
• Perform crowd control, regulate vehicle flow at fires, parades, and other incidents or congested situations.
• Respond to hostage situations, barricaded subjects and other extremely hazardous situations; respond to natural and man-made disasters.
• Perform duties in conformance with Federal, State, County, and City laws, regulations, and ordinances.
• Attend and successfully complete required training including firearm qualification.
• Prepare a variety of written reports; operate a mobile data computer.
• Make public appearances and presentations at City Council and other civic organization meetings to actively develop and foster community partnerships; demonstrate leadership within the organization and community.
• Provide information and direction to the public.
• Make presentations at schools; plan and conduct field trips and police department tours for students.
• Appear and testify in court when subpoenaed.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of:
• Police methods and procedures including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation and identification techniques.
• Criminal law and criminal procedures with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies, including rules of evidence pertaining to the search and seizure and preservation of evidence.
• Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory.
• Basic self-defense tactics.
• Interview techniques and public contact techniques.
• Modern office methods and techniques.

Ability to:
• Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
• Write clear, concise and comprehensive reports using correct English and grammar.
• Read and understand department policies, instruction, laws and regulations.
• Interpret and apply laws and regulations.
• Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
• Gather and evaluate facts and evidence.
• Draw logical conclusions and make proper recommendations.
• Analyze situations and adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action.
• Qualify in the use of firearms.
• Learn the use and care of equipment.
• Meet the physical requirements established by the Department.
• Meet and deal with the public tactfully and effectively.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
• Use computer and related software.
• Effectively problem solve and interact professionally with diverse community members.
• Exercise fairness in all pursuits regardless of a subject's race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability.


Minimum Qualifications


Equivalent to graduation from the twelfth (12) grade.


Completion of a State of California POST approved Basic Police Academy.


Other Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older by time of appointment.
  • POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) "T-score" of 46 points or higher dated within one year prior to the application.
  • Must possess a valid California Class C driver's license or higher and have the ability to maintain insurability under the City's vehicle insurance policy.
  • Must pass a physical agility test, background investigation, polygraph examination, criminal history review, psychological examination, medical examination and must not have any felony convictions.