Police Officer – Pre-Service

Alhambra, CA
Alhambra Police Department

Salary: $90,596.28 – $115,626.36 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under direct supervision, will perform law enforcement and crime prevention work to protect public safety, health and welfare; uphold and enforce federal, state and local laws; may be assigned to special assignments.

Essential Functions:

  • Uphold and enforce the law to include: municipal and penal codes, state and local ordinances without malice or prejudice; patrols City in radio-equipped car or on foot; patrols an assigned beat; answer calls for the protection of life and property.
  • Receive, recall, and carry out orders from supervising officers; apprehend and arrest law violators using verbal commands, physical strength and deadly force; issue traffic and other citations; recognize, assess and handle emergency situations; inspect premises; investigate crimes and conduct interviews; and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Collect, preserve, package and label evidence at crime scenes; operate a motor vehicle and/or work outside under a variety of weather conditions; identify illegal substances and recognize the symptomology of substances such as drugs and intoxicants; and determine whether a crime is being committed.
  • Check buildings for physical security; search, fingerprint, transport and maintain physical care and/or control over individuals in custody.
  • Handle traffic and/or crowd control; assists outside agencies such as the fire department and other federal, state and local agencies; write reports, citations and warnings; testify in court; tender first aide; attend briefings; recall and interpret directions.
  • Control stressful and emotional situations through verbal commands and/or physical force; and provide information to the public regarding methods for self-protection during emergency situations and disasters.
  • Perform a multitude of activities at one time; be punctual; perform extensive research and background investigations utilizing a variety of resources to include the computer systems of the city, county, state, federal government; communicate and receive information via police radio; communicate with and relay orders to other officers; perform related duties as assigned.
  • Maintain regular attendance.


  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • College level coursework in Criminal Justice/ Administration of Justice or related field are desirable.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • Must meet all of the following requirements: 1.) Be legally authorized to work in the United States by federal law; 2.) Be fingerprinted for the purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record; 3.) Of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation; and 4.) Be found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition, including bias against race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, or sexual orientation, which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.
  • Must have successfully completed a California P.O.S.T. certified basic police academy.
  • Must have no felony convictions and/or convictions which would restrict the ability to possess a firearm.
  • Bilingual skills are highly desirable.
  • Police Officer Pre-Service must be either currently enrolled or have completed a P.O.S.T. certified basic police academy but have not successfully completed a field training program.