Police Officer Recruit

Sacramento, CA
Sacramento Police Department

Provide services through the enforcement of laws and ordinances.

$74,588.80 – $99,985.60 Annually

Closing date and time

7/31/2021 at 11:59 PM


The classification of Police Officer is a journey level classification assigned full arrest and citation powers under the California Penal Code. Police Officer is distinguished from the Police Cadet classification in that it has full police authority to carry out the enforcement of laws and ordinances while the latter is a recruiting and training-level classification with no police authority. Police Officer is distinguished from the Police Sergeant classification in that it is a journey level classification which has no supervisory responsibilities except for training new employees while the latter has supervisory responsibility and directs work of subordinate personnel on a continual basis. Police Officers receive assignments and special instruction from higher ranking officers who also review the Police Officer's work.

• Must possess a minimum of 60 fully accredited college level credits.
• Must possess a valid driver’s license with good driving record.
• Ability to learn modern Police methods and techniques, preserving evidence and what constitutes admissible evidence.
• Good knowledge of the streets and locations within the City and good knowledge of laws and ordinances is preferred.
• Considerable skill in the use and care of firearms.
• Good skill in observing situations analytically and objectively and recording them clearly and completely.
• Considerable skill in reacting quickly and calmly during emergencies; skill in communicating clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; working skill in executing duties firmly, tactfully, courteously, and impartially; considerable skill in exercising good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.

Depending upon assignments, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
• Patrol a designated area of the city on foot, on a motorcycle, or in a patrol car, jeep or van to preserve order, prevent crime and discover criminal acts, and make arrests.
• Answer radio dispatched or citizens' request for police services at accident scenes, domestic disputes, law violations, and peace disturbances.
• Conduct investigations, gather evidence, interview witnesses, take statements, make arrests, or write citations and make written reports at crime or accident scenes.
• Testify in court at criminal hearings and trials.
• Provide traffic control at accident scenes, fires, and congested areas.
• May work in plain clothes to conduct follow-up investigations, and to suppress vice or narcotics activities.
• Conduct lineups for identification of suspects.
• Attend community meetings to discuss crime problems.
• Evaluate and control violent situations and subjects.
• Order and direct emergency equipment at accident and disaster scenes.
• Search for missing subjects.
• Drive vehicles under hazardous and emergency conditions.
• Train new employees in proper police procedures.
• Provide first aid to injured or sick subjects.
• Perform related duties as assigned.



Knowledge of:
• Federal, state, and city codes and ordinances relating to law enforcement.
• Modern approved principles and procedures of police work.
• Department rules and regulations.
• General Orders and directives.
• City streets and principal locations.
• Court and evidence procedures.
• Court decisions affecting police practices.
• Radio procedures.

Ability to:
• Express him/herself in English in a clear, distinct, and understandable manner when speaking to individuals, to people of different socio-economic levels, before various public and community groups, and when testifying in court.
• Write clearly, accurately, concisely, and legibly using correct English, grammatical construction, and spelling.
• Read and interpret complex technical documents in English.
• Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
• Observe, assimilate, remember, record, and recall pertinent facts and details.
• Read maps and mapped information.
• Apply selected knowledge (i.e., laws, statutes, court decisions, department policies, criminal investigation theories, etc.) in collecting, organizing, and analyzing a variety of information in order to decide on an appropriate and reasonable course of action.
• Deal with people of different socio-economic levels without arousing their antagonism.
• Analyze problems and rationally and calmly take effective action in emergency and stress situations.
• Plan and effectively present material orally to diverse groups.
• Deal courteously but firmly with the general public.
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers and other City employees.
• Use firearms safely and accurately.
• Climb barriers, jump obstacles, and perform strenuous physical activities.
• Control resisting subjects with a minimum of force necessary to effect an arrest.

Skill in:
• Driving a vehicle under hazardous conditions.
• The use of ancillary police weaponry and weaponless defense.
• The use of first-aid, including Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation techniques.

Experience and Education:

I. Successful completion of the Sacramento Police Academy as a City of Sacramento Police Cadet. (As outlined in the Police Cadet classification specification and Civil Service Board Rules and Regulations).

- OR -

II. (l) Successful completion of the Sacramento Police Academy as a City of Sacramento Community Service Officer; and (2) Completion of sixty (60)* semester units, or ninety (90) quarter units, from an accredited college or university. (As part of the Employee Development Program identified in the City Charter).

- OR -

III. LATERAL ENTRY - (1) High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and completion of sixty (60) semester units, or ninety (90) quarter units from an accredited college or university; and (2) Possession of a valid P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate issued by the State of California; and (3) Current employment as a full- time sworn peace officer in a California P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement department; and two (2) years as a full-time sworn peace officer in a California P.O.S.T certified law enforcement department.

*Twenty-six (26) semester college units are earned upon graduation from the Sacramento Police Academy and applied to the sixty (60) semester unit requirement.


Four (4) years of honorable military service can substitute for the sixty (60) semester units, or ninety (90) quarter units educational requirement.


Must be at least 2l years of age by the date of appointment.

Must be a citizen of the United States by the date of appointment.

Driver License:
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver license at the time of appointment. Loss of the license is cause for discipline.

Respiratory Protective Equipment:
Work in this class requires wearing respiratory protective equipment at times. When assigned to such work, facial hair must be shaven when it interferes with the safe fitting of respiratory protective equipment.

Felony Convictions:
Free of felony convictions under California Government Code Section 1029.

Employees must complete eighteen (18) months of probation at a satisfactory performance level prior to gaining permanent status.