Police Officer Recruit

Buena Park, CA
Buena Park Police Department

Police Officer Recruit  $4,694 – $5,990 monthly
Police Officer  $7,069 – $9,022 monthly

Would you like to be part of a team that believes in investing in partnerships with the community, proactive crime prevention, community education, and overall effective police work?


1. Enforces federal and state laws and regulations, and local ordinances related to public safety and law enforcement.

2. Patrols an assigned area of the city, in a motor vehicle or on foot in order to detect and prevent crime and maintain law and order; may operate a motorcycle or bicycle as part of special assignment detail.

3. Prepares citations, arrest reports, crime reports, daily observation reports, vehicular incident and pursuit forms, injury reports, collision reports, and impounded property reports.

4. Responds to radio messages and citizen requests for protection of life, property and public assistance; appears at crimes and scenes of disorder and determines proper course of action; investigates suspicious vehicles or persons; observes situations related to stolen cars, traffic violations, and proper flow of traffic.

5. Gives verbal warnings and issues citations; inspects premises; assists in the investigation of crimes; conducts preliminary investigations of disturbances, burglaries, thefts, armed robberies, vehicle accidents, deaths or other types of incidents involving possible violation of public safety laws and codes.

6. Questions suspects, interviews victims and witnesses; books property and evidence; performs basic crime scene investigation; testifies in court regarding facts, circumstances, and violations; completes field and follow-up investigations.

7. Takes written statements; examines conditions of accident scenes; clears scene of obstructions and damaged vehicles; notes and reports traffic hazards; provides first aid for injured persons or requests medical attention in accordance with departmental procedures.

8. Reports abandoned or damaged vehicles; inspects establishments providing alcoholic beverages and entertainment, and other public gatherings and assures that proper licenses and permits are in effect.

9. Intervenes in private or public disputes to protect the public and maintain order; monitors status of parolees and individuals on probation status, including court orders.

10. Develops and maintains positive relations with citizens, business owners, and other members of the community.

High School graduation or G.E.D. is required. Completion of up to 60 semester level units related to general education and police science is highly desirable. For specialty assignments, completion of all required training and certification related to the special position assignment.

Valid Class C California driver license, acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurance are required.

Satisfactory completion of Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Peace Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.) certification is required within three years of assignment to this classification.

Ability to work extended hours in order to meet shift needs, complete reports, attend meetings, or conduct police business.

Vision: No more than 20/100 uncorrected and 20/30 corrected and freedom from uncorrectable color blindness. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Age: Must be 21 years of age or older at time of appointment.

Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States OR permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has already applied for citizenship.