Police Officer Recruit / Entry-Level Police Officer

Healdsburg, CA
Healdsburg Police Department

$81,516.00 – $109,540.56 Annually

Closing Date
5/31/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

The Police Officer Recruit position is a non-sworn training class for candidates qualified to learn the duties of a Police Officer. The Police Officer Recruit will undergo a formal, comprehensive training program in a POST Certified academy. Upon satisfactory completion of the training and graduation from the academy, the Recruit will be sworn in and reclassified as a regular police officer with full police officer salary and benefits. Failure to graduate from the academy within the prescribed training period will be cause for termination.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Patrol an assigned area by car, bicycle, or on foot to observe, investigate, and report suspicious and hazardous conditions; apprehend and arrest law violators.
  • Respond to routine and emergency calls for protection of persons and property, enforce applicable laws; ensure protection of life and property and crowd control.
  • Investigate crimes, accidents, deaths, vehicle accidents, missing persons cases, traffic and parking enforcement, and disturbances; conduct suspect pursuit and apprehension; gather evidence, interview, question, and collect statements from complainants, suspects, and witnesses; complete case reports.
  • Take charge of juveniles and work on cases involving unfit homes and crimes committed against or by juveniles; and work with community organizations and governmental agencies on delinquency control programs.
  • Direct traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow at times of emergency or congestion; stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; issue citations.
  • Respond to calls for help from other agencies; assist with school and community outreach activities.
  • Appear in court to present evidence and testimony in connection with criminal prosecution.
  • Search, guard, transport, and assist in the booking and custodial care of prisoners; serve writs, warrants, subpoenas, and other legal documents.
  • May be assigned to assist in conducting special studies of crime prevention, traffic control, or assist with other Police Department projects as assigned.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Foster an environment that embraces diversity, integrity, trust, and respect.
  • Be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation, and communication.

Experience and Training – Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of responsible work experience.


  • Police Officer Recruit: High school diploma or General Education Development Certificate (GED). Associate’s degree is desired.
  • Police Officer: Equivalent to an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, criminology, social science, public or business administration or a related field.

License and Certificate – Failure to obtain or maintain such required license(s) may be cause for disciplinary action.

  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License may be required at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be considered for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
  • Possession of P. O. S. T. Basic Certificate (for Police Officer position).
  • Must be age 21 by appointment.
  • Current certification in CPR and First Aid is desirable.