Police Officer Recruit/Lateral

Clovis, CA
Clovis Police Department

Salary
$77,892.00 – $113,676.00 Annually

DEFINITION

Under general supervision, on a regular or assigned shift, to perform general police work in the prevention of crime and the enforcement of law and order; work closely with the community to preserve the peace and promote public safety; perform traffic enforcement and control; carry out special assignments in specialized phases of police work; and to perform related work as required.

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Police Officer Recruit

This class represents the sworn entry-level police officer with minimal to no prior police officer experience.  Incumbents train and prepare with a field training officer for the police effort to maintain law and order.  Incumbents generally drive a police vehicle in carrying out duties, may be assigned to special details as necessary, and may be called upon to establish order in extreme conditions and in conditions of emergency.

Police Officer Lateral
This class is distinguished from the Police Officer Recruit by the required Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certificate and possession of two (2) years of work experience as a Peace Officer.   Incumbents generally drive a police vehicle in carrying out duties, may be assigned to special details as necessary, and may be called upon to establish order in extreme conditions and in conditions of emergency.
Examples of Duties

On a regular or assigned shift, patrol assigned areas by car, foot, or motorcycle; respond to calls for the protection of life and property; conduct initial and follow-up investigations; work closely with the community and other City departments within legal and department mission standards to promote community policing, pursue public safety, preserve the peace, address crime, improve police-community relations, and participate in community policing efforts and problem-solving projects; communicate with merchants regarding potential problems in the area, educate citizens of the laws, ordinances, and their rights in resolving disputes; perform public outreach and support the principles of community oriented policing; organize and/or participate in community and sponsored events, public education programs, and attend and participate in community-based programs and meetings; develop, enforce, control and direct traffic when appropriate; conduct traffic stops when drivers are operating vehicles in violation of the law; warn drivers against illegal practices, make arrests, testify in court in connection with the prosecution of offenders, serve warrants and subpoenas; administer first aid in emergency situations.

Typical QualificationsPOLICE OFFICER RECRUIT

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATES REQUIRED

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and a good driving record;
  • Possession of a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Regular Basic Course Police Academy Certificate completed within the last three (3) years, or documentation from a certified POST California Police Academy of acceptance or enrollment to graduate with a Regular Basic Course Certificate within twelve (12) months from the documentation date.

POLICE OFFICER RECRUIT

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Education:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

Experience:

  • None required.

POLICE OFFICER LATERAL

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATES REQUIRED

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and a good driving record;
  • Possession of Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certificate.

Out of State Police Officer Lateral Applicants:

  • Applications will be accepted on a provisional basis for out of state lateral applicants that are accepted or enrolled with a California POST certified Police Academy to complete courses to obtain a California (POST) Certificate.

POLICE OFFICER LATERALEDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Education:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

Experience:

  • Two (2) years experience as a sworn law enforcement officer.