Police Officer (Sworn)

Arvin, CA
City of Arvin Police Department

$52,436.80 – $66,892.80 Annually


In accordance with the community-based policing philosophy and under general supervision, perform a variety of duties in the enforcement of laws, the protection of persons and property, crime prevention, control traffic flow and enforce State and local regulations, safe operation of police units, and a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the police department.

Example of Duties

  • Respond to calls for police service in an assigned patrol beat, whether on foot, bicycle, or car.
  • Handle calls as assigned, including any request for public services such as report of crimes, traffic related incidents, basic first aid in emergency situations, local ordinance concerns, misdemeanor or felony related incidents.
  • Performs duties in specialized assignment areas such as School Resource Officer, Police Area Representative, Emergency Service Team, Police Athletic League, and Investigations.
  • Plan, write, and execute search or arrest warrants as required for contraband, suspects, or evidence related to persons, vehicles, residences or other facilities.
  • Handle booking of suspects in accordance with appropriate laws.
  • Interview witnesses and protect the integrity of all crime scene investigations.
  • Properly process and store evidence in accordance with law and department policy.
  • Prepare cases for submission to the District Attorney and testify in court regarding case investigations as needed.
  • Assist investigators and perform as Officer in Charge in the absence of a sergeant.
  • Conduct surveillance, intelligence gathering, and specialized investigation of crimes as part of investigation assignments.
  • Provide technical crime scene investigation, including photography, fingerprint collection and processing to ensure criminal prosecution with the District Attorney.
  • Maintain a case log and close out cases in a timely manner.

Typical Qualifications

  • Minimum age of 21 years at time of appointment.
  • United States citizenship.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Graduation from a P.O.S.T. certified academy.
  • Possession of a valid a California driver’s license and driving record acceptable to the City’s insurance underwriting requirements.
  • Possess strength and physical ability necessary to exert strong physical force to restrain suspects and fire a weapon, as well as perform all other duties of a police officer.
  • Ability to understand and comply with oral and written instructions.
  • Flexibility to work various shifts and holidays.
  • Must not have been convicted of any felony in California or any other state or federal jurisdiction which carries a penalty of prohibiting ownership, possession or control of a firearm (12021 (c) PC).

Lateral Applicant

  • Currently employed as a police officer in California. OR
  • Employed as a police officer within the past two years AND possess current P.O.S.T. certification (P.O.S.T. academy graduation certificate or POST Basic Certificate).

Academy Attendee/Graduate Applicant

  • Completion of P.O.S.T. approved academy within the last two years. OR
  • P.O.S.T. requalification course certificate or basic course waiver issued within the two years. OR
  • Currently enrolled in a P.O.S.T. approved academy with proof of academy enrollment.