Police Services Officer

Torrance, CA
Torrance Police Department


The City of Torrance is seeking dedicated Police Services Officers to join the Torrance Police Department!

The Department
The Torrance Police Department has been proudly serving the community of Torrance for over 80 years. Known for its low crime rates, the City of Torrance consistently ranks amount the safest cities in the nation! Joining the Torrance Police Department will give you the opportunity to be part of a progressive, professional law enforcement agency that spans an area of 22 square miles and serves more than 147,000 residents. The Torrance Police Department strives to remain at the forefront of policing by providing our officers with the latest in public safety equipment and technology, and by providing our officers with the best law enforcement training available.

The Position
Police Services Officers are civilian positions within the Police Department. The primary job of the Police Services Officer is to book, search and care for prisoners confined in the City jail facilities. Police Services Officers perform custodial duties in the lockup facilities, including body searching, feeding, and checking prisoners.

Police Services Officers may also serve subpoenas for summoning witnesses to trial; keep records of subpoenas received and served; interview complainants and take reports; accept, tag, issue and keep records on property to be used as evidence; enforce parking regulations and write parking citations.

Hours: Police Services Officers must be available to work four, 10-hour shifts per week on a rotating basis, including weekends and holidays. Shift hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Day Shift), 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Midnight) (Swing Shift), and 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Graveyard Shift).

Shift Differentials: In addition to base pay, Police Services Officers will receive 5% for swing shift and 7.5% for graveyard shift.


Any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge and skills required is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate. No specific experience is required; experience working with the public is desirable. Must be 18 years of age at the time of the application.

Successful completion of a Standards and Training for Corrections certified Adult Corrections Officer Core Course must be completed within the first year of employment as a condition of continued employment.

License and/or Certificates:

A valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License (Class C) of the appropriate class or grade.

Ideal Candidate:
In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Effective report writing skills;
  • Professional demeanor;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work with a blend of civilian and sworn personnel; and
  • Knowledge of modern police department environment.


Interested candidates must submit an online application and supplemental questionnaire. Application submissions will be accepted on a continuous basis until the positions are filled.

Only those candidates who best meet the City and Department’s needs will be invited to participate in the examination process, which will consist of the following components:

Written Test: 40%
Oral Interview: 60%


Applicants with disabilities who require special testing arrangements must contact Human Resources. If you have a disability for which you require an accommodation, please contact us no later than five (5) business days before the test date.

Candidates must pass each component of the exam process, as well as a thorough background investigation to be considered for hire. The background investigation will include job and personal references, arrest records, credit history, use of controlled substances, medical evaluations, and a polygraph.

Candidates must also complete a six (6) to nine (9) week jailer training course during the first year of employment while on probation. The training is a combination of classroom and physical fitness program.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

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