Public Safety Officer 1

Sunnyvale, CA
Sunnyvale Police Department

Salary range: $61.77 – $71.50 Hourly.

Position Summary:

Under close supervision of a Public Safety Lieutenant or Captain, learns to perform a wide range of public safety work involving the protection of life and property including law enforcement, crime prevention, fire suppression, rescue, and emergency medical services; and performs related work as required.

Essential Functions:

  • Successfully completes field training and fire academy to prepare for position of Public Safety Officer II.
  • Patrols assigned area and preserves law and order through the prevention of crime and enforcement of laws.
  • Responds to calls for service involving traffic accidents, robberies, disturbances, and other misdemeanors and felonies and takes appropriate action including making arrests.
  • Investigates crimes against property and persons which include crime scene investigation, the collection and preservation of evidence, the identification and interrogation of suspects, and the pursuit and apprehension of suspects.
  • Performs duties related to crime prevention and the correction of public hazards.
  • Provides testimony in court related to assigned duties.
  • Prepares and maintains investigative records.
  • Actively enforces traffic laws through observation, use of radar, traffic checkpoints, and DUI suspicion stops; investigates traffic accidents; takes appropriate enforcement action.
  • Plans, executes and participates in raids.
  • Learns to perform the full range of public safety administrative duties, including, but not limited to, providing administrative and support services, field and on-the-job training, staff development, planning and research, problem resolution, internal investigation, disaster coordination, community education and crime prevention services, and other special duties as they occur or as assigned.
  • Performs public education activities such as making presentations and providing demonstrations; participates in community events.
  • Provides educational outreach to the public to help prevent and solve crime.
  • Establishes and preserves good relationships with the community; answers questions from the public concerning local and state laws, procedures, and activities of the department.
  • Promotes crime prevention programs to enhance public understanding of law enforcement activities.
  • Participates in continuous training to enhance law enforcement skills including but not limited to firearms proficiency, emergency vehicle operation, apprehension and arrest techniques, and interview and investigative skills.


  • Associate’s degree or 60 semester units or 90 quarter units from an accredited college or university; AND
  • Two years of experience in police work; AND
  • Successful completion of a POST approved police academy; OR
  • Associate’s degree or 60 semester units or 90 quarter units from an accredited college or university; AND
  • Successful completion of a POST approved police academy as a City of Sunnyvale Public Safety Officer in Training, Public Safety Officer in Training Academy Attendee or employment as a Public Safety Officer In Training Academy Graduate.
  • Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license and a safe driving record.
  • Physical health, strength and agility necessary to meet the physical demands of police and fire work, as determined by a physical ability test and a medical exam (based on current California POST Commission guidelines).
  • Must be 21 years of age at time of appointment. Must comply with citizenship requirements in effect at time of hire.