Police Officer (Entry Level)
City of Vallejo, CA - Vallejo, CA

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Application Cut-Off Dates:
· January 2, 2013
· February 4, 2013
· March 4, 2013
· April 1, 2013
· May 1, 2013
· June 3, 2013


The Police Officer (Entry) works under general supervision and in all conditions, performing a variety of law enforcement duties that involve protecting life and property; enforcing laws and ordinances; conducting criminal investigations, crime prevention and suppression; preserving the public peace; and performing special assignments in the protection of life and property; and related work as required.


This is the entry-level class in the professional police series requiring sworn peace officer status. Incumbents perform all duties required of peace officers to effectively respond to and resolve situations encountered. Incumbents may be assigned, on rotational bases to patrol, traffic, detective, crime prevention or other police-related assignments.

This class is distinguished from the Police Officer (Lateral/Journey), which is a full journey-level class requiring on-the job experience.

This class is distinguished from Police Sergeant, which provides general supervision for the Police Officer (Lateral/Journey) and Police Officer (Entry).

This class is distinguished from uniformed non-sworn police-related classes by the responsibilities and authorities associated with being designated as a sworn peace officer under the laws of the State .


Receives general supervision from supervisory or management staff

Examples of Duties:

The following duties are considered essential to the Police Officer (Entry) class:
  • Act with integrity, dependability and professionalism to maintain the public trust.
  • Maintain a physical condition which permits the satisfactory performance of assigned duties and responsibilities at all times, in all weathers and conditions, in a conveyance or on foot as required.
  • Properly operate, utilize and care for department equipment, including, but not limited to, vehicles, firearms, radios and computers.
  • Read, accurately comprehend and implement written laws, regulations, instructions, policies and procedures. Prepare thorough, accurate written reports, logs and records, by hand or computer.
  • Accurately recall names, faces and details of incidents.
  • Provide assistance and credible testimony in the presentation of cases in a court of law.
  • U nderstand, accurately interpret and follow oral instructions and directions.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with the public and co-workers under emergency and non-emergency circumstances. Provide information and other services and assistance.
  • Accurately analyze situations, detect potential and actual criminal activity, conduct investigations, make decisions and implement rapid, effective and reasonable courses of action under emergency and non-emergency conditions.
  • Conduct or coordinate crime scene control and investigation, including identification of witnesses, interviews and interrogations and the collection and preservation of evidence.
  • Pursue, subdue, apprehend and control fleeing, uncooperative or combative persons, using appropriate force. Provide emergency aid and assistance to incapacitated persons.
  • Protect persons and property from harm during emergency and non-emergency situations. Take control, restore order, protect life and property, and maintain the peace.
  • Work cooperatively with other employees, city departments and allied agencies. Participate in training and programs. Perform in specialized assignments as required.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

In accordance with California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) guidelines, incumbents must continuously display competence in the established peace officer job dimensions of: integrity, communication skills, learning ability, judgment under pressure, observational skills, willingness to confront problems, interest in people, interpersonal sensitivity, motivation, appearance, dependability, physical ability, operation of equipment and credibility as a witness in a court of law.

In accordance with P.O.S.T. guidelines, incumbents must continuously demonstrate and maintain standards of personal conduct with regards to personal and professional integrity; impulse control/attention to safety; substance abuse/risk-taking behavior; stress tolerance; confronting and overcoming problems, obstacles and adversity; conscientiousness; interpersonal skills; decision-making and judgment; learning ability; and communication skills.

Knowledge of:
  • Basic law enforcement terminology, methods, and concepts as taught in a P.O.S.T. Basic Academy and Field Training Program
  • Techniques for dealing with persons under hostile and emergency circumstances
Ability to:
  • Act with integrity, dependability, and professionalism to maintain the public trust
  • Comprehend, interpret, explain, and implement laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and instructions
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • Communicate effectively and professionally under all circumstances, orally and in writing; and prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports
  • Think and act quickly; demonstrate sound judgment and rational thinking under adverse/dangerous circumstances; judge situations and people accurately; rapidly evaluate options and alternatives and initiate appropriate action based on the observation of potential criminal activity
  • Observe situations accurately and remember faces, numbers, incidents, and places
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use and care of department equipment, including, but not limited to firearms, vehicles, radios, and computers
  • Demonstrate and maintain a physical condition which permits the satisfactory performance of assigned duties and responsibilities at all times, in all weathers and conditions, in a conveyance or on foot
  • Demonstrate audio-visual acuity, perception and discrimination sufficient to accurately: hear instructions and information, make observations, testify in court, read and write, and properly operate assigned equipment and vehicles
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the exercise of defensive tactics
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Uphold the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics at all times


A. High School diploma, GED, or equivalent;


B. Completion of 60 college semester units or the equivalent from an accredited college or university;

Substitution: An honorable discharge from any branch of the U.S military with four (4) years of active duty service may be substituted for 30 college units.


C. Graduation from a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) within the past three (3) years or possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Academy Re-certification certificate.

In accordance with P.O.S.T., all applicants must meet the following requirements:

License or Certificate:
  • Possess a valid California driver's license
  • Possess a valid California P.O.S.T. Basic certificate or re-certification certificate
Age :

Must have reached his/her 20th birthday by the date of written examination, and must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment

Vision :

Must not be less than 20/100 uncorrected, corrected to 20/20 with no color deficiencies


Eligible for U.S. citizenship at the time of appointment

Criminal History:

No felony convictions. No misdemeanor convictions which mandate weapons prohibitions

Application and Selection Process:

All applicants must submit the following:

1. A completed City of Vallejo application form;

2. Responses to the supplemental questions;

3. A transcript of college units completed;

4. A copy of his/her California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate or re-certification certificate; and

5. Other professional certifications relevant to the Police Officer class.

The most qualified candidates will advance to the next exam phase, which may include, but not be limited to, scored supplemental questionnaire process; telephone interview; and/or an oral board interview.

Instructions - Supplemental Questions

To be considered for this position, applicants must complete the supplemental questions describing their experience and/or training in a number of functional areas pertinent to the intent and purpose of the Police Officer (Entry) class.

All submitted materials will be screened and experience and skills ranked against the criteria set forth in this job announcement. Only the most qualified will advance to the next exam phase.

A resume cannot be substituted for any portion of the application process (i.e., the official application and responses to the supplemental questions).

Where applicable, responses must include the names of the employers; dates employed; your job titles; duties performed; and the job titles of those supervised.

Responses to the supplemental questions must also reflect the information listed in the work history section of the application.

Prior to hire, the selected candidate will be required to: pass a job-related pre-placement medical exam, including drug screening; be fingerprinted; have reference and criminal history background and credit checks (where applicable); pass a psychological evaluation; take a loyalty oath; and provide proof of the legal right to work in the United States.