City of San Leandro, CA - San Leandro, CA

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As a Police Officer for the City of San Leandro you will perform a variety of law enforcement duties such as Patrol - Investigation – Traffic or DUI Enforcement - K9 - SWAT - Undercover Operations - Crime Prevention – Public Safety. Police Officers may work weekends, holidays and variable shifts. They may wear uniforms, carry weapons, drive patrol cars or ride motorcycles, and must comply with Departmental grooming standards. In addition, they work under potentially adverse and hazardous conditions and are on-call. The San Leandro Police Department places an emphasis on public service and enjoys widespread community and City Council support. The Department has invested in modern, up-to-date equipment and has a progressive management team.

Duties and Responsibilities:


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICER (LATERAL): To be considered for this position, competitive candidates will possess the experience, training, education, knowledge, skills, and abilities as stated below:
  • Possession of a high school diploma or legal equivalent (GED) AND completion of 60 or more semester college units; AND
  • Possession of a valid State of California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Certificate; OR
  • Is currently working as a police officer in the State of California and can show proof of successful completion of the agency-specific field training program; OR
  • Has worked as a Peace Officer in the State of California within one year of application, and can show proof of successful completion of the agency-specific field training program.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH: Freedom of physical, visual, mental or emotional difficulties which would reduce or prevent effective job performance. Possess a personal history which is compatible with the effective performance of sworn Police duties.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Ability to work in a fair, tactful, and courteous manner with a multi-cultural public, department personnel, and other City employees, exercising judgment, tact and self-restraint.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Have effective written and oral communication skills to give instructions and explanations, conduct information-gathering interviews, and write reports. Have adequate reading skills to understand and interpret orders, bulletins, laws, codes and court decisions.

Additional Information:

WORK SHIFTS: The Police Officer position offers alternative work schedules which may include:

3 – 12 (3 days per week/12.5 hours per day + 12 hours every fourth week);

4 – 10 (4 days per week/10 hours per day); or

5 – 8 (5 days per week/8 hours per day)

POLICE EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE PROGRAM: After four full years of law enforcement service, the following development incentive plan is available:

POST Intermediate = 4% Associate Degree = 4%


POST Advanced = 6% Baccalaureate = 6%

COMPENSATION: $6,379 – 7,754 per month

Not included in the salary is:
  • The City-paid employee retirement contribution of 9%;
  • Assignment differential (3%);
  • Shift differentials (3% for swing shift, 5% for midnight shift);
  • Specialty assignment differential (varies upon assignment);
  • $30/day for Bilingual, FTO & Evidence Tech (only paid when services are actually used);
  • Yearly uniform allowance of $1,050;
  • Longevity pay (2% @ 15 years, 3% @ 20 years, 4% @ 25 years); and
  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $1000/year for continuing education.
  • California Public Employees’ Retirement System, 3% @ 50 Full Formula Plan;
  • Major Portion of family health plan paid by the City (PERS Health); MetLife Dental;
  • Twelve paid holidays;
  • Generous paid vacation starting at 80 hours a year; and
  • 96 hours of sick leave per year.
NOTE: Additional information may be found in the San Leandro Police Officer’s Association Memorandum of Understanding on the City’s webpage. Look under Human Resources Department/MOU/POA MOU.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: APPLY IMMEDIATELY . To apply on-line, scroll to the top of the job posting and click on the "Apply" link. Please scan and attach diplomas or POST certificates to your on-line application. Interviews are cpmdicted on a continuous basis. All test date(s) are tentative.

NOTE: Unlawful use of any controlled substance within one year of the application date for a Police Department position is grounds for removal of applicant’s name from the eligibility list. Such unlawful activity which occurred more than one year prior to application will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis but may also be grounds for disqualification.

For appointment consideration you must pass a Personal Qualifications Interview (weighted 100%).

In addition, prior to appointment, a thorough background investigation will be conducted. As part of the selection process, you will be required to take a polygraph, medical examination and psychological examination during the background investigation. Results of the polygraph, medical examination and/or psychological examinations may cause you to be ineligible for employment and your name removed from the employment list. Persons under employment consideration will be fingerprinted and must pass a City-paid medical examination.

In accordance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if special accommodations are necessary at any stage of the selection process, please contact the Human Resources Department prior to the exam date. Medical documentation must be provided upon request.

As a result of the 1986 Immigration Reform Control Act, prior to employment you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: If applying for first-time employment with the City of San Leandro within five years of separation from full-time active service, veteran’s preference points will be given to honorably discharged veterans who served a minimum of three consecutive years of full-time active service in the Armed Forces of the United States. Candidates must receive an overall passing score in order to qualify for the application of veteran’s preference, which will result in a three percent increment to that passing score. Applicants wishing to qualify must, prior to the application deadline, attach or provide a DD Form 214 as proof of eligibility for the veterans’ preference.


DISASTER SERVICE WORKER : All government employees are disaster service workers as defined by California Government Code Section 3100. In addition to everyday duties, employees have the added responsibility of helping throughout any disaster.

The information contained herein is subject to change without notice.