City of Carlsbad, CA - Carlsbad, CA

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Under general supervision, to perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce state and local traffic regulations; to perform investigative work; and to do related work as assigned.

For out of state applicants, the following link is for the waiver process: click here .
Please contact POST directly regarding the Basic Course Waiver.

Key Responsibilities:

Patrol City in radio car or on foot; answer calls for the protection of Life and property, and the enforcement of City, county, and state laws; may conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, holdups, vehicle accidents, death, and other criminal incidents.

Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.

Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the Investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders.

Prepare reports of arrests made, investigations conducted, and unusual incidents observed.

Serve warrants and subpoenas.

While on patrol, stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warn drivers against unlawful practices; issue citations and make arrests as necessary.

Check buildings for physical security.

Receive, search, book, fingerprint, and transport prisoners.

Direct traffic at fire, special events, and other emergency or congested situations. Administer first aid in emergency situations.

As assigned by the Police Chief, participate as an investigative officer in a comprehensive program involving Juvenile delinquency and the investigation of alternative methods for handling Juveniles in the criminal Justice system.

Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public.


Ability to:

Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places.

Use and care for firearms.

Think and act quickly in emergencies, and judge situations and people accurately.

Learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations.

Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.

Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Understand and carry out oral and written directions.

Meet standards of physical stature, endurance, and agility established by the City.

Experience & Education:

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these abilities would be graduation from high school or equivalent.

Selection Process
Oral Panel Appraisal Interview: Appraisal of general experience, education, judgment, problem solving ability and communication skills. Those candidates who are categorized as “Highly Qualified” will continue in the selection process.
Physical Agility Test: California POST compliant physical agility test.
Background Appraisal Interview: Completion and review of detailed Personal History Statement.
Candidates meeting the basic criteria will continue with a background investigation.
Comprehensive Background Investigation: A detailed investigation of the candidate’s personal history and suitability for employment as a law enforcement officer based on the job dimensions identified by POST. This investigation includes a required lie detection polygraph screening.
Captains’ Interview: Personal interviews with the Captain of Field Operations and the Captain of Support Operations.
Final Steps: Psychological and medical evaluations before hire are required. The Chief of Police may select/appoint any individual who has successfully completed the process. Appointments are probationary for one year.

Unless otherwise noted, a passing score must be achieved at each step of the selection process in order to have your name placed on the eligibility list for hiring consideration.

Pre-Employment Backgrounds Investigation
Successful candidates must undergo a thorough background investigation. There are certain types of conduct which are automatic grounds for disqualification. Please refer to the "Pre-Employment Disqualifying Criteria" below to help you identify some of the common areas of the background investigation process that may cause delay or prevent you from competing in the selection process. Please note this is not an exhaustive list of potential disqualifying issues.
Pre-Employment Disqualifying Criteria: Please check here .