Police Officer (Lateral/Journey)
City of Vallejo, CA - Vallejo, CA

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Application Cut Off Dates :
· December 18, 2012
· January 18, 2013
· February 18, 2013
· March 18, 2013
· April 19, 2013
· May 17, 2013
· June 21, 2013


The Police Officer (Lateral/Journey) 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; performing special assignments in the protection of life and property; and related work as required.


This is the journey-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, depending on rotational assignments, to patrol, traffic, detective, crime prevention or other police-related functions.

This class is distinguished from Police Sergeant, which provides general supervision for the Police Officer.

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

May provide direct or indirect supervision over other sworn and/or non-sworn personnel

May be temporarily assigned as a supervisor or training officer

Examples of Duties:

The following duties are considered essential to the Police Officer (Lateral/Journey) class:
· Enforces local, State and Federal laws
· Patrols assigned area of the City in a car, on a motorcycle, or on foot
· Protects persons and property from harm during emergency and non-emergency situations
· Responds to calls related to the protection of life and property, traffic incidents, and other required emergencies
· Pursues, subdues, apprehends and controls fleeing, uncooperative or combative persons
· Prepares reports of arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed
· Conducts both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, criminal incidents, hazardous incidents, vehicle accidents, and deaths
· Prepares search and arrest warrants; makes arrests; serves warrants and subpoenas
· Interrogates suspects and interviews victims, complainants and witnesses
· Coordinates and investigates violent crimes, child abuse, property crimes, vice, gaming, and narcotics violations
· Testifies and presents evidence in court; provides backup assistance for other officers and personnel
· Collects, preserves, and maintains evidence, found property, and property for safekeeping
· Assists and advises motorists and enforces traffic safety laws by issuing citations and warnings
· Searches, fingerprints, and transports prisoners
· Responds to demonstrations, riots, hostage situations, barricaded subjects and other extremely hazardous situations
· Maintains contact with the public regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserves good relationships with the public
· Observes, monitors, directs, and controls routine and unusual traffic conditions
· Checks buildings for physical security
· Administers first aid as needed

In addition to the essential duties, each employee may perform the following duties. Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be assigned.

· Performs undercover and surveillance activities
· Develops and maintains good relationships with informants and contacts, which may be helpful in criminal investigations
· Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement and non-law enforcement agencies in matters relating apprehending offenders and investigating offenses
· Makes presentations to citizens and groups
· Assists with special investigative and crime prevention duties
· Serves as Field Training Officer, supervising and training new personnel
· Prepares and serves asset seizure documentation; seizes assets
· Collects, analyzes, and disseminates criminal street gang information
· Directs traffic at fires, special events and other emergency or congested situations
· Performs related duties and specialized assignments 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:

· 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; communicate clearly and concisely, 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 choose appropriate responses
· Observe 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
· Handle an automobile in high speed and emergency situations
· 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; and the


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


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


Pattern 1

Currently employed as a peace officer in a California general law enforcement agency with one year full-time experience, or have been so employed within the past two years

Certificate : Possession of a valid California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate


Pattern 2

Currently employed as a peace officer with a general law enforcement agency of a state other than California with one year full time experience, or having been so employed within the past two years.

Certificate : Possession of a current California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate waiver


License or Certificate:

· Possess a valid California driver's license
· Possess a valid California P.O.S.T. Basic certificate or a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate waiver

Age :

Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment

Vision :

Must be not 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:

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. Military discharge papers (where applicable)
5. A copy of his/her California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate or California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate waiver;
6. Other professional certifications relevant to the Police Officer class; and
7. Three professional references.

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

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 class.

All submitted materials will be screened and experience and skills ranked against the criteria 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 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.

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