Police Officer - Lateral
City of San Luis Obispo - San Luis Obispo, CA

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The City of San Luis Obispo is currently accepting applications for the position of Lateral Police Officer. Under general supervision, performs law enforcement and crime prevention activities, controls traffic flow, enforces State and local traffic regulations, participates in career development, special assignments and performs related work as required.

Qualified applicants will be invited via email to attend a written examination tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 30th, 2013.

Benefit details are here .

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:

• Responds to situations involving in-progress or recent criminal activity to restore or maintain order and conducts in-depth investigations of criminal incidents.

• Reacts quickly and calmly in emergencies, makes accurate assessments and takes appropriate actions.

• Resolves conflicts of a potentially violent nature involving a wide variety of participants.

• Observes, reports, and follows up on conditions which pose potential threats to the public safety and health.

• Completes in a proper and thorough manner all assignments made by competent authority.

• Provides counseling, referral, and follow-up services to resolve domestic and civil crises.

• Takes an active role in promoting police community relations and crime prevention programs.

• Investigates and acts on State and City traffic enforcement.

• Provides rescue and first aid services as needed, in keeping with appropriate training.

• Performs related duties as required.

Education and Experience:

High School diploma or G.E.D.


Must possess a California Basic POST Certificate and be currently (or within the last two years) employed full time as a sworn Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff with a California law enforcement agency. (Please attach your current certificate to your application)

A California P.O.S.T. Requalification Course Certificate or a Basic Course Waiver issued within the last two years is also qualifying. (If this pertains, please attach this certificate to your application)

If you are currently employed full time as a sworn Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff within another state, but have not obtained a California P.O.S.T. Basic Course Waiver or a Requalification Course Certificate yet, please begin the process now. We expect to begin taking applications again early in 2014.

You must be at least twenty one years of age at time of appointment to Police Officer.

You must have uncorrected vision of 20/100. Corrected to 20/20 in one eye and 20/30 in the other. For individuals wearing soft contact lenses, the "uncorrected" acuity standard does not apply, but vision must be corrected to 20/30 when both eyes are tested together. The wearer of soft lenses must have at least one year of successful use. Normal color vision is required.

You must be in excellent physical condition with weight proportionate to height as determined by an agility test and an examining physician.

And you must possess a valid California class "C" driver's license or if you are an out of state applicant, you must convert your license to California upon hire.

Supplemental Information:

Knowledge of:

• Geography and population distribution of the City.

• Basic criminal laws, criminal procedures, patrol techniques, case law, search warrants, investigative and evidentiary techniques.

• The principles, practices, and techniques of police work.

• Human motivation, behavior patterns and criminal psychology.

Ability to:

• Successfully complete all assigned training and to relate that training to field use.

• Safely and skillfully use firearms and other non-lethal weapons.

• Skillfully gather and preserve evidence, conduct effective interviews, express oneself concisely, and perform Police Officer duties.