Police Officer (Lateral / Academy Graduate / Entry Level)

  • City of Pleasant Hill
  • Pleasant Hill, California
  • Dec 28, 2017
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $5,275 Monthly
  • Salary Top: $9,596 with incentives
  • Phone: 925-671-5293


Pleasant Hill is home to approximately 33,000 residents and is located at the center of the Interstate 680 corridor in Central Contra Costa County. The residents and businesses enjoy a strong sense of community. The Pleasant Hill Police Department works in partnership with the community to solve problems and maintain an outstanding quality of life. We have 60 full-time sworn and civilian employees who proudly serve to protect the lives and property of those who visit, live and work in our community.

Our mission is to provide the highest level of professional police service to all members of our community. We are committed to the impartial and lawful resolution of problems. We seek to ensure a quality of life that allows residents and visitors to feel safe. We strive to build and maintain the public’s trust. Becoming a part of the Pleasant Hill Police Department is much more than a job; it’s an opportunity to serve in a community that truly supports its law enforcement officers. We are proud of the professionalism, values, and service provided to our community and we are always looking for qualified and motivated individuals who want to join our team of law enforcement professionals.

Job Description

Police Officer Trainee - $5,275 / Month
Academy Graduate & Lateral - $6,303 to $8,344 / Month
Compensation up to $9,596 with incentives

For detailed benefit information, click here to view the brochure for this position or call (925) 671-5293.

Police Officers work 12-hour shifts as part of a Team concept. Officers can serve in patrol, traffic, investigations, and K-9 assignments. Other opportunities include Regional SWAT, Mobile Field Force, 10851 Task Force, CSI, Regional Major Accident Investigation and Enforcement Team, FTO, and Firearms and Force Options Teams.

The City offers an incentive of up $5,000 for lateral hires.  Specialty assignments may add an additional 5% pay.  Night shifts include 2.5% additional pay.    

All applicants must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment, meet the physical requirements set in the California P.O.S.T. screening manual.  Must have passed (within the last 12 months) or be able to pass the P.O.S.T. Basic Entry Level written exam with a minimum T-Score of 48.

Entry Level Candidates - Must have a high school diploma and 60 units of college-level course work. Must possess a valid California Driver’s License.

Academy Graduates (no sworn experience) - Must have a basic level of knowledge and preparation for the job.  Must have a high school diploma and a minimum of 45 units of college-level course work, in addition to graduation from a P.O.S.T. basic academy. Must possess a valid California Driver's License.

Lateral Candidates (sworn experience) – Must possess a high school diploma and have completed 30 units of college-level course work, provided you have successfully completed 1-1/2 years of service in another agency (patrol preferred; eligible for P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate). Must possess a valid California Driver’s License.

Initial screening of applicants will be based on quality of experience, education and training. Those selected will be subject to an interview, a thorough background check, a physical, drug screen, psychological evaluation, and polygraph. Failure to achieve a qualifying score on any portion of the selection process will eliminate a candidate from further consideration.

To be eligible for consideration, a City employment application must be completed.  An application can be downloaded here and can be submitted via mail or in person at City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, or via email to jburke@pleasanthillca.org.