Police Officer (Academy Graduate & Lateral)

  • City of West Sacramento
  • West Sacramento, California
  • Feb 12, 2018
Full Time Other
  • Salary: $5,554.00-$6,751.00 Monthly
  • Apply By: Feb 28, 2018

Job Description

Description

Final Filing Date: Application packages received by 5:00 p.m., February 28, 2018 will be included in the next phase of testing. 

The physical ability examination will be held in conjunction with the written examination tentatively scheduled for March 10, 2018.  

THE CITY AND ITS GOVERNMENT
The City of West Sacramento is located in California’s rich Central Valley at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers in eastern Yolo County. The City of Sacramento lies across the Sacramento River to the east. West Sacramento is a two-hour drive from both San Francisco, and the Lake Tahoe area in the High Sierra. West Sacramento is part of a four-county metropolitan area which includes Yolo County, Sacramento County, and portions of Placer and El Dorado Counties.

Incorporated in January 1987, it encompasses approximately 19 square miles with a population of 50,836. The population is multi-ethnic, representing a range of income levels, and reflects a variety of community interests and viewpoints. West Sacramento is the location of the Port of West Sacramento, an inland seaport connected to the San Francisco Bay by a deep-water channel, and Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats Triple A Baseball Team.

West Sacramento is a general law city, operating under the Council/Manager form of government. Four City Council members are elected at large for four-year terms. The Mayor is elected for a two-year term. Other city departments include Community Development, Economic Development & Housing, Fire, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Administrative Services and the City Manager’s Office.
 

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Police Department, headed by the Chief of Police, is charged with maintaining public order, deterring law violations, protecting life and property, and apprehending criminal offenders. Additionally, the department is organizationally divided into three Divisions: the Administrative Division, Operations Division, and Support Services Division. This organizational structure enables the department to effectively manage a broad spectrum of law enforcement services for the community.

Administrative Division: The Administrative Division includes the Professional Standards Bureau, Community Outreach Section, Facilities/Fleet/Logistics Section, Fiscal Section, and the Special Projects Section.

Operations Division: The patrol shifts handle the majority of calls for service within the city limits. Each shift includes officers with special training, such as canine officer teams, motor officers, traffic investigations, and problem-oriented policing.
Support Services Division: The Support Services Division includes the Records Section and Investigations Bureau. The Investigations Bureau is responsible for developing information leading to the arrest of criminal offenders, preparing prosecutable cases enabling conviction of arrested offenders, recovering stolen property, and locating missing persons.

THE POSITION
The Police Officer performs a variety of law enforcement and crime prevention work, is considered the journey-level classification, and is assigned full police authority. Academy Graduate-Level candidates are those who have completed a POST Basic Academy. Lateral candidates are those individuals with a minimum of one year experience in law enforcement and possess a current, valid California POST Basic certificate (above the Academy level).

Special Conditions: The candidate must accept and meet several special conditions. A full disclosure of the conditions can be obtained from the Human Resources Division. These conditions include, but are not limited to: Freedom from felony convictions, under California Government Code §1029; must be a citizen of the United States or resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship; and must successfully pass a background investigation, medical pre-placement examination, psychological examination, and pre-employment drug screening.

Veteran’s Preference: A veteran is defined in accordance with California Government Code 18973. In order to exercise this preference, the veteran must attach a copy of the DD-214 form to his or her application package as proof of military status. Failure to submit the required form by the final filing deadline of the recruitment will be deemed a waiver of veteran's preference. Further details can be obtained in the Human Resources Division.

Job Requirements

Ideal Candidate

The Police Officer performs a variety of law enforcement and crime prevention work, is considered the journey-level classification, and is assigned full police authority.  Academy Graduate-Level candidates are those who have completed a POST Basic Academy.  Lateral candidates are those individuals with a minimum of one year experience in law enforcement and possess a current, valid California POST Basic certificate (above the Academy level).

Special Conditions:  The candidate must accept and meet several special conditions.  A full disclosure of the conditions can be obtained from the Human Resources Division.  These conditions include, but are not limited to:  Freedom from felony convictions, under California Government Code §1029; must be a citizen of the United States or resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship; and must successfully pass a background investigation, medical pre-placement examination, psychological examination, and pre-employment drug screening.

Veteran’s Preference: A veteran is defined in accordance with California Government Code 18973.  In order to exercise this preference, the veteran must attach a copy of the DD-214 form to his or her application package as proof of military status.  Failure to submit the required form by the final filing deadline of the recruitment will be deemed a waiver of veteran's preference.  Further details can be obtained in the Human Resources Division.

Application and Examination Process:  An official City of West Sacramento application form must be filled out, in its entirety, and must include:

1) A copy of a POST Academy certificate or letter from a Basic POST Academy indicating current enrollment and the expected graduation date OR POST Basic certificate or higher; and

2) A resume.

Benefits

Salary and Benefits:

Annual Salary: The annual salary is $66,648—$81,012. 

Monthly Steps: The monthly salary steps are: 5554-5832-6124-6430-6751.

Medical and Welfare: The City allots $783 per month for employee only; $1,392 per month for employee + 1 dependent; or $1,790 per month for employee and family, per employee towards a cafeteria plan for the purchase of medical, dental, and visioninsurance. The City requires 100% participation in the dental and vision insurance plans. 

Enrollment in the medical insurance plan is optional; however, proof of coverage in another medical plan is required. 

If the employee opts out of one of the City’s medical plans, the employee is afforded $475 per month. In addition, the City will pay 100% of the premiums for dental and vision.

Educational Incentive Program: 2% for an AA degree or Intermediate POST OR 4% for a BA degree; 2.5% for an Advanced POST to maximum of 6.5%.

Retirement: CalPERS 3% @ 55, or 2.7% @ 57, depending upon the employee’s status with CalPERS at time of employment.

Uniform Allowance: $850 per year.

Bilingual Pay: A 5% pay premium for employees possessing and utilizing bilingual skills on duty. (Qualification determined through testing procedures.)

For complete salary and benefit information,

please visit the City’s web site at www.cityofwestsacramento.org.

Special Instructions

Special Instructions

Application and Examination Process:  An official City of West Sacramento application form must be filled out, in its entirety, and must include:

1) A copy of a POST Academy certificate or letter from a Basic POST Academy indicating current enrollment and the expected graduation date OR POST Basic certificate or higher; and

2) A resume.

 

Examination Process (Academy Graduate Level):  The examination process will include a written examination (POST Entry Law Enforcement Test Battery), and physical ability examination.  The POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery may be waived if proof of a passing “T“ score of 48.0, taken within the previous twelve months of the final filing date, and is submitted at time of application.  “T” scores must be submitted with the application package, must not be more than twelve months old and will not be accepted at the testing site. Please contact the Human Resources Division for detailed information on the aspects and physical requirements of the physical ability test. 

Examination Process (Lateral):  Applicants who are deemed Lateral Police Officer candidates will be required to participate in the physical ability examination.

Examination Information Both Levels:  The physical ability examination will be held in conjunction with the written examination tentatively scheduled for March 10, 2018.  The physical ability examination may be waived if proof of passing the POST work sample test battery examination administered by another agency  taken within the previous twelve months of the final filing date, and is submitted at time of application. 

Those candidates that successfully pass both the written and physical ability examinations will be invited to participate in an oral panel interview, date(s) to be determined.  Candidates passing all phases of the examination process will be placed on an eligibility list for further consideration by the Police Department. 

Application Process:  Candidates are encouraged to apply on-line using the CalOpps web site at www.calopps.org and visiting the City of West Sacramento’s employment page. The CalOpps application is considered an official City application.  Be sure to submit all required documents.

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You may submit all items noted above to:

City of West Sacramento

Human Resources Division

1110 West Capitol Avenue, 3rd Floor

West Sacramento, California  95691

You will be disqualified if you do not submit all the required documents as noted above.

A City application can be obtained in person, by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope (#10 or business size) to the Human Resources Division, or by downloading from the City’s website at www.cityofwestsacramento.org.

Final Filing Date: Application packages received by 5:00 p.m., February 28, 2018 will be included in the next phase of testing.

NO POSTMARKS.  Applications, resumes and/or copies of the required documents received after this date and time will not be accepted.