Police Officer (Lateral)

  • City of Vallejo
  • Vallejo, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $83,751.25 - $106,890.20 Annually USD

Job Description


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The City of Vallejo is actively recruiting for the position of Police Officers (Lateral). The Police Officer (Lateral) 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 full working level class in law enforcement, performing all duties required 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 safety and non-safety personnel.

This class is distinguished from uniformed non-safety police-related classes by its designation and the responsibilities and authorities associated with designation as a safety peace officer under the laws of the State of California.

The successful candidate will possess the following highly desirable attributes: detail oriented; astute; proactive; responsive; timely; accurate; excellent oral and written communication to internal and external constituents; collaborative approach; solution oriented; safetyconscious;trustworthy and ethical.

  • Receives general supervision from supervisory and management staff;
  • May provide direct or indirect supervision over other safety and/or non-safety 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) class:

  • Enforces local, State and Federal laws and ordinances
  • 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

Additional Duties

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

Typical Qualifications

Knowledge :
  • Law enforcement terminology, methods and concepts as taught in a P.O.S.T. Basic Academy and Field Training Program
  • Techniques for dealing with people under hostile and emergency situations

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 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
  • Work with people from all socio-economic backgrounds
  • 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 thecompletion of 60 semester units or equivalent from an accredited college or university

  • An honorable discharge from any branch of the U.S. Military with four (4) years of active service duty 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 of full-time experience, or having been so employed within the last two years

Certification : 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 of full-time experience, or having been so employed within the last two years

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


License or Certificate :
  • Possess a valid California driver's license
  • Possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate

Age :
  • Be 20 years old by the date of the written examination and be 21 years, or older, at the time of appointment

Vision :
  • Be not less than 20/100 uncorrected or corrected to 20/30 with no color deficiencies

Citizenship :
  • Eligible for U.S. citizenship at the time of appointment

Criminal History:
  • No felony convictions
  • No misdemeanor convictions which mandate weapons prohibitions

  • 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.

  • Working conditions may include, but are not limited to: running, jumping, walking, kneeling, crouching or crawling, subduing uncooperative individuals, chasing fleeing subjects, physically moving equipment and incapacitated or deceased persons, climbing stairs/ladders, going over obstacles, performing life-saving and rescue procedures, standing, sitting, or remaining in fixed positions for extended periods of time, and operating Department equipment and vehicles.
  • Function effectively while confronted with personal danger, including, but not limited to: exposure to armed/dangerous persons, dangerous animals, bodily fluids, communicable diseases, fumes, hazards of emergency driving, hazards associated with traffic control and working in and near traffic, and natural and man-made disasters.

Supplemental Information
Step 1: Application Submittal and Supplemental Responses To be considered for this position,applicants must submita completed City of Vallejo online application and supplemental questionnaire.

Applications may be obtained and completed on-line at the following link:https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/vallejoor under "Employment Opportunities".

If you have problems creating a user account or submitting your online application, please contact governmentjobs.com applicant support directly at 855-524-5627.

In order to be considered for the position, you must complete and submit the following:

1.A completed City of Vallejo online application;
2.Responses to the supplemental questions;
3. Atranscript of college units completed;
4. Military discharge papers (where applicable)
5. A copy of his/her California P.O.S.T. Basic Academy Certificate or re-certification certificate;
6. Other professional certifications relevant (i.e. first aid, CPR, POST Intermediate or Advanced Certificate, etc.) to the Police Officer Lateral class (if applicable)

  • Incomplete applications will not be given further consideration.
  • Where applicable, responses must include the names of the employers; dates employed; your job titles; duties performed; and the job titles of those supervised.
  • A resume cannot be substitutedfor any portion of the application process (i.e., the official application and responses to the supplemental questions).

Step 2: Supplemental Questions Assessment:
  • Applicants must respond to 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 (Lateral) class.
  • Responses to the supplemental questions must also reflect the information listed in the work history section of the application.

Step 3: Applicant Screening
Applications will be screened for minimum qualifications. Candidate's experience and skills to be ranked against the criteria set forth in this job announcement. Thebest qualifiedwill advance to the next phase, which may include, but not be limited to, scored supplemental questionnaire process; telephone interview and/or an oral board interview.

Pool of Candidates:
The City reserves the right to limit the number of candidates to those determined to be thebest qualified based upon all requested application materials, including training and experience and responses to supplemental questions.

Step 4: Examination:
The examination process will consist of an Oral Board Assessment. Candidates must pass the Oral Board Assessment. Candidates that pass the Oral Board Assessment will continue to move forward in the hiring process.

Step 5: Final Selection:
The number of candidates referred for a final hiring interview is at the discretion of the Police Department.

The selected candidate(s) will be required to successfully complete and pass the following to move forward in this process:
  1. Personal History Statement (PHS)
  2. Oral Board
  3. Livescan
  4. Polygraph
  5. POST Background Investigation AND Reference Check
  6. Final Interview/Conditional Offer of Employment
  7. Post- Offer Psychological Assessment
  8. Post- Offer Medical Assessment
  9. Final Offer with Psychological & MedicalClearance

The City of Vallejo is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process may contact Human Resources Department to request an accommodation. Please contactRobinTilleydirect at (707)649-4852 or by email at: robin.tilley @cityofvallejo.net or you may contact Robin at the Human Resource Office at (707) 648-4363.

Disaster Service Workers
All City of Vallejo ("City") employees are designated Disaster Service Workers ("DSW") through state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all DSW- related training as assigned and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Veteran's preference points will be applied in accordance with Civil Service Rule 24. A copy of the DD 214 form must be filed at time of application .

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) - The City of Vallejo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Vallejo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non-job-related factors.

Note: The provisions in this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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