POLICE OFFICER (Experienced)

  • City of Huntington Beach, CA
  • Huntington Beach, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $6,957.60 - $8,618.13 Monthly USD

Job Description


The Huntington Beach Police Department is committed to community-based policing. We train all our employees to build trusted relationships within our community. These relationships produce collaborative problem solving within our community while de-emphasizing the paramilitary aspects of law enforcement.

Perform police duties in an assigned division; uniform, investigation, special services or administrative services.

POLICE OFFICER (Experience/Lateral) - Lateral officers CURRENTLY working in an agency covered by CalPERS, who are determined by CalPERS to be CLASSIC members, would receive the benefit rate of 3%@50. Please see additional information by clicking on the "Benefits" tab.

Note: This class specification is currently under review for updates as required by CA Government Code Section 1031.
Examples of Essential Duties
Generally, a police officer's first assignment is to the uniform division. After a sufficient period of patrol duty, the police officer becomes eligible for police assignments in traffic, the detective bureau, special services and administrative services division.

Patrols an assigned area of the City by car, motorcycle, or helicopter and investigates suspicious conditions; responds to emergency calls and provides emergency assistance; conducts preliminary and/or follow-up investigations of disturbances, complaints, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, holdups, vehicle accidents, deaths, suicides, etc. and gathers and preserves evidence; prepares evidence, reports, diagrams and records for files and/or presentation in court and sets up and maintains case files; maintains a daily log including documentation of responses to emergency calls; issues warnings and citations and apprehends criminals; directs traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow at fires, parades, funerals, and other emergencies or congested situations; searches for stolen property and missing persons; transports prisoners; serves warrants and subpoenas, and testifies in court; performs desk officer duties providing information and direction over the phone and in person; analyzes various bureau activities and reports on the efficiency of existing programs and system; compiles statistics; trains police recruits and other sworn personnel; performs other related duties.

The preceding duties have been provided as examples of the essential types of work performed by positions within this job classification. The City, at its discretion, may add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed
Minimum Qualifications
Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying. A typical combination includes:

Knowledge of: Public safety laws and rules; proper search and seizure and arrest procedures.

Ability to: Apply public safety laws and rules to daily situations; analyze problems and to rationally and calmly take effective action in emergency and stress situations.

Education: Requires completion of twelfth grade or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required skills. Specific courses are required for advancement within the department.

Experience: Requires one (1) year of sworn police officer experience AND successful completion of the probationary period.

Out-of-state candidates must have completed Step 2 of the California POST Basic Waiver program prior to applying. Documentation of acceptance into the waiver program is required and must be attached. Contact POST at www.post.ca.gov for further information.

License: Valid California driver's license or ability to obtain one prior to date of hire.


  • An official online application must be completed in its entirety . Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • All applications will be closely reviewed for relevant experience, education, and training.
  • Candidates best meeting the needs of the department will be invited to the physical agility test. This test consists of four timed components:
    • Dummy Pull - 165 lb dummy 35' in 10 seconds
    • Agility Wall - 1 successful climb in 30 seconds
    • 1.5 Mile Run - In 13 minutes or less
Successful candidates will be invited to an oral interview, tentatively scheduled for later that same day or the following day.Successful candidates will be placed on an employment eligible list from which hires may be made. The employment eligible list is valid for up to one year, unless exhausted sooner.Candidates considered for hire must undergo a comprehensive background investigation, which includes (but is not limited to) LiveScan fingerprinting, polygraph exam, credit check, reference/employer checks, DOJ and FBI checks, etc.Upon a conditional offer of employment, a psychological examination and a pre-placement medical evaluation/drug screening must be completed with acceptable results.Upon hire, employee is subject to further reporting from DOJ via subsequent arrest notification.
PLEASE NOTE: Our primary means of communication with applicants/candidates is sent via email; therefore, please include a valid email address on your application.

Supplemental Information


Please review the following common disqualifiers. If any items listed pertain to you, you will be automatically disqualified in the background investigation. You may, at this time want to screen yourself and withdraw prior to starting the recruitment process.

Illegal use or possession of drugs
The following examples of illegal drug use or possession may be considered automatic disqualifiers for applicants, with some exceptions:
  • Any adult use or possession of a drug classified as a hallucinogenic within five years prior to application for employment.
  • Any adult use or possession of marijuana within three years prior to application for employment.
  • Any other illegal adult use or possession of a drug not mentioned above (including cocaine) within three years prior to application for employment.
  • Any illegal adult use or possession of a drug while employed in any law enforcement capacity, military police, or as a student enrolled in college accredited courses related to the criminal justice field.
  • Any adult manufacture or cultivation of a drug or illegal substance.
  • Failure to divulge to the Department any information about personal illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • Any drug test of the applicant, during the course of the hiring process, where illegal drugs are detected.
  • The following examples of illegal drug use or possession will be considered in relationship to the overall background of that individual and may result in disqualification:
    • Any illegal use or possession of a drug as a juvenile.
    • Any illegal adult use or possession of a drug that does not meet the criteria of the automatic disqualifiers specified above (e.g., marijuana use longer than one year ago or cocaine use longer than three years.)
    • Any illegal or unauthorized use of prescription medications.

Motor Vehicle Operations
  • Receipt of three or more moving violations (or any single violation of a potential life threatening violation, such as reckless driving, speed contest, suspect of a pursuit, etc.) within three years prior to application. Moving violations for which there is a factual finding of innocence shall not be included.
  • Involvement as a driver in two or more chargeable (at fault) collisions within three years prior to date of application.
  • A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs within three years prior to application or any two convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

  • Conviction of any criminal offense classified as a misdemeanor under California law within three years prior to application.
  • Conviction for two or more misdemeanor offenses under California law as an adult.
  • Conviction of any offense classified as a misdemeanor under California law while employed as a peace officer (including military police officers.)
  • Admission(s) of having committed any act amounting to a felony (including felony-misdemeanor offenses) under California law, as an adult, within five years prior to application or while employed as a peace officer (including military police officers.)
  • Admission(s) of administrative conviction of any act while employed as a peace officer (including military police officers) involving lying, falsification of any official report or document, or theft.
  • Admission(s) of any act of domestic violence as defined by law, committed as an adult.
  • Admission(s) of any criminal act, whether misdemeanor or felony, committed against children including but not limited to: molesting or annoying children, child abduction, child abuse, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, or indecent exposure. Acts of consensual unlawful intercourse accomplished between two minors shall not be included, unless more than four years difference in age existed at the time of the acts.
  • Having any outstanding warrant of arrest at time of application.
  • Conviction of a felony under Federal or California Law.

  • Any material misstatement of fact or significant admission/omission during the application or background process may be disqualifying, including inconsistent statements made during the initial background interview (Personal History Statement or Supplemental Questionnaire) or polygraph examination or discrepancies between this background investigation and other investigations conducted by other law enforcement agencies.
  • Any forgery, alteration, or intentional omission of material facts on an official employment application document or sustained episodes of academic cheating.

  • Employees shall not visibly display markings on the following body parts/areas:
    • Head, neck, ears, mouth, scalp, face, hands (exception: wedding band tattoo on ring finger)
  • Markings detrimental to good order are prohibited from visibility. Inappropriate markings are not permitted to be visible including but not limited to, imagery depicting racial, sexual, discriminatory, gang related, violence, obscene language or any offensive, demeaning to persons of ordinary sensibilities or considered racist or sexist.
  • Markings are prohibited from being displayed during the following:
    • court testimony, depositions, school presentations, formal community meetings, funerals
  • This policy also does not apply to Police Recruits while they are attending a Police Academy or participating in Academy sponsored functions. The policy will apply to Police Recruits while they are performing any official duty, in uniform, outside of the Police Academy.

Body Art
  • Body piercing or alteration to any area of the body visible in any authorized uniform or attire that is a deviation from normal anatomical features and which is not medically required is prohibited. Such body alteration includes, but is not limited to:
    • Tongue splitting or piercing.
    • The complete or transdermal implantation of any material other than hair replacement.
    • Abnormal shaping of the ears, eyes, nose or teeth.
    • Branding or scarification.

Work Traits
  • Having been disciplined by any employer (including military) as an adult for abuse of leave, gross insubordination, dereliction of duty, or persistent failure to follow established policies and regulations.
  • Having been involuntarily dismissed (for any reason other than layoff) from two or more employers as an adult.
  • Having held more than seven paid positions with different employers within the past four years, or more than 15 paid positions with different employers in the past ten years (excluding military). Students who attend school away from their permanent legal residence may be excused from this requirement.
  • Having undergone personal bankruptcy more than once, having current financial obligations for which legal judgments have not been satisfied, currently having wages garnished, or any other history of financial instability.
  • Uttering any epithet derogatory of another person's race, religion, gender, national origin or sexual orientation.
  • Having been disciplined by any employer as an adult for fighting in the workplace.

Job Address

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