Police Officer Recruit

  • Laguna Beach, California
  • Jun 11, 2022
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $80,880.00 - $113,748.00 Annually USD

Job Description


The City of Laguna Beach Police Department is seeking enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about a career in law enforcement to serve our beautiful seaside community!

The Position: Under general supervision of a Police Corporal, Sergeant, or Watch Commander, Police Officers respond to calls, observe violations, and enforce public safety and traffic laws, regulations and ordinances. Hired at the first step of the salary range ( $6,740 monthly), recruits attend the academy, and assume non-sworn duties within the Laguna Beach Police Department. The police academy training is approximately six (6) months in length for the intensive format. This training is intense and requires a high degree of discipline. Recruits do not have police officer powers or authority.

Upon graduation from the academy and approval by the department, recruits are appointed as probationary police officers and begin field training. Upon appointment, the monthly salary will be increased to the second step of the salary range ( $7,084 monthly) and incumbents will be enrolled in the P.E.R.S. safety retirement formula of 2.7% @ 57.

During Academy Training:
Hired at Step 1 ($6,740 monthly)
Upon Academy Graduation: Increase to Step 2 ($7,084 monthly)

The Application/Selection Process: Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis. Interested candidates must submit a completed online application in order to be considered. Applications will be screened carefully and qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the testing process which will include the following:
  • The Police Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery Exam (PELLETB)
  • P.O.S.T. Physical Agility Test (P.A.T.)
  • Oral Panel Interview
PELLETB Exam: Must obtain a minimum T-score of 50
PAT: Must complete the PAT with a minimum score of 384 points

If you have participated in the PELLETB Exam with another agency within the last twelve months and you received a T-score of 50 or higher, you may be eligible to waive the exam. A copy of your T-score must be submitted before the date of testing in order to waive the exam. Only applicants with a total T-Score of 50 or higher may waive their PELLETB exam. The PAT cannot be waived.

Those who successfully complete all three testing components will be placed on an eligibility list. The appointing authority will review all job-related qualifications of those deemed eligible for hire before making selection decisions. The selection process may be modified based on the needs of the city.

Pre-placement Process: A pre-background interview will be scheduled upon successful completion of the panel interview stage. Candidates selected for this position must successfully complete a thorough background security investigation, polygraph examination, psychological screening, and pre-employment physical examination including a drug test.

Examples of Duties

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Patrols assigned district by automobile, motorcycle/bicycle, ATV, or on foot in order to prevent and detect crime activity and enforce laws, regulations and ordinances
  • Responds to radio communications, computer prompts or citizen requests and investigates reported disorders, observed violations, and related incidents
  • Notes and reports traffic problems, abandoned or damaged vehicles, and other safety hazards
  • Issues verbal warnings or written citations for parking, moving, and municipal violations
  • Investigates traffic accidents and directs and controls the flow of traffic at the scene of accidents, signal failures, special events, natural and unnatural catastrophes in adverse weather conditions
  • Investigates and prepares reports on complaints, accidents, offenses and damages to property; interviews witnesses and suspects
  • Restores order and maintains peace at public gatherings or in conflict situations
  • Collects and preserves physical evidence in accordance with department policy and laws
  • Observes and reports conditions conducive to crime activity
  • Provides information and assistance to the public in a respectful manner
  • Pursues and apprehends suspects
  • Makes arrests and advises suspects of rights
  • Prepares crime and arrest reports and documents other situations such as traffic accidents and civil disputes
  • Appears in Court to testify regarding arrests or other law enforcement activity and case evidence and civil cases
  • Searches and transports prisoners
  • Completes booking (e.g., digital camera, fingerprinting)
  • Administers emergency first aid to injured or incapacitated persons until medical personnel are present
  • Participates in classroom and field training exercises
  • May perform the duties of Acting Police Sergeant or Field Training Officer as directed
  • Treats Citizens, suspects and fellow employees with respect
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination demonstrating the ability to effectively and successfully perform the duties of the position is considered qualifying. A typical combination is as follows:

Education: Graduation from high school or the equivalent is required. College coursework in criminal justice, administration of justice, or a related field is preferred.

Experience: Some experience involving public contact work or the enforcement of public safety rules and policies is preferred.

License/Certificate Requirements: Must obtain a valid California Class C or Class 3 driver's license and provide evidence of an acceptable driving record; must be a US Citizen.

Supplemental Information

Ability to:
  • Operate a police motor vehicle skillfully and safely.
  • Use firearms and other weapons.
  • Read and interpret State Motor Vehicle Codes and traffic safety laws and local ordinances.
  • Accurately recall the circumstances under which criminal, civil or traffic violations occurred for testimony purposes.
  • Obtain knowledge of City geography, street layouts and traffic and crime patterns.
  • Read and interpret maps to determine locations of calls.
  • Work effectively in team response situations.
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy in maintaining self-control in provocative or confrontational situations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely in conveying commands.
  • Operate two-way radio following proper communications procedures.
  • Maintain alertness and concentration in emergency situations.
  • Accurately recall names, faces and details regarding crime incidents.
  • Follow proper safety rules and procedures.
  • Work under variable weather conditions.
  • Properly use tools to gain access to buildings.
  • Communicate and work cooperatively with co-workers, supervision, and public and private representatives.
  • Relate effectively with persons from diverse social, ethnic, political, racial and ethnic backgrounds and age groups.
  • Understand and carry out oral or written commands and instructions.
  • Complete clear and accurate police reports and work activity records.
  • May operate an audio or video recorder during field enforcement work.
  • Operate computers.
  • Operate and make independent decisions without direct supervision.
  • Make decisions without undue delay in emergency situations.
  • Thoroughly investigate field assignments as reflected in complete reports.

City of Laguna Beach: With seven miles of City beaches and towering hills with captivating Pacific views, Laguna Beach residents enjoy some of the most stunning landscapes in Southern California. The City of Laguna Beach hosts millions of visitors to its world-famous arts festivals and beautiful beaches. Services provided to its resident population of approximately 23,000 include police, fire, marine safety, recreation, parks, public works, community development, parking, transit and animal control.

The Department: The Police Department is organized into three divisions (Support and Investigative Services, Field Services, and Professional Services), and provides general law enforcement services, including animal control. The department augments its services with the assistance of reserve officers, community volunteers representing our various volunteer groups such as COPs, CERT, and the Animal Shelter, police explorers, and Police Cadet and Beach Patrol positions during the summer months.

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