Police Officer (Lateral or Academy Graduate)

  • 350 Main Street, El Segundo, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $7,642.13 - $10,217.97 Monthly USD

Job Description

Earn competitive bonuses and premier benefits, while serving a friendly, family-oriented beach community. Come join the Exceptional Law Enforcement team in the City of El Segundo. NOTE: This opening is for Lateral Officers who are currently employed OR Police Academy Graduates ONLY.

WHO WE ARE Located in a beautiful beach city of the Santa Monica Bay and three miles from the Los Angeles International Airport, the El Segundo Police Department serves a community that exhibits a safe place to live, work and visit. Our organization is dedicated to providing the highest level of professionalism and customer service through a community-oriented policing and problem solving philosophy. We take part in unparalleled partnership with our community to identify problems for the purposes of making long-term improvements in the safety and quality of life within our city. El Segundo is the home of the Los Angeles Air Force Base, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings training facility, as well as one of Chevron's largest oil refineries.

Under general supervision, performs law enforcement work in a community-oriented policing model through patrol, crime prevention, investigation, community partnership and special assignment detail.

Essential Job Functions
As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of duties and responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties vary based upon assignment and may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Patrols an assigned area and responds to calls for service, searching for indicators of criminal activity, traffic and other law violations, and threats to life and property, which may include conducting traffic stops; issuing warnings or citations; checking vehicles and observing occupants of vehicles; making field contacts; conducting preliminary and follow up investigations; preparing required reports; providing emergency medical care as necessary; observing, monitoring, and directing traffic conditions; assisting and advising motorists; and enforcing laws
  • Makes arrests as necessary; serves warrants; interviews victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogates suspects; gathers and preserves evidence; receives, searches, and books prisoners; fingerprints and transports prisoners; testifies and presents evidence in court
  • Attends briefings, training sessions, and professional development activities
  • Conducts neighborhood crime prevention programs; prepares and presents special programs to community groups and school classes designed to increase community awareness of police department service programs; prepares and gives presentations to school conferences and assemblies; conducts basic research and prepares reports regarding crime prevention systems and procedures
  • Communicates with members of the community to identify problems and needs of the area and make recommendations for improvements in safety and quality of life
  • Performs follow-up investigations of economic, property, person, or narcotics related crimes; evaluates crime reports and reviews criminal history information; makes recommendations regarding case disposition; prepares, obtains, and serves warrants; prepares and presents cases to the District Attorney's Office
  • Performs field training responsibilities including conducting on the job field training, providing mentoring and guidance, and supervising and evaluating trainees
  • Performs administrative functions related to personnel and training such as hiring, background investigations coordinating training, and supervising and evaluating part-time, non-sworn staff
  • Counsels victims, juveniles, and parents of juveniles; provides information and refers to other agencies for further assistance; maintains contact with local schools and the School Attendance Review Board
  • Assists the public and answers questions; administers first aid and responds to calls for medical assistance; establishes and maintains good relationships with the general public
  • May participate in or be assigned to special assignments, programs, or teams such as canine, detectives, field training officer, range staff, customs, SWAT, specialized interagency task force, hostage negotiation or court liaison
  • Performs minor maintenance on assigned patrol vehicle, and other equipment
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Currently employed peace officer in CA (for Laterals only)
  • Academy Graduate (must be approved by El Segundo PD)
Note: Out-of-State Applicants will be required to attend an ESPD - approved Police Academy. Once appointed, all officers are place in our 5-month field training program. Exceptions will be based upon determination of the department.

  • High School Diploma. California G.E.D accepted.
  • Note:Upon appointment, candidates will qualify for 100% Tuition Reimbursement for BA/MA Degrees
  • Graduation from a California P.O.S.T. approved Regular Basic Course (academy) at the time of appointment or successful completion of the P.O.S.T. Basic Course Waiver examination process is required. Acceptance of a waiver is at the discretion of the Chief of Police. Candidates may qualify and test for the position while currently enrolled in a P.O.S.T. approved academy, but eligible list placement is conditional and contingent upon successful academy graduation.
Previous law enforcement experience is highly desirable.
Special Requirements:
Must be 21 years of age by the time of appointment.

Must possess a valid California Class C driver license by the time of appointment.

Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for United States citizenship.

Must be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal records. Must be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation.

Must be free of any felony convictions.

Must be of proportional height to weight, be physically able to handle the rigorous duties of police work; possess normal hearing and color perception, minimum vision of 20/100 in each eye, correctable to 20/20.

Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully complete a polygraph test, psychological and medical examination, and an extensive background investigation process.

Smoking and/or the use of tobacco products on or off duty are prohibited as a condition of employment.

Any visible tattoo(s), body art and/or body piercings are prohibited while performing department duties.

Knowledge, Skills and Other Characteristics:

Considerable knowledge of Federal, State and City laws, ordinances, and department regulations related to policing, e.g. laws of arrest, rules of evidence, etc.

Knowledge of modern law enforcement, patrol, investigation, public relations, and report writing practices and procedures.

Working knowledge of public relations techniques; interagency communication/assistance techniques and practices.

Ability to learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations, as well as departmental policy and procedures.

Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine the proper course of action; and cope with situations firmly, courteously and tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others.

Ability to observe accurately and remember faces, numbers, incidents, and places.

Ability to prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.

Ability to properly use and care for firearms.

Ability to obtain information through interview, interrogation, and observation.

Knowledge of and ability to use computers, databases, and common software programs.

Ability to make clear and concise radio transmissions.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with staff, supervisors, co-workers, other City employees, City officials, and the general public.
Supplemental Information

The City of El Segundo does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, age, sex or sexual orientation. The City of El Segundo maintains and enforces a zero-tolerance policy relating to substance abuse and maintains a smoke-free workplace.

Police Officers Association (POA)
Benefit Summary

PERS Retirement : Tier I - 3%@50 for individuals employed as of 10/5/12.Tier II- 3%@55 for individuals employed by the City on or after 10/6/12 who are already PERS members.Single highest year. 2.7%@57 for new employees/members hired on or after 1/1/13.Three year average final compensation.Members pay 50% of normal cost (12%).

Retiree Medical :City offers paid retiree medical insurance at same rate as active employees.

Medical Insurance: City contributes $1,650.00/mo. (effective 1/1/21) for employee and dependents' medical insurance under PERS.

Optical/Dental/Life/AD&D: City contributes $135/month. Employee & eligible dependents may be covered for optical and dental. $10,000 term life policy provided by City; employee can purchase additional self and dependent coverage at group rates. AD&D insurance policies provided for employees.

Flex Plan: Section 125 Plan, allows for payment of employee paid insurance medical treatment, and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Holidays: Paid 120 hours per year in lieu of holidays

Vacation Leave: 96 hours (1-5 yrs); 120 hours (6-10 yrs); 144 hours (11-15 yrs); 176 hours (16 yrs); 192 hours (17 years); increasing 8 hours each year thereafter until a maximum of 256 hours for 25 years is reached. Hired prior to 7/1/94 : 96 hours (1-7 years); 136 hours (8-14 years): 176 hours (15-16 years); 184 hours (17 years), increasing 8 hours each year thereafter until a maximum of 256 hours for 25 years is reached.

Sick Leave: Eight (8) hours per month. Percentage of unused leave paid upon retirement or separation.

Bereavement Leave: Three (3) days [or 40 hours when travel beyond 500 miles is required] per qualifying incident.

Tuition Reimbursement: 100% of cost of tuition and books at UCLA/UCI rates, whichever is higher, for undergraduate or graduate courses.

Educational Incentive Pay: Hired prior to 2/21/2017 Depending upon level of education, position held and step within range, may receive pay from $270.39 to $1622.85. Hired on or after 2/21/2017 Bachelor's education incentive pay applies.

Differential Pay:

Detective / SPA / K-9 Officer $425.84 designated by the Chief of Police
Motor Officer $511.01 Sergeants $640.19
Bilingual Officer $283.90 Sergeants $355.66

Other: Voluntary participation in Credit Union; Deferred Compensation Program (457); Payroll Direct Deposit; Up to $4,000 interest free computer loan.

2/15; 3/15; 6/15; 2/17

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

350 Main Street, El Segundo, California 90245 United States View Map