Detention Officer (Police Services Officer I) (Part-time)

  • City of Tustin, CA
  • Tustin, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Part Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $28.43 - $36.45 Hourly USD

Job Description



The Tustin Police Department is committed to serving the community in meaningful ways and enjoys a reputation for professional excellence. The Department strives to maintain the highest standard of professional ethics and personal integrity and remains dedicated to achieving excellence in performance throughout the organization and in the community. One of the many ways they do so is through the quality of the Department’s personnel. It continues to be the Department’s mission to have employees who are ethical, dedicated and loyal to the department and the profession.


Under moderate supervision, a Detention Officer (Police Services Officer I) assists sworn personnel within the jail facility with monitoring inmates, inmate movement, maintaining order, and controlling entry and exit to jail facilities. Incumbents in this position also provide a variety of civilian police support services to assist with law enforcement and crime prevention.

Given that this is a part-time, at-will, non-benefitted position, hours will be limited to less than 1,000 hours per fiscal year. Employees may be assigned to work year-round or seasonally and hours worked may vary significantly from week to week.


Each component listed below must be passed in order to continue to the next phase. Applicants will receive written notification of their current status in the selection process.

1. Written Exam
2. Panel Interview
3. Background Investigation and Polygraph Examination
4. Interview with the Police Chief (or his designee)
5. Medical Examination (including a drug screen) & Psychological Examination (upon conditional offer of employment)

Candidates who successfully complete all components of the selection process will be placed on an employment eligibility list from which hires may be made. The eligible list is valid for one (1) year. The duration of the selection process typically lasts 9-12 months.

***IMPORTANT*** A comprehensive background investigation and polygraph will be conducted on any eligible persons considered for hire. Recent drug usage, theft or other illegal activity may be grounds for disqualification. A pre-employment medical examination, psychological examination AND a drug screen will be conducted upon a conditional offer of employment.

This recruitment is conducted on a continuous basis to meet the needs of the City as vacancies occur and may close at any time.
Examples of Duties
As a part-time Detention Officer (Police Services Officer I), incumbents will perform a wide variety of duties. Examples of these duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Assists in supervising the conduct of inmates in a variety of custody situations within a jail facility

• Monitors inmates on a rigid time line

• Performs inmate intake processes by searching, accepting property, checking criminal history records, booking, issuing clothing, fingerprinting and photographing inmates; completes paper and computer bookings and all other related paperwork as needed

• Conducts interviews with inmates

• Secures inmate property and monies, as necessary, in compliance with Department Policy and Procedures

• Conducts safety and security checks of City facilities

• Conducts Title 15 visual compliance checks within jail facility

• Provides technical assistance to the public at the front desk and over the telephone; evaluates and processes disturbance calls, complaints, and requests for police services; gathers information, records complaints, and prepares routine crime reports; directs callers to other departmental personnel or other agencies as appropriate

• Verifies and signs citation corrections; collects and processes fees

• Assists with field investigations of traffic collisions, including injury and non-injury accidents and hit-and-run incidents; performs traffic control by directing and re-routing traffic due to traffic accidents, signal outages, and special events; administers preferred parking program

• Develops and implements community relations and public education; prepares and presents public presentations and written informational materials; assists with department tours, exhibits, and special events; serves as a liaison between the Police Department and other city departments, public agencies, and the local community

• Patrols areas of the City to enforce parking regulations and issue citations; reports and resolves observed traffic hazards; initiates impound action on vehicles in violation of codes; provides assistance to stranded motorists

• Receives, searches, fingerprints, books, photographs, supervises, and completes record checks of incoming prisoners; maintains physical control of prisoners using minimal restraint techniques; performs security, safety, and health checks of prisoners in holding facilities; releases prisoners by issuing citations, receiving bail or transporting them to the County jail

• Researches information for citizens and employees, and assists with the completion of investigations and reports; issues citations for violations of laws, codes, and ordinances

• Drives a response vehicle to and from accidents, crime scenes, the County jail, meetings, and events

• Prepares and processes a variety of reports, forms, citations, applications, and permits; types, compiles, and tabulates basic statistical and financial data; tracks status of cases and warrants; maintains related files and records

• Testifies and presents evidence in court proceedings and depositions as necessary
Minimum Qualifications
A combination of education, experience, and training that has provided the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities is required for entry into the classification. A typical combination includes:


Graduation from high school, supplemented by college-level course work in criminal justice, public relations, or a closely related field. One (1) year of law enforcement related experience is desirable.


Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and an acceptable driving record. A valid California Law Enforcement Teletype Systems (CLETS) certificate is required within three (3) months of employment. Complete the Orange County Sheriff's Department Adult Corrections Core Course within one (1) year of employment.


Satisfactory results from a background investigation, physical examination, and administrative screening. Work shifts may include evenings, weekends, and holidays. Bilingual skills are highly desirable.

To view an extensive list of the knowledge, skills, & abilities expected of the position, please follow the link here .
Working Conditions & Physical Demands
Information on the physical demands, mental demands, and work environment for the position can be found by following the link here .

The City of Tustin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Employment for this group is at-will and based on continued programmatic needs. No guarantees are made related to hours or longevity. Hours are limited to less than 1,000 hours per fiscal year.

Employees do not receive health, retirement, or any other benefits unless otherwise required by law .

In lieu of Social Security, e mployees are required to contribute 5.5% of salary on a pre-tax basis every pay period to an OBRA 457 deferred compensation plan. The City contributes an additional 2%, for a total combined contribution of 7.5%.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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