Police Service Officer I (Open Competitive)

  • 350 Main Street, El Segundo, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $4,543.07 - $5,522.14 Monthly USD

Job Description


The Ideal Candidate
The City of El Segundo Police Department is recruiting for a motivated Police Service Officer (PSO) to be an integral part of our team. The PSO can be assigned to a wide variety of administrative or field assignments such as Animal Control, Court Liaison, Parking Enforcement, and may be called upon to work as a jailer in our Type 1 jail. The PSO may work directly under a supervisor; however, they must also thrive in an environment where they have minimal supervision. They should also have strong initiative and solid decision-making skills.

Application and Selection Process
TO APPLY: Each applicant must submit a City of El Segundo Employment Application and respond to the Supplemental Qualifications Questionnaire online. This recruitment process is open on a continuous basis and may close at any time. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review of applications will be completed on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after March 14, 2022, may not be considered. Applicants appearing best qualified based upon a review of the application and responses to supplemental questions will be invited to participate in the testing process.
The City of El Segundo, incorporated in 1917, is a unique, quaint city by the sea. Home to approximately 17,000 residents and over 75,000 private sector employees of major aeronautical, sports, media, industrial and multiple Fortune 500 companies including Mattel, Chevron and most recently, the Los Angeles Times and Beyond Meat. Further, El Segundo has become the headquarters for major sports franchises, including the LA Lakers and LA Kings. As the economy broadens, El Segundo is becoming home to a variety of high tech and “creative economy” start-up companies. This is reflected in the City motto "Where Big Ideas Take Off!"

Essential Job Functions
Essential 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:
  • Books prisoners, including fingerprinting and searching, removing and tagging personal property, and assigning jail cells according to a prisoner classification system; prepares booking and charge forms; conducts jail checks and inspects facilities for security, cleanliness and maintenance; maintains custody of prisoners including movement within the jail facilities; oversees inmate visitations; prepares prisoners' court packages.
  • Orders and stocks designated jail food and other supplies; documents inmate misconduct and medical emergencies/services; prepares and serves meals; cleans cells.
  • Receives requests from the public at the counter and over the telephone; provides information regarding policies, procedures, regulations and services; receives reports from crime victims; enters and retrieves data regarding inmates and property; receives bail payments and issues receipts; releases found property and impounded vehicles.
  • Patrols the City in a light truck observing for violations or responding to incidents; captures both domestic and wild animals using equipment and methods appropriate for animal abatement and control; picks up dead animals; issues citations, issues licenses while assigned to Animal Control duty; warnings and/or legal notices.
  • Controls or directs traffic as needed; writes parking citations and tags abandoned vehicles for impound; makes court appearances as required; drives vehicles to and from City facilities.
  • Sorts, files, copies and distributes records to appropriate personnel; provide copies of police reports to the public and other agencies; types correspondence, bulletins, lists and forms; prepares reports, schedules, records, logs and other materials for use internally and/or by external agencies; answers incoming phone calls regarding general police business, routes calls and takes or transmits radio and telephone messages.

Knowledge, Skills and Other Characteristics:

Knowledge of:
  • Animal control activities, methods, and practices.
  • Jail operations and state and county laws regarding jail standards and operation.
  • Parking laws and related enforcement.
  • General office practices, procedures, and equipment operation.
Skill in:
  • Interpreting, applying, and explaining rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Following oral and written instructions and procedures.
  • Receiving the public in person and over the telephone.
  • Dealing with arrestees/inmates whose behavior is aggressive or unruly.
  • Carrying out a variety of animal control program responsibilities.
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, other City employees and the public.

Working Conditions:
  • Regular physical contact with arrestees and inmates.
  • Regular exposure to bodily fluids, potentially infectious diseases, lice, etc.
  • Animal control activities may require lifting of up to 75 pounds, running, climbing fences, and crawling under houses.

Minimum Qualifications:

A combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: One (1) year of experience working with the public.

Education: Graduation from high school or GED.

Licensing/Certification Requirements: A valid California Driver's license. Positions require successful completion of a three-week jail operations course and certification by the Department of Corrections.

Please Note: Candidates deemed most qualified, as reflected in their application materials, will be invited to continue in the recruitment process. The prospective candidate must successfully complete a thorough background review, including being fingerprinted by the El Segundo Police Department. The resulting report of your conviction history, (if any), will be evaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position. The nature, date, surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.

Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of El Segundo Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

Probationary Period:
All employees must successfully complete a 12-month probationary period in order to attain permanent status with the City of El Segundo.

The City of El Segundo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to supporting Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiatives to build and sustain an environment that values diversity, welcomes opportunities to engage and understand others, and fosters a sense of belonging.

Benefit Summary

PERS Retirement : Tier I - 2%@55 . Tier II - 2%@60 for individuals employed by the City on or after 12/30/12 who are already PERS members. Tier I and II single highest year coordinated with Social Security and Medicare. PERS 2%@62 for new employees/members hired on or after 1/1/13 with three year average coordinated with Social Security and Medicare. Employees pay 8% of pensionable income.

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

Medical Insurance :Effective January 1, 2021, the City contributes up to $1,650 per month for employee and dependents' medical insurance under PERS.

Optical/Dental/Life/AD&D :$135 per month City contribution.Employee & eligible dependents may be covered for optical and dental.$20,000 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.

State Disability Insurance :Coverage provided through State Employment Development Department for short-term disability.Costs borne by union employees.

Long-Term Disability: City provides fully-paid LTD insurance.Continuance of 66 2/3% of first $9,750 of employee's salary after a 60-day waiting period. Applies to non-job related occurrences.

Holidays :Classes required to work holidays are paid 110 hours.

Vacation Leave :96 hours (1-5 years); 120 hours (6 - 10 years); 144 hours (11 - 15 years): 176 hours (16+ years).Leave can be used after one year of service.Annual cash conversion option.

Sick Leave :8 hours per month.Partial payment for accrual over 600 hours and percentage of unused leave paid upon retirement or separation.

Bereavement Leave: Three working days [or one workweek where travel is 500 miles or more] for qualifying incident.

Tuition Reimbursement :Up to $1,750 per year for tuition and books.

Education Incentive Pay: Depending upon position held and level of education, may receive pay from $94.58 per month up to $251.20 per month. Program frozen for current employees pursuant to MOU provisions. Not available to future employees.

Longevity Pay: Depending upon position held and years of service, may receive pay from $56.75 per month up to $439.59 per month. Program frozen for current employees pursuant to MOU provisions. Not available to future employees.

Shift Differential: For applicable classes: 5% for swing; 8% for graveyard.

Differential Pay: Persons assigned to Animal Control receive pay in amount of $20.26 for each shift.

Uniform Allowance: $240 per year for certain classes.

Other : Voluntary participation in Credit Union; Misison Square 457 Deferred Compensation Program; Payroll Direct Deposit.

1/14; 2/15; 4/17; 1/21; 8/22

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

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