Police Officer Academy Graduate

  • Placentia, California
  • Mar 08, 2024
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $85,431.56 - $105,434.01 Annually USD Annually
  • Salary Top: 105434 USD Annually

Job Description


Recruitment will close when a sufficient number of qualified applications are received. Apply immediately.

Under general supervision, the Police Officer patrols an assigned area, enforces public safety laws, codes, and regulations and maintains order, prevents, detects and investigates crime, and carries out special assignments in the protection of life and property; and performs other related duties as assigned.

The Police Officer is distinguished from the Police Sergeant, which serves as a first-line supervisor, and has responsibility for the development, coordination, and evaluation of sworn personnel that are part of a work shift or section. Police Officers may be assigned to special assignments, such as motors, traffic, K-9, detective, SWAT, field training officer, jail, bike team, VIP handling, reserves, and similar details.

Examples of Duties

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the class.
Enforces federal, State, County and City laws, regulations, and ordinances related to public safety and law enforcement.Patrols an assigned area of the City, in a patrol vehicle or on foot in order to detect and prevent crime and maintain law and order; may operate a motorcycle or bicycle as part of special assignment detail.Prepares citations, arrest reports, crime reports, daily observation reports, vehicular incident and pursuit forms, injury reports, collision reports, and impounded property reports.Responds to radio messages, and citizen requests for protection of life and property and public assistance, and appears at crime and scenes of disorder and determines proper course of action; investigates suspicious vehicles or persons; observes situations related to stolen cars, traffic violations and proper flow of traffic.Gives verbal warnings and issues citations; inspects premises at night and on other shifts; assists in the investigation of crimes; conducts preliminary investigations of disturbances, burglaries, thefts, armed robberies, vehicle accidents, deaths or other types of incidents involving possible violation of public safety laws and codes.Questions suspects, interviews victims and witnesses; books property and evidence; performs basic crime scene investigation; testifies in Court regarding facts, circumstances, and violations; completes field and follow-up investigations.Takes written statements; examines conditions of accident scenes; clears scene of obstructions and damaged vehicles; notes and reports traffic hazards; provides first aid for injured persons or requests medical attention in accordance with departmental procedures.Reports abandoned or damaged vehicles; inspects establishments providing alcoholic beverages and entertainment, and other public gatherings and assures that proper licenses and permits are in effect.Intervenes in private or public disputes to protect the public and maintain order; monitors status of parolees and individuals on probation status, including Court orders.Develops and maintains positive relations with citizens, business owners, and other members of the community.Participates in police briefings, exercises, training courses, and programs.Receives, searches, books, fingerprints, and takes custody of prisoners; guards and transports prisoners; provides meals and completes daily records.When assigned to Reserves detail, tracks and coordinates the scheduling and training of Reserve Police Officers.When assigned to Traffic detail, also enforces specialized Traffic and Motor Vehicle Codes and prepares traffic and collision reports and investigation records, sets up DUI monitoring; coordinates work with Department of Motor Vehicles and Courts; attends meetings, prepares logs, and makes presentations.When assigned to Field Training Officer detail; also organizes, coordinates and provides officer training in the field related to proper law enforcement surveillance, handling of traffic stops, preparation of departmental reports, and related tasks; completes training records and employee progress reports at regular intervals.Receives, searches, books, fingerprints, and takes custody of prisoners; guards and transports prisoners; provides meals and completes daily records.When assigned to K-9 detail, also assists in searches of suspects and properties; trains animals and conducts exercises in proper pursuit and control methods; feeds and maintains animals in accordance with health and safety standards, and prepares related activity records.When assigned to Detective detail, also conducts crime scene investigations and pursues cases involving the collection of additional evidence, identification and interviewing of victims and suspects, and prosecution of cases within the Court system; conducts covert patrol; writes and executes search warrants; coordinates property and evidence collection with police support staff; testifies in cases.When assigned to SWAT detail, also responds to emergency calls involving hostages, barricaded suspects, suicide threats, bomb threats, deadly use of force, high risk search and arrest warrant service, and related incidents involving public safety.When assigned to Gang detail, also monitors and investigates associations of individuals who belong to known gangs; determines means of gaining access and information from informants related to actual or planned crimes; testifies in cases.When assigned to School Resource detail, also visits public schools, prepares and makes educational presentations, maintains communications with school officials, works with District staff on attendance and truancy issues, and counsels students related to lawful conduct and community standards and expectations.Provides escorts or guard services for parades, various public activities, or meetings.

Typical Qualifications

Knowledge of:
Constitution rights governing search and seizure and Miranda applications; State laws, Penal Codes, Traffic Codes, and Civil Codes, statutes, Court decisions, and case law; local codes and ordinances, departmental policies and practices, and rules governing criminal evidence, criminal acts, arrest and custody of prisoners or contraband; criminal investigation methods, identification methods; crime prevention principles, use of police records, and law enforcement practices; self-defense methods and physical restraint techniques; radio codes, transmission procedures and communication techniques; principles of human behavior; professional standards; contemporary patrol, traffic enforcement, criminal investigation, and related police services, including specialty assignments; communicable disease control methods and techniques; proper care and maintenance of property and equipment.

Skills and Ability to:
Operate police motor vehicles, radio communications equipment, computer hardware, and firearms and weapons; interpret and apply state public safety laws, codes, and local ordinances; prepare and present clear, accurate and concise police reports and statistical records; analyze solutions to law enforcement problems; convey clear instructions or execute commands; establish and maintain effective relationships with other divisions, police management, City departments, public and private agencies, community groups and the general public; communicate effectively with others, orally or in writing; accurately recall circumstances regarding traffic incidents or crime reports; exercise tact and diplomacy in maintaining self-control in provocative or confrontational situations; think logically and maintain alertness in emergency situations; relate effectively with persons from diverse social, ethnic, political and racial backgrounds and age groups.

A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent AND completion of a California Basic Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Academy within the last twelve (12) months from date of application submission. In addition, candidates must meet the following criteria:
  • No more than 20/100 uncorrected and 20/30 corrected and freedom from uncorrectable color blindness. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older at time of appointment.
  • Must have a valid California Class C Driver License, acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurance.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law.
  • Must be of good character and reputation.
  • May undergo a psychological assessment by a qualified professional to determine their suitability for the position.
  • Will be administered an integrity test and a polygraph examination.
  • Will undergo a complete, comprehensive, P.O.S.T. approved Background Investigation.
  • Will be fingerprinted and records checked in both State and Federal Bureaus.
  • Must not have a record of conviction of a serious offense, or numerous convictions of minor offenses. Credit rating, if established, must be satisfactory.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process:
Complete employment applications must be submitted through NeoGov at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Placentia .

Applications may be accompanied by a resume describing experience, education, and training in relation to the requirements of the position, however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a City employment application.

To be considered for this position, applicants must attach their P.O.S.T. Basic Academy Certification of Completion. Applications received without the certificate of completion will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered further.

All applications will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include, but is not limited to, the following:
  • P.O.S.T. Written Examination (PELLETB) with a T-Score of 45 or higher. **Applicants who have written the PELLETB with another agency in the last year and received a T-score of 45 or higher may be eligible to waive this exam by attaching a proof of the score to their application.
  • Physical Agility Test
  • Oral Interview
  • P.O.S.T. Background Investigation

Successful candidates will be placed on the employment eligible list from which hires may be made. The list is valid for up to one year unless exhausted sooner.

In accordance with California Government Code Section 3100, City of Placentia employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to protect the health, safety, lives, and property of the people of the State.

The City of Placentia is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, ancestry, national origin, political or religious affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, other non-job related physical or mental disability, medical condition, or other functional limitation in employment or the provision of service. The City is committed to making its programs, services and activities accessible to individuals with qualified disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations to complete the employment application and/or participate in the testing process, please contact the Human Resources Office at (714) 993-8141 prior to the filing deadline. We will attempt to reasonably accommodate applicants with disabilities upon request.

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Visit www.placentia.org for a complete class specification program.

Retirement - PERS 3% at 50 CalPERS with a 9% employee contribution (classic); 2.7% at 57 CalPERS with a 11.5% employee contribution (new members). The City of Placentia does not participate in Social Security.

Health Insurance - The City provides up to $1,972 per month to purchase health insurance through the CalPERS Health Benefits program. Medical Opt Out available up to $1,000 per month to employee.

Dental & Vision Insurance - Fully paid plan for dental and vision insurance.

Life Insurance - Fully paid life insurance policy of $50,000. Additional life insurance may be purchased with the employee paying for the premium.

Disability Insurance - Fully paid short-term and long-term disability insurance policies.

Flexible Spending Account - Employees may contribute to a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account on a voluntary basis.

Deferred Compensation - Employees may contribute to a deferred compensation plan on a voluntary basis.

Holidays - 12 paid holidays per year.

Paid Time Off (Vacation) - Accrual rate of80 hours per year.

Alternative Health & Wellness (Sick Leave) - 96 hours per year; this program includes an incentive of up to $1,250 per fiscal year.

Assignment Pay - An additional 5% is paid for Canine Officer, Detective, Field Training Officer, Motor/Traffic, and School Resource Officer.

Bilingual Pay- An additional pay of $165 per month or $250 for advanced.

P.O.S.T/Educational Incentive- For those who possess P.O.S.T Certificates; an additional 2.5% for Basic P.O.S.T., 4.5% for intermediate P.O.S.T./AA., and 7% for Advanced P.O.S.T./B.A.

Shift Differential Pay- For night watch, an additional pay of 2.5%

Marksmanship Incentive- $100/$150 per year available.

Range Staff- Those assigned to Range Staff are eligible for an additional 2.5%

Finder's Fee- Upon successful completion of the FTO program both the employee who referred and the new Police Officer will each receive $1,000.

Educational Tuition Reimbursement- Available upon request andapproval

Holiday Closure- City Hall is closed annually between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day and Police Officers are credited with additional paid hours (48 hours in 2019-20); (48 hours in 2020-21) equivalent to 2.3-2.8% of salary.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


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