Police Officer Lateral

  • City of Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Apr 22, 2024
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $104,228.80 - $134,721.60 Annually USD

Job Description



Continue your career in law enforcement by joining the Palo Alto Police Department and make a difference in the Palo Alto Community!

We are looking for men and women from all backgrounds who welcome a challenge, and who will uphold our mission statement, "To proudly protect and serve the public with respect and integrity." To those who accept this challenge, we offer great pay and benefits, ample opportunities for specialty assignments and advancement, outstanding training, and the privilege to serve the community of Palo Alto.

The Palo Alto Police Department is dedicated to providing the highest level of police services to our community. Objectivity, integrity, equality, justice and honor are our guiding values in executing our duties and obligations, while ensuring the continuation of excellent customer service.

Learn more about our exceptional Palo Alto Police Department - PAPD

Ideal Candidate:
Palo Alto is looking for dynamic, community oriented individuals with a progressive team oriented approach. The ideal candidate will have a sense of service, dedication, and
commitment to providing quality customer service. We are looking for community oriented individuals with strong ethics and a commitment to integrity.

Essential Duties:

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Patrols an assigned area for the prevention and detection of crime and the enforcement of laws, regulations and ordinances.
  • Responds as dispatched to scenes of disorder, disaster, or crime to take appropriate action.
  • Investigates and reports crimes, accidents, offenses, and damage to property.
  • Makes arrests.
  • Prepares cases and evidence for trial and appears in court as witness.
  • Participates in community relations activity.
  • Processes and serves warrants and subpoenas, compiles identification data, performs related tasks as required, not inconsistent with the attainment of departmental goals.
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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Completion of a California POST certified police academy Regular Basic Course
  • Possess a California POST Basic Certificate
  • Must have worked as a Police officer within the last three years.
Special Requirements:
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License at time of appointment.
  • Pre-employment: ability to pass drug and alcohol test; candidates must not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government of a crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state prison.
  • Weight in proportion to height.
  • Visual rating correctable to 20/30 in both eyes. Possess normal color vision.
  • If military veteran, discharges other than honorable will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Satisfactory results on appropriate written, medical, background and psychiatric examinations.
  • Citizenship: must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or have applied for citizenship.

The City of Palo Alto offers its safety employees a generous benefit package, featuring 3% @ 50 formula for current City of Palo Alto safety employees hired before December 7, 2012, 3% @ 55 retirement for Classic Safety employees and 2.7% @ 57 for New Safety CalPers Members; family medical coverage; life insurance, plus 12 paid holidays per year.
  • Fully paid employee and dependent Dental Plan
  • Fully paid employee and dependent Vision Plan
  • Fully paid Life and AD&D insurance equal to annual salary
  • Flat Rate City paid medical contribution towards selected health plans
  • Fully paid Life Insurance equal to 1-times annual salary
  • Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability plan through union
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Annual paid holidays based on MOA
  • Two to five weeks vacation annually depending on years of service per MOA
  • 96 hours annual sick leave
  • Fire only 144 hours annual sick leave
  • Direct Deposit
  • Participation in a Governmental 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS)
  • 3% @ 50 formula for current City of Palo Alto safety employees hired before December 7, 2012.
  • 3% @55 formula forClassic Safety employees
  • 2.7% @ 57 for New Safety CalPers Members
  • Three-years final compensationfor all Safetyemployees
  • Pre-Retirement survivor benefits
  • Retiree Medical benefits for employee and dependents after 10 years of service

Please note: The City does not participate in CA State Disability Insurance (SDI) or Social Security.Since they City does not participate in SDI, City employees are not eligible to claim against the State's Pregnancy Disability Leave or Paid Family Leave programs.

The City of Palo Alto is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Palo Alto, California United States View Map