Company: City of Eureka
Posted on: May 3, 2021
Summary Successful candidates may be hired at any step in the
salary range, depending on experience. Applicants who hold POST
Professional Certifications will be eligible for certification pay
as follows: POST Intermediate: 7% of Basic Salary POST Advanced:
14% of Basic Salary
Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of patrol and
related duties involving the prevention of crime, the protection of
life and property, and the enforcement of Federal, State and local
laws and ordinances; makes investigations, assists in the
preparation of cases and testifies in court; serves in specialized
departmental roles as assigned; provides information and assistance
to the public; performs related work as assigned.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general supervision from assigned supervisory or
management personnel. No supervision of staff is exercised.
This sworn, working-level law enforcement class performs all
non-supervisory assignments found in a municipal police department.
While incumbents are normally assigned to a specific geographic
area for patrol or traffic enforcement, all functional areas of the
law enforcement field, including investigation, youth services,
administration, and training are included. Incumbents may be armed
and may be assigned to work in uniform or plain clothes. Shift
schedules and job assignments may be changed periodically to assure
the maximum delivery of effective police service. This class is
distinguished from Police Sergeant in that the latter is the first
supervisory level in this sworn class series. Expectation of Job
Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind
the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable
accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the
essential functions of the job.
- Patrols the City within an assigned area in a radio dispatched
automobile to secure life and property, observe situations, report
suspicious or criminal activity, hazardous conditions and deter
crime by providing high visibility.
- Responds to emergency calls for service, disturbances, thefts,
burglaries, vehicle accidents, domestic disputes, suspicious
activities and other incidents to protect public safety and
property, resolve problems, diffuse situations and enforce laws and
- Provides information, directions and assistance to the public
in a variety of situations; takes reports and assists the public
with complaints or unusual situations.
- Performs a variety of community policing duties to maintain a
highly visible presence within the community for the purpose of
deterring crime, maintaining good community relations, and
providing assistance to the public, including speaking before
various civic and community groups, patrolling assigned divisions
by foot, bicycle or vehicle, and performing other related duties as
- Observes, monitors and controls routine and unusual traffic
situations; stops and warns drivers or issues citations as
appropriate; assists motorist with inoperable vehicles and arranges
for immediate removal of stranded vehicles; provides direction and
traffic control in accident or incident situations, special events,
or other congested situations.
- Makes arrests and serves warrants and subpoenas; takes
individuals into custody and may transport them for medical
clearance and/or booking at a longer-term facility, as
- Secures crime scenes and evidence; interviews suspects, victims
and witnesses; collects and preserves evidence; performs complete
investigations and/or cooperates with other law enforcement
agencies providing investigative and case development support.
- Conducts comprehensive investigations into felony and high
level crimes as assigned including conducting surveillance
activities and coordinating and maintaining crime scene
- Provides oversight of juveniles and delinquents; interprets law
to school officials and parents; confers with school administrators
to identify and discuss criminal and public safety issues; works to
resolve cases involving unfit homes and crimes committed against or
by juveniles; advises and refers juveniles to appropriate community
resources as requested or as necessary.
- Assists the City Attorney or the District Attorney staff in
preparing, documenting and developing cases and gathering
information; testifies in court as required.
- Directs the activities of police support personnel and/or
volunteers in office and field situations.
- Provides emergency medical attention to the public when
responding to calls for assistance, and requests appropriate
medical assistance as necessary.
- Provides mutual aide to other law enforcement agencies as
dispatched and in accordance with departmental policy.
- Prepares reports; prepares and maintains logs, records and
- Serves writs, warrants, subpoenas and other legal
- May perform and/or coordinates specific program or project
areas, such as: community-oriented policing; school liaison;
project and resource development; investigations; crime prevention;
and/or field training.
- Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training
sessions, and reviews publications and materials to become and
remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in
assigned work areas.
- Oversees the use and care of equipment as required.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
- Law enforcement principles, practices and techniques related to
patrol, traffic enforcement, crime scene control and investigation,
protection of life and property, pursuit, apprehension and
transportation of suspects.
- Investigation and identification techniques and equipment.
- Rules of evidence regarding search and seizure and the
preservation of evidence.
- Courtroom procedures and techniques for testifying.
- Applicable laws, codes, ordinances, court decisions and
departmental rules and regulations.
- Safety practices and equipment related to the work, including
the safe use and proper care of firearms, chemical agencies and
- Techniques of first aid and CPR.
- Operating a motor vehicle in a safe manner under patrol and
- Modern office practices, methods and computer equipment.
- Computer applications related to the work.
- English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and
- Techniques for dealing with and solving the problems presented
by a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural
and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often
when relations may be confrontational or stressed.
- Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to
the public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.
- Observe accurately, recall faces, names, descriptive
characteristics, facts of incidents and places.
- Interpret apply and explain complex laws, codes, regulations
- Prepare clear, accurate and grammatically correct reports,
records and other written materials.
- Identify and be responsive to community issues, concerns and
- Coordinate and carry out special assignments.
- Monitor changes in laws and court decisions and apply them in
- Enter information into a computer with sufficient speed and
accuracy to perform the work.
- Make sound, independent decisions in emergency situations.
- Organize own work, set priorities and meet critical time
- Operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner under patrol and
- Operate the equipment and vehicles of the department in a safe
and responsible manner.
- Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment
and software programs.
- Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the
telephone and in writing.
- Use tact, initiative, prudence and independent judgment within
general policy and legal guidelines in politically sensitive
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with
those contacted in the course of the work.
A Lateral Police Officer Candidate is defined by the California
Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) as
someone who has completed a POST-certified Regular Basic Course
(basic academy) and is currently employed as a Police Officer in
California, or who within the last three (3) years has worked as a
Police Officer in California and possesses a valid POST Basic
Certificate or a valid POST Basic Course Waiver, or who was
employed as a Police Officer more than three years ago but has
completed a California POST Requalification Course.
Any combination of training and experience that would provide
the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A
typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade and one
(1) year of experience working with the public. Two (2) years of
college-level coursework and/or volunteer law enforcement
experience are desirable.
- Valid California class C driver's license with satisfactory
- Valid basic certificate issued by the California State
Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).
- Possession and maintenance of firearms qualification.
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use
standard office equipment, including a computer; maintain P.O.S.T.
physical standards, including mobility and physical strength and
stamina to respond to emergency situations and apprehend suspects;
vision to maintain firearms qualification and to read printed
materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to
communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone or
radio. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking on
uneven terrain, climbing and descending structures to access crime
scene and to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is
needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard
or calculator and to operate police services equipment. Positions
in this classification frequently bend, stoop, kneel, reach and
climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Employees must
possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and
objects necessary to perform job functions.
Employees work indoors and outdoors, and are exposed to loud noise
levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions,
vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or
electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes.
Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private
representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies
THE SELECTION PROCESS
Must be willing to pass a detailed background investigation. Must
be willing to work extended shifts or be called back in emergency
situations and work with exposure to difficult circumstances,
including exposure to dangerous situations.
Initial testing will include a department interview and a Police
Chief's interview. Additional testing will include a background
investigation, polygraph test, psychological evaluation, and
complete physical examination/drug screening. This recruitment will
remain open until vacancies are filled.
The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or
implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be
modified or revoked. The City of Eureka is an Equal Opportunity
Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of handicap status
in the admission, access to, treatment, or employment for its
programs, or activities, whether funded by the City or by grants.
Women, persons with disabilities, and minorities are encouraged to
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