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Position: Police Officer (Lateral/Academy Graduate…
Company: City of La Palma, CA
Location: La Palma CA US

Performs law enforcement and crime prevention work; controls traffic flow and enforces state and local traffic regulations; performs investigative work; participates in and provides support and assistance to special department crime-prevention and enforcement programs; performs related duties as required.

This is the entry level classification in the professional police series requiring sworn peace officer status. Positions allocated to the Police Officer class are assigned to a number of functional areas within the Police Department; some of the duties assigned, as determined by the Chief of Police, require prior experience with the La Palma Police Department.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: City of La Palma applications are required and can be obtained online at www.cityoflapalma.org. The Human Resources Office must receive completed applications, resumes, and supplemental questionnaires (if required) by the final filing date and time listed to be eligible for consideration. Facsimiles will not be accepted. Resumes will not, nor will references to a resume, be accepted in lieu of a completed City application. References to a resume on the application form may disqualify the application. This is an open recruitment for the establishment of an eligibility list to be used for future full-time vacancies. This position is open until further notice and can close at any time and without advance notice.

SELECTION PROCESS: All applications will be screened and those candidates who present the most relevant qualifications and possess the required licenses and certificates for the position will be invited to continue in the selection process. The selection process may include testing and oral interviews.

A Background Investigation, including a criminal record check may be required prior to any offer of employment. All appointments are subject to the successful completion of a post-offer medical exam (including a drug and alcohol screen).

Should a qualified individual with disabilities need reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the examination process, the City of La Palma must be notified no later than five working days prior to the scheduled examination date.

The City of La Palma does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, ancestry, national origin, marital status, or disability. Equal employment opportunity will apply to all personnel actions, including but not limited to, recruitment, selection, training, transfers, promotions, evaluation, compensation, discipline, layoffs, terminations, and rehires.

NOTE: All employees of the City of La Palma are designated by both State law and City ordinance to be “Disaster Service Workers.” In the event of a declared emergency or any undeclared emergency or natural disaster that threatens the life, health, and/or safety of the public, employees may be assigned to assist rescue and relief workers. Such assignments may be in locations, during hours, and performing work significantly different from the employees’ normal work assignments and may continue through the recovery phase of the emergency.

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The types and levels of employee benefits provided, including City contributions toward benefit costs, are subject to change.

Scope of Work and Examples of Duties:
Depending on assignment, essential duties include, but are not limited to, the following:


Patrols City in radio equipped car, on foot, on bicycle or motorcycle; answers calls for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of City, County, and State laws; conducts preliminary and follow up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, vehicle accidents, death, and other criminal incidents. Makes arrests as necessary; interviews victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogates suspects; gathers and preserves evidence; testifies and presents evidence in court.

Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses. Prepares reports of arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed. Checks buildings for physical security. Searches, fingerprints, and transports prisoners. Administer CPR and first aid as necessary.

Establishes, fosters and maintains positive and harmonious working relationships with co workers, the general public, contractors, vendors, citizen groups, and elected officials.

Assists in training and evaluating patrol personnel.

Traffic Safety

Patrols streets during designated times to control traffic safety conditions and to enforce traffic safety laws. Observes, monitors and controls routine and unusual traffic conditions; observes conditions and events which affect traffic safety and either takes corrective actions or reports such conditions and suggestions for improvement. Responds to calls related to traffic incidents and emergencies; responds to and investigates traffic accidents. Assists and advises motorists in traffic and pedestrian safety.

Court Services

Processes prisoners; serves warrants and subpoenas; files and processes misdemeanor and felony complaints.


Coordinates and conducts complete and detailed investigations of crimes involving juveniles and adults, crimes against persons and property, and crimes involving vice, gaming and narcotics violations. Participates in all law enforcement activities, including enforcing local and state laws, issuing citations, making arrests, administering first aid, and transporting prisoners. Performs undercover and surveillance activities.

Prepares investigative reports and case information; provide evidence and testimony in court; answers questions from the public concerning local and State laws, procedures and Police Department activities.

Interviews victims, complainants, witnesses and suspects; collects, preserves and maintains found property, property for safe keeping, and evidence that is involved with suspected crimes; serves warrants and subpoenas.

Develops and maintains positive relationships with the public, including informants and contacts which may be helpful in criminal investigations.

Public Relations

Plans, coordinates and participates in law enforcement education and crime prevention programs for the general public; schools; youth organizations; civic, fraternal and community groups.

Training Officer

Develops, conducts and coordinates training programs; evaluates training and related equipment needs. Assists in recruitment and selection.

Incumbents may be assigned to work various and rotating shifts, nights, weekends, and are required to work overtime as directed. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment; applicable laws, ordinances, and regulations; P.O.S.T. standards.

Ability to: Observe accurately and remember faces, numbers, incidents, and places; use and care for firearms; think and act quickly in emergencies, and judge situations and people accurately; learn, understand, and interpret laws, regulations, and policies; communicate clearly, accurately, concisely, legibly and with correct English grammar usage and spelling; estimate vehicle speed using physical evidence and mathematical formulas or graphs; sketch accident and crime scenes; learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system; restrain and/or subdue individuals by means of baton techniques, locks, grips, holds or restraining devices, such as handcuffs; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; communicate effectively with a variety of people of various socio cultural backgrounds; exercise tact, self restraint, judgment and strategy in dealing with a variety of people, adversaries and advocates; understand and carry out oral and written directions; meet the physical requirements established by the Department ; provide a high level of customer service.

Education and/or Experience

Any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary. Example combinations include:

Graduation from high school or equivalent one year experience in Police work for Lateral Police Officer. No prior police experience required for entry level. Lateral applicants must posses a valid POST Certificate or must have completed an approved POST Academy within the last three years.

Required Licenses and Certificates

Possession of or ability to obtain an appropriate California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands

The essential duties of this position require the incumbents to frequently lift and carry up to 50 pounds and drag objects up to 160 pounds; climb or jump over fences, walls and other obstacles; climb up to elevated surfaces; use bodily force to gain entrance through barriers; run to pursue fleeing suspects on foot. Mediate confrontations with hostile or potentially hostile people; work under potentially hazardous or emergency conditions, such as in progress criminal activity, exchange of gunfire, unruly crowds and assemblies, raids and apprehensions of dangerous criminals, deadly attacks; engage in high speed pursuits driving on open roads or in congested areas; direct traffic using hand signals, flashlights, illuminated batons, flares, traffic cones or other barriers; remain calm in emergency situations. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The duties of this position frequently require working in outside weather conditions, near moving mechanical parts, in high precarious places or with explosives. This position occasionally requires exposure to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, vibration and loud noise levels.

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