Police Officer (Lateral)
Company: City of Santa Clara, CA
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: May 14, 2022
The men and women of the Santa Clara Police Department take
tremendous pride in providing the community with outstanding
service through the "Santa Clara Way" of service. In partnership
with the citizens, the team provides law enforcement services with
professional and dedicated staff. The team will always identify and
resolve problems utilizing all available resources and perform
services professionally and with a high level of integrity. To
learn more visit our website.
This position is a sworn position in the Police Department.
Incumbents will be assigned to Patrol assigned areas and monitor
activities to protect people, property, and enforce City, County,
and State laws.
This recruitment is for Lateral Police Officer transfers only.
Candidates seeking consideration for the entry-level Recruit Police
Officer will need to apply to the Recruit Police Officer
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Under general supervision:
- Patrols an assigned area in radio car, on motorcycle, on
bicycle, or on foot;
- Answers calls for protection of life and property in the
enforcement of City, County and State laws;
- As assigned, conducts preliminary or follow-up investigations
on prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, accidents, deaths, and
- Identifies problems or issues that are important to the
community, and seeks resolution of such problems through the
resources of the Police Department, other City Departments, and/or
other governmental or private agencies;
- Directs traffic, including regulations of vehicle flow at times
of emergency or congestion;
- Stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of
- Warns drivers against unlawful practices, and issues citations
and makes arrests as required;
- Books, searches and questions prisoners;
- Issues parking citations;
- Collects and presents evidence and testifies at hearings and in
court in connection with criminal prosecutions;
- Serves warrants and subpoenas;
- Prepares reports of arrests made, investigations conducted, and
illegal incidents observed;
- Patrols business districts at night and checks doors and
windows of business firms;
- Gives information and directions to the public;
- Addresses meetings at community organizations and
- May occasionally assist in maintaining police records and may
operate headquarters radio-telephone equipment;
- Escorts prisoners to courts, county jail, juvenile hall, or
from other jurisdictions;
- Operates radio-telephone;
- Collects bail and issues receipts;
- May train and supervise Community Service Officer;
- May supervise and train new personnel as assigned; and
- Does related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units of
academic level courses at an accredited college or university and
two (2) years full-time, paid, recent police experience with a
sheriff's department, state police, highway patrol, or municipal
police department; or
- Successful completion of California POST Basic Police Academy
as a Recruit Police Officer with the Santa Clara Police
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES
- Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is
required at the time of appointment and for the duration of
- Proof of completion of a Basic Peace Officer Academy certified
by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and
Training is required at time of application.
- Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031, applicants must be a
citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is
eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
PHYSICAL AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
- Must be at least 20 years of age at time of application filing
and 21 years of age at time of job appointment;
- Must possess the strength and physical ability necessary to
perform the essential functions of the position; and
- Must be willing to be fingerprinted.
- If given a conditional offer of employment, candidates must
pass polygraph, background investigation, medical, and
psychological examinations prior to appointment.
- Vision including color, night, depth, and peripheral vision
sufficient to perform all of the essential functions of the
- Visual acuity of not less than 20/80 vision in each eye
uncorrected, and corrected to 20/30 in each eye.
- EXCEPTION: Applicants with correction afforded by soft contact
lenses are exempt from the minimum uncorrected vision standard of
20/80, provided their corrected vision is 20/30 in each eye.
Hearing, speech, and mental capabilities sufficient to perform all
of the essential functions of the position.
- Required to work a basic workweek consisting of four 10-hour
- May be required to work odd and unusual hours, including
weekends and designated holidays, and to be subject to call-back in
the performance of job duties.
VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS
This position qualifies for Veteran's Preference Points. Applicants
who have separated from service (Active Duty Status) must submit
proof of honorable discharge (Form DD214) with their applications
at time of filing.
Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admittance
into the examination process. Only the most qualified candidates
who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications in relation
to the requirements and duties of the position will be invited to
test. Candidates must attain a passing score on each phase of the
examination process to qualify for the Eligible List. A department
interview will be required prior to the appointment.
Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their
eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the
City of Santa Clara will not sponsor, represent, or sign documents
related to visa applications/transfers for H1B or any other type of
visa which requires an employer application.
VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS: This position qualifies for Veteran's
Preference Points. Applicants who have separated from service
(Active Duty Status) must submit proof of honorable discharge (Form
DD214) with their application at the time of filing or will be
ineligible to have points added to their final score. Knowledge,
Skills, and Abilities
Possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities at a
level necessary to do police work:
Interest in Police Work - willingness to handle routine, repetitive
tasks; enforce laws that may conflict with personal values; relate
to others; work with minorities; work with fellow officers and the
general public; participate in situations which require courage;
function in different roles; work under hostile conditions, work
under hazardous conditions over long periods of time; change
appearance for job requirements and conditions; accept new job
duties; work weekends, holidays, shifts, overtime, and a 10-hour
Ability to Take Orders - the ability to relate to supervisors; to
maintain objectivity; take criticism and control temper, and
willingness to enforce laws that may conflict with personal
Ability to Take Responsibility - ability to work without
supervision; reliability; ability to participate in situations
which require courage, refrain from abusing authority vested in
official role; maintain confidentiality of information; assume a
command presence in conflict situations; and refrain from using
excessive sick or unauthorized leave.
Self-Control - the ability to control one's temper, maintain
objectivity; take criticism, function under oral or physical
stress; use authority effectively; function in different roles,
work under hazardous and hostile conditions for long periods of
time, and work at accident and crime scenes which involve severe
personal injuries, or in situations which involve loss of life.
Ability to Communicate Effectively - the ability to testify
accurately; obtain information from witnesses under normal and
stressful conditions; communicate in person, in writing, and via
Ability to Make Reasonable Decisions Rapidly - the ability to
reason logically; apply discretion in maintaining confidentiality
of information; observe and interpret what is observed; evaluate
situations and people effectively; and apply good judgment.
Willingness to Arrest People - willingness to take actions which
will result in imposing penalties on others, including: depriving
them of their freedom; taking a life if necessary; and fighting to
win and injuring another if required and to enforce laws which may
conflict with personal values.
Ability to Learn - the immediate potential to learn to write
readable, comprehensible reports; to read and interpret relevant
laws and procedural material; read maps; apply regulations;
communicate verbally with others under stress, analyze material and
situations; and record observations from accident and crime
Emotional Stability - the ability to take verbal abuse; the
possession of: honesty, integrity, maturity, tolerance,
self-confidence, truthfulness and psychological stability; ability
to meet the physical and psychological demands of police work.
Ability to Problem Solve - the ability to identify problems or
issues that are of concern to residents of the City, and the
ability to respond successfully to these problems through the
resources of the Police Department, other City Departments, and/or
other governmental or private agencies.
You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be
considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed
incomplete and withheld from further consideration. Applications
must be filled out completely (i.e. do not write "see resume or
personnel file.") To receive consideration for the screening
process, candidates must submit a 1) City Employment Application
and 2) Proof of Completion of a Basic Peace Officer Academy
Certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards
and Training, Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Application packets may be submitted online through the "Apply Now"
feature on the job announcement at www.santaclaraca.gov.
Applications must be submitted by the filing deadline May 14, 2022,
at 4:00 PM. For out of state applicants or information on how to
obtain POST certification please visit the South Bay Regional
Academy website or another POST-approved entity website.
The City of Santa Clara is an equal opportunity employer.
Applicants for all job openings will be considered without regard
to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual
orientation, disability, veteran status or any other consideration
made unlawful under any federal, state or local laws. The City of
Santa Clara is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to
job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or an
accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at (408)
615-2080 or HumanResources@santaclaraca.gov.
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