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Police Officer (Lateral)

Company: City of Santa Clara, CA
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

Police Department
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.
The Position
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 recruitment).
Typical Duties
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 other disturbances;
  • 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 laws;
  • 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 schools;
  • 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.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • 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 Department.


      • Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required at the time of appointment and for the duration of employment.
      • 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.


        • 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 requirements:

          • Vision including color, night, depth, and peripheral vision sufficient to perform all of the essential functions of the position;
          • 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 work-days.
            • 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.

              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 work-day/4-day work-week.
              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 values.
              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 radio.
              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 scenes.
              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.
              Additional Information:
              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 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

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