THIS IS NOT AN ENTRY LEVEL POSITION.
THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION INCLUDE CURRENT FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT, IN GOOD STANDING, OF AT LEAST ONE YEAR AS A SWORN POLICE OFFICER WITH A CALIFORNIA P.O.S.T. APPROVED AGENCY, POSSESSION OF A CALIFORNIA BASIC P.O.S.T. CERTIFICATE, AND SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE REQUIRED PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
YOU MUST SUBMIT 1) A COMPLETED APPLICATION, 2) SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE, 3) PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATIVE QUESTIONNAIRE - DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE FROM SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS OR CLICK HERE, AND 4) CALIFORNIA BASIC P.O.S.T. CERTIFICATE TO BE CONSIDERED.
FAILURE TO SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED MATERIALS WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
THIS RECRUITMENT IS BEING CONDUCTED ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS AND WILL BE OPENED UNTIL A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF QUALIFIED APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED.
THE RECRUITMENT MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME. APPLY IMMEDIATELY.
Under general supervision, perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; control traffic flow and enforce state and local traffic regulations; perform investigative work; and perform a variety of technical law enforcement tasks.
Example of Duties
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act may include, but are not limited to the following characteristic duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
As a Patrol Officer, patrol the City in a radio-equipped car; respond to calls for the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of City, County, and State laws; may conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robbery, death and other criminal incidents.
As a Senior Officer, serve as Watch Commander and assist the Field Sergeant with supervisory duties.
As a field training officer, train and evaluate officers in law enforcement policies, procedures and tactics; prepare related reports.
Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.
Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
Prepare reports on arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed.
Stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warn drivers against unlawful practices; issue citations and make arrests as necessary.
Check buildings for physical security.
Search, fingerprint and transport prisoners.
Direct traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.
Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public.
Assist in the performance of special investigative and crime prevention duties as required.
Transport prisoners to court; serve warrants and subpoenas; retrieve and request information involving arrests and subpoenas; file complaints and perform other work related to the processing of misdemeanor and felony complaints.
Assist with the service of warrants within the Department and with outside agencies; provide functional guidance to clerical staff involved in warrant processing; keep up-to-date on laws and procedures required for processing warrants.
Administer first aid as necessary.
As a Traffic Officer, patrol the City in a patrol unit; respond to calls related to traffic incidents and any other required emergencies; observe, monitor and control routine and unusual traffic conditions; assist and advise motorists and enforce traffic safety laws.
Investigate traffic accidents; determine cause and fault of accident; prepare related reports and maintain appropriate statistics.
Coordinate and conduct complete and detailed investigations of crimes involving juveniles and adults, crimes against persons and property, and crimes involving vice, gaming and narcotics violations.
Participate in a variety of law enforcement activities including enforcing local and state laws, issuing citations, making arrests, and transporting prisoners.
Coordinate Police activities with other agencies, including surrounding cities and the County Sheriff's Office.
Secure crime scenes; collect and maintain physical evidence, including fingerprints and photographs; conduct initial and follow-up crime scene investigations.
Supervise the Department firearms range; train and evaluate sworn personnel in the use of firearms; order and maintain ammunition.
Inspect and maintain department weapons.
Participate in the development of training methods, procedures and materials.
Research information and maintain records related to Department and personal legal liability.
Perform crime prevention inspections; research and advise the public on principles and procedures designed to minimize criminal opportunity.
High school diploma, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. One (1) year of full-time experience as a sworn Police Officer serving in a California P.O.S.T. approved agency, currently employed, in good standing and having successfully completed the probationary period. Possession of a California Basic P.O.S.T. certificate is required (copy must be attached). Sixty college units with emphasis on criminal justice, administration of justice or related field is desirable. California Class C drivers' license required. U.S. Citizenship is required or evidence of application for U.S. Citizenship at least six months prior to date of employment application.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Police methods and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation and identification techniques and equipment, jail operations, police reports and first aid techniques.
Criminal law and criminal procedure with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies, including rules of evidence pertaining to the search and seizure and the preservation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases.
Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory.
Self defense tactics.
Interviewing and interrogation techniques.
Working knowledge/ability to utilize personal computers.
Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing skilled movements, such as self defense or in the use of radar devices, ETS, intoxilizers and other police equipment.
Ability to exert mildly heavy physical effort in moderate to heavy work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling.
Ability to operate equipment and machinery requiring complex and rapid adjustments, such as the operation of a police vehicle or the use of firearms.
Ability to lift, push and pull 75 to 100 pounds.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
Ability to calculate decimals, ratios, percentages and fractions.
Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability:
Ability to use functional reasoning and apply rational judgement in performing diversified work activities.
Ability to exercise independent judgement, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the valuation of information against sensory and/or judgmental criteria.
Ability to think and act quickly and calmly in emergencies.
Ability to observe accurately and remember faces, numbers, incidents and places.
Ability to analyze data and information using established criteria, in order to determine consequences and to identify and select alternatives; ability to compare, count, differentiate, measure and/or sort data, as well as assemble, copy, record and transcribe data and information; ability to classify, compute, tabulate and categorize data.
Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication:
Ability to work under unsafe and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors, such as temperature variations, odors, toxic agents, violence, noise, vibrations, wetness, machinery, disease and/or dust, cause discomfort and where there is a risk of injury, requiring extended recovery and possible loss of life or limb.
Ability to learn, advise and provide interpretation to others how to apply policies, procedures and standards to specific situations.
Ability to learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
Ability to persuade, convince and /or train others, including the ability to act in a lead worker capacity.
Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers and citizens, both verbally and in writing.
The selected candidate of a sensitive position will be subjected to a background check including Live Scan fingerprinting Department of Justice (DOJ) and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.
The selected candidate must pass a pre-placement medical examination and submit to a drug screen test.
Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Note: Falsifying one's education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City of Signal Hill.
Disaster Service Workers
All City of Signal Hill employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through State and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
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