Police Officer

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Academy Graduate Employment Announcement.

SALARY
$98,173 to 119,216 annually.

BENEFITS
Generous paid leave, CalPERS medical coverage, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, and an employee assistance program (EAP). Access to CalPERS retirement (3% at 50 for current classic members; 2.7% at 57 for new members) and retiree medical benefits as well as access to IRS Section 125 flexible benefits for pretax child care, health spending accounts and tuition reimbursement.

Classic CalPERS safety employees contribute 15.148% to CalPERS and new CalPERS members contribute 14.148% to CalPERS with no Social Security deduction. For more detailed benefits information please view our Benefits Comparison by Bargaining Group online here.

DEFINITION
To promote community order and protect life and property through the preservation of public peace, prevention of crime and enforcement of laws.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
This is the entry-level, sworn position in the police Field Operations Division. Upon successful completion of the probationary period police officers may be assigned to the following specialty assignments as available: motorcycle, K-9, investigations, crime prevention and juvenile assignments.  Applicants who have successfully completed an academy (Academy Graduates) are appointed as Police Officers.  In addition, Police Officer Trainees are appointed as Police Officers upon successful completion of the academy.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Protects life and property through patrolling assigned areas.
2. Answers calls for service from citizens regarding criminal activity and other matters relating to the safety of the community.
3. Investigates crimes through contact with victims, suspects and witnesses; collecting, processing and storing evidence.
4. Interacts with other agencies in the collection of information, identification of criminal offenses and recovery of stolen property.
5. Coordinates and participates in the prosecution of criminal offenders.
6. Obtains criminal complaints, serves warrants and makes arrests.
7. Monitors traffic to prevent accidents, enforces Vehicle Code laws and promotes traffic movement throughout the City.
8. Issues citations or warnings as appropriate.
9. Investigates traffic accidents.
10. Assists citizens, gives directions and promotes community relations.
11. May handle, train and care for an assigned police dog.
12. Interacts with social agencies, schools, families and juveniles regarding juvenile matters.
13. Documents activities with complete, clear and concise written reports and correspondence.
14. Maintains assigned equipment.
15. Maintains a level of physical fitness which meets job requirements.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge of the principles and practices of police science; criminal law, especially as it relates to the apprehension, arrest and prosecution of law violators and the collection of evidence; City geography; departmental policies and procedures; knowledge of computer keyboarding skills.

Ability to analyze and interpret police problems and criminal evidence; prepare accurate reports; establish and maintain effective community relations on both an individual and group basis; use sound judgment in all situations; and perform  routine maintenance or care of vehicles, equipment or animals; ability to type on a computer keyboard; meet and maintain POST standards.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from high school or possession of GED. Completion of 40 semester units or 60 quarter units from an accredited college. College units must be completed by time of application. Vision and hearing capabilities consistent with guidelines by POST and/or the City of Mountain View.

REQUIRED LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES
Valid California driver’s license.

WORKING CONDITIONS
Requires work outdoors in situations which may be hazardous and life-threatening. Will be required to work various shifts, overtime and on-call as assigned.

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