This recruitment specifically invites candidates that are
currently enrolled and/or attending a California P.O.S.T.
accredited Police Academy. Candidates must be enrolled in a six (6)
month full-time Police Academy or have begun the last module of an
extended Police Academy.
The Salinas Police Department is seeking enthusiastic individuals
ready to start their careers in law enforcement. This is an
entry-level position for the Police Officer series. This is an
exciting opportunity for someone with the desire to serve their
local community and be a part of a winning team. Applicants who
have been accepted to a Police Academy and/or are currently
attending are eligible to apply for this opportunity. This
recruitment may be closed at any time once a sufficient number of
applications have been received. Candidates must apply through this
recruitment and submit the required documents at time of
application. An application appraisal will determine which
candidates move forward to the department interview. If selected
for hire, candidates will be eligible to receive health care
benefits, vacation accruals and a generous benefit package.
To be considered for this position, you are required to submit the
following two documents:
1) Documentation of academy attendance (letter on official letter
2) P.O.S.T. PELLET B Examination T-Score 48 or above (official
score letter from P.O.S.T or testing agency valid within the last
Summary of Duties : Under direction, utilizes specialized training
and equipment to protect life and property by enforcing laws and
preventing crimes. In an assigned beat or assignment,
responsibilities may include; patrolling in a police vehicle or on
foot, responding to calls for service, conducting investigations,
providing information and assistance to the public, preparing and
participating in planned events, preparing for and attending court.
Works closely with the community members to preserve the peace and
promote public safety. Performs related special assignments or
other related work as assigned.
Distinguishing Characteristics : Incumbents may enter the class
either as a recruit, academy graduate or lateral status. Police
recruits are entry-level positions with little or no related
training or experience required. Recruits must complete a
California Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)
certified basic law enforcement training academy prior to
appointment to probationary status as a police officer. Academy
graduates and lateral entry police officers are appointed to full
probationary status at time of hire.
Essential Job Functions
Patrol Division Assignment
1. Operates a police vehicle, and/or walks a foot beat in
patrolling an assigned area; operates a Mobile Computer Terminal,
radio and assigned equipment.
2. Promotes community policing by communicating with community
members regarding potential problems in assigned area; explains
laws, ordinances and their rights to residents, in resolving
disputes; may attend community meetings and participate in
3. Enforces state, local and federal laws and ordinances governing
public safety; issues verbal warnings and citations.
4. Responds to calls for service; resolves disputes; responds to
accidents and renders first aid.
5. Prepares and documents cases, completes reports, and may
maintain other records as necessary.
6. Coordinates crime scene control and conducts investigations,
including search area for suspects or evidence. Investigations may
include duties such as interviews, interrogations, identification
of witnesses and victims, obtaining information from surveillance
videos, computer data, records department, or other agencies.
7. Pursues and apprehends suspects transports, supervises and
assists in processing detainees and other individuals in
8. Participates in various in-service training, legislatively
mandated and California P.O.S.T. mandated training.
9. Collaborates and works with a wide range of internal departments
and external agencies; provides reports, background checks,
database inquiries, verification for lost or stolen items including
missing persons (Department of Justice validation lists) and other
orders or requests.
10. Performs other duties as assigned.
Other Major Assignments
1. Learns and implements investigative techniques and
2. May conduct criminal, traffic, narcotic and vice investigations
within the Department's various divisions.
3. Develops leads, apprehends and arrests suspects in connection
with felony and misdemeanor crime investigations.
4. Collects and preserves evidence.
5. Patrols high incidence crime areas, utilizing undercover tools
6. May perform related duties to support and enhance Community
7. May operate a police motorcycle/enduro in the course of
performing patrol duties.
8. May perform the duties of a patrol officer in coordination with
a trained canine partner, as part of the Department's Canine
9. Assists the Patrol Division as necessary and/or assigned.
City, State and federal laws, statutes, ordinances, and court
decisions as pertinent to assigned duties.
Police department policies, practices, regulations and
Law enforcement and crime prevention principles, practices and
Human behavioral theories, principles, methods and practices.
Geographic layout and demographic characteristics of the City.
Current methods and practices of criminal identification and
investigation. Criminal law with particular emphasis on rules of
apprehension, search, seizure, arrest and prosecution of
Narcotics investigation techniques.
Departmental organization and the functions of the various
Community issues and concerns.
Principles of community oriented policing.
Properly handling individuals exhibiting problem behavior, and
situations presenting disorder and/or danger to self or others.
Carrying out orders from supervisors and other senior officers.
Working effectively with a variety of co workers and members of the
public from a cross section of educational and socio cultural
Demonstrating physical ability and stamina appropriate to perform
the duties of the position.
Reading and interpreting complex technical documents, such as laws,
ordinances and court decisions.
Showing compassion and empathy towards others.
Communicating verbally in a clear concise manner under stressful
Writing clear and comprehensive reports.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Essential duties require the mental and/or physical ability to
maintain physical and emotional conditioning to optimally perform
in this position; manual dexterity sufficient to write, type, use
telephone, two-way radio, computer, use and control of firearms;
see well enough to drive vehicles, read small print on documents
and maps, detect subtle shades of color; hearing sufficient to
conduct in person and telephone and two-way radio conversations;
speaking ability in an understandable voice with sufficient volume
to be heard at fifty feet of distance, on the telephone and in
addressing groups; physical agility to push/pull, squat, twist,
turn, bend, stoop, reach overhead, climb over obstacles such as
fences and walls while running in foot pursuit of a crime suspect;
physical mobility sufficient to move in and out of a vehicle
repeatedly, sprint from a stand-still; physical strength to carry
30 pounds of equipment on the body for period of at least ten hours
per shift, occasionally lift more than 120 pounds, repetitively
lift up to 100 pounds; physical stamina sufficient to sit and drive
for prolonged periods of time, mental acuity and alertness to
collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems,
establish facts, draw rapid valid conclusions, make rapid valid
judgments and decisions. Other physical requirements as described
in the P.O.S.T. Medical Screening Manual.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature
and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an
exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which
may be required.
APPOINTMENTS: Prior to appointment, all candidates must
successfully complete a background investigation, polygraph
examination, psychological evaluation, Chiefs interview, meet the
current Police Officer Standards and Testing (P.O.S.T.) medical
standard for peace officers, and a drug & alcohol screening test.
Candidates must meet the departments pre-employment policy
regarding illegal use or possession of drugs. The City reserves the
right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary.
Police Recruits have a probationary period of eighteen (18) months
. CITY COMMUNICATION REGARDING THE SELECTION PROCESS WILL BE VIA
E-MAIL. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE E-MAIL ON YOUR
APPLICATION. Finalist interview/assessment will be held with the
City of Salinas.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY : Hiring decisions may be based upon the
results of the pre-employment drug and alcohol screening. Positive
samples are retained for 90 days from the date of notification.
Applicants with a positive result must notify the City in writing
prior to expiration of the 90 days to request retention beyond the
90-day period. A copy of the Citys Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy
is available upon request.
VETERANS PREFERENCE: A veteran is defined in accordance with
California Government Code 18540.4. In order to exercise this
preference, the veteran must submit the Citys Veterans Preference
Application and provide a copy of his/her DD-214 form at time of
application as proof of military status. Failure to submit the
required forms will be deemed a waiver of veteran's preference.
Military veterans shall be given preference in initial appointment
to City service. Further details can be obtained from the Human
Resources Division, at 831-758-7254.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The City of Salinas does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin,
ancestry, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability,
marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit
factor. The City of Salinas will make reasonable accommodation for
the disabled. Requests for accommodation should include an
explanation of the type and extent of accommodation needed to
participate in the selection process and/or to perform the duties
of the job for which they have applied. Requests can be submitted
via mail to Human Resources, City Hall, 200 Lincoln Avenue,
Salinas, CA 93901 or via facsimile transmittal (831) 758-7941 no
later than the closing date of this recruitment.
Military veterans, women and local Salinas residents are encouraged
to apply. Bilingual in Spanish is highly desired.
Recruitment/testing questions can be addressed to Maria Avila at
(831)758-7231 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For specific law
enforcement questions, contact Sergeant Dana Cornelison at
(831)758-7120 or email@example.com or Officer David Poulin at
(831)758-7122 or firstname.lastname@example.org