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Police Officer
Academy Grad or Lateral Only
City of Burlingame, San Francisco/Peninsula

Law Enforcement

For more info contact:
(650) 558-7206
Close Date: Mar 12, 2013
Salary: $6,513.48 - $7,916.31 Monthly


The Burlingame Police Department is a municipal, full service, community oriented department.  We offer a variety of investigative, preventative, and community policing programs to both protect and serve a community that spans five square miles and is home to more than 28,000 residents.


The Burlingame Police Department is divided into two divisions- Operations and Administration.  The force currently consists of 37 police officers, made up of the Chief of Police, 2 Captains, 7 Sergeants, 3 Inspectors, and 24 Patrol Officers.


We are active in county-wide law enforcement efforts by participating in the San Mateo County Gang Task Force, Avoid the 23 (DUI) Task Force, Narcotic Task Force Details, Alcohol Beverage Control Operations, Office of Traffic Safety grants and as Police Academy Training Officers.



Burlingame Police Officers are responsible for preventing crime, arresting law violators, directing traffic, etc.  In that capacity, officers may also serve in special assignments such as K-9, detective, SWAT, hostage teams, FTO, and motorcycle patrol.



  • Patrol various areas within the City by driving a police vehicle or by walking to prevent criminal activity, to enforce various laws, regulations, and codes.

  • Respond to radio dispatched calls and reports to crime scenes or locations of disorder to protect life and property.

  • Conduct investigations, gathers information and writes factual reports involving criminal activity, traffic accidents, suspicious activity, or other unusual incidents.

  • Make arrests as necessary and writes report of all arrests made and activities performed.

  • Interview and interrogate suspicious persons, suspects, and prisoners.

  • Gather, mark, preserve, and record evidence in criminal or related matters; testify and present evidence in court.

  • Serve warrants and subpoenas.

  • Assist in the performance of special investigations and perform undercover and surveillance activities when necessary



Knowledge of:

  • State laws, local regulations, ordinances, and codes including laws or arrest, current court decisions, General Police procedures and rules.

  • Standard police broadcasting procedures and codes. 

  • Proper use of departmental firearms.

  • Geography of the local area.


Ability to:

  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

  • Read, comprehend, write, and speak English effectively.

  • Write clear, concise and grammatically correct police reports.

  • Observe, hear, remember, and record facts in writing.

  • Interpret, explain, and apply laws and regulations.

  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action.

  • Mediate confrontations including those encountered during family, neighborhood or work disputes, or civil disorders, controlling hostile people or groups.

  • Arrest persons with or without warrants and physically take into custody, guarding arrestees.

  • Administer first aid and CPR



  •  Operation of police vehicle at high rates of speed during emergency situations.

  • Use police vehicle radios as well as hand-held portables and use proper radio codes.

  • Use hand-held and/or electronic equipment for drug and alcohol detection.

  • Ability to process for and lift latent evidence.

  • Finger print and take palm prints from arrestees.

  • Use departmentally issued firearms safely and safety equipment.



Candidates must be a US Citizen, at least 21 years of age on date of appointment, a US high school graduate (or GED equivalent), have no felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history.  Must be able to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions, read, comprehend, write, and speak English effectively.


To be considered for a lateral Police Officer appointment, candidates must have prior experience as a sworn law enforcement officer within the past twelve (12) months, including the completion of the field training program and probation period with a law enforcement agency



Apply immediately; position may close at any time. Applicants are required to submit a copy of a POST Basic certificate. 


Applications may be obtained at the City of Burlingame, Human Resources, 501 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA  94010 or call 650-558-2706, or  apply directly online at



All applications will be reviewed.  Those most closely matching the desired qualifications and requirements will be invited to participate in oral interviews and other elements of the selection process.



Finalists will be required to undergo a thorough background investigation and criminal/vehicle records check.  Employment offers are contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical/drug screen and psychological examination.  Past substance abuse and criminal activity may be grounds for disqualification but all candidates will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 


The salary range for the Police Officer is $6,513.48 to $7,916.31 per month.  Appointment to the position may be made at any step within this range dependent upon the selected candidate’s experience.

Current benefits include the following:

  • Retirement: CalPERS 3% at 50 or 2.7% at 57 benefit formula depending on membership status.
  • Health Insurance: Choice of CalPERS Medical plans. City currently pays 100% of medical premium up to $1,738.44 per month for family medical coverage.
  • City pays 100% of premium for dental and vision for employee and dependents.
  • Term life insurance policy in the amount of $75,000.
  • Vacation leave of 10 days for the first 4 years and increases with years of service.
  • Sick Leave: 12 days per year.
  • Personal time off: 24 hours per year.
  • Educational Incentive: Intermediate Post certification 5% premium pay differential; Advanced POST Certification 7% premium pay differential.
  • Education Benefits:  Reimbursement of partial cost of college tuition and books.
  • Incentive or Premium pays: Several specialized assignments and Night shift differential
  • Uniform Allowance $1,085.00 per year.
  • Deferred Compensation: City contributes $65.00 per month matching contribution to a choice of 457 plans.
  • Section 125 Flex Benefit: Un-reimbursed Medical and Child Care.
  • Reduced fee for City Recreation fitness classes.
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