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Police Officer
City of Los Altos, South Bay

Law Enforcement

For more info contact:
[email protected]
(650) 947-2607
Close Date: Jun 27, 2014
Salary: $6,762.00 - $8,218.00 Monthly

City of Los Altos


Invites Applications for the Position of  







5:00pm, Friday, June 27, 2014



SALARY: $6,762 - $8,218 monthly

Los Altos Police Officers are responsible for providing general law enforcement and public service duties. In that capacity,  officers serve in traffic, patrol and community-oriented policing assignments. Specialty assignments include criminal investigations, narcotics, auto theft, School Resource Officer, motorcycle traffic enforcement, SWAT, hostage negotiations, tactical response and canine officer positions.


Los Altos is a full service City with a budget of approximately $39 million and a full-time staff of 130 employees. The Civic Center complex houses the City Hall, Youth Center, Police Station, Library, History Museum and Community Center. Los Altos, California (population 29,431) blends a distinctive community-oriented character with the proximity and influence of the Bay Area’s cultural, recreational and business attractions. With its picturesque neighborhoods, downtown village and highly-rated schools, Los Altos is one of the premier residential communities on the San Francisco Peninsula and a very desirable place to live, work and raise a family. It is located 40 miles from San Francisco, just south of Palo Alto and minutes from the heart of Silicon Valley.


The City of Los Altos is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. If you are a qualified individual with a disability as defined by the ADA/FEHA and you need reasonable accommodation to participate in the interview process, you must notify the Human Resources Division at time of application. Pursuant to ADA/FEHA regulations, official documentation to support your request may be required.


The Los Altos Police Department is a progressive organization consisting of 30 sworn officers and 16 non-sworn personnel dedicated to providing a high level of service to the community. The department is committed to the concept of community-oriented policing and continually strives for excellence, taking pride in themselves, the community they serve and their dedication to making a positive contribution to the field of law enforcement.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Possess and maintain a valid California driver license
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Possession of  a POST Basic Certificate– The certificate is awarded to currently full-time peace officers of a POST-participating agency who have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite Basic Course requirement and the employing agency’s probationary period.


Patrol and investigative experience with a California Law Enforce law enforcement agency.  AA degree or completion of sixty-semester (60) college units.


Ideal Candidate:

The Ideal Candidate for Police Officer will be a current POST-certified peace officer.



  • For new employees currently members of the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS)  or reciprocal city, the retirement formula is 3% @ 55. Employee pays 9% of salary for employee CalPERS retirement benefit.
  • For new CalPERS members, retirement benefits are pursuant to the California Public Employee’s Retirement Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) Section 7522.10,  employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 will have a retirement formula of 2.7% @ 57 and will pay up to 50% of the normal CalPERS retirement cost. Normal cost is determined yearly by CalPERS actuarial.
  • Choice of HMO or PPO plans through CalPERS Health Benefits
  • Dental Reimbursement Plan
  • City-paid life insurance; additional life insurance purchase option
  • Long Term Disability insurance purchase option
  • Vacation starting at 10 days annually
  • Sick leave allowance of 12 days annually
  • 10 Annual Holidays
  • 457 Deferred Compensation plans
  • Flexible Spending Plan: dependent care and health care reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program


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