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Police Officer - Lateral
City of Petaluma, Northern Bay Area

Law Enforcement

For more info contact:
[email protected]
(707) 778-4534
Close Date: Continuous
Salary: $5,891.60 - $7,165.60 Monthly

The City of Petaluma invites applications for:




Salary Range: $5,891.60-$7,165.60 per month  


A Police Officer is a safety member of CalPERS.  Depending on prior or current membership in CalPERS the employee contribution can range from 9% to 11.75% pre-tax contribution and may change in the future.  The City does not participate in Social Security.



FILING DEADLINE: Continuous Recruitment

Interviews will be scheduled as a sufficient number of qualified applications are received.



This is a continuous recruitment.  Applications will only be accepted online at



Police Department


Petaluma Police Department is dedicated to providing the best law enforcement services to the community and it prides itself on community involved programs. Petaluma has a population of approximately 59,000 and encompasses nearly 13 square miles situated 40 miles north of San Francisco Bay Area on U.S. 101, and 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The Police Department staffing includes 84.5 full time employees, including one Chief, one Deputy Chief, four Lieutenants, nine Sergeants, forty-seven Officers, and other support staff.  In addition, the department has three K-9 Officers, Traffic Unit, Motorcycle Patrol, SWAT Team, Investigations Unit, FTP Program, and Reserve Community Service Officer Program (Volunteer). The Petaluma Police Department is proactive in Community Oriented Policing Philosophy.



Special Pay


The City of Petaluma provides newly hired officers a uniform in addition to compensation at the rate of 1.5% of Step 5 of Police Officers annual salary, paid per pay period. The City offers 5% of base salary for possession of a POST Intermediate certificate, 7% of base salary for a POST Advanced certificate and 7% of base salary for a POST Supervisory certificate. Sworn officers with certified Spanish bilingual skills receive an additional $100-$200 per month depending on proficiency. Field Training Officers receive an additional 5%. Detectives receive on-call pay and take home a vehicle.




Lateral Applicant Requirements


To be considered as a lateral applicant you must:


  • Be currently employed as a peace officer in good standing by a California-authorized jurisdiction.


  • Have successfully completed your Field Training Office program in your current agency.




For a detailed listing of qualifications, please go to the Human Resources website and read the “Police Officer” class specification. Any applicant who does not meet the above requirements will not be considered for employment.


To be considered for this position, you are required to complete an application online and supplemental questionnaire at  All required application materials must be received for your application to be valid. 


All completed application documents will be reviewed. An application submitted without complete information will not be considered. A screening committee will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant who has met the minimum requirements for the position. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the process, and the decision of the screening committee is final.


Questions about our hiring process can be directed to Sally Ricci, Human Resources Assistant at [email protected] or (707)778-4534.


Specific questions about the Petaluma Police Department can be directed to Sgt. Martin Frye at [email protected] or (707) 778-4439.



Hiring Requirements

Candidates being considered for selection will undergo a thorough background investigation, including by not limited to personal history, employment, education, military, State of California Department of Justice fingerprint search of records, DMV driving record, etc. A polygraph examination will be part of the background examination.  Prior to appointment, candidates must also successfully complete a Police Chief interview, pre-employment medical examination, a drug screen, and a psychological evaluation. All statements made on application materials must be correct and will be subject to investigation and verification.


Special Accommodations

If you need special accommodation for any stage of the examination process, please visit the City’s website and complete the Special Testing Accommodation Request Form at  You may also contact the Human Resources Division at (707) 778-4551 or via email at [email protected]


Employee Benefits

Information on benefits plans is on the City of Petaluma’s Human Resources website.  Also refer to the Memorandum of Understanding for Unit 6 – Police, located at


Note:  This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Petaluma is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.





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