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Police Officer - Academy Graduate
City of Ceres, Central Valley

Law Enforcement

For more info contact:
[email protected]
(209) 538-5772
Close Date: Mar 28, 2017
Salary: $4,779.00 - $6,099.00 Monthly


The City of Ceres is accepting applications for Entry Level/Academy Graduate Police Officer.   Under general supervision, the ideal candidate will perform state and local law enforcement and crime prevention duties and responsibilities; including traffic control and issuing citations; participate in and conduct criminal investigations, and makes arrests; provides support and assistance to special crime prevention and law enforcement programs; and performs a variety of technical and administrative law enforcement services and activities; engages with local Ceres community and contributes to a positive, trustful, and professional Police Department image, and respected relationships with residents, businesses, academic, and other communities throughout the City.   POA (Police Officers Association) Bargaining Group.  Non-Exempt, Sworn Safety FLSA Status.





· Patrol designated areas of the City in car, by foot, or other means to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances; protect real and personal property by providing security checks of residential, business, and public premises; maintain awareness of and remains alert for wanted suspects, known criminals, stolen vehicles, missing persons, traffic violators, and crimes in progress; issue warnings and citations.

· Conduct investigations at scenes of incidents to which summoned or incidents observed; determine what, if any, crime has been committed; identify, collect, preserve, process, and book evidence; locate and interview victims and witnesses; identify and interrogate suspects.

· Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses; may respond to requests for assistance from agencies outside the City for mutual aid in the suppression of civil disturbances, apprehension of criminals, or other related requests.

· Participate in continuous training to enhance law enforcement skills including firearms proficiency, defensive driving skills, apprehension and arrest techniques, investigative skills, and general law enforcement skills.

· Participate in special assignments including Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), etc..

· When assigned as a Field Training Officer, train new recruits and lateral police officers; document trainee progress and prepare evaluations; serve as acting field supervisor as assigned.

· When assigned to traffic, patrol assigned areas on a police motorcycle; perform a full range of traffic enforcement duties; observe, monitor, and control routine and unusual traffic conditions; assist and advise motorist; use radar to detect speed; issue citations and warnings; investigate traffic accidents.

· Sign off on citations and Vehicle Identification (VIN) verification.

· Enforce parking regulations; issue citations; tow vehicles that are in violation of codes.


Detective Assignment

· Serve on assigned taskforce including auto theft, gang or drug taskforces; gather knowledge about individuals or groups who are involved in criminal activity in order to understand how they function, describe their current activities, forecast future action they may undertake, and provide intelligence and resources that will eradicate criminal activity; coordinate and participate in multi-jurisdictional intelligence gathering and suppression operations.

· Receive, review, and analyze reports and case information on law enforcement activities requiring special and detailed investigations.

· Coordinate and conduct complete and detailed investigations of crimes involving juveniles and adults, crimes against persons and property including child and elder abuse claims, homicides, rape and assaults with deadly weapons, and crimes involving vice, gaming, and narcotics violations; follow cases from reporting, to arrest, to prosecution.

· Contact, interview, and interrogate victims, complainants, witnesses, suspects, and others involved in cases and incidents; obtain statements, documents, and factual and physical evidence.

· Review information and evidence obtained for presentation in court cases; testify in court concerning evidence and facts gathered during the investigative process.

· Remain on-call during stipulated time periods to respond to incidents that will probably require major investigative follow-up and criminal identification work at the scene of the incident .

· Collect, preserve, maintain, and book evidence and recovered property found that is involved with suspected crimes.

· Hold stakeouts, perform undercover activities, conduct surveillance activities, and other observation assignments.

· Prepare investigative reports and case information; recommend disposition of cases including to discuss recommended disposition of cases with legal authorities.

· Perform related duties as required




Ideal Candidate:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:






Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. Additional college level course work and specialized  training in law


enforcement, criminal justice, or a related field; Associate degree is highly desirable.




Possession of valid California driver’s license.




Possession of, or ability to obtain, CPR and First Aid certifications


Special Conditions 


Must be 21 years of age upon appointment.  No felony convictions. Must pass comprehensive background investigation.  Must be a U.S. citizen and/or meet all U.S. citizenship and immigration requirements.   Employment is contingent upon passing law enforcement medical examinations.  As a condition of continued employment, must be able to work various shifts, including evenings and weekends, and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings. 








Possess related work experience that demonstrates a general aptitude for police work. 




Must qualify for or possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate upon completion of the probationary period.  


*Graduate candidates who currently possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate may be given priority over candidates. 




The City requires employee membership in the Stanislaus County Employees’ Retirement


Association (StanCERA), as governed by County Employees’ Retirement Law of 1937 and Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA).  “Classic members” (currently or within the last six (6) months a member of StanCERA or subject to reciprocity with another eligible retirement plan) are enrolled in the City’s 3% @ 50 plan; final compensation at retirement is based on the single highest year.  Non-classic or “new members” are enrolled in the 2.7% @ 57 plan, and employees are required to pay 50% of the normal contribution rate as prescribed by PEPRA, currently 12.82%, on a pre-tax basis; final compensation at retirement is based on the average of the three highest years.


The City also participates in Social Security, which has a mandatory 7.65% contribution for Social Security and Medicare.


Health Benefits

The City contributes toward the combined monthly premiums for medical, dental and vision a maximum of $710, $1,470 or $2,090, dependent on level of medical coverage enrollment. 


Employee contributions to health premiums are taken as pre-tax deductions.  Employees eligible to waive medical coverage, receive $200 per month in taxable compensation. 


Carriers include:  Anthem Blue Cross HMO, Anthem Blue Cross HDHP/PPO, Kaiser; Stanislaus Foundation Dental and VSP.


Voluntary Benefits

The City contributes $100 per month through a qualified Section 125 plan for the purchase of voluntary benefits (e.g. life/AD&D, long-term disability, and FSA for daycare and unreimbursed medical expenses).  Employee contributions to certain voluntary benefits are taken as pre-tax deductions.  If the employee does not utilize the entire allowance for benefits, the City shall contribute the remaining balance to employee’s deferred compensation account, Retiree Health Savings or Health Savings Account, as applicable

Other Benefits

The City provides an Employee Assistance Program, voluntary options for Deferred Compensation; sick and vacation leave.


For additional benefit information, such as education incentives, vacation, sick leave conversion, additional premium pays, etc., please review the POA MOU located on the City Website at


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