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Police Sergeant
City of Alameda, East Bay

Law Enforcement

For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 747-4900

This Recruitment is open to City of Alameda Employees Only

Close Date: Jan 31, 2013
Salary: $98,072.00 - $119,225.00 Annually






A. Written Test: Tentatively Scheduled for the Week of February 11, 2013

B. Structured Oral Interview: Tentatively Scheduled for the Week of March 4, 2013



Under direction, the Police Sergeant supervises employees in law enforcement, crime prevention, and delivery of police services; makes investigations; and does related work as required.



To be considered for participation in the examination process, applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications.  Possession of the minimum qualifications does not assure a place on the Eligible List.  This is a competitive examination, where a candidate's performance in the examination will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates.


Education and Experience

  1. Have permanent Civil Service status plus at least one (1) additional year of full-time employment as a Police Officer with the City of Alameda (total of 3 years) by January 31, 2013.
    Have permanent Civil Service status with the City of Alameda plus at least two (2) years of prior continuous full-time employment as a peace officer, as currently defined in the California Penal Code, in any law enforcement agency (total of 4 years) by January 31, 2013.

  2. Desirable for all candidates: Associates Degree or 60 units toward a Bachelors Degree.

  3. Possession of a valid State of California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.




The selection process may include information from the resources below. 

  1. For the Record: Report Writing in Law Enforcement, 5th or 6th Editions, Karen M. Hess, & Henry M. Wrobleski, Innovative Systems, 2002 or 2008.
  2. Management and Supervision of Law Enforcement Personnel, 4th Edition, Donald J. Schroeder & Frank Lombardo, LexisNexis Gould Publications, 2006.
  3. Supervision of Police Personnel, 7th Edition, by N.F. Iannone, Prentice-Hall, 2001, ISBN#0-13-649229-0.
  4. Police Field Operations, 7th Edition, Thomas F. Adams, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007.
  5. California Peace Officers Legal Sourcebook, State of California Department of Justice.
  6. Alameda Police Department General Orders
  7. State of California Penal Code
  8. State of California Vehicle Code
  9. Public Safety Officers’ Procedural Bill of Rights Act, Government Code §3300-3311, et. seq.



PART I:     A review of all applications to identify those applicants who meet the announced minimum qualifications for acceptance into the exam.  A resume must be submitted along with the application by the filing deadline for consideration.  Applicants will be tested on his/her technical knowledge, as well as knowledge and skills in the areas of communication, decision-making, interpersonal skills and supervision as represented in the reading list above.



PART II:    Written Examination (weighted 40%).  Candidates must receive a passing score of 70% in order to continue to the Structured Oral Interview.


PART III:   Structured Oral Interview including a Written Exercise (weighted 60%).  Candidates must receive a passing score of 70% in order to pass this part of the selection process.  Candidates achieving a combined score of 75% on the written exam and structured oral interview will have their names placed on an Eligible List.  Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate based on the earliest application submittal date.  The number of names certified to the department will exceed by two the number of vacancies to be filled. Placement on the Eligible List does not guarantee employment.   Federal law requires that, prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States.


Veteran’s Preference Credit:  A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service.  NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.




1.     APPLY ONLINE at or print an application

2.     Visit the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501

Applications must be filed no later than closing time on the last date to apply.  No photocopies or facsimiles accepted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time.




The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply.  It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age.  Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.  No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace.  Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons.  Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department.  Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.


The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


For Benefits information, please visit our website at: A detailed summary can be found for this position under Alameda Police Officers Association.

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