The Chief of Police, appointed by the City Council, manages the department which is organized into two divisions: The Patrol Division and Support Services Division. The divisions are comprised of 26 sworn Police Officers assisted by support personnel, including dispatchers, clerk typists, Police Cadets, parking enforcement technicians, and police services technicians. Patrol Division officers are currently divided into four teams, each team working a 3/12 schedule. Special assignment opportunities may include Detective, Field Training Officer, Firearms/Survival Training Officer, Traffic Officer, Bicycle Team, Motor Officer, Tactical Response Team, and Hostage Negotiation Team. The Department has an active in-service training program that regularly meets or exceeds POST mandated continuing professional training standards.
Example of DutiesPolice Officers are responsible for a variety of law enforcement activities during an assigned shift. Duties include patrol, investigation, traffic enforcement, crime prevention, report writing, and testimony in court. Police Officers may be assigned to work overtime and may work odd hours, rotating shifts, and work on holidays and/or weekends. Including, but not limited to:
Patrol an assigned area of the city by foot or car. Respond to calls for service from the public
Conduct preliminary criminal investigations involving juveniles and adults, crimes against persons or property, and crimes involving vice, gaming, and narcotics violations. In the course of preliminary investigations, gather, preserve, and handle evidence according to department policies and procedures
Monitor unusual traffic conditions to assure public safety and efficient flow of traffic. Stop vehicles whose operators are in violation of the law. Issue citations and testify in court
Make arrests of persons violating the law. Conduct interviews with victims, suspects, witnesses, and complainants. Prepare a variety of reports including those related to arrests and unusual incidents
Answer inquiries from the general public regarding a variety of law enforcement and non-police matters. Check schools, public and commercial buildings, and shopping centers for physical security
Maintain contact with citizens regarding law enforcement problems and preserve a good relationship with the public
Receive, search, book, fingerprint, and transport prisoners to the station, the County jail, or other holding facilities as necessary
Perform related duties as assigned
- 21 years of age or older
- High School Diploma or GED
- Possession of a valid California driver's license at time of hire
- Proof of current enrollment in a California POST Academy (or acceptance of future enrollment) is required upon application OR your California P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certificate.
- A T-Score of 42.5 or higher on the California POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery is required. POST assessment results are valid within one year (12 months) from the date that the test was administered. *The City of Albany will not be administering the Law Enforcement entrance assessment testing; however, we will accept scores from any POST participating agency on official agency letterhead. Qualifying T-Scores must be attached to your application at the time of online submission. T-Scores must be provided on agency letterhead* For more information regarding the testing standards, please visit the POST website at www.post.ca.gov.
Police Officers are eligible for the following educational or special assignment incentives (employees can combine one POST and one education incentive):
Education Incentive Pay
2.5% for possession of an AA/AS degree; or
5% for possession of a BA/BS degree; or
- 7% for possession of a MA/MS degree.
POST Incentive Pay
- 2.5% for possession of an Intermediate POST certificate; or
- 4% for possession of an Advanced POST certificate.
Special Assignment Incentive Pay
- 2% Bilingual Pay (must pass examination to qualify)
- 4% for assignment as a Detective
- 5% for assignment as a Field Training Officer
- Night Shift Differential = 3.0%
- CalPERS Classic Members (employees hired on or after January 1, 2013, and defined as “classic” PERS members) participate in a 3% @ 55 retirement formula
- New CalPERS Members as defined by PEPRA (employees new to PERS or with greater than 6 months gap in service with PERS) participate in a 2.7% @ 57 formula
10 CalPERS Health Plans to choose from. Employer-paid family health insurance up to the Bay Area Kaiser premium rate
Alternative benefit of elective paid leave with a quarterly cash out in-lieu of health insurance for employees choosing to opt out of the City's medical plan (must provide proof of outside coverage)
Dental, Orthodontia, Life Insurance, and Disability
Employer paid dental insurance through Delta Dental
Supplemental Orthodontia reimbursement plan
- Employer paid Life/AD&D insurance in the amount of $50,000
Other Optional Benefits
- Vision Insurance (VSP) - with competitive rates
- Section 457 deferred compensation program, administered through ICMA
- Section 125 flexible spending benefits plan for health care and dependent care expenses
- Commuter Checks
- Tuition reimbursement program
- 11 days of vacation per year (increases with years of service)
- 13 days of holiday pay per year
- 12 days of sick leave per year with a partial sick leave buyout upon retirement
Uniform Allowance: $1,200 annually
Union: Membership in the Albany Peace Officers’ Association
Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online today! Your completed application materials must include the following:
- Proof of current enrollment in a California POST Academy (or proof of future enrollment) OR California P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certificate
- T-Score of 42.5 or higher on the California POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery
All completed applications will be reviewed and the most qualified applicants will be invited to continue in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination.
The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract. The City of Albany is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against race, color, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, sex origin or disability. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, should special accommodations be necessary at any stage of the selection process, please contact the Human Resources Technician at (510) 528-5715 a minimum of five days prior to an examination.