Police Officer - Lateral

Law Enforcement
East Bay
5/31/2019 at 5pm
$7,137.00-$9,564.00 Monthly


1000 San Pablo Avenue Albany, 94706


The City of Albany is recruiting for Police Officer candidates to fill current vacancies. We seek energetic, enthusiastic, and hard working individuals to join our Police force.

The Albany Police Department is a service-oriented agency whose members take pride in their proactive response to crime, disorder, and quality of life issues. This approach recognizes our community’s high expectations for professional police services and has sustained a positive relationship with the community for many years.

A Chief of Police is appointed by the City Council and manages the department which is organized into two divisions: The Operations Division and the Support Services Division. The divisions are comprised from 27 sworn police officers assisted by support personnel, including dispatchers, clerk typists, parking enforcement, and police services technicians. Operations Division officers are currently divided into four teams.  Assignment opportunities may include Detective, Field Training Officer, Firearms/Survival Training Officer, Traffic Officer, Dual-Sport Motorcycle Team, Bicycle Team, 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 Duties

Police 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

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Possession of a valid California driver's license at time of hire
  • Possession of a California POST Basic certificate.  The Basic Certificate is awarded to current 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. 


Typical placement is at the step 1 of the salary range.  Police Officers are also eligible for the following educational or special assignment incentives (employees can combine one POST and one education incentive):    Education Incentives
  • 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 Incentives
  • 2.5% for possession of an Intermediate POST certificate; or
  • 4% for possession of an Advanced POST certificate.
Special Assignment Pay
  • 2% Bilingual Pay (must pass examination to qualify)
  • 4% for assignment as a Detective
  • 5% for assignment as a Field Training Officer



  • 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

Health Insurance

  • 9 CalPERS Health Plans to choose from.  Employer-paid family health insurance up to the Bay Area Kaiser premium rate
  • Alternate benefit in-lieu of health insurance of elective paid leave with a quarterly cash out at the Kaiser single rate, for employees choosing to opt out and providing 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

Additional Benefits

  • Uniform Allowance: $1,200 annually

  • Union: Membership in the Albany Peace Officers’ Association

Selection Process

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online today!  Your application materials should include a comprehensive resume.  All completed applications will be reviewed and the most qualified applicants will be invited for further examination.  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 Director at (510) 528-5714 a minimum of five days prior to the examination.

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