Police Officer - Academy Participant/Graduate or Lateral (19896904)

Law Enforcement
East Bay
$7,137.00-$9,564.00 Monthly


1000 San Pablo Avenue Albany, 94706


The City of Albany is accepting applications on a continuous basis for the position of Police Officer. Candidates may apply as either Academy Participant/Graduate or Lateral. 

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. The department has sustained a positive relationship with the community for many years by recognizing the community’s high expectations for professional police services.


Police Officers are responsible for a variety of law enforcement duties 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.

  • 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

Academy Participant/Graduate Candidates must also:

  • Be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a California POST Academy.
  • Possess a T-Score of 42.5 or higher on the California POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery. POST assessment results are valid within one year (12 months) from the date that the test was administered.  

Lateral Candidates must also:

  • Be a current full-time Police Officer
  • Possess a California POST Basic Certificate or a Certificate of completion from an accredited California POST Basic School awarded or renewed within the previous consecutive thirty-six months at the time of application. 


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.
Other Incentives
  • 2% Bilingual Pay (must pass examination to qualify)
  • 3% Night Shift Differential
  • 5% Acting Pay
  • Up to 5% for Special Assignment (Detective or 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

  • The City pays up to the Bay Area Kaiser family premium rate. Employees may choose between 10 CalPERS Health Plans.
  • Alternate benefit in-lieu of health insurance - Elective paid leave with a quarterly cash out 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

Additional Benefits

  • Uniform Allowance: $1,200 annually

  • Union: Membership in the Albany Peace Officers’ Association

Selection Process

Applications are being accepted on a continuous basis. At the end of each month, all applications will be reviewed. The most qualified applicants will be invited to an oral board interview tentatively scheduled for the following month. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the process.

Your completed application must include the following:

  • If applying as an Academy Participant/Graduate candidate -
    • Proof of current enrollment in or recent graduation from a California POST Academy; and
    • Proof of a T-Score of 42.5 or higher on the California POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery
  • If applying as a Lateral candidate -
    • California POST Basic certificate OR Certificate of Completion from an accredited California POST Basic School awarded or renewed within the previous consecutive thirty-six months at the time of application 


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 Department at (510) 528-5715 a minimum of five days prior to the examination.

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