The Burlingame Police Department is a municipal, full service, community oriented department. We offer a variety of investigative, preventative, and community policing programs to both protect and serve a community that spans five square miles and is home to more than 28,000 residents.
The Burlingame Police Department is divided into two divisions: Operations and Administration. The force currently consists of 40 police officers, made up of the Chief of Police, 1 Captain, 2 Lieutenants, 6 Sergeants, 6 Corporals, 2 Inspectors, and 22 Patrol Officers.
We are active in county-wide law enforcement efforts by participating in the San Mateo County Gang Task Force, Avoid the 23 (DUI) Task Force, Narcotic Task Force Details, Alcohol Beverage Control Operations, Office of Traffic Safety grants and as Police Academy Training Officers.
Burlingame Police Officers are responsible for preventing crime, arresting law violators, directing traffic, etc. In that capacity, officers may also serve in special assignments such as K-9, detective, SWAT, hostage teams, FTO, and motorcycle patrol.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Patrol various areas within the City by driving a police vehicle or by walking to prevent criminal activity, to enforce various laws, regulations, and codes.
- Respond to radio dispatched calls and reports to crime scenes or locations of disorder to protect life and property.
- Conduct investigations, gathers information and writes factual reports involving criminal activity, traffic accidents, suspicious activity, or other unusual incidents.
- Make arrests as necessary and writes report of all arrests made and activities performed.
- Interview and interrogate suspicious persons, suspects, and prisoners.
- Gather, mark, preserve, and record evidence in criminal or related matters; testify and present evidence in court.
- Serve warrants and subpoenas.
- Assist in the performance of special investigations and perform undercover and surveillance activities when necessary.
- State laws, local regulations, ordinances, and codes including laws or arrest, current court decisions, General Police procedures and rules.
- Standard police broadcasting procedures and codes.
- Proper use of departmental firearms.
- Geography of the local area.
- Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
- Read, comprehend, write, and speak English effectively.
- Write clear, concise and grammatically correct police reports.
- Observe, hear, remember, and record facts in writing.
- Interpret, explain, and apply laws and regulations.
- Analyze and judge situations/people accurately and adopt effective courses of action.
- Mediate confrontations including those encountered during family, neighborhood or work disputes, or civil disorders, controlling hostile people or groups.
- Be free of bias against race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.
- Exercise judgment in determining when to use force and to what degree.
- Build effective working relationships.
- Maintain contact and preserve good relations with the public; respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.
- Use sound conflict resolution and problem solving skills.
- Arrest persons with or without warrants and physically take into custody, guarding arrestee.
- Administer first aid and CPR.
- Operation of police vehicle at high rates of speed during emergency situations.
- Use police vehicle radios as well as hand-held portables and use proper radio codes.
- Use hand-held and/or electronic equipment for drug and alcohol detection.
- Ability to process for and lift latent evidence.
- Finger print and take palm prints from arrestees.
- Use departmentally issued firearms safely and safety equipment.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Candidates must be a US Citizen, at least 21 years of age on date of appointment, a US high school graduate (or GED equivalent), have no felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history. Must be able to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions, read, comprehend, write, and speak English effectively.
Entry Level - Proof of completing the POST Written Test and Physical Agility Test with a passing score.
Lateral Police Officer - To be considered for a lateral Police Officer appointment, candidates must have prior experience as a sworn law enforcement officer within the past twelve (12) months, including the completion of the field training program and probation period with a law enforcement agency.
Applicants with more than a three year break in employment as a California Police Officer or who are an out-of-state Police Officer must provide evidence of successful completion of the CA Basic POST Course waiver process.
Please apply on line at www.calopps.org and include either proof of passing score on both the PELLETB and WSTB assessment tests or a copy of a police academy graduation certificate as an attachment to your application.
Those most qualified candidates submitting the required documents in person to the Burlingame Police Department will be invited to participate in oral interviews and other elements of the selection process.
Finalists will be required to undergo a thorough background investigation and criminal/vehicle records check. Employment offers are contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical/drug screen and psychological examination. Past substance abuse and criminal activity may be grounds for disqualification but all candidates will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
An ideal candidate will understand the moral and ethical obligations of this position. Police officers must demonstrate dependability, accountability, and integrity, following the law and departmental policies at all times. Use of force must always be reasonable and necessary. Police officers are expected to carry out their responsibilities equitably and justly, recognizing that all citizens deserve respectful treatment regardless of actual or perceived characteristics such as race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, economic status, age, cultural group, disability, or marital status of a victim or suspect. The police code of ethics prohibits dishonesty and corruption. Police officers who engage in misconduct on or off duty can face disciplinary action and legal prosecution. When assisting crime victims, police have a duty to be caring, compassionate and responsive by taking the report seriously, pursuing the offender, and explaining victim services available in the community.
Acknowledgment of Police Officer Selection Standards
I. California Government Code Selection Standards for Police (Police) Officers – Section 1029
Minimum Police Officer selection standards set forth in California Government Code Section 1029:
- Free of any felony convictions.
- A citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
- At least 18 years of age.
- Fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.
- Of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation.
- A high school graduate, pass the General Education Development test or have attained a two- year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited or approved institution.
- Found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a police officer.
II. Pre-Employment Background Investigation
Government Code 1031(d) and California Code of Regulations, II CCR Section 1953, requires that every police officer candidate be subject to a thorough background investigation to verify good moral character and the absence of past behavior of unsuitability to perform the duties of a police officer. As part of this process, every police officer candidate must complete a personal history statement at the onset of the background investigation. Areas of investigation include:
Citizenship, Age and Education verification
Illegal Drug Use Applicants who have recently used illegal drugs will not be considered for employment as Police Officers.
Criminal Records Check - Local, State and National
A criminal records search at the local, state, and national levels to determine legal eligibility for police officer employment will be conducted for every police officer candidate. [Government Code sections 1029(a)(1),1030, and 1031(c)], eligibility to carry a firearm [Penal Code section 29805; U.S. Code Title 18, section 922(d)(9)], and to assess moral character [Government Code section 1031(d)]. A state search will include forwarding the candidate's fingerprints to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish the candidate's legal eligibility for employment (Government Code section 1029) and eligibility to possess a firearm [Penal Code section 29805; U.S. Code Title 18 section 922(d)(9)].
Driving Record Check
Every police officer candidate's driving history, if any, will be checked to assess behaviors consistent with the safe and appropriate operation of a motor vehicle and adherence to the law. Applicants with recent convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be considered for employment as Police Officers.
Employment History Checks
Every police officer candidate will be the subject of employment history checks through contacts with all past and current employers over a period of at least ten years, as listed on the candidate's personal history statement.
Relatives/Personal References Checks
Every police officer candidate will be the subject of reference checks through contacts and interviews with relatives, including former spouses, and personal references listed on the candidate's personal history statement. Additional references, provided by the initial contacts, will also be contacted and interviewed to determine whether the candidate has exhibited behavior incompatible with the position sought. Sufficient information will be collected and reviewed to determine candidate suitability.
Every police officer candidate will be the subject of contacts and interviews with current and, where practicable, previous neighbors to determine whether the candidate has exhibited behavior incompatible with the position sought.
Military History Check
When applicable, a candidate will be required to present proof of Selective Service registration or military service records.
Credit Records Check
Every police officer candidate will be the subject of a credit record search with a bona fide credit reporting agency (i.e., Experian, Trans Union, Equifax) to determine the candidate's credit standing with lenders, as an indication of the candidate's dependability and integrity.
III. Post Conditional Job Offer – Medical Evaluation
Every police officer candidate will be evaluated by a licensed physician (to determine if the candidate is free from any physical (i.e., medical) condition that might adversely affect the ability to exercise police officer powers [Government Code section 1031(f)]. IV.
Post Conditional Job Offer – Psychological Evaluation
Government Code 1031(f) requires all police officers be free from any “emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a police officer.” Every police officer candidate will be evaluated by a qualified, licensed, and experienced psychologist or psychiatrist.
- Retirement: CalPERS 3% at 50 or 2.7% at 57 benefit formula, depending on membership status.
- Health Insurance: Choice of CalPERS Medical plans. City pays 100% of medical premium up to the third highest plan CalPERS Bay Area Region premium rate for Employee and Employee +1 dependent coverage. City pays 100% of medical premium up to the Kaiser rate for Family coverage.
- City contribution to Retiree Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
- City pays 100% of premium for dental and vision for employee and dependents.
- Vacation: 104 - 194 hours per year, depending on length of service.
- Personal time off: 24 hours per year.
- Sick Leave: 96 hours annually, accumulated to a maximum of 2080 hours.
- Life Insurance: $75,000 term life, premiums paid by the City.
- Educational Incentive: Intermediate Post certification 5% premium pay differential; Advanced POST Certification 7% premium pay differential.
- Education Benefit for reimbursement tuition and books.
- Incentive or Premium pays for several specialized assignments.
- Night differential premium pay.
- Uniform Allowance $1,110.00 per year.
- Deferred compensation up to $30.00 per pay period.
- Credit Union available.
- Employee Assistance Program.