Carmel by the Sea

Police Officer - Lateral or Academy Graduate

Law Enforcement
Central Coast
4/3/2019 at 5pm or until 200 applicants
$79,664.00-$99,736.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


Southeast corner of Junipero Street and Fourth Avenue City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, 93921


The City: Carmel-by-the-Sea, tucked along the central coast in Monterey County, California, is rich in natural beauty and prides itself on its white sand beach, luxuriant landscaped bluffs, verdant forest, natural parklands and roadside greenbelts. First incorporated as a City in 1916, this unique and quaint coastal community was founded by artists and writers – among them: Jack London, George Sterling, Mary Austin and Robinson Jeffers. The City is one square mile in area, with a population of approximately 4,800.

The Department: The Carmel-by-the-Sea Public Safety Department includes Police, Parking Control, Animal Control, and Dispatching Services. The Police Chief is also the Director of Public Safety with oversight over the Police Department, the Ambulance Department and Fire Contracted Services (Currently with Monterey Fire Department). The Police Department is made up of (15) sworn officers and (10) non-sworn positions, comprised of (1) Police Chief/Public Safety Director, (1) Commander, (2) Sergeants, (2) Corporals, (9) Officers, (6) Public Services Officers (Dispatchers) and (4) Community Services Officers (Parking and Animal Control).  Specialized assignments currently include participation in regional Special Response Unit (SRU), Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT), Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team (PRVNT) as well as department Motor Officer, Bicycle Patrol and Detective positions. 

The Carmel Police Department is committed to providing quality municipal police services to our residents, business community, and visitors.  We maintain a proactive approach to preventing crime and a strong commitment to resolving the concerns of those we serve.  The Department has embraced the philosophy of community oriented policing.  Members are committed to delivering the highest level of service to the community.  We take great pride in employing new members who possess the same level of commitment.

Definition: Under general supervision, performs a variety of duties involved in the enforcement of laws and the prevention of crimes; conducts and participates in general investigations of crimes, accidents, and cases; control traffic flow and enforces State and local traffic regulations; and performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the Police Department.

Ideal candidate has the minimum qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED;
  • At least 21 years old at time of appointment;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship before application;
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License;
  • Vision of 20/100 corrected to 20/30 in each eye and normal color acuity; and,
  • Possession of a current California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Academy certificate or a current P.O.S.T. Basic Law Enforcement certificate. A photocopy of your certificate must be attached to your application.

Appointments: Prior to appointment, all candidates must successfully complete a background investigation, medical examination, drug & alcohol screening test, polygraph and psychological exam.  The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary. Appointments are normally made at the first salary step. 

Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy: Candidates offered employment must pass a pre-placement medical exam which includes a drug and alcohol screening test prior to final appointment. Hiring decisions may be based upon the results of the pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.

Please note: Any successful candidate, selected by the hiring department will be required to submit proof of education and/or military records (i.e., original copy of the diploma or college/university transcripts and/or DD214).

Attention: Communication regarding your status in this recruitment process will be conducted via e-mail. Be sure to include an e-mail address on the employment application. Applicants are responsible for notifying Human Resources of any changes to an e-mail address and/or other contact information.

The closing date for this recruitment is 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2019 . To be considered for this opportunity:

  • Submit through an application, cover letter, resume, certificate and a list of five (5) professional references (including your current supervisor) who will not be contacted until mutually agreed upon.

After the closing deadline, applications will be screened in relation to the criteria indicated in this announcement. Incomplete, late, emailed, and faxed applications are not accepted. Resumes are not considered in lieu of the required online employment application at Cover letter, resume, certificate and a list of five (5) professional references must be uploaded with your application through the website.

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea is not responsible for failure of internet forms or email in submitting your application. Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise Human Resources by emailing Jane Wilson (


The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

Ideal Candidate

  • Exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs; act quickly and calmly in emergencies.
  • Meet and deal with the public tactfully and effectively.
  • Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively, and determine proper course of action.
  • Respond to inquiries, complaints, and requests for information from the general public.
  • Successfully completed P.O.S.T. training.
  • Effectively perform and properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations particularly with reference to apprehension, arrest, search and seizure, evidence, records maintenance, and traffic control.
  • Effectively perform modern investigative methods including interviewing and interrogation techniques.
  • Effectively perform self-defense tactics.
  • Effectively gather, assemble, analyze, evaluate and use facts and evidence.
  • Understand and learn recent court decisions and how they affect department and division operations.
  • Learn, interpret and explain City and department policies and procedures.
  • Learn local geography, City streets, public buildings, and businesses.
  • Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places.
  • Prepare and maintain clear, accurate, concise and complete reports.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


  • Officers work on a mandatory step system based upon successfully completing probation and satisfactory yearly evaluations. The current MOU has six steps, whereas the sixth step is a longevity step achieved after 10 years of satisfactory service.
  • Insurance: Participation in CalPERS medical plans; City-paid dental, vision, life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance coverage. City covers 80% of the medical plan premium cost.
  • Section 125 Plan: Flexible spending account available to spend on out-of-pocket health care expenses.
  • Opt-out option for medical coverage as allowed with cash-in-lieu provided.
  • Retirement: Covered by the CalPERS retirement system based on eligibility and enrollment history.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan: City contributes $25.00 monthly on behalf of eligible employees to IRS 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (currently through CalPERS/Voya or Nationwide).
  • Sick Leave Accrual: 8 hours per month.
  • Shift Schedule: Officers generally work 3-12 hour shifts with an 8-hour make-up day every other week.
  • Shift Differential Pay: $350 a month if working an entire month of 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Vacation Leave Accrual: 1- 4 years of service = 80 hours per year; 5 -10 years of service = 120 hours per year; 11 - 14 years of service = 160 hours per year; 15 years of service and over = 176 hours per year.
  • Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year; 1 general leave day per year. Sworn members, not on administrative schedule, will be paid straight time if the holiday falls on their day off or regular workday.
  • Uniform Allowance: $120.00 per month. 
  • Educational Incentive Pay: Pay is based on highest academic degree awarded: Associates 2%; Bachelor’s 5%; Masters 6%.
  • POST Educational Incentive: Pay is cumulative - Intermediate 1%; Advanced 2%; Supervisory 2% for a total of 5%.
  • Longevity Pay: 3% after 10 continuous years of service with the City of Carmel-by- the-Sea.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Up to $1000 per fiscal year for completion of approved courses.

Special Instructions

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:

  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, run, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, crawl, twist, climb, and lift 100 pounds;
  • Exposure to cold, heat, noise, outdoors, vibration, confining work space, chemicals, explosive materials, mechanical hazards, and electrical hazards; 
  • Ability to travel to different sites and locations; and,
  • Availability for shift work, on-call, and stand-by.

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