Ceres

Police Officer (Lateral and Academy Graduate) - 2018.1

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Law Enforcement
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Central Valley
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Full-Time
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Until filled or until 200 applicants
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$4,779.00-$6,099.00 Monthly
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Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


Location

2727 3rd Street Ceres, 95307

Description

POSITION SUMMARY

The City of Ceres is accepting applications for Lateral and Academy Graduate Police Officers!   Under general supervision, the ideal candidate will perform state and local law enforcement and crime prevention duties and responsibilities; including traffic control and issuing citations; participate in and conduct criminal investigations, and makes arrests; provides support and assistance to special crime prevention and law enforcement programs; and performs a variety of technical and administrative law enforcement services and activities; engages with local Ceres community and contributes to a positive, trustful, and professional Police Department image, and respected relationships with residents, businesses, academic, and other communities throughout the City.   POA (Police Officers Association) Bargaining Group.  Non-Exempt, Sworn Safety FLSA Status.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

 

· Patrol designated areas of the City in car, by foot, or other means to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances; protect real and personal property by providing security checks of residential, business, and public premises; maintain awareness of and remains alert for wanted suspects, known criminals, stolen vehicles, missing persons, traffic violators, and crimes in progress; issue warnings and citations.

· Conduct investigations at scenes of incidents to which summoned or incidents observed; determine what, if any, crime has been committed; identify, collect, preserve, process, and book evidence; locate and interview victims and witnesses; identify and interrogate suspects.

· Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses; may respond to requests for assistance from agencies outside the City for mutual aid in the suppression of civil disturbances, apprehension of criminals, or other related requests.

· Participate in continuous training to enhance law enforcement skills including firearms proficiency, defensive driving skills, apprehension and arrest techniques, investigative skills, and general law enforcement skills.

· Participate in special assignments including Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), etc..

· When assigned as a Field Training Officer, train new recruits and lateral police officers; document trainee progress and prepare evaluations; serve as acting field supervisor as assigned.

· When assigned to traffic, patrol assigned areas on a police motorcycle; perform a full range of traffic enforcement duties; observe, monitor, and control routine and unusual traffic conditions; assist and advise motorist; use radar to detect speed; issue citations and warnings; investigate traffic accidents.

· Sign off on citations and Vehicle Identification (VIN) verification.

· Enforce parking regulations; issue citations; tow vehicles that are in violation of codes.

 

Detective Assignment

· Serve on assigned taskforce including auto theft, gang or drug taskforces; gather knowledge about individuals or groups who are involved in criminal activity in order to understand how they function, describe their current activities, forecast future action they may undertake, and provide intelligence and resources that will eradicate criminal activity; coordinate and participate in multi-jurisdictional intelligence gathering and suppression operations.

· Receive, review, and analyze reports and case information on law enforcement activities requiring special and detailed investigations.

· Coordinate and conduct complete and detailed investigations of crimes involving juveniles and adults, crimes against persons and property including child and elder abuse claims, homicides, rape and assaults with deadly weapons, and crimes involving vice, gaming, and narcotics violations; follow cases from reporting, to arrest, to prosecution.

· Contact, interview, and interrogate victims, complainants, witnesses, suspects, and others involved in cases and incidents; obtain statements, documents, and factual and physical evidence.

· Review information and evidence obtained for presentation in court cases; testify in court concerning evidence and facts gathered during the investigative process.

· Remain on-call during stipulated time periods to respond to incidents that will probably require major investigative follow-up and criminal identification work at the scene of the incident .

· Collect, preserve, maintain, and book evidence and recovered property found that is involved with suspected crimes.

· Hold stakeouts, perform undercover activities, conduct surveillance activities, and other observation assignments.

· Prepare investigative reports and case information; recommend disposition of cases including to discuss recommended disposition of cases with legal authorities.

· Perform related duties as required

Ideal Candidate

QUALIFICATIONS

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  • Police methods and procedures including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, and investigation.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including laws governing the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons accused of felonies, misdemeanors, and petty offenses.
  • Rules of evidence pertaining to the search and seizure and the preservation of evidence.
  • Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory.
  • Techniques and applications of self defense and proper use of force.
  • Operational characteristics of police equipment, vehicles, and tools including firearms, chemical agents, baton, and other related paraphernalia.
  • Use of firearms and other modern police equipment.
  • Methods and techniques used in interviewing witnesses, victims, or suspects.
  • Principles and applications of public relations.
  • Principles and practices of data collection and analysis.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Basic principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
  • Geography of the local area.
  • Standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
  • First aid and CPR techniques.
  • When assigned to investigations, investigative techniques, procedures, and sources of information.
  • When assigned to investigations, principles and practices used in the identification, preservation, and presentation of evidence.
  • When assigned to investigations, recent court decisions on arrest procedures and the preservation and presentation of evidence.
  • When assigned to investigations, methods and techniques used in interviewing witnesses, victims, or suspects including effective methods of obtaining information from reluctant witnesses.

Ability to:

  • Perform a wide range of law enforcement assignments.
  • Understand, interpret, apply, enforce, and make decisions in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Interpret and explain City law enforcement policies and procedures.
  • Think clearly and act quickly in a variety of situations.
  • Judge situations/people accurately.
  • Effectively use and qualify with law enforcement tools and weapons including firearms, batons, defensive tactics, and other safety equipment.
  • Operate specialized law enforcement equipment including specialized police vehicles, radios, video systems, and radars.
  • Conduct a variety of criminal and special investigations.
  • Gather, assemble, analyze, evaluate, and use facts and evidence.
  • Interview victims, complainants, witnesses, and suspects.
  • Accurately observe and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
  • Control violent people and affect arrests.
  • Administer first aid.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports and routine correspondence.
  • Maintain contact and preserve good relations with the public; respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.
  • Prepare and make presentations related to law enforcement efforts in the community.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Work irregular and on-call hours including weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • Meet and maintain required peace officer employment standards.
  • Meet and maintain the departmental firearms qualifications standards.
  • Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.
  • Meet department’s psychological and background requirements.
  • When assigned to investigations, perform specialized investigative duties involving the interpretation, explanation, and application of laws and proper investigative techniques.
  • When assigned to investigations, gather, assemble, analyze, and evaluate facts and evidence, drawing appropriate conclusions and making recommendations for the disposition of cases.
  • When assigned to investigations, secure information from witnesses, victims, and suspects.
  • Undertake and satisfactorily complete required and assigned in-service training programs.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

ALL CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

Education  

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. Additional college level course work and specialized  training in law

enforcement, criminal justice, or a related field; Associate degree is highly desirable.

Licenses   

Possession of valid California driver’s license.

Certificates    

Possession of, or ability to obtain, CPR and First Aid certifications

Special Conditions 

Must be 21 years of age upon appointment.  No felony convictions. Must pass comprehensive background investigation.  Must be a U.S. citizen and/or meet all U.S. citizenship and immigration requirements.   Employment is contingent upon passing law enforcement medical examinations.  As a condition of continued employment, must be able to work various shifts, including evenings and weekends, and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings. 

 

ACADEMY GRADUATE EXPERIENCE AND P.O.S.T. CERTIFICATE  REQUIREMENTS

Experience

Possess related work experience that demonstrates a general aptitude for police work. 

Certificates 

Must qualify for or possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate upon completion of the probationary period.  

*Graduate candidates who currently possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate may be given priority over candidates. 

Benefits

Pension/Retirement:  The City offers a generous defined benefit plan pension (membership required) in the Stanislaus County Employees’ Retirement Association (StanCERA), as governed by County Employees’ Retirement Law of 1937 and Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA). “Classic members” (currently or within the last six (6) months a member of StanCERA or subject to reciprocity with another eligible retirement plan, eg. CalPERS) are enrolled in the City’s 3% @ 50 plan; final compensation at retirement is based on the single highest year. Non-classic or “new members” are enrolled in the 2.7% @ 57 plan, and employees are required to pay 50% of the normal contribution rate as prescribed by PEPRA, on a pre-tax basis; final compensation at retirement is based on the average of the three highest salary years.

Health: The City contributes toward the combined monthly premiums for medical, dental and vision a maximum of $710, $1,470 or $2,090, dependent on level of medical coverage enrollment. Some of the monthly plan premium options are currently at NO COST  to the employee and family!  Any employee contributions to health premiums are taken as pre-tax deductions. Employees eligible to waive medical coverage receive $200 per month in additional taxable compensation. Carriers include: Blue Shield HMO, Blue Shield PPO, Kaiser HMO; Stanislaus Foundation Dental and Blue Shield MES Vision. 

Volunteer Benefits: The City contributes an additional $100 per month through a qualified Section 125 plan for the purchase of voluntary benefits (e.g. Life/AD&D, long-term disability, and FSA for daycare and unreimbursed medical expenses). Employee contributions to certain voluntary benefits are taken as pre-tax deductions. If the employee does not utilize the entire allowance for benefits, the City shall contribute the remaining balance to the employee’s deferred compensation (457) supplemental retirement account, Retiree Health Savings or Health Savings Account, as applicable.

Miscellaneous Benefits

Employee Assistance Program, voluntary options for Deferred Compensation (457), and

Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Voluntary Life and AD&D, 12 days sick leave accrued each year

with unlimited accrual; vacation accrual based on years of service with maximum accrual of 480 hours and

13 paid holidays (including one personal day) each year.

 

Other Benefits & Leave: The City provides an Employee Assistance Program, voluntary options for Deferred Compensation, sick and vacation leave.

For additional benefits please review the POA MOU located on the City Website           

              http://www.ci.ceres.ca.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/827

Special Instructions

MUST ATTACH P.O.S.T or ACADEMY GRADUATE CERTIFICATES TO BE CONSIDERED.

 

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • ALL CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

Education Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. Additional college level course work and specialized training in law enforcement, criminal justice, or a related field; Associate degree is highly desirable.

Licenses Possession of valid California driver’s license.

Certificates Possession of, or ability to obtain, CPR and First Aid certifications.

Conditions Must be 21 years of age upon appointment. No felony convictions. Must pass comprehensive background investigation. Must be a U.S. citizen and/or meet all U.S. citizenship and immigration requirements. Employment is contingent upon passing law enforcement medical examinations. As a condition of continued employment, must be able to work various shifts, including evenings and weekends, and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.

ACADEMY GRADUATE EXPERIENCE AND P.O.S.T. CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

  • Possess related work experience that demonstrates a general aptitude for police work.
  • Certificate Must qualify for or possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate upon completion of the probationary period. *Graduate candidates who currently possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate may be given priority over candidates.

POLICE OFFICER LATERAL EXPERIENCE AND P.O.S.T. CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

Currently employed as a Police Officer for a minimum of 2 years (having passed probation) with a California law enforcement agency and, successfully completed a Basic P.O.S.T. approved field training program;

OR

Formerly employed as a Police Officer for two years (passing probation) with a CA law enforcement agency within the past 2 years and, before separating with that agency, successfully completed a Basic P.O.S.T. approved field training program.

 

Recruitment Contact

Contact phone: 
(209)538-5772
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