Police Officer Recruit (Entry-level) 2018

First review of candidates on June 26, 2018 after 5:00pm
Law Enforcement
Central Valley
$23.82-$23.82 Hourly

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


2727 3rd Street Ceres, 95307




Summary Description

Under general supervision from higher level supervisory or management staff and from training staff at a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)-certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy, this is a non-sworn classification structured for incumbents who have not yet entered or not yet completed the California POST-certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy.  Successful completion of a POST-certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy, resulting in graduation and certification, enables incumbent to become a probationary sworn Police Officer with the City.

Representative Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Attend classroom activities, participate in both the learning process and the interactions with students and faculty, resulting in achieving a passing grade on all classroom requirements.
  2. Complete classroom assignments and projects, as required.
  3. Participate in physical activities, resulting in achieving a passing grade on the POST physical agility exam.
  4. Participate in firearms course, resulting in achieving a qualifying score for firearms qualification under California Penal Code Section 832.
  5. Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public, using principles of good customer service.
  6. Perform related duties as required.

Ideal Candidate


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:

      Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.

      English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Ability to:

          Learn proper Police procedures and methods.

     Analyze situations quickly and objectively, and determine and take emergency and/or appropriate action.

     Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

     Learn the operation of standard equipment and facilities required in the performance of assigned tasks, including a computer.

     Type at a reasonable speed necessary for successful job performance (25 wpm).

     Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system including mobile dispatch terminals.

     Participate in strenuous physical activities including sufficient strength, endurance and body flexibility to accomplish classroom requirements.  This includes the ability to lift and carry up to 75 pounds of weight.

       Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.

     Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

     Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

            Successfully complete a POST-certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy, including classroom instruction, physical agility and use of firearms.


Incumbents in this classification are eligible to participate in the City’s cafeteria plan and shall receive an allowance to purchase benefits under the plan.

A.   All employees must enroll in an available City medical plan unless they opt out.  

B.   The City shall contribute the following amounts toward the combined premiums for medical, dental and vision on a semi-monthly basis (24 pay periods).  The City’s contribution shall not exceed the actual premiums or the contribution amounts listed below, whichever is less.  The employee shall be responsible for the balance of premiums, if any.

      1.   $355 semi-monthly ($710 monthly) for employees enrolled in Employee-Only medical coverage.

      2.   $735 semi-monthly ($1,470 monthly) for employees enrolled in Employee + 1 medical coverage.

      3.   $1,045 semi-monthly ($2,090 monthly) for employees enrolled in Employee + Family (more than one dependent) medical coverage.

C.  The City shall pay one-hundred percent (100%) of the dental and vision premiums for employees who waive medical coverage.

D.  Employees who waive medical coverage shall receive $100 semi-monthly ($200 monthly) taxable compensation.

E.   The City shall continue a Section 125 program for pre-tax deductions for the employee share of medical, dental and vision insurance premiums.

F.   Benefits shall stop at the end of the month when City employment is ended for any reason.  All coverage, except as required to be offered or extended under federal and state law, shall end.

There is no responsibility on the part of the City to pay, either in money or premiums, any remaining City or employee obligations beyond the month of termination of an employee's employment.

Cash payment for medical waivers will be paid only through the end of the month in which an employee's employment terminated.  Such payment will be included in an employee's final pay received from the City.

Any outstanding premiums required to continue benefits through the end of the month of an employee's termination of City employment will be withheld from the final pay received from the City.

G.  The City shall also provide each employee a $1,200 annual allowance for payment of pre-tax premiums for life/AD&D, long-term disability or other supplemental insurance offered by the City, and contributions to Flexible Spending Accounts (daycare and unreimbursed medical expenses) or Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

The selection of these benefits is voluntary on the part of the employees.

The allowance shall be provided on a semi-monthly basis—$50 over 24 pay periods.

Any remaining balance of the allowance shall be forfeited to the City.

H.  The City shall continue a Section 125 program for pre-tax deductions for the employee share of life/AD&D, long-term disability or other supplemental insurance premiums, and for Flexible Spending Accounts (daycare and unreimbursed Medical expenses) or Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

Special Instructions

Current academy attendees encouraged to apply.

Job candidates must receive satisfactory results from the City's background investigation, a physical examination, which includes a drug screen, polygraph, fingerprints, and an administrative review.

Must be able to take the P.O.S.T. PELLET B exam and receive a score of 45 or more. Please attach a copy of your score certificate if already taken within the last year.  Must be able to pass the City's predetermined physical fitness test. 

Candidates are subject to a reimbursement contract that requires three years of continuous service as a police officer with the City of Ceres upon successful completion of the POST basic academy.



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