Reserve Police Officer - 2019 (19546221)

Level I only
Law Enforcement
Central Valley
$0.00-$29.25 Hourly

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


2727 3rd Street Ceres, 95307



This is a Level I Peace Officer designation that performs a wide variety of duties in the enforcement of law and order; and to carry out special assignments in the protection of life and property within the City of Ceres. Receives general supervision from a police sergeant or other designated authority.


  • Patrol an assigned area by motor vehicle, on foot, or by other designated means to answer calls for the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of city, county, and state laws; conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, death and other criminal incidents.
  • Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.
  • Investigate major crimes against property, persons, and narcotics and vice-related crimes.
  • Gather evidence using a variety of methods and techniques, including taking photographs, lifting fingerprints, tracing movements and talking with informants.
  • Present information upon completion of investigations to the District Attorney's office for filing charges; appear in court, as directed.
  • Serve warrants and subpoenas; file complaints; perform other work related to the processing of misdemeanor and felony complaints.
  • Prepare reports on arrest, traffic violation, impounded property and other case reports.
  • Check buildings for physical security; report street lamps or traffic signals that are not working; report or remove traffic hazards and report and take corrective action on other conditions detrimental to the general public.
  • Detain drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warn drivers against unlawful practices; issue citations and make arrests as necessary.
  • Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
  • Conduct surveillance of known suspected criminal activity.
  • Attend meetings with civic groups; participate in and conduct
  • Public awareness/education programs at schools; work with the schools on specialized awareness programs
  • Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public.
  • Direct and control pedestrian and vehicular traffic at emergency or other congested traffic situations.
  • May assist in training new officers in areas such as traffic enforcement, safety, report writing and policy procedures.
  • Attend meetings, seminars and training sessions as assigned.
  • The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Police car, police radio, M.D.C. (Mobile Data Computer), radar gun, handgun and other weapons as required, side handle baton, straight baton, asp, chemical agent, handcuffs, breathalyzer, first aid equipment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; run; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions.  The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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:

  • Police methods and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation, and identification techniques.
  • Criminal law and criminal procedure with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies.
  • Rules of evidence pertaining to the search and seizure and the preservation of evidence.
  • Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory.
  • Principles and practices of self-defense.
  • Use and care of firearms, chemical agents, baton and other related paraphernalia.
  • Interviewing and interrogation techniques.
  • Pertinent laws, codes, regulations and statutes.
  • City geography, noting streets, building locations.
  • First aid and CPR techniques.

Ability to:

  • Undertake and satisfactorily complete required and assigned in-service training programs as well as other mandated training requirements.
  • Observe accurately and remember faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
  • Think logically and act quickly in emergencies, and judge situations and people accurately.
  • Learn, understand and interpret laws and regulations.
  • Meet and maintain required reserve peace officer employment standards.
  • Meet and maintain the departmental firearms qualifications standards.
  • Drive and handle a police vehicle under routine and emergency situations.
  • Prepare and make presentations related to law enforcement efforts in the community.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Respond to emergencies while off duty.



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

Level I Reserve

  • Experience/Training: Successful completion and training from a P.O.S.T. certified police academy.  Possession of a high school diploma or GED certificate.


This is a non-benefited position.  No City benefits are provided other than those required under California State Law.

Special Instructions



  • Possession of a valid California Driver License.
  • CPR and First Aid certifications.
  • Ability to meet department's psychological and background requirements.



Formal application; review of education and experience; testing which may include written and physical agility test; oral interview; background check; polygraph examination; psychological examination; final selection.

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