East Palo Alto

Police Recruit (20409645)

Law Enforcement
San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled
$0.00-$30.00 Hourly

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


141 Demeter St East Palo Alto, 94303




$30.00 Hourly



The Police Recruit actively participates in the P.O.S.T. (Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training) prescribed police academy training program; performs all related learning and testing activities. The successful candidate will perform a variety of routine to complex field and administrative activities in support of police services and programs for the City’s Police Department. In addition to, provide comprehensive non-sworn staff support to Police Department supervisory and management personnel on a wide variety of law enforcement programs, projects, and services; responds to public requests and performs related duties, as assigned.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a collaborative, inclusive, and encouraging team member.
  • Be adaptable and able to work under stressful or difficult conditions.
  • Be comfortable working in inclement weather conditions at all hours of the day and night, including on weekends and holidays.
  • Bilingual is highly desirable.


Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Learns and applies knowledge of the City of East Palo Alto Police Department's organization, rules, and regulations.
  • Learns principles and techniques of patrol procedures, community service, crime prevention, and public relations.
  • Learns and applies knowledge of enforcement and procedural aspects of criminal law, arrest and control techniques, crowd control, and the enforcement of those laws.
  • Learns principles and techniques of proper use and maintenance of firearms.
  • Learns vehicle operation including the Vehicle Code.
  • Learns basic criminal investigation processes and techniques, including the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence, courtroom testimony, and interviewing witnesses.
  • Learns and practices physical fitness and defense techniques programs.
  • Learns and practices first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


Knowledge of:

  • Basic functions, principles, and practices of law enforcement agencies.
  • Activities and programs of the City’s Police Department.
  • Basic principles of record keeping.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination.
  • Computers and software programs (e.g., Microsoft software packages) to conduct, compile, and/or generate documentation.

Ability to:

  • Learn basic functions, principles, and practices of law enforcement agencies.
  • Learn police terminology and law enforcement codes.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.
  • Learn and understand the organization and operation of the City and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


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

Education: Equivalent to graduation from the twelfth (12th) grade.

License and Certifications: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License by time of appointment and a satisfactory driving record.


During the academy the following benefits will be available:

Health Benefits: For medical coverage, the City contracts with Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente. The City pays 100% employee only Kaiser Coverage and 65% Dependent Coverage up to the Kaiser Coverage Plan.

Dental insurance: is through Delta Dental. The City pays full cost for employees only.

Long Term Disability:  City paid.

Life Insurance: The City pays for coverage of $25,000


CalPERS Classic Members - 2.5% @ 55 formula Employee pays 8% employee contribution.

CalPERS New Members—2% @ 62 formula Employee pays 7.75% employee contribution.

* Three (3) year average final compensation

Sick Leave: state mandated sick leave (1 hour for every 30 hours worked)

Employee Assistance Program: The City of East Palo Alto offers an employee assistance program for employees and dependents that provides counseling and other services for dealing with life’s challenges at no cost to the employee.

After successful completion of and graduation from the Policy Academy, Police Officer Recruits who continue to meet the Employment Standards are eligible to be sworn in as Police Officers and begin the Field Training Program. At that time, the incumbent will be eligible for Full-Time City employment status, increased salary and benefits.

ABOUT THE CITY: The City of East Palo Alto is a beautiful community located in the heart of the Silicon Valley and is uniquely positioned to maximize its potential as a significant city in the region. Founded by speculators and farmers in 1849, the town was originally named Ravenswood. In 1983 the residents successfully campaigned to incorporate as East Palo Alto. The population is approximately 28,000 with an area of approximately 2.5 square miles.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The City of East Palo Alto Police Department has built a strong partnership between the community and the department to help enhance public safety and improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in the City of East Palo Alto. The Police Departments goals are to focus on crime suppression and analysis, problem solving, building community relationships, and creating effective crime prevention strategies. The philosophy is that the more the department is informed and openly available about public safety issues, the better we can work together toward safer, more secure, and healthier neighborhoods.


Special Instructions


It is important to complete all required application materials. Applications will be reviewed in detail to identify the most qualified candidates to interview.  The most qualified will be invited to a panel interview. Those who pass the panel interview will be advanced to an interview with the Chief of Police.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a standard Police background investigation including polygraph exam, psychological evaluation, and complete physical exam with drug screening.


To be considered for this exciting opportunity, candidates should apply through CalOpps.org. Complete an online application and the required supplemental questionnaire. All materials must be included to be considered as a candidate.

This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the recruitment process or additional inquiries about the position should advise Danielle Oliveira from Muchmore Than Consulting at danielle@muchmorethanconsulting.org or (650) 853-3116.

The City of East Palo Alto is not responsible for the failure of internet forms or email in submitting your application.




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