Foster City

Senior Community Services Officer (19927199)

Law Enforcement
San Francisco/Peninsula
12/2/2019 at 5pm or until 100 applicants
$5,403.00-$6,567.00 Monthly


Under general supervision, supplements administrative staff and provides support for sworn staff in police operations including mail distribution, public fingerprinting, property and evidence handling and control, data input and retrieval for payroll, purchasing, and crime analysis functions; provides parking and vehicle abatement enforcement, prepares minor police reports; performs administrative support for youth services, crime prevention and volunteer programs and is cross trained to handle all assignments.


There are four main assignment areas for the position. Currently there is only one vacancy; however, Senior Community Service Officers are cross trained in all of the areas listed below and positions may rotate upon need of the agency.  The new hire for this opening will initially be assigned to field operations.

Field Operations assignment:

Performs vehicle abatement duties, provides parking enforcement, performs evidence collection and processing in accordance with departmental procedures, prepares police and operational reports. Responds to subpoenas as necessary. Handle a variety of department fleet maintenance and equipment maintenance duties; run errands in support of department operations. 

Property/Evidence assignment:

Maintain and manage property and evidence of the department, including maintaining the property / evidence rooms; receive, collect, catalogue, store, handle and transport evidence; reviews files on case-by-base basis for disposition in accordance with Penal Codes and Law; assist in providing training to officers on proper packaging of evidence; prepare basic police reports, compile complex information; manage equipment inventory, provide information, telephone and front counter service, order and maintain evidence supplies and necessary equipment, perform payroll data input and payroll preparation/coordination.

Crime Prevention assignment:

Contacts residents, homeowners associations, Neighborhood Watch groups and others to coordinate community presentations; prepare educational materials and information on issues such as crime stats, department operations, general City topics and other related topics for presentations and public information brochures; develop department press releases for local newspapers; prepare, coordinate and/or participate in various community events; assist in coordinating reserve officer and citizen volunteer program activities; supervise, maintain, coordinate and provide training for the Police Explorer program; conduct police station tours; coordinates, drives and prepares CARES vehicle for use at City events; backup support for Property and Evidence assignment ; coordinates support functions of various divisions and services.

Warrant/Crime Analysis assignment:

Research, organize and compile crime analysis information using specialized software applications; prepare internal correspondence, reports, graphs and other presentations; develop and maintain contacts with other criminal justice system personnel to exchange information; maintains department records pertaining to such items as registrants, parolees, pawn slips, and FI cards; assist Detectives in intelligence; prepare and coordinate status reports and informational publications for the public; act as non-custodial court liaison including periodic (e.g. daily) runs to Criminal Court; maintains department warrants, including processing incoming, recalled, suspended and cleared warrants, monitoring and tracking outside agency warrant requests, updates on booked defendants, and due diligence; handles bail procedures.  


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way would be:

Education:  A high school diploma or equivalent with courses in office administration or specialized job training, with undergraduate college course work, specialized administrative or law enforcement education and/or training. An associate degree is desirable.

Experience:  Two (2) years of full-time experience using computers, telephones, radios and other modern office equipment and programs including preparing, compiling and distributing records, budgets, reports and statistical information.


Ability to provide effective service and technical support; ability to learn all assignments; ability to sit for long periods of time, stoop, squat, lift and carry small boxes, supplies and equipment up to 25 lbs.; ability to remain calm and courteous in stressful situations, possess stamina for high workload periods, high profile projects and tight deadlines; coordinate and communicate with a wide range of people, effectively disseminate information and analyze relevant data; flexibility to work irregular hours and overtime as necessary; handle multiple priorities and respond to urgent requests; provide community service in a polite and courteous manner. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License and a good driving record.


A City/District application is required for consideration and must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 2, 2019. It is recommended that you apply as soon as possible as we will only accept the first 100 applications for this position. Applications may be submitted online at the following website:

You may also obtain and submit the required application at the Human Resources Department, City of Foster City, 610 Foster City Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404.


A limited number of the most qualified candidates may be invited to continue in the selection process. The selection process may consist of one or more of the following components: written exam, oral board interview and/or assessment center. The employment list will consist of candidates that successfully complete the oral board process. This list will be in effect for at least one year. Applicants selected for a Departmental interview must complete a background investigation which includes a polygraph and fingerprinting. After a conditional job offer, applicants must also complete a psychological examination and pre-employment medical examination.


The City of Foster City provides a superior benefits program which includes 12 paid holidays per year; annual sick leave; discretionary leave; Public Employees’ Retirement System, 2.7%@55 formula; Voluntary Deferred Compensation program; Flexible Benefits Program including health, dental, vision and medical/dependent care reimbursement accounts; VEBA program; 9/80 work schedule; vacation accrued at the rate of 11 working days per year for the first three years then increasing to a maximum of 23 working days per year; long-term disability insurance; and life insurance.


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