Update 3/24/2020: At this time, we will only accept online applications.
The City of Lincoln is hiring for the position of Police Officer (Lateral/Academy Graduate) within the Police Department. This recruitment is open-continuous, interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Applications will be screened and candidates notified of their status intermittently.
Lincoln Police Officers serve a diverse community by performing law enforcement and crime prevention duties, which include but are not limited to: controlling traffic flow, conducting investigative work, and performing a variety of technical law enforcement tasks. Police Officers also patrol the City in computer-equipped vehicles, make arrests as necessary, interview victims, complainants and witnesses, collect evidence, and prepare written reports. The Lincoln Police Department is a full service department, authorized for 23 sworn officers, 6 dispatchers, and various other civilian and volunteer positions. The department serves a population of nearly 50,000 residents in a 20+ square mile suburban area.
The Police Officer is the journey-level class responsible for performance of the full scope of assigned law enforcement duties and responsibilities, under general supervision. This classification is distinguished from the next higher classification of Police Sergeant in that the latter is responsible for performance of the more complex and difficult tasks, and the supervision of assigned activities.
Receives general supervision from a Police Sergeant, or higher ranking position depending upon assignment. May provide technical supervision and training if serving in the Field Training Program.
Include, but are not limited to the following:
- Patrols assigned areas by car, foot or bicycle; performs crime suppression and prevention activities; answers special calls; conducts initial and follow-up investigations; interviews victims, complainants and witnesses; answers complaints including domestic disturbances, health code and local ordinance violations; performs surveillance activities; conducts chemical, drug and alcohol testing; investigates suspicious circumstances.
- Enforces traffic laws; conducts complete accident investigations; controls and directs traffic when necessary; performs crowd control, special event or riot duties; assists in crime prevention activities and the control of juvenile delinquency; serves search warrants and subpoenas; administers first aid in cases of emergency; transports, books and is responsible for the care and custody of detained persons.
- Trains and assists less experienced personnel as assigned; may serve as a Field Training Officer or in a variety of special program areas including gang taskforce, community resources, schools liaison, traffic patrol, task forces, crime prevention and administration.
- May serve as a detective; coordinates and conducts complete and detailed investigation of crimes against persons and property, and crimes involving vice, gaming and narcotics violations; performs undercover and surveillance activities; conducts registration and tracking of sex offenders; collects, preserves and maintains evidence and property.
- Obtains and processes evidence; takes written statements; prepares required reports and maintains investigative records; serves warrants and subpoenas; testifies in court in connection with prosecution of offenders; contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies as warranted.
- Responds to questions, concerns and requests for service from the general public; provides information as appropriate and resolves complaints.
- Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.
PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS
Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, running, jumping, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires both near and far vision and acute hearing. Additionally, incumbents may work outdoors in all weather conditions including wet, hot and cold. The position entails working in hazardous situations, and may involve abusive persons, potential physical violence and the potential risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens in the performance of law enforcement duties. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to drive motorized vehicles, operate a variety of law enforcement equipment, work in heavy vehicle traffic conditions and often work with constant interruptions.
The following are a representative sample of the KAS’s necessary to perform essential duties of the position.
Knowledge of: Operations and standard operating procedures of a Police Department; principles of crime prevention and suppression; modern law enforcement methods and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control and investigation; basic principles of law enforcement information systems; methods and techniques of supervision, training and motivation; basic principles of mathematics; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations; methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments; standard office procedures, practices and equipment; modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation and writing; proper English, spelling and grammar; occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Ability to: Gather, analyze and evaluate facts and evidence and reach sound conclusions; act quickly and calmly in emergency situations; interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, codes and regulations; read, interpret and record data accurately; organize, prioritize and follow-up on work assignments; work independently and as part of a team; make sound decisions within established guidelines; analyze a complex issue, and develop and implement an appropriate response; follow written and oral directions; observe safety principles and work in a safe manner; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Skill to: Operate an office computer and a variety of word processing and software applications; safely and effectively operate a variety of law enforcement equipment, firearms and a police vehicle in emergency situations.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
This recruitment is for Lateral or Academy Graduate candidates only. To be considered, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:
- Currently employed, or formerly employed within one-year of date of application, as a Police Officer by a California law enforcement agency, successful completion of a POST approved Field Training Program and possession of a current California POST Basic Certificate.
Academy Graduate Candidates:
- Possession of a current California POST Waiver certificate, or
- Possession of a current California POST-certified Basic Training Academy graduation certificate, or
- Currently enrolled in a California POST-certified intensive Basic Training Academy or Modular 1 (must complete the Academy prior to start date)
Only those candidates who have the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will continue in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to the process. The recruitment process is as follows:
- Oral Board Interviews
- Chief’s Interview
- Computer Voice Stress Analyzer Test (CVSA®)
Candidates selected for the position will be required to complete a full-background investigation, reference checks, fingerprint check, medical/drug-test and a psychological exam. Upon hire, Lateral candidates must complete an abbreviated Field Training Program and Academy Graduate Candidates must complete a 16-week Field Training Program.
Human Resources will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise HR of any special needs a minimum of five days in advance of the selection process exam by calling (916) 434-3229. The City of Lincoln is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.
Candidates must have any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:
Successful completion of a California POST-certified Basic Training Academy and a high school diploma.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license, and possession of a California POST Basic Certificate within one year of appointment. Specialized assignments may require additional POST certifications as necessary.
The City of Lincoln offers a benefits package to add value to your work-life balance and give you options when planning your future. This position is represented by the Lincoln Peace Officer Association; the probationary period is 18 months.
- CalPERS Retirement Plan
- Classic Safety Employees Benefit Formula: 3.0% at 50
- New Safety Employees Benefit Formula: 2.7% at 57
- Required employee contributions vary; all required contributions are tax-deferred
- Social Security and voluntary 457 plan options
- Medical , dental and vision insurance plans; medical expenses can be paid with pre-tax dollars through optional FSA account
- Annual paid vacation and sick leave accrual; ten (10) Holidays and one (1) floating holiday
- Uniform allowance
- Visit our website to see the complete benefits details and costs
This recruitment is for Lateral or Academy Graduate candidates only. To be considered, candidates must meet one of the following requirements. In addition, candidates must submit proof of certification at the time of application by attaching all applicable certifications to the application.
Currently employed, or formerly employed within one-year of date of application, as a Police Officer by a California law enforcement agency, successful completion of a POST approved Field Training Program and possession of a current California POST Basic Certificate.
Academy Graduate Candidates:
Possession of a current California POST Waiver certificate, or
Possession of a current California POST-certified Basic Training Academy graduation certificate, or
Currently enrolled in a California POST-certified intensive Basic Training Academy or Modular 1 (must complete the Academy prior to start date)