Los Altos

Police Officer (20065622)

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Law Enforcement
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South Bay
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Full-Time
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Until filled
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$103,666.68-$126,007.50 Annually
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None

Description

POSITION SUMMARY:

 

Under general supervision, the Police Officer performs a variety of law enforcement, crime prevention, and public service duties; controls traffic flow, enforces State and local traffic regulations; and performs additional related tasks as assigned. This position will serve the public in traffic enforcement, patrol operations, and community-oriented policing assignments. Specialty assignments include Investigative Services, Auto Theft, School Resource Officer, Motorcycle Officer, SWAT, Hostage Negotiations, Tactical Response, and K-9 Officer positions.

 

The Police Officer position may be filled by: a lateral transfer from a Police agency with patrol or investigative experience; a graduate of a POST-approved Police Academy; or an entry level applicant. Entry Level applicants will be sent to a POST-approved academy upon appointment and enter into the field training program immediately upon graduation from a POST-approved academy. Lateral and Academy Graduate applicants will enter into the field training program immediately upon appointment.

 

About the Los Altos Police Department:
The Los Altos Police Department is a progressive organization consisting of 32 sworn officers and 15 non-sworn personnel dedicated to providing a high level of service to the community. The department is committed to the concept of community-oriented policing and continually strives for excellence, taking pride in themselves, the community they serve and their dedication to making a positive contribution to the field of law enforcement.

 

EXAMPLES OF TYPICAL JOB FUNCTIONS (Illustrative Only)

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

 

  • Patrols the City in a radio car and on foot
  • Answers calls for protection of life and private property and the enforcement of City, County, and State laws
  • Directs traffic including regulations of traffic flow at times of emergency or congestion
  • Stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violations of laws
  • Warns drivers against unlawful practices and may issue citations
  • Operates radar equipment
  • Participates in criminal investigations
  • Interviews victims, complainants and witnesses
  • Conducts physical arrests of criminal suspects
  • Prepares reports of arrests made, investigations conducted, and unusual incidences observed
  • Gives information and directions to the public
  • Transports prisoners and arrested persons
  • Performs security checks of public, commercial, and residential buildings
  • Observes assigned areas for suspicious activities and unsafe conditions
  • As needed, provides assistance to other officers and law enforcement agencies.
  • Administers first aid to the sick and injured
  • Collects and presents evidence, using scientific identification techniques
  • Testifies in court
  • Serves warrants and subpoenas
  • Participates in public meetings and/or presentations

 

MINIMUM POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

KNOWLEDGE OF: The City of Los Altos geographical area, demographic make-up, government structure, and current challenges faced by the community. The candidate should have an understanding of the local community’s expectations with regard to public safety services and current challenges facing the city.  The candidate should understand modern police methods and procedures, as well as community oriented policing and problem solving, and have an overall understanding of current events and issues surrounding the law enforcement profession as a whole.

 

SKILL AND ABILITY TO: Observe and accurately remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places; learn and interpret laws, regulations, policies and procedures; carry out oral and written directions; analyze situations and make quick decisions requiring sound judgment; communicate situations; operate a variety of specialized police department equipment including computerized telecommunications and dispatch equipment; become proficient in self-defense techniques and in the care and use of firearms; maintain level of knowledge and physical condition required for satisfactory job performance; establish and maintain accurate records; prepare concise, comprehensive reports; communicate effectively; act with resourcefulness, courtesy and initiative; exercise independent judgment; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND GENERAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Requires work, which may be strenuous and hazardous; includes working rotating shifts, as well as weekends and holidays.

 

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:

  • Police Officer (Lateral)
    • Must be at least 21 years of age
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship
    • Possession of a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent is required
    • An Associate Degree or completion of sixty (60) semester units of college level courses is highly desirable
    • Patrol and/or investigative experience with a law enforcement agency is required; patrol and/or investigative experience with a California law enforcement agency is highly desirable
    • Knowledge of law enforcement terminology and Police Officer procedures is desirable
    • Must possess a POST Basic Certificate (The certificate is awarded to currently full-time peace officers of a POST-participating agency who have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite Basic Course requirement and the employing agency’s probationary period)
    • Must possess a valid California driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record
  • Police Officer (Academy Graduate)
    • Must be at least 21 years of age
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship
    • Possession of a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent is required
    • An Associate Degree or completion of sixty (60) semester units of college level courses is highly desirable
    • Must possess a valid California driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record
    • Must possess certificate of completion or diploma from a POST-approved Police Academy
    • Must provide verification of the following test results (Verification must be provided on agency letterhead where test was administered, must include test results, and tests must have been completed within 1 year of application date):
      • Must have successfully completed the California POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a T-score of 50 or higher
      • Must have successfully completed the California POST physical agility test (known as the Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB)) with a score of 320 or higher
    • Must be able to successfully complete a 1.5 mile run in 14 minutes or fewer
  • Police Officer (Entry Level)
    • Must be at least 21 years of age
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship
    • Possession of a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent is required
    • An Associate Degree or completion of sixty (60) semester units of college level courses is highly desirable
    • Must possess a valid California driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record
    • Must provide verification of the following test results (Verification must be provided on agency letterhead where test was administered, must include test results, and tests must have been completed within 1 year of application date):
      • Must have successfully completed the California POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a T-score of 50 or higher
      • Must have successfully completed the California POST physical agility test (known as the Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB)) with a score of 320 or higher
    • Must be able to successfully complete a 1.5 mile run in 14 minutes or fewer

 

IDEAL CANDIDATE POSSESSES THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS:  Is highly professional, patient, respectful, and ethical; possesses excellent problem-solving skills, ability to multi-task, and a can-do attitude; communicates effectively and proactively, both verbally and in writing; enjoys working in a small town atmosphere with an engaged public, including merchants, property owners and residents.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: The salary range for this position ranges from $103,666.68 up to $126,007.50 annually. Placement within the range will be DOE. This is a full-time, non-exempt and represented by the Los Altos Peace Officer’s Association.

 

The benefits package offered by the City includes:

  • Retirement: CalPERS retirement plan for Classic members is 2% @ 60 with employee paying a contribution of 7%. PEPRA employees participate on a 2.0% @ 62 plan, with employee paying 6.75% of the retirement contribution. Benefits based on highest three years of compensation. The City does not participate in Social Security.
  • Health Plans: Choice of HMO or PPO plans through CalPERS Health with most family plans covered at 100%. Employees who waive coverage may receive stipend of $350 per month.
  • Dental/Vision: City also offers a dental and vision reimbursement plan.
  • Flexible Spending Plan: Dependent care and health care reimbursement plan available
  • Deferred Compensation: Voluntary participation in either Nationwide or ICMA-RC
  • Holidays: 10 annual holidays, plus one floating holiday
  • Vacation: 10 days annually
  • Sick Leave: Allowance of 12 days annually
  • The City follows a Defined 9/80 schedule with offices closed every other Friday.

 

RECRUITMENT PROCESS:

 The recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a livescan background investigation. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification or termination. 

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER  

The City of Los Altos is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of a person’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or sexual orientation. Candidates with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process, should advise City of Los Altos upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request. 

 

LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMER 

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.