Mill Valley

Police Officer (Lateral, Academy Graduate, Academy Attendee) (20189996)

Mill Valley Police Department
Law Enforcement
Northern Bay Area
Until filled or until 250 applicants
$7,191.00-$9,398.00 Monthly

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


1 Hamilton Drive Mill Valley, 94941


The City of Mill Valley Police Department (MVPD) welcomes applications for Police Officer.

MVPD is hiring Lateral Officers, Academy Graduates, and/or Academy Attendees. Applicants MUST provide verification of enrollment in academy class if applying as 'Academy Attendee.'

Please be sure to fill out all applicable fields in CalOpps - do not simply say "see resume."


Salary: $7,191 - 9,633/month

Deadline: Open until filled


The Mill Valley Police Department is committed to providing exceptional public safety service, education and preparedness in partnership with our community. The Department strives to develop professional and well-trained employees dedicated to upholding the highest standards of law enforcement.

The Mill Valley Police Department's mission is to provide a safe and secure community for our residents and visitors; protect life and property; enforce the law in transparent and equitable manners; and develop strong partnerships through community outreach, education, and collaboration.



Under general supervision, a Police Officer is responsible to perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; to perform investigative work; to participate in and provide support and assistance to special department crime prevention and enforcement programs. This is the entry level classification in the professional police series requiring sworn peace officer status.



Mill Valley, the third largest city in Marin County, is located 6 miles north of San Francisco at the foot of Mount Tamalpais. The population is 14,500 with another 16,000 within its sphere of influence. The city is primarily residential with an active commercial element supporting local needs. The cost of housing is high and is a factor applicants should consider.

The mountain and panoramic views of San Francisco create an awe-inspiring backdrop for thousands of hikers and mountain bikers who visit Mill Valley each year. They enjoy miles of fire roads and hiking trails both within the City limits and on adjacent Water District lands. Tourists visit the historic downtown on weekends and holidays, enjoying the numerous small specialty shops and fine restaurants, which comprise the majority of the downtown business.


Examples of Essential Duties (include but are not limited to):

  •  Patrol the City in radio-equipped car or on foot.
  •  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, hold-ups, vehicle accidents, death, and other criminal incidents.
  • Patrol the City and respond to calls related to traffic incidents and any other required emergencies.
  • Observe, monitor, and control routine and unusual traffic conditions.
  • Assist and advise motorists and enforce traffic safety laws.
  • Make arrests as necessary.
  • Interview victims, complainants, and witnesses.
  • Interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence.


  1. Please thoroughly complete your application through CalOpps AND upload a thoughtful Cover Letter and Resume.
  2. If you are currently attending academy, please upload verification of your attendance with your application.


*Please note that the Job Description is currently under review, the job definition and duties contained in this announcement are representative of the job and are in substantial conformance to what the finalized description will include.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to public service and law enforcement. The ideal candidate should maintain high standards of personal conduct in the following areas:

  • Attention to safety
  • Self-control
  • Personal and professional integrity
  • Performance in high-stress environments
  • Interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Flexibility and ability to learn

Furthermore, the ideal candidate will have a proven track record of excellent decision-making and use of judgement

High School diploma or G.E.D., valid California driver’s license, U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Must have completed a California P.O.S.T. Academy within the past 3 years (does not apply to currently employed California peace officers holding a Basic California P.O.S.T. certificate).


Health Insurance – The City pays the full premium for the Kaiser Family Plan and up to the same amount for an HMO with Western Health Advantage. Currently both plan options (Kaiser or Western Health Advantage) have premiums covered by the City so there is no out-of-pocket cost to the employee paid toward the monthly premium.

Dental Insurance – The City pays the full premium for coverage with Delta Dental

Leave – the City offers generous leave, including:

  • Vacation – 2 to 5 weeks depending on service time
  • Sick – 11 days per year
  • Holidays – 15 total per year


  • CalPERS retirement
    • "New"/PEPRA sworn safety employees will be covered by the PERS 2.7% @ 57 Plan
    • "Classic" sworn safety employees will be covered by the CalPERS 3.0% @ 55 Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (with up to $600 in matching by the city)
  • Retirement Health Savings Account (RHSA) with mandatory 1% employee contribution (1.5% after 5 years of service); City matches after first year.


  • City pays the premiums for a $25,000 life insurance plan, as well as Long-Term Disability insurance.
  • Longevity Pay.
  • Career development program and ample training.
  • Free & discounted use of City recreational facilities and programs, including: indoor pool, gym, golf course, summer camps, enrichment classes, and more!

Special Instructions

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the City’s official application form, but should accompany the application. All applications and resumes will be reviewed to select those applicants whose qualifications appear to most closely match the requirements of the position. A limited number of qualified applicants may be invited to participate in the subsequent phase(s) of the recruitment process, which may include one or more of the following: written examination, performance examination, assessment exercises, oral interviews, and complete background checks. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process.

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