Police Officer (20083095)

Lateral, Academy Graduate and Academy Attendee
Law Enforcement
San Francisco/Peninsula
Continuous or until 300 applicants

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


2075 Pacific Coast Highway Pacifica, 94044


Applications are being accepted for the position of Police Officer ~ Lateral Transfer, Academy Graduate, and Academy Attendee with the City of Pacifica.


This job posting is for lateral transfer, academy graduate, and academy attendee only and NOT for entry-level applicants.


The top step patrol officer salary range is $7,915 - $10,709 per month (includes POST certificate & educational pay incentives range: $600 - $825 monthly).

At the City of Pacifica, we are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. To us, equal opportunity employment is not just about compliance, it’s about who you are, how you can help our City and who you want to be. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and residents.

The Pacifica Police Department is responsible for all functions related to law enforcement and crime prevention and is made up of several divisions that carry out specialized duties to help the department perform as a cohesive whole. Those divisions are Field Services, Investigations, Communications and Records. The City of Pacifica Police Officers operate at the heart of the community, ensuring the safety of those who work, live, and visit the City. Staff includes thirty-seven (37) full-time positions and (4) part-time support positions.

Together, they come together to carry out the Police Department mission …"to protect and serve the members of our community with the highest level of commitment, ethics and professionalism.” 


Under general supervision, Police Officers will patrol an assigned beat, protect life and property, prevent crime, maintain order, enforce laws, ordinances, and constitutional mandates, perform investigative work in detection of crime, perform public service tasks, and work varying hours and shifts.

We invite you to explore this opportunity with us!

Basic Examples of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Patrols an assigned area of the City by car, foot or as designated by the Police Chief, divisional commander or line supervisor.
  • Maintains law and order, responds to emergencies as directed by radio and telephone.
  • Investigates unusual or suspicious conditions, directs traffic, investigates traffic accidents, administers first aid, gives assistance to the injured.
  • Makes arrests, serves subpoenas and warrants, guards prisoners, conducts interviews, notes and report unsafe conditions, prepares evidence and appears in court, searches for stolen property and lost persons.
  • Gives information to the public regarding laws, ordinances, traffic safety, directions and available public services, issues citations to traffic violators, writes reports of daily activities and action taken.
  • Investigates vice conditions, analyzes facts, clues and evidence and makes investigations to determine law violators and their whereabouts.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with other law enforcement agencies, employees and the public.
  • Operates the radio and other communication equipment, protects the life, property, public order and constitutional rights of all citizens.
  • Adheres to the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Code of Ethics.
  • Works varying hours and days of the week.
  • May take on additional duties as requested, such as field training officer or instructor in one or more areas including, but not limited to firearms, defensive tactics, hostage negotiations and canine handling.

Ideal Candidate

Requirements in addition to a completed online application:

Lateral Transfer: Completion of POST approved Basic Academy and actively employed by a California Law Enforcement Agency as a Peace Officer within the last twelve months; minimum one year satisfactory past Police Patrol experience and possession of POST Basic Certificate. (Copy of California POST Basic Academy Certificate and POST Basic Certificate must be submitted with application).

POST Academy Graduate: Possession of a Certified POST Basic Academy Certificate of at least 800 hours issued within 3 years of submitting an application. (Copy of California POST Basic Academy Certificate must accompany application).

POST Academy Attendee: Currently enrolled in a POST Basic Academy as a “non-affiliate,” of at least 800 hours. (Letter from academy verifying current enrollment must accompany application).

Education: Graduation from High School or the equivalent with additional education at the community college level preferred.

Qualifications: Minimum 21 years of age at time of examination and must meet standards of adequate physical stature, endurance, and agility.

Licenses and Certificates:

  • Possession of a California Driver’s license with an acceptable driving record, which must be maintained as a condition of employment.

 *A copy of all required certifications must be submitted with the online employment application in order to be considered for these positions.


The City's comprehensive benefits package includes:

Holidays: 13 days per year.

Vacation: From 11 to 20 days per year, depending on length of service.

Sick Leave: Accrual is one day per month, with no limit on accrual. If retiring from the City, unused sick leave may be used as service credit towards CalPERS retirement.

Retirement: The City contracts with CalPERS to provide a retirement plan that utilizes the formula of 3% @ 50 for "Classic members" or 2.7% @ 57 for "PEPRA members."  Classic members contribute 9% employee contribution plus 4% employer cost share.  PEPRA members contribute 13% employee contribution plus 4% employer cost share in additional to 50% of the normal cost. 

Insurance: The City provides its employees with medical insurance that allows employees to purchase medical insurance through CalPERS medical benefit plans.  Some plans require employee contributions. Employee with proof of qualifying health insurance coverage through another group plan may qualify for a "Health In-Lieu Payment" when declining City coverage. 

The City contributes toward dental insurance plan and vision plan for employees and all eligible dependents. 

The City pays premiums for:

  • Life insurance benefit equal to annual salary.
  • Long term disability insurance.

Deferred Compensation: The City contributes $6.69 per pay period to one of three City-offered deferred compensation plans:  ICMA-RC, Nationwide Retirement Solutions, or CalPERS.

Second Language Incentive: Upon successful completion of proficiency examination, the City will pay $372 per month in addition to base salary for proficiency in Spanish, Tagalog, and Chinese.

Incentives:  Career incentive of 5% for service of 5 years, as well as a salary incentive of $350 per month for those who have completed probation and hold an Intermediate P.O.S.T. certificate, or $575 per month for those who have completed probation and hold an Advanced P.O.S.T. certificate.

Education Incentive of $125 per month for those who hold an Associate's Degree, $175 per month for a Bachelor's Degree, $300 per month for a Master's Degree.  

Special Instructions

Application Process


This job posting is for lateral transfer, academy graduate and academy attendee only and NOT for entry-level applicants.

To be considered for this employment opportunity, you must complete the online application along with uploading the required documentation to establish eligibility for the position. A resume may be included but does not substitute for a complete application. Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information or those with missing or insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications, will not be considered.  Some email accounts have been known to place these emails in the spam/junk file. Please check your email folders/settings or accept emails ending with

Applicants will be assessed on the application submitted. Applicants may be screened to the most qualified and invited to the next step in the recruitment process which may include a panel interview.  Human Resources is unable to schedule make-up examinations. 

After a mutual interest has been established, the selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of any or all of the following: a polygraph examination, a thorough background investigation, a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check, a medical exam, psychological exam, and a drug screening. Please note, a conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. Determinations are made on a case-by-case basis. All City standards must be met before the final appointment is made.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Department upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must be submitted to HR.

Human Resources has the right to revise this process as needed based on business needs.

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