Police Officer (Lateral)

Regular Employment Opportunity
Law Enforcement
Central Coast
Until filled
$39.66-$53.15 Hourly

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


222 Lincoln Ave. Salinas, 93901



$82,497.00 - $110,558.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The City of Salinas Police Department invites motivated men and women seeking a challenging career in law enforcement to apply for the Police Officer Lateral position. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with the desire to serve the Salinas community and be a part of a hard working team that is at the leading edge of law enforcement.

THE DEPARTMENT: The Salinas Police Department has an authorized staff of 170 sworn and 55 non-sworn personnel, with an annual budget of $47 million. The Department is responsible for providing a full range of crime prevention and law enforcement services to a diverse community of approximately 161,042 residents. The Department responds to an average of 8,700 calls for service each month.

THE POSITION: Becoming a Salinas Police Officer represents an outstanding employment opportunity for dedicated and career-minded men and women.

A Police Officer under direction, utilizes specialized training and equipment to protect life and property by enforcing laws and preventing crimes. Performs related special assignments and other work as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the entry level classification in the City's sworn police officer series. Lateral entry police officers are appointed to full probationary status at time of hire.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Patrol Division Assignment: Operates a police vehicle, and/or walks a foot beat in patrolling an assigned area. Prevents crimes by communicating with and advising individuals and groups on residential and business district safety practices. Enforces State Penal and Vehicle Code Sections, and other state and local laws and regulations governing public safety. Responds to radio and telephone dispatches and handles activities at the scenes of crimes and other disorders. Investigates and prepares reports on arrests and impounded property. Contacts, questions, and interviews crime suspects, witnesses and other persons; searches and seizes contraband and other types of controlled property. Arrests, transports, supervises and assists in processing detainees and other individuals in custody. Trains in tactical and other departmental assignments, and performs related duties as assigned.

Other Major Assignments: Learns and implements investigative techniques and procedures. May conduct criminal, traffic, narcotic and vice investigations within the Department's Detective Division. Develops leads, apprehends and arrests suspects in connection with felony and misdemeanor crime investigations. Collects and preserves evidence. Patrols high incidence crime areas, utilizing undercover tools and techniques. Investigates and processes juvenile criminal offense matters. Performs community and public relations tasks to support Departmental crime prevention efforts. May perform the duties of Citizen Assistance Officer, as part of the City's and Police Chief's Community Oriented Policing Program. May operate a police motorcycle in the course of performing patrol duties as part of the Department's Motorcycle Unit. May perform the duties of a patrol officer in coordination with a trained canine partner, as part of the Department's Canine Unit. May perform crime prevention and investigation in middle and high schools in the Department's School Resource Program. Assists the Patrol Division as necessary and/or assigned.

• Possess a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate or above*
• One-year experience in a municipal or general law enforcement agency
• Applicants who have three or more years “break in service” from a P.O.S.T certified agency: Must provide a copy of their P.O.S.T Requalification Certificate* and WSTB*
• High School Diploma or GED
• Be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment
• Must be a U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship before application for Police Officer
• Possess a valid California Driver License

*REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Must be submitted at the time of application as a single PDF file or via email to, or via fax to (831) 758-7941. Applications will be considered incomplete without required documents. Certificates must be valid within twelve months prior to application. All documents submitted become the property of the City of Salinas and will not be returned or photocopied. Please only submit the required documents requested; all other information will be discarded.

APPLICATION PROCESS: A City application must be completed on-line at: Member City: City of Salinas. Only complete application packets will be reviewed

APPOINTMENTS: Prior to appointment, all candidates must successfully complete a background investigation, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, Chief’s interview, meet the current Police Officer Standards and Testing (P.O.S.T.) medical standard for peace officers, and a drug & alcohol screening test. Candidates must meet the department’s pre-employment policy regarding illegal use or possession of drugs. The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary. Police Officers have a probationary period of twelve (12) months. Starting salary is determined with consideration to his or her current salary. CITY COMMUNICATION REGARDING THE SELECTION PROCESS WILL BE VIA E-MAIL. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE E-MAIL ON YOUR APPLICATION. Finalist interview/assessment will be held with the City of Salinas. 6/22/17 ma

DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY: Hiring decisions may be based upon the results of the pre-employment drug and alcohol screening. Positive samples are retained for 90 days from the date of notification. Applicants with a positive result must notify the City in writing prior to expiration of the 90 days to request retention beyond the 90-day period. A copy of the City’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy is available upon request.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: A veteran is defined in accordance with California Government Code 18540.4. In order to exercise this preference, the veteran must submit the City’s Veteran’s Preference Application and provide a copy of his/her DD-214 form at time of application as proof of military status. Please email the analyst overseeing the recruitment for a Veteran's Preference Application. Failure to submit the required forms will be deemed a waiver of veteran's preference. Military veterans shall be given preference in initial appointment to City service. Further details can be obtained from the Human Resources Division, at 831-758-7254.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The City of Salinas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor. The City of Salinas will make reasonable accommodation for the disabled. Requests for accommodation should include an explanation of the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process and/or to perform the duties of the job for which they have applied. Requests can be submitted via mail to Human Resources, City Hall, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901 or via facsimile transmittal (831) 758-7941 no later than the closing date of this recruitment.

Military Veterans, Women and local Salinas residents are encouraged to apply. Bilingual in Spanish is highly desired.


Recruitment/testing questions can be addressed to Maria Avila at (831)758-7231 or For specific law enforcement questions, contact Sergeant Kim Robinson at (831)758-7120 or or Recruiting Officer Todd Kessler at (831)758-7122 or 




Salinas Police Officers Association (SPOA)

BASE SALARY:             $39.66 - $53.15 Hourly
                                   $6,874 - $9,213 Monthly
                               $82,488.00 - $110,556.00 Annually

Additional Pays:

Bilingual Pay                                             5% of Base Pay
Motorcycle Assignment                             5% of Base Pay
Canine                                                      5% of Base Pay
Investigations                                           5% of Base Pay
CSI                                                           5% of Base Pay
FTO                                                          5% of Base Pay
Gang Detail                                              5% of Base Pay
Internal Affairs                                          5% of Base Pay
Longevity                                            Up to 8% of Base Pay
Personnel & Training                               5% of Base Pay
Night Shift                                                $20.00 Max Shift
Uniform Allowance                             $1,200.00 Max Year
Tuition Assistance                                 $500.00 Max Year
Fitness/Wellness                               $1,000.00 Max Year

BIENNIAL PHYSICAL: City-paid Biennial Physical exam every 24 months. Employees 40 & over are eligible every 18 months (eligible twenty-four months from date of regular hire).

EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT PAY: P.O.S.T. Intermediate Certificate 3.5%, P.O.S.T. Advanced 3.5% .(For employees at top step)

ANNUAL LEAVE: Accrued at a rate of 22 days per year for the first five years; 27 days through 10 years, with additional longevity increases.

FLEX LEAVE BENEFIT: One hundred twenty (120) hours per year. (10 hours accrued monthly)

HOLIDAYS: Twelve days plus one floating day for a total of thirteen per year.

HEALTH INSURANCE: POA members are covered under PORAC Plan. The City currently pays 100% for health premiums.

RETIREMENT: Membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) varies on eligibility and current retirement contribution status. Classic Members: Retirement formula 3% @ 55, Member Contribution Rate 10%. New Members: Retirement formula 2.7%@ 57, Member Contribution Rate 50% of normal cost as determined by CalPERS.

For a complete list of benefits and detail, visit and review the MOU for Police Officers Association. Benefits are subject to change and do not constitute a contract.

Special Instructions

Copy of  a California P.O.S.T. Basic, Intermediate or Advanced Certificate must be submitted at time of application. 

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