Simi Valley

Police Officer/Lateral (17478771)

Law Enforcement
Ventura County
Continuous or until 999 applicants
$30.20-$41.67 Hourly

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


3901 Alamo Street Simi Valley, 93063


Under general supervision, a Police Officer is responsible for the performance of law enforcement duties to protect life and property in accordance with applicable laws, to carry out special assignments as necessary, and other related duties as assigned.

A wide variety of assignments are available which include Patrol, Traffic, Narcotics, Detectives, Off-Road and Surface Street Motorcycle Patrol, Bike Patrol, Special Weapons Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, DARE, Canine, Background Investigations, School Liaison, Gang Suppression, Special Enforcement Section and Intelligence.

This position participates in a 4/10 work schedule.

Must be available to work nights, weekends and holidays.

Candidates must currently be employed as a Sworn Officer and have a minimum of one year of current, continuous full-time experience as a Sworn Police Officer in a state, municipal or county agency.

SELECTION PROCESS:  All qualified applicants will be invited to appear before an Oral Appraisal Board. Applicants passing the Oral Board examination will be placed on the eligibility list based on their Oral Appraisal Board rankings. Prospective employees will be required to pass a physical agility examination and undergo a thorough background investigation including a medical, psychological, polygraph and drug/alcohol screening.

Reasonable Accommodations: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance in the selection process, please notify the Human Resources Office, in writing, at the time of application.

Applicants seeking Veteran’s Preferences must submit form DD214 along with their application.

TO APPLY: A City of Simi Valley application form must be completed. A resume may also be included. Applications will be accepted in the Human Resources Office on a continuous basis; apply as soon as possible.


All aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, medical condition or physical or mental disability.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provision contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked at any time.

Ideal Candidate

Out-of-State Candidates: The California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) will conduct an evaluation of all out-of-state training. POST is the sole authority on applicable training and determines whether the candidate must attend an abbreviated academy, or a regular police academy. If an academy is required, the candidate will be hired as a Police Officer Trainee ($4,312 per month). Upon completion of the academy, promotion will be made to Police Officer.

Special Requirements: Must be 21 years of age as of the appointment date, high school graduate or G.E.D., (as recognized by the U.S. Department of  Education), and U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship.

Background Investigation Disqualifying Factors Applicants should read all the disqualifying factors listed below. Should you have any questions regarding the disqualifying factors, please contact the office of Back-ground Investigations at (805) 583-6917.

The following factors will be disqualifying:

• A false statement or any omission of information, either on the employment application, the personal history statement, or verbally to the oral board or the background investigator is disqualifying and grounds for termination of employment.

• A felony conviction.

• Applicants on criminal probation at time of intended hire.

• Any unlawful use of any drug (including marijuana) while employed as a full-time or limited peace officer.

• Any involvement in the sales of illegal drugs (including marijuana).

• Lack of a California driver’s license at time of intended hire.

• A sex act perpetrated against the will of the other party.

• Any suicide attempts.

The following factors may be disqualifying:

• Prior drug usage will be evaluated for what was used, the extent of the use, and how recent the usage has been (including marijuana).

• A misdemeanor conviction.

• An arrest for which the punishment could have been one year in County Jail or imprisonment in State Prison.

• A theft.

• Unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon.

• A sex act in which the other party was under eighteen years of age.

• Demonstrated history of irresponsible motor vehicle operation.

• A “Failure to Appear” on your driving record.

• A D.U.I. conviction.

• Applicants under psychological/psychiatric care.

• Military discipline or less than honorable discharge.

• Demonstrated history of financial irresponsibility.

• Failure to keep appointments or submit documentation in a complete, neat and timely fashion during the background process.

Physical Agility Examination Effective September 1, 2008 Phase I: For Entry-level, Academy Complete/Enrolled, Laterals, and Reserves. Applicants will be allowed two attempts at the 99 yard obstacle course, body drag, chain link fence and solid fence climb. Only one attempt is permitted for the one-mile run. All of the events must be completed within the given time limit.

• 99 Yard Obstacle Course Run a 99 yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb height obstacles, and vault (not hurdle) a 34-inch high obstacle. (Time limit 25 seconds)

• Body Drag Lift and drag a 165 pound life-like dummy 32 feet. (Time limit 14 seconds)

• Chain Link Fence Climb Climb over a 6 foot chain link fence. (Time limit 10 seconds)

• Solid Fence Climb Climb over a 6 foot solid fence. (Time limit 13.5 seconds)

• One Mile Run Run one mile. (Time limit 10 minutes)

Phase II: For Entry-level Police Officers and Entry-level Reserves who have successfully completed all other required phases of the examination/background process and are within one-week of the Chief's Oral Interview process. Applicants will be allowed only one attempt for each event. The run must be completed within the give time limit.

• 1.5 Mile Run Run 1.5 miles. (Time limit 15 minutes)

• 15 Military Style Push-ups Complete 15 military style push-ups. (Completed without stopping)


Retirement:  Individuals who were active members of a reciprocal public retirement system within the last six months, or were previously employed with the City of Simi Valley prior to January 1, 2013 and enrolled in CalPERS, will be enrolled in the CalPERS 3% @ 55 retirement plan (Employee pays 3% contribution), 4th Level Survivor Benefit, and single-highest year final compensation.  Other new employees will be enrolled in the CalPERS 2.7% @ 57 retirement plan (employee pays 12% contribution), 4th Level Survivor Benefit, and three-year average highest final compensation.  

The City does not participate in the Social Security system; therefore, there is no FICA deduction from wages except for Medicare hospital insurance protection.

Retiree Health Coverage: The City contributes $300 per month into a Retirement Health Savings Plan.  Employee and spouse dental and vision premiums are currently paid by the Police Officers' Association for 20 years for those retiring with 20 years of continuous service; lifetime benefits are paid fore employee and spouse for those retiring with 25 or more years of continuous service. 

Special Allowances: Additional compensation is paid for officers assigned to Canine ($589/mo.), Detectives ($100/mo.), Motors ($100/mo.), and Bilingual/Spanish ($100/mo.) positions.

Deferred Compensation Program: Employees may also defer a portion of their salary into a 401 (K) and/or a 457 plan.

Educational Incentive: An incentive of 5% is paid to those employees possessing a Bachelor’s degree, upon achieving at least step 4 of the salary range. An incentive of 2.5% is paid to those employees possessing an Associate of Arts or Science degree, upon achieving at least step 4 of the salary range (not to be compounded).

Annual Leave: Twenty-one (21) days per year initially and twenty-six (26) days after five years (combines vacation and sick leave). An option to purchase additional annual leave is available. There are also two opportunities per year for converting annual leave hours to salary.

Holidays: Eleven (11) paid holidays (paid at 10 hours) per year.

Group Health Insurance: The City participates in the CalPERS medical program and employees may select from a variety of PPO and HMO plans.  The City contributes $122 per month toward the cost of medical insurance.  The City also provides up to $1,593 per month in SimiFlex Dollars, which may be used to offset the cost of medical, dental and vision insurance, or deferred compensation contribution.  Employees who decline medical coverage receive $100 per month in SimiFlex Dollars. 

Dental Plan: Coverage is available for employees and dependents and includes orthodontia coverage. 

Vision Care: Coverage is available for employees and dependents.

Disability Income Insurance: The City provides a short-term and long-term disability plan at no cost to employees.

Life Insurance: The City pays all premiums for $100,000 of life insurance coverage for employees, and $5,000 coverage for each dependent.

Uniform Allowance: The City provides a uniform allowance of $1,600 per year. In addition, all uniforms and safety equipment are initially provided to newly hired Police Officers.

Police Officer Benefits: Benefits may vary slightly from those listed while employee is in the Police Academy.

Tuition Reimbursement: Employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement up to $600 per year for job related courses after 120 days of employment.

Section 125 Plan: Medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts are available.

Special Instructions

TO APPLY: A City of Simi Valley application form must be completed. A resume may also be included. Applications will be accepted in the Human Resources Office on a continuous basis; apply as soon as possible.

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