Located nearly halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, Suisun City is a hidden gem of the Bay Area. Suisun City is accessible from Interstate 80 via Highway 12 and Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor commuter rail stop at the Train Depot, right to the heart of the City’s historic Waterfront District, making it a prime location for job seekers as well as homeowners. The community is a unique destination for a Bay Area day trip, an overnight getaway or a place to work, particularly with its reverse commute for inner Bay Area residents. Residents of this mostly bedroom community take great pride in their full-service public safety services provided by the Police and Fire Departments.
The Suisun City Police Department is a progressive and proactive law enforcement agency. As a result of its proximity to neighboring jurisdictions, the employees of the Suisun City Police Department remain extremely busy as they address the needs of the community. Candidates interested in testing for this position must be prepared to take on the challenges of a fast-paced work environment serving both the Police and Fire Departments.
Under general supervision of a Police Sergeant or other supervisory/management staff, a Suisun City Police Officer performs a variety of duties related to the protection of public health, safety, and welfare and the enforcement of applicable federal, state, and local laws; provides traffic enforcement and control; and carries out special assignments in a particular phase of police work.
The Police Officer is an entry/journey level class responsible for performance of the full scope of assigned law enforcement duties and responsibilities. New incumbents may have limited related experience, but are expected to learn the full range of duties and responsibilities, perform duties with minimal direct supervision, and exercise sound judgment and discretion in making decisions.
Essential Job Functions
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Patrols assigned areas of the City to preserve law and order, discover and prevent commission of crimes, and enforces traffic and other laws and ordinances; maintains awareness of and remains alert for wanted suspects, known criminals, stolen vehicles, missing persons, traffic violators, and crimes in progress; makes arrests; issues warnings and citations.
- Responds to calls for the protection of life and property, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, general public service calls, and complaints, including those involving automobile accidents, traffic hazards, misdemeanor and felony incidents, domestic disturbances, health code and local ordinance violations, property control, civil complaints, and related incidents; responds to and provides assistance at a variety of public service type calls that are non-criminal in nature.
- Conducts initial and follow-up investigations at scenes of incidents to which summoned or incidents observed; determines what, if any crime has been committed; collects, preserves, processes, photographs, and books evidence; locates and interviews victims and witnesses; identifies and interrogates suspects.
- Prepares and serves search and arrest warrants; apprehends and arrests offenders for crimes committed under federal, state, and local laws and codes; controls and mitigates people under the influence of drugs or alcohol or other potentially hostile situations.
- Directs traffic at special events or emergency situations; provides traffic and crowd control at community and emergency events.
Police Officer candidates looking for the opportunity to work in a fast paced environment which provides exposure to a large variety of calls for service and exposure to all aspects of law enforcement are encouraged to apply.
The Suisun City Police Department is looking for Police Officers who possess the qualities required to deliver the highest level of service with honor and integrity while maintaining the highest ethical and moral standards. An ideal candidate must demonstrate the ability and willingness to live up to the Department Core Values, demonstrate integrity in all they say and do, demonstrate a strong commitment to public service; and above all, must continually display only the highest level of respect and professionalism.
Education and Experience Guidelines
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade and enrollment in or graduation from a P.O.S.T. approved police academy. College level course work and specialized training in law enforcement, criminal justice, or a related field is highly desirable. An Associate’s degree is highly desirable.
Some work experience as a California peace officer or other work experience that demonstrates a general aptitude for police work.
License or Certificate:
- Possession of a valid California driver’s license.
- Qualify for or possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate upon completion of the probationary period, and/or possession of P.O.S.T. Recertification or P.O.S.T. out-of-state waiver.
- Additional certifications may be required for specialized assignments.
Ability to meet the physical demands and working environment described in the Job Description. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
For positions represented by the Suisun City Police Officers' Association, the benefit package includes:
- 2% POST Basic
- 5% POST Intermediate
- 5% POST Advanced
- 5% Corporal Assignment
- Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Assignment (2.5% of E-Step Police Officer)
- FTO Assignment (5% of E-Step Police Officer)
Accelerated Merit Increases - Employees hired at A-Step are eligible for accelerated merit increases of 5% each based on achieving successful progress at 1 year, 18 months (successful completion of standard probation), 2 years and 3 years.
Retirement –Employees who are considered New Member to CalPERS will have the safety benefit formula of 2.7% at 57, highest three-year average final compensation in accordance with PEPRA legislation. For employees who are considered “Classic” CalPERS members, the safety benefit formula is 3% at 50 with single highest year final average compensation. For Classic members, the City contributes the full 5% of the employee contribution.
Health Insurance – City-paid medical coverage up to current CalPERS Kaiser Family rate applicable to selection of medical plans. Employees with other group medical coverage may be eligible for an in-lieu cash payment of $400 or $575 depending on coverage level.
Dental and Vision Insurance – City offers Delta Dental and VSP insurance with the premiums paid by the employee.
Life Insurance – City pays for $200,000 of Basic Life Insurance coverage.
Personal Time – Vacation is accrued initially at the rate of 40 hours per year with amounts increasing up to 160 hours at 16 years of service.
Holidays – In lieu of observing holiday, accrue 4 hours of Holiday Leave per pay period.
Deferred Compensation – Voluntary contribution to the 457 Plan.
Uniform Allowance – City provides $1,300 annual uniform allowance.
Social Security/Medicare – City does not participate in Social Security; City withholds for Medicare.
Education / Training Programs:
- Safety Education Loan Forgiveness (SELF) Program - Up to $10,000 forgivable loan for a program leading to a Bachelor's or Advanced Degree.
- Education Reimbursement for Pursuit of a Degree - Up to $1,800 per year upon successful completion of approved Undergraduate or Graduate program.
- Education Reimbursement for Job-Related Courses - Up to $750 per year upon successful completion of approved program.
Physical Fitness Reimbursement
Work Schedule - Standard Police Department patrol work schedule is 3/12.
The City of Suisun City utilizes CalOpps.org to accept and process employment applications.
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.
The City anticipates holding an Oral Board for this recruitment when a sufficient number of applications have been received.