Union City

Public Services Officer II (19981819)

Law Enforcement
East Bay
4/7/2020 at 5pm or until 100 applicants
$5,671.00-$6,893.00 Monthly

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


34009 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, 94587



Under general supervision, the Public Service Officer II provides general community services in a non-sworn law enforcement capacity; performs a variety of activities in support of the police function related to report writing, investigation assistance, non-moving vehicle violation citation, public relations, transportation of good, staff, and citizens; serves as the field training officer for all Public Service Officers; coordinates and provides department training in areas of expertise including animal control, registrations, and THF inspections to all employees;  enforces parking ordinances; conducts investigations to include investigating complaints of animal viciousness or nuisance; quarantines animals as necessary pursuant to county and state statutes and local ordinances; enforces the local animal license and leash law; transports prisoners to appropriate facilities providing for their care, conduct, and safety while in the officer’s custody; provides support functions including data entry, routine criminal registration, and vehicle citation verification; performs related work as required. 



Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Serves as the Field Training Officer for all Public Services Officers and provides department training in areas of expertise including animal control, registrations, and THF inspections to all employees. 

  • Researches, monitors and provides municipal code updates to ensure best practices. 

  • Serves as an Animal Control Officer including patrolling and enforcing animal regulation laws and ordinances; receiving and investigating complaints and reports from the public and other agencies regarding stray, dangerous, unwanted or improperly controlled dogs, livestock and other animals; answering emergency calls concerning persons bitten by animals; impounding and transporting animals to animal shelter when in violation of ordinance requirements as necessary; giving first aid to animals; investigating and properly quarantining biting animals; maintaining truck in a clean and sanitary condition; and acting as liaison to Animal Shelter, Emergency Vet, etc.  

  • Serves as a Prisoner Transport Officer by transporting prisoners from Union City to the County jail; transporting low risk prisoners from other local agencies; inventorying prisoner property; photographing and fingerprinting selected prisoners; arranging and executing the release of prisoners on citations or notices to appear; searching and/or obtaining specimens from, same sex prisoners; inspecting and cleans the holding facilities in order to maintain health/safety standards. 

  • Drives a marked police vehicle; transports children to foster care facilities, citizens including stranded motorists, and city staff; delivers messages, property, and evidence to courts, citizens, or other agencies.  

  • Conducts investigations for crimes with no suspect, lost and found cases, and non-injury collisions including interviewing witnesses or others involved; searching for, collecting, and identifying evidence; writing reports; testifies in court as needed. 

  •  Engages in general patrol observation and reports any suspicious activity to dispatch and patrol officers; receives and transmits calls for service over the police radio; directs traffic at major injury collisions, chemical spills, malfunctioning traffic signals, and special events.  

  • Enforces parking ordinances and issues citations for non-moving vehicle violations and abandoned vehicles; verifies and certifies that mechanical violations receiving a citation have been corrected. 

  • Enters data and researches records for information which will aid in problem resolution, i.e., in apprehending a criminal, returning lost property, or determining the disposition of a vehicle.

  • Assists in clerical functions including typing, filing, and form completion; routine equipment/vehicle maintenance; and completing registration of habitual sex and narcotic offenders. 

Ideal Candidate


Knowledge of:

  • Basic functions, principles, and practices of municipal police services; 

  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures; 

  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation;

  •  Use and basic capabilities of computerized record and information systems; and  

  • Safe work methods and safety regulations. 

Ability to:

  • Read, comprehend and utilize departmental directives, manuals, and reference materials; 

  •  Follow, understand and carry out written and verbal instructions; 

  • Exercise tact and good judgment; react with reasonable and effective courses of action; 

  • Work independently; function effectively under stress and evaluate situations for potential danger;  

  • Interview and elicit accurate detailed information; collect, analyze, and report information both in written and verbal form; 

  • Deal tactfully and effectively with the public; establish and maintain effective relations with the public and fellow employees; 

  • Operate a police vehicle in a safe and prudent manner; operate office and radio equipment;  

  • Learn the use and care of small firearms, tranquilizer guns and other assigned equipment. 

  • Lift moderately heavy and bulky objects and possess the physical ability to perform job duties; 

  • Exercise professionalism, prudence and caution in the transportation of prisoners; 

  • Provide first aid in a medical emergency; and 

  • Read maps. 


Licenses and Certificates: 

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record of two (2) year’s duration according to the Department of Motor Vehicles’ negligent operator guidelines. 

Possession of Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) score of 320 and pass a 1.5 mile run with a time of less than 14 minutes. 

Possession of certification in arrest and firearms use as outlined in Section 832 of the Penal Code within the first month of employment. 

Possession of a valid First Aid/CPR certificate within two years of employment. 


Education and Experience: 

Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: 

High school diploma, GED, or equivalent and two (2) years of increasing responsible experience involving public contact, motor vehicle operation, police services, or related activity.  


Other Requirements: 

WSTB: Interested candidates must submit WSTB results with a qualifying minimum score of 320 and a maximum run completion time of 14 minutes for the 1.5 mile run.

Must pass a background investigation which meets the P.O.S.T.-mandated guidelines for Peace Officer Applicants.  

Must be at least 21 years of age.  

Must be eligible as an insurable risk as determined by automobile insurance underwriters.  

Must be in good physical condition and possess physical strength and agility to effectively perform the duties of the position.  


Retirement:  CalPERS enrollment in either 2% @ 60 (Classic Employees) or the new 2% @ 62 (New Employee) formula is dependent on the individual’s eligibility, as per AB 340. The City does not participate in Social Security therefore there are no Social Security tax deductions (except 1.45% Medicare).

Life Insurance: Premium is paid by the City.  Life insurance and AD&D is equal to $100,000 each.  Long-term and short-term disability insurance premium is paid by the City.  Additional voluntary supplemental life insurance is available.

Medical/Dental: The City provides up to $2,000/month to purchase medical, dental and vision benefits. Retiree medical benefit after 15 years of service (see MOU for details on benefits).

Leaves:  Employees shall accrue 3.69 hours of Sick Leave per pay period with no limit on accumulation and 80 Vacation Hours for the first three years

Holidays: 50 Banked Holiday hours and 66 Paid Holiday hours 

Uniform: $825/annual uniform allowance paid over 26 pay periods

Bilingual Pay: Bilingual Pay with passing score on City's bilingual exam

Overtime: Time and one half overtime with option of pay or future time off

Other:  4/10 work schedule; Deferred Compensation Plan available; All necessary equipment is provided.

Special Instructions


Application and resume should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website by 5:00 PM on April 7, 2020.

WSTB: Interested candidates must submit WSTB results with a qualifying minimum score of 320 and a maximum run completion time of 14 minutes for the 1.5 mile run.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Application and resume will be reviewed and evaluated using, in part, the criteria contained in this brochure.

The selection process may consist of one or more of the following components: a written exam, an oral interview, and medical exam. Only a limited number of persons whose application materials clearly demonstrate that they meet the needs of the City in terms of training, experience, education, and other job related characteristics will be invited to participate in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.

Applicants who are invited to continue in the selection process will be notified by e-mail. Successful candidates’ names will be placed on an employment eligibility list. The eligibility list will remain in effect for a minimum of one year from the date the list is established. Additional vacancies that occur for this classification may be hired from the list.

The City of Union City provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, upon request. Please contact the Human Resources Department if you will need reasonable accommodation for any aspect of the selection process.

The City of Union City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

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