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Police Officer Lateral / Academy Graduate / Academy Enrolled

at City of La Mesa, California

Pay: $73652.80 to $98696.00/year
Salary : $35.41 - $47.45 Hourly $6,137.73 - $8,224.67 Monthly $73,652.80 - $98,696.00 Annually
Posted: 5/31/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2561292
Keywords: police, emergency

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Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Police Officer Lateral / Academy Graduate / Academy Enrolled
Opening Date/Time: Wed. 09/04/19 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:$35.41 - $47.45 Hourly
$6,137.73 - $8,224.67 Monthly
$73,652.80 - $98,696.00 Annually
Job Type:Regular Full-Time
Location:Police Department, 8085 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA, 91942, California
Department:Police Department
This recruitment is open on a continuous basis or until the needs of the City are met.

Salary listed does not include Educational POST Incentive pay

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
To perform a variety of duties involved in the enforcement of laws and the prevention of crimes; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; to participate in and conduct a variety of criminal investigations; to provide support and assistance to special crime prevention and law enforcement programs; and to perform a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of law enforcement services and activities.

 Key Responsibilities:
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.
  • Patrol designated areas of the City in car, by foot, or other means to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances; maintain awareness of and remain alert for wanted suspects, known criminals, stolen vehicles, missing persons, traffic violators, and crimes in progress; issue warnings and citations.
  • Respond 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, property control, civil complaints, animal control, and related incidents; respond to and provide assistance at a variety of public service type calls that are non-criminal in nature.
  • Direct traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency situations; provide traffic and crowd control at parades, festivals, riots, and other events.
  • Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses; may respond to requests for assistance from agencies outside the City for mutual aid in the suppression of civil disturbances, apprehension of criminals, or other related requests.
  • Perform a variety of administrative and other types of duties in support of law enforcement services, programs, and activities; attend meetings; prepare and submit news releases; maintain and calibrate specialized equipment including preliminary alcohol screening devices.
  • Prepare a variety of reports including those on activities, operations, arrests made, and unusual incidents observed; prepare investigative reports and case information.
  • Testify in juvenile, civil, traffic, municipal, and criminal courts, and parole and DMV hearings; prepare and present evidence; respond to mandatory court calls during irregular hours.
  • Perform related duties as required.

 Minimum Qualifications:

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:


Must be at least 20-1/2 years of age at time of application submission.

Must be a citizen of the United states or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
Requires high school graduation, passage of the General Education Development Test (GED) or attainment of a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited college or university.
Police Officer - Lateral Transfer:  Any experience as a sworn peace officer in the State of California, or equivalent.  Possession of a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate, California P.O.S.T. Basic Academy Certificate, or a California P.O.S.T. Basic Course Waiver Certificate.

Police Officer - Academy Graduate:  Graduation from a California P.O.S.T. approved police academy.  Possession of a California P.O.S.T. Basic Academy Certificate.
Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

 Examination Process:
Interested applicants must submit an online application and supplemental questionnaire. This recruitment is open until the needs of the City are met and may close at any time.  Interested applicants should apply immediately.  Candidates whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the City will be invited to participate in the examination process.  The examination process for Police Officer lateral and Academy Graduates consist of an oral interview with La Mesa Police Department staff, designed to assess candidates' knowledge, skills and abilities, and a written exercise.  Eligible candidates will be notified when testing dates have been established.

NOTE:  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment medical evaluation, psychological evaluations, and thorough background investigation (includes polygraph examination).  The medical evaluation includes an alcohol/drug screen.