To be considered for this position, candidates must submit a 1) City of Santa Clara Employment Application and 2) Proof of completion of a Basic Peace Officer Academy certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) OR
proof of completion of Level 1 Reserve Peace Officer POST Regular Basic Course (Reserve Police Officers Only). Incomplete applications will not be accepted.All applicants are required to obtain authorization from their home agency Chief of Police/Sheriff authorizing them to work on a Per Diem basis for the City of Santa Clara.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Under general supervision: patrol designated areas in car, by foot, by bicycle, or other means to preserve law and order;
- Direct traffic;
- Enforce parking regulations, issue citations and tow vehicles that are in violation of codes;
- Observe, monitor, and control routine and unusual traffic conditions; assist and advise motorists; issue traffic citations and warnings;
- Discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce laws and ordinances;
- Maintain awareness of and remain alert for wanted suspects, known criminals, stolen vehicles, missing persons, traffic violators, and crimes in progress;
- Conduct investigations at scenes of incidents to which summoned or incidents observed to determine what, if any, crime has been committed;
- 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;
- Investigate complaints and take appropriate action, which may include the use of deadly or non-deadly force;
- Use sound judgment under adverse, stressful conditions;
- Identify, collect, preserve, process, and book evidence;
- Locate and interview victims and witnesses;
- Work in partnership with the Santa Clara Police Department and the District Attorney's Office to follow through on criminal complaints;
- Apprehend and arrest offenders for crimes committed under federal, state, and local laws and codes;
- Control and mitigate people under the influence of drugs or alcohol or other potentially hostile situations;
- Establish and preserve good relationships with the general public;
- Answer questions from the public concerning local and state laws, procedures, and activities of the department, apply good public relation principals;
- Participate in continuous training required by POST to enhance law enforcement skills including firearms proficiency, defensive driving skills, apprehension and arrest techniques, investigative skills, and general law enforcement skills;
- Attend meetings and trainings;
- Prepare a variety of reports including those on activities, operations, arrests made, and unusual incidents observed; prepare investigative reports and case information;
- Testify in courts and at hearings; prepare and present case evidence;
- Escort prisoners to county jail, juvenile hall, or Santa Clara Police Department; and
- Perform other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Currently employed as a Full Time or Part Time Peace Officer with a California Law Enforcement Agency; or
- Currently working as a Level I Reserve Police Officer with a California Law Enforcement Agency; or
- Retired as a Full Time Peace Officer with a California Law Enforcement Agency.
LICENSES &/OR CERTIFICATES
- Possession of valid California Class C driver's license is required;
- Proof of a current Basic or higher certificate issued by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) is required at time of application and for duration of employment. (Not required for Reserve Police Officers, see below);
- Must have passed Field Training Program with home agency as required by POST;
- Must have passed Probationary Period with home agency;
- Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031, applicants must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship; and
- Must maintain current CPR and First Aid Certification.
Reserve Police Officers Must Also Provide:
- Proof of completion of Level 1 Reserve Peace Officer POST Regular Basic Course (Reserve Police Officers Only).
PHYSICAL AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
- Must be at least 20 years of age at time of application filing and 21 years of age at time of job appointment;
- Meet and maintain required peace officer employment standards as required by POST;
- Per The California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) "Public Safety retirees on service retirement may not work more than 960 hours in a fiscal year for all CalPERS employers."
- Retirees who were medically retired (industrial or non-industrial) should confirm with their retirement plan that accepting employment as a Per Diem Police Officer will not jeopardize their pension;
- Must possess the strength and physical ability necessary to perform the essential functions of the position;
- Must possess Hearing, speech, and mental capabilities sufficient to perform all of the essential functions of the position; and
- Must be willing to be fingerprinted and pass a departmental interview, psychological, medical, and background investigation prior to appointment.
- Must possess vision including color, night, depth, and peripheral vision sufficient to perform all of the essential functions of the position; and
- Must possess visual acuity of not less than 20/80 vision in each eye uncorrected, and corrected to 20/30 in each eye.
EXCEPTION: Applicants with correction afforded by soft contact lenses are exempt from the minimum uncorrected vision standard of 20/80, provided their corrected vision is 20/30 in each eye.
- Will be required to work special events.
- Will be required to work odd and unusual hours, including evenings, week-ends and holidays.
- Will be required to purchase Department Uniforms (reimbursement will occur after working ten regular events).
- Will be required to provide safety equipment (defined as ballistic vests, duty belt, and firearm) approved by the Santa Clara Police Department.
- Per the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) "Public Safety retirees on service retirement may not work more than 960 hours in a fiscal year for all CalPERS employers."
Candidates are required to pass a departmental interview prior to being given a conditional job offer. If given a conditional offer of employment, candidates must also pass medical and psychological exams, as well as a background investigation.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities at a level necessary to do police work:
Interest in Police Work - willingness to handle routine, repetitive tasks; enforce laws that may conflict with personal values; relate to others; work with minorities; work with fellow officers and the general public; participate in situations which require courage; function in different roles; work under hostile conditions, work under hazardous conditions over long periods of time; accept new job duties; and work weekends, holidays.
Ability to Take Orders - the ability to relate to supervisors; to maintain objectivity; to take criticism and control temper.
Ability to Take Responsibility - the ability to work without supervision; reliability; ability to participate in situations which require courage, refrain from abusing authority vested in official role; maintain confidentiality of information; and assume a command presence in conflict situations.
Self-Control - the ability to control one's temper, maintain objectivity; take criticism, function under oral or physical stress; use authority effectively; function in different roles, work under hazardous and hostile conditions for long periods of time, and work at accident and crime scenes which involve severe personal injuries, or in situations which involve loss of life.
Ability to Communicate Effectively - the ability to testify accurately; obtain information from witnesses under normal and stressful conditions; communicate in person, in writing, and via radio.
Ability to Make Reasonable Decisions Rapidly - the ability to reason logically; apply discretion in maintaining confidentiality of information; observe and interpret what is observed; evaluate situations and people effectively; and apply good judgment.
Willingness to Arrest People - willingness to take actions which will result in imposing penalties on others, including depriving them of their freedom; taking a life if necessary; and fighting to win and injuring another if required; use techniques and applications of self defense and proper use of force.
Ability to Learn - the immediate potential to learn to write readable, comprehensible reports; to read and interpret relevant laws and procedural material including designated SCPD Operational Manual Sections and Stadium Security Procedures; read maps; apply regulations; communicate verbally with others under stress, analyze material and situations; and record observations from accident and crime scenes.
Emotional Stability - the ability to take verbal abuse; the possession of: honesty, integrity, maturity, tolerance, self-confidence, truthfulness and psychological stability; ability to meet the physical and psychological demands of police work.
Ability to Problem Solve - the ability to identify problems or issues that are of concern to residents of the City or Stadium attendees.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions; extreme cold, extreme heat, potentially hostile environments; extensive public contact. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may be very loud due to crowd noise, music, sirens, firearm training, etc. Incumbents are required to work various shifts, including evenings and weekends, and may be required to travel to attend meetings or court appearances.
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in a law enforcement setting; restrain or subdue individuals; walk, stand, sit, bike or run for prolonged periods of time;
occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; occasionally climb and balance; regularly push, pull, lift, and/or carry light to moderate weights; frequently lift and/or move moderate to heavy weights; occasionally lift and/or move heavy weights; requires a sense of touch, finger dexterity, and gripping with hands and fingers.