Lateral Police Officer

  • City of West Sacramento
  • West Sacramento, California
  • May 11, 2021
Full Time CORRECTIONS Public Safety Other Entry-Level, Mid to Senior Level, Non-Management, Non-Sworn, Sworn
  • Salary: $75,444.00 USD
  • Salary Top: $91,908.00
  • Apply By: Dec 31, 2021


This is a continuous recruitment period, and may close without notice.

Please note that recruitment processes may be affected by COVID-19 public health emergency updates. All candidates will be notified via email regarding the status of their application(s) and any recruitment process changes due to COVID-19.**

Candidates who are bilingual, have a military background, or experience working with diverse populations, and/or involvement in community initiatives are encouraged to apply!  


Additional incentives outlined below:

  • 2% for Intermediate POST certificate/Associate's Degree OR 4% for a Bachelor's Degree;
  • 2.5% for an Advanced POST certificate;
  • $27.50 per pay period fitness incentive.
  • Employees possessing and utilizing bilingual skills on duty shall receive an additional 5% of their hourly rate of pay.


Examination Process (Lateral):  Applicants who are deemed Lateral Police Officer candidates will be required to participate in the physical ability examination. The physical ability examination may be waived if proof of passing the POST work sample test battery examination administered by another agency taken within the previous twelve months of the final filing date, and is submitted at time of application. 

Candidates passing all phases of the examination process will be placed on an eligibility list for further consideration by the Police Department. 

Application Process:  Candidates are encouraged to apply on-line using the Government Jobs web site and visiting the City of West Sacramento's employment page. The application is considered an official City application.  Be sure to submit all required documents.

Application and Examination Process:  An official City of West Sacramento application form must be filled out, in its entirety, and must include:

1) POST Basic certificate or higher; and

2) A resume.

Job Description

Job Requirements

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Education:  High school diploma or equivalent.  Other:  Twenty-one (21) years of age or older.  Lateral Entry:  One (1) year experience in a municipal or general law enforcement agency.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES:  Possession of a valid California driver's license.  Lateral Entry:  Proof of possession of a California Basic POST Certificate.  Entry level:  Completion of POST Basic Academy.

Supplemental information

Special Instructions

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Additional Information

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Work in an emergency peace control environment; work in intense life-threatening conditions; exposure to dangerous persons, firearms, bodily fluids, and noise; running, walking, crawling, climbing, stooping and lifting; work in inclement weather conditions

DEFINITION:  Under direction of a Police Sergeant, performs law enforcement and crime prevention work; enforces traffic regulations; performs investigative work; participates in and provides assistance and support to special department crime prevention and enforcement programs; and performs a variety of technical law enforcement tasks.  Technical and functional supervision may be provided by higher level police personnel.  Assignments may require supervision of non-sworn personnel and volunteers.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS--Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Essential Functions:  Patrols the City in a radio-equipped car; answers calls for the protection of life and property; enforces all applicable laws; patrols the City on a motorcycle or in a patrol vehicle; responds to calls related to traffic incidents and any other required emergencies; observes, monitors, and controls routing and unusual traffic conditions; assists and advises motorists and enforces traffic safety laws; makes arrests as necessary; interviews victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogates suspects; gathers and preserves evidence; testifies and presents evidence in court; conduct basic preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, deaths or other criminal incidents; contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses; prepares reports on arrests made, activities performed and unusual incidents observed; checks buildings for physical security; serves warrants and subpoenas; requests and retrieves information involving arrests and subpoenas; files complaints and performs the work related to the processing of misdemeanor and felony complaints; searches, fingerprints, and transports prisoners; maintains contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserves good relationships with the general public; participates in crime prevention programs and activities; assists with the service of warrants within the department and with outside agencies; keeps up to date on laws and procedures for processing warrants; coordinates and conducts complete and detailed investigations of crimes; performs some identification duties such as collect, file, and oversees the maintenance of certain evidence, photographs, fingerprints; provides training and advises other officers in this area.
Marginal Functions:  Administers First Aid as necessary; directs traffic at fires, special events and other emergencies or congested situations; performs limited crime laboratory analysis; performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.

Job Address

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