Police Officer (Lateral/Academy Graduate)

  • Laguna Beach, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $80,880.00 - $113,748.00 Annually USD

Job Description


The Position: Under general supervision of a Police Corporal, Sergeant, or Watch Commander, performs in an assigned area of responsibility, responds to calls, observes violations, and enforces public safety and traffic laws, regulations and ordinances; performs crime prevention and investigation work to protect life and property; discusses problems, complaints and violations with citizens, residents and visitors; testifies in court hearings; assists other officers and performs special detail work as needed; and does other work as assigned. Solves community related problems and prepares comprehensive written and dictated reports. All A cademy Graduates spend their initial probationary year in field training.

The Application/Selection Process: Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis. Interested candidates must submit a completed online application in order to be considered. Applications will be screened carefully and selected candidates will be invited to participate in the testing process which will include the following:
  • Physical Agility Test (P.A.T.)
  • Oral Panel Interview

Candidates must successfully complete the P.A.T. with a score of 384 points or higher to be eligible for invitation to the Oral Panel Interview.

Those who successfully complete both testing components will be placed on an eligibility list. A pre-background interview will be scheduled upon successful completion of the panel interview stage. The appointing authority will review all job-related qualifications of those deemed eligible for hire before making selection decisions. The selection process may be modified based on the needs of the city.
Candidates selected for this position must successfully complete a thorough background security investigation, polygraph examination, psychological screening, and pre-employment physical examination including a drug test.

In order to maintain a safe and healthy workplace, the City requires all employees who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. Employees who provide adequate proof of vaccination for COVID-19 to Human Resources are not required to undergo weekly testing.

Examples of Duties

  • Responds quickly and correctly in emergency situations and makes field decisions in accordance with departmental policies and procedures in any given law enforcement assignment.
  • Patrols assigned district by automobile, motorcycle/bicycle, ATV, or on foot in order to prevent and detect crime activity and enforce laws, regulations and ordinances.
  • Responds to radio communications, computer prompts or citizen requests and investigates reported disorders, observed violations, and related incidents.
  • Notes and reports traffic problems, abandoned or damaged vehicles, and other safety hazards.
  • Issues verbal warnings or written citations for parking, moving, and municipal violations.
  • Investigates traffic accidents and directs and controls the flow of traffic at the scene of accidents, signal failures, special events, natural and unnatural catastrophes in adverse weather conditions.
  • Investigates and prepares reports on complaints, accidents, offenses and damages to property; interviews witnesses and suspects.
  • Restores order and maintains peace at public gatherings or in conflict situations.
  • Collects and preserves physical evidence in accordance with department policy and laws.
  • Observes and reports conditions conducive to crime activity.
  • Provides information and assistance to the public in a respectful manner.
  • Pursues and apprehends suspects.
  • Makes arrests and advises suspects of rights.
  • Prepares crime and arrest reports and documents other situations such as traffic accidents and civil disputes.
  • Appears in Court to testify regarding arrests or other law enforcement activity and case evidence and civil cases.
  • Searches and transports prisoners.
  • Completes booking (e.g., digital camera, fingerprinting).
  • Administers emergency first aid to injured or incapacitated persons until medical personnel are present. Participates in classroom and field training exercises.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education : Graduation from high school or equivalent, supplemented by completion of the police academy.
Experience : Must be a current sworn peace officer in the State of California including the completion of a probationary period with acceptable performance.
License Requirements : The incumbent must obtain a valid Class C or Class 3 California driver's license and provide evidence of an acceptable driving record. May be required to obtain a Class 4 or Class D license following hire, depending upon position assignment as a Motor Officer.

Education : Graduation from high school or the equivalent, supplemented by completion of the police academy. You MUST ensure that you have attached proof of completion to your application.

Experience : Some experience, on-the-job training and college course work in police science, preferably involving public contact work and the enforcement of public safety rules and policies.
License Requirements : M ust obtain a valid Class C or Class 3 California driver's license and provide evidence of an acceptable driving record; may be required to obtain a Class 4 or Class D license following hire, depending upon position assignment as a Motor Officer.

In reference to California Assembly Bill 89, the minimum qualifying age for specified peace officers in California will increase from 18 years to 21 years of age effective January 1, 2022. Therefore , we require that any candidates selected for hire be at least 21 years of age or older at the time of hire. Any candidates under the age of 21 may be considered for hire once they meet the age requirement for the position , provided that they are on an active eligibility list.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge of:
  • Laws from the California Penal Code, Business and Professions Code, Health & Safety Code
  • State motor vehicle codes, traffic safety regulations and municipal ordinances
  • Police science principles
  • Police department policies, practices and procedures
  • Theories of human behavior
  • Federal and state laws, statutes, local ordinances and Court decisions governing arrest and custody of prisoners, search and seizure, rules of evidence, and privacy rights
  • First aid techniques
  • Safety rules and procedures
  • Criminal investigation, crime prevention principles and techniques
  • Self defense methods and physical restraint techniques
  • Radio codes and communications procedures
  • Disease control methods and techniques
  • Community related problem-solving techniques

Ability to:
  • Operate a police motor vehicle skillfully and safely
  • Use firearms and other weapons
  • Read and interpret State Motor Vehicle Codes and traffic safety laws and local ordinances
  • Accurately recall the circumstances under which criminal, civil or traffic violations occurred for testimony purposes
  • Obtain knowledge of City geography, street layouts and traffic and crime patterns
  • Read and interpret maps to determine locations of calls
  • Work effectively in team response situations
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy in maintaining self-control in provocative or confrontational situations
  • Communicate clearly and concisely in conveying commands
  • Operate two-way radio following proper communications procedures
  • Maintain alertness and concentration in emergency situations
  • Accurately recall names, faces and details regarding crime incidents
  • Follow proper safety rules and procedures
  • Work under variable weather conditions
  • Properly use tools to gain access to buildings
  • Communicate and work cooperatively with co-workers, supervision, and public and private representatives
  • Relate effectively with persons from diverse social, ethnic, political, racial and ethnic backgrounds and age groups
  • Understand and carry out oral or written commands and instructions
  • Complete clear and accurate police reports and work activity records
  • May operate an audio or video recorder during field enforcement work
  • Operate computers
  • Operate and make independent decisions without direct supervision
  • Make decisions without undue delay in emergency situations
  • Thoroughly investigate field assignments as reflected in complete reports

City of Laguna Beach: With seven miles of City beaches and towering hills with captivating Pacific views, Laguna Beach residents enjoy some of the most stunning landscapes in Southern California. The City of Laguna Beach hosts millions of visitors to its world-famous arts festivals and beautiful beaches. Services provided to its resident population of approximately 23,000 include police, fire, marine safety, recreation, parks, public works, community development, parking, transit and animal control.

The Department: The Police Department is organized into three divisions (Support and Investigative Services, Field Services, and Professional Services), and provides general law enforcement services, including animal control. The department augments its services with the assistance of reserve officers, community volunteers representing our various volunteer groups such as COPs, CERT, and the Animal Shelter, police explorers, and Police Cadet and Beach Patrol positions during the summer months.

Closing Date/Time:

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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