Police Officer (Lateral)

City of Capitola , California

Job Information 



Mid Level


$6,225.00 - $7,946.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive



Lateral Officer Hiring Bonus: Up to $10,000 ($5,000 upon hire; $5,000 upon successful completion of probation).

A lateral officer is defined as an applicant who is currently working for a recognized law enforcement agency who has successfully completed the probation period for that agency and possesses a State of California Basic POST Certificate.

Reasonable accommodations for the disabled: If special accommodations are necessary at any stage of the examination, or application process, please provide the city of Capitola with advance notice and every attempt will be made to consider your request.

Recruitment on going until positions filled

Capitola Police Department
422 Capitola Ave.
Capitola CA 95010
(831) 475-4935 or on-line at www.cityofcapitola.org

Retirement: The City participates in CalPERS 3%@50 for employees with less than a six- month break in PERS-qualified employment. Those who do not qualify for the above will receive the applicable provisions and retirement formulas associated with the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013.

Specialty pay:

  • Up to 7.5% for college units, or; up to 7.5% for Senior Officer Program

  • 2.5% Motorcycle Patrol

  • 5% Detective

  • 5% Canine

  • 5% Bilingual

  • 5%PTO

  • 10% Longevity (5% @ 10 years, 5% @ 20 years)

    Other Benefits:

  • Vacation starts at two weeks per year and

    increases with City set formula

  • Holidays – up to 150 hours per year

  • Sick leave– 120 hours per year

  • Medical, dental and vision contribution by City up to $1,400 per month

  • Uniforms are 100% paid for and maintained by City

  • Long term disability and life insurance paid for by City

  • Patrol personnel work a 4-10 shift

  • Detectives work 5/4 9-hour shifts

  • After 18 months of employment, the City offers an Employee Down Payment

    Assistance Program


  • Applicants must be a high school graduate (or equivalent)

  • 21 years of age at time of appointment

  • Applicants must possess a valid Class C California driver license.

  • Lateral or Academy graduates shall possess a P.O.S.T certified Basic Police Academy


  • Be a citizen of the United States or be a permanent resident alien who is eligible for

    and has applied for citizenship prior to application date. Applications shall not have been denied.


    All applications need to include an official Pellet B verification letter. The City will accept a score of 48 or higher. The initial testing process will include oral interview examination. Applicants considered for the next phase will be required to pass a city-paid comprehensive pre-employment background investigation, polygraph, psychological and medical examination.



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