Police Officer (Lateral) Job at Folsom, Sacramento County, California

Police Officer (Lateral)

City of Folsom , California

Job Information 



Mid Level


$78,761.60 - $113,553.65 Annually

Application Deadline 


05/30/2021 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


This position is being re-advertised. Those who have previously applied do not need to re-apply.  

The City of Folsom is currently recruiting for a Police Officer (Lateral). This position performs a variety of law enforcement and crime prevention work. Lateral candidates are the journey-level classification in the Police Officer class series. It is designed for applicants who are currently working for a recognized law enforcement agency, have successfully completed the probation period for that agency, and possess a State of California Basic POST Certificate.

 Entry-level candidates (pre-service) are distinguished from the lateral candidates in that the latter possess a Basic POST Certificate. The entry-level classification is designed for applicants who are currently in a POST Basic Academy or have recently graduated from a POST approved Basic Academy and/or are currently working as a peace officer for a recognized law enforcement agency but have not obtained a Basic POST Certificate.

Starting salary for Police Officer (Lateral) depends on qualifications. Police Officers (Lateral) receive 6% Holiday In-Lieu (HIL) pay. Additionally, base salary can increase by up to 10% upon start with Educational Incentive Pay. Posted salary reflects minimum base rate plus HIL pay; through maximum base rate plus HIL pay and maximum Educational Incentive Pay. The City offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short- and long-term disability programs, CalPERS retirement and Social Security, and generous paid leaves, significantly contributing to the total compensation package.


Anchored in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the City of Folsom is comprised of beautiful parks and trails, and boasts excellent schools, family-orientated neighborhoods, and outstanding shopping, dining, and cultural options. Folsom is a high-tech, forward-looking city, with firms ranging from small to large international corporations, and is located 20 miles east of Sacramento and about 1.5 hours from Lake Tahoe. Folsom is a "full service" city. City operations include a variety of departments and service areas including: City Attorney, City Clerk, City Manager, Community Development, Economic Development, Environmental & Water Resources, Fire, Human Resources, Library Services, Management & Budget, Parks and Recreation, Police, and Public Works.

The City of Folsom’s Police Department, headed by the Chief of Police, is charged with maintaining public order, deterring law violations, protecting life and property, and apprehending criminal offenders. Additionally, the department is organizationally divided into three Divisions: Administrative Division, Operations Division, and Support Services Division. This organizational structure enables the department to effectively manage a broad spectrum of law enforcement services for the community.

Administrative Division: The Administrative Division includes In-Service Training, Explorer Program, Honor Guard, Fleet, Crime Analysis, Budget, Grant Funding and the Property and Evidence Bureau.  This Division also includes our Investigations Bureau which includes all investigations such as Missing Persons, Narcotics, Assault, Computer Crimes, Auto Theft, Child Abuse and Retail Theft.

Operations Division: Our Patrol Division is responsible for handling the majority of calls for service within the City limits.  Each shift includes a team of officers with training in special areas such as Canine Handling, Traffic and Accident Response, and SWAT. This Division oversees all special units including Canine, Mounted Patrol, Traffic Bureau, Crime Scene Investigation, Bike Patrol, SWAT, and all special events.

Support Services Division: The Support Services Division includes the Records Section, and Communications Bureau. The Records Section is responsible for much of the department's administrative duties, including processing all arrest paperwork, traffic citations, and crime reports. The Communications Bureau is responsible for all phone lines and dispatching officers to calls for service. Dispatchers work around the clock to answer 911 calls and all non-emergency phone calls, while simultaneously sending and monitoring police officers as they interact with the community.

To learn more about the City of Folsom’s Police Department, click here.

Examples of Essential Duties

May include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Patrol an assigned area on rotating shifts, in an automobile, other vehicle, or on foot for the prevention of crime and the enforcement of traffic laws and regulations; issue citations; perform security patrols, traffic control, investigations; administer first aid and request medical attention when necessary.
  • Investigate crimes including felonies, misdemeanors, and City ordinances; conduct follow-up investigations of crimes committed during assigned shift; seek out and interview victims, witnesses, and suspects; search crime scenes for clues and evidence, collect, package, and preserve evidence.
  • Handle emergency situations without assistance.
  • Detect, pursue, apprehend and arrest or detain persons involved in crimes or misconduct; confront and arrest violent combative subjects; transport prisoners.
  • Patrol City streets, parks, commercial, and residential areas to secure and protect property and to preserve the peace and enforce the law; participate in community crime prevention programs and activities.
  • Perform crowd control, regulate vehicle flow at fires, parades, and other incidents or congested situations.
  • Respond to hostage situations, barricaded subjects and other extremely hazardous situations; respond to natural and man-made disasters.
  • Perform duties in conformance with Federal, State, County, and City laws, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Attend and successfully complete required training including firearm qualification.
  • Prepare a variety of written reports; operate a mobile data computer.
  • Make public appearances and presentations at City Council and other civic organization meetings to actively develop and foster community partnerships; demonstrate leadership within the organization and community.
  • Provide information and direction to the public.
  • Make presentations at schools; plan and conduct field trips and police department tours for students.
  • Appear and testify in court when subpoenaed.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Employment Standards

Knowledge of: 

  • Police methods and procedures including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation and identification techniques.
  • Criminal law and criminal procedures with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies, including rules of evidence pertaining to the search and seizure and preservation of evidence.
  • Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory.
  • Basic self defense tactics.
  • Interview techniques and public contact techniques.
  • Modern office methods and techniques.
Ability to: 
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Write clear, concise and comprehensive reports using correct English and grammar.
  • Read and understand department policies, instruction, laws and regulations.
  • Interpret and apply laws and regulations.
  • Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
  • Gather and evaluate facts and evidence.
  • Draw logical conclusions and make proper recommendations.
  • Analyze situations and adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action.
  • Qualify in the use of firearms.
  • Learn the use and care of equipment.
  • Meet the physical requirements established by the Department.
  • Meet and deal with the public tactfully and effectively.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Use computer and related software.
Minimum Qualifications

Equivalent to graduation from the twelfth (12) grade. 
Possession of a valid State of California Basic POST Certificate or equivalent which has been accepted by the State of California, and at least one year of recent, full-time sworn law enforcement experience in a recognized law enforcement agency.  
Other Requirements:
Must be 21 years of age or older by the filing deadline. 
License Required:
Must possess a valid California Class C driver's license or higher and have the ability to maintain insurability under the City's vehicle insurance policy. 
All applicants must submit complete applications with required attachments.  Applicants will be required to participate in a POST physical agility exam as part of the testing process.  Additionally, applicants must be able to pass a detailed background investigation in accordance with POST standards, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, and medical exam and drug screening prior to being selected for a position with the City of Folsom.

The application and supplemental must be complete and fully demonstrate your qualifications for the position.

  1. Resume. 
  2. A written statement describing your law enforcement experience in the following areas.  Include length of assignment in each area and a brief description of your job duties.  (Please type and attach your response to 2. as a separate document.  Do not write "see application/resume" for any response.  Clarity, conciseness and completeness of the responses are factors considered in the qualification screening process.)
    • Custody
    • Patrol
    • Detectives
    • Specialized Assignments

3.  Please also attach copies of the following:

  • Valid State of California POST Basic Certificate and any other POST certificates
  • Employee evaluations for the last three years.  If applicant has been an officer for less than three years, include all employee evaluations received thus far.
  • Commendations for Police Work
  • Awards for Police Work
  • Certificates of Law Enforcement related training
  • Advanced Education Diplomas (above high school)


50 Natoma Street

Folsom, CA 95630