Police Officer (Academy Attendee/Graduate) Job at Monterey, Monterey County, California

Police Officer (Academy Attendee/Graduate)

City of Monterey , California

Job Information 



Entry Level


$93,696.00 - $113,832.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


About The City of Monterey Police Department

Located in an idyllic setting on the Pacific coast, the City of Monterey's historic character, natural beauty, and unique attractions have enabled it to become a quality residential community as well as one of the nation's premier tourist destinations. Committed to integrity, professionalism and loyalty, the Monterey Police Department strives to be a model organization. The Department's highest priority is to ensure that the community remains a safe haven, allowing residents and visitors alike to enjoy a high quality of life.

Application Process
Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received or until the position has been filled. This recruitment may close at any time without notice.

A limited number of applicants who clearly show that they most closely meet the needs of this position in terms of training, experience, education, and other job-related characteristics will be accepted to participate in the selection process. This process will include evaluation and initial screening of the standard on-line City application to determine which candidates progress to the next phase of the recruitment process. The subsequent selection process may include a panel interview and a final departmental interview. Candidates moving forward will be subject to an extensive background examination including a polygraph test, psychological exam and physical. Once testing is complete the Chief of Police shall review the background and post-conditional offer assessments and make the final determination as to whether a formal job offer is to be made. The Human Resources Department reserves the right to make changes to components of the examination process.

Currently Recruiting Laterals, Academy Graduates & Academy Attendees

To qualify as a Lateral, the candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Currently employed or formerly employed within the last three years as a law enforcement officer in a California law enforcement agency and possess a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate.
  • Currently employed or formerly employed within the last three years as a law enforcement officer in a law enforcement agency outside of California and passed the California P.O.S.T Basic Course Waiver examination.
  • Formerly employed as a law enforcement officer over three years ago in a California law enforcement agency and have completed the California P.O.S.T. Requalification process.

*You must attach a copy of your California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate, your California P.O.S.T. Basic Course Waiver, or proof of completion of the California P.O.S.T. Requalification process to your online application to be considered to move forward in this recruitment.

Academy Graduates
To qualify as an Academy Graduate the candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a California Basic P.O.S.T. Academy within past three (3) years of date of application.

*You must attach a copy of your graduation certificate from a California Basic P.O.S.T. Academy or proof of completion of the California P.O.S.T. Requalification Process to your online application to be considered for this recruitment. 

Academy Attendees

To qualify as an Academy Attendee the candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Current enrollment of a California Basic P.O.S.T. Academy.  

*You must attach proof of enrollment at a California Basic P.O.S.T. Academy to your online application in order to begin the recruitment process. Prior to any conditional job offer you will need to submit a copy of your graduation certificate from a California Basic P.O.S.T Academy. 


More information regarding P.O.S.T. training and certifications can be found:




The Position
Under general supervision, to perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; and to do related work as required.


Examples of Duties


Patrols an assigned area in radio car, motorcycle, or on foot for the prevention of crime and the enforcement of laws and regulations; responds to radio messages or telephone instructions and appears at scene of disorder or crime as assigned; conducts preliminary or follow-up investigations of prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, deaths, accidents, and other disturbances; directs traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow, at times of emergency or congestion; stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws and issues citations; investigates accidents; renders first aid as necessary; enforces City ordinances on abandoned cars; does follow-up investigation on hit-run accidents; collects and preserves evidence; testifies in court in connection with criminal prosecution; attends fire scenes to assist in the protection of life and property; serves warrants and subpoenas; operates radio-telephone equipment at headquarters or in a patrol vehicle; occasionally relieves a superior officer and acts for him; supervises the custody of prisoners; fingerprints, photographs and books prisoners; assists in receiving, searching, booking, fingerprinting and supervising prisoners; answers inquiries; keeps records and prepares reports; when assigned, operates a motorcycle in traffic enforcement or a bicycle or all terrain vehicle when assigned to the Community Action Team; conducts preliminary and final investigations.


Typical Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Any education equivalent to graduation from high school;

Be at least 21 years of age;

Not have any felony convictions;

Be able to pass a comprehensive background;

Possess a valid California Driver's License at time of appointment; and

Be a United States citizen or have permanent resident alien status and applied for citizenship.

Desirable Qualifications

Ability to solve problems, effectively communicate and make good decisions.

Ability to write clear, comprehensive reports.

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other employees and the general public.

Ability to perform combined tasks under stressful situations.

A Bachelors degree is highly desirable. 
Ability to fluently speak and understand a foreign language is highly desirable.


Supplemental Info


Ability to learn law enforcement principles and practices;

Ability to read & understand departmental policies, instructions, laws and regulations;

Ability to analyze situations and adopt a quick, effective and reasonable course of action;

Ability to prepare clear and accurate reports;

Have physical agility; keen observation and ability to remember names, faces and details at crime scenes and at traffic collisions;

Ability to learn the appropriate use of and care for vehicles, firearms and other law enforcement safety equipment;

Ability to speak and write effectively; and

Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions.

License and/or Certifications
Must possess a valid California driver's license and have an acceptable driving record.


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