Police Officer (Lateral) Job at Novato, Marin County, California

Police Officer (Lateral)

City of Novato , California

Job Information 



Mid Level


$6,660.44 - $8,095.81 Monthly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Novato is recruiting for a


Open and Continuous

Applicants will be considered as they apply. Early submittal is encouraged.


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.



To perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; to perform investigative work and other special assignments; and to perform a variety of technical law enforcement tasks.



Receives general supervision from higher level police personnel.


 Example of Duties:


responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Essential Functions:

As a patrol officer, patrol the City in radio-equipped car or on foot; answer calls for the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of City, county, and state laws; may conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, hold-ups, death, and other criminal incidents.


Patrol the City and respond to calls related to traffic incidents and other required emergencies; observe, monitor and control routine and unusual traffic conditions; issue traffic citations; assist and advise motorist and enforce traffic safety laws.


When assigned, serve as a police detective; coordinate and conduct complete and detailed investigations of crimes involving juveniles and adults, crimes against persons and property, and crimes involving vice, gambling, and narcotics violations.


When assigned, serve as crime prevention officer; participate in the development and promotion of crime prevention, activities, such as citizen watch and security survey programs; work with citizens to complement programs; make public presentations; maintain program statistics and reports.


Collect and preserve evidence at scene of crime and/or accident; lift fingerprints; draw sketches; take photographs.


Essential Functions:

When assigned, serve as school resource officer; provide information and assistance to local school staff and students; make group presentations; maintain program statistics and reports.


Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complaints and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.


Serve warrants and subpoenas; keep up-to-date on laws and procedures required for processing warrants; retrieve and request information involving arrests and subpoenas; file complaints and perform other work related to the processing of misdemeanor and felony complaints.


Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.


Prepare reports of arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed.


Check buildings for physical security.


Search, fingerprint, and transport prisoners.


Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public.


Administer first aid as necessary.


Marginal Functions:

Perform related duties as assigned.


 Typical Qualifications:



Knowledge of:

Police methods and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation identification techniques, equipment, police records and reports, and first aid techniques.


Criminal law and criminal procedure 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 the preservation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases.


Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory.


Ability to:

Self defense tactics.


Interviewing and interrogation techniques.


Observe accurately and remember faces, numbers, incidents and places.


Learn to use and care for firearms.


Think and act quickly in emergencies, and judge situations and people accurately.


Learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations.


Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.


Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.


Understand and carry out oral and written directions in an independent manner.


Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.


Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of:

-       Making sound decisions

-       Demonstrating intellectual capabilities.

Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:

-       Making observations

-       Communicating with others

-       Reading and writing

-       Operating assigned office equipment.


Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:



None required.



Equivalent to completion of twelfth grade, preferably supplemented by 30 units of college level course work.


License or Certificate

Possession of an appropriate P.O.S.T. certificate within one year after appointment.


Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.


 Additional Information:



Environmental Conditions:

Emergency peace control environment; travel from site to site; exposure to potentially hostile environments.


Physical Conditions:

Essential and marginal functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for running, walking, crouching or crawling during emergency operations, walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time, and operating assigned police equipment and vehicles.


EEOP Utilization:

Applicants may obtain a copy of the department's EEOP Utilization Report upon request.


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