Police Officer (Lateral) Job at San Mateo, San Mateo County, California

Police Officer (Lateral)

City of San Mateo , California

Job Information 



Mid Level


$9,174.00 - $11,286.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 

Continuous or Until 1000 applicants

No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The San Mateo Police Department is accepting applications for Police Officer Lateral Candidates Only!

This is continous recruitment.

Be sure to click "Job Announcement" for the most detailed salary and benefits information, duties and job requirements.

In addition to the minimum  qualifications, a Lateral Candidate must have:

a)  Possession of a California Basic POST Course Certificate of at least 800 hours issued within 3 years of the date of application.  A copy of your certificate with your application is required in order for your to continue with the process.


b)  Currently employed or previously employed within the last 12 months with a California Law Enforcement Agency as a Peace Officer.  A copy of your certificate with your application iss required in order for you to continue with the process.

Those applicants meeting the minimum qualifications and have submitted the required documentation, will be added to the employment list.  Please fax your certificates to:  650 522-7261 or email them to: larellano@cityofsanmateo.org 

Failure to attach and/or submit your certificate, your application will not move forward in the process.

The Position:  Police Officers perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; control traffic flow and enforce state and local regulations; perform investigative work; participate in and provide support and assistance to special department crime prevention and enforcement programs and do related police work as assigned. Duties and hours will vary with assignments.

The Department:  Consists of a diverse and outstanding group of men and women who have dedicated themselves to public service. Our staff  is devoted to protecting and serving the citizens of San Mateo professionally, while providing outstanding customer service.  The department is dedicated to providing creative and long-tem solutions to ongoing issues that may arise from time to time.

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Ideal Candidate 

The Qualifications:

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

· 21 years of age at time of appointment.

· U.S. Citizen or resident alien and proof of application for citizenship as required by California Government  Code Section 1031(a).

· High School Graduate from an accredited school or GED.

· 60 units of credit from an accredited college or two years of Military Service in lieu of college

License or Certificate:

· Possession of a valid California driver’s license and  appropriate license classification as required.



Police Officers hired from this recruitment will receive a signing bonus of $1,500.00 upon   successful completion of probation.  If an eligible merit City employee refers a candidate who is subsequently hired from this recruitment, he/she shall receive a $1,500.00 referral award in accordance with the City’s Targeted Recruitment Program Policy.  The candidate must note the referring employee’s name on the City’s official employment application at the time he/she submits it. 

For information on benefits, please refer to the MOU by clicking on this link:


Special Instructions 

Lateral Applicants - Submit a copy of your California Basic POST Course Certificate of at least 800 hours issued within 3 years of the date of application

Please attach your required certificates to your application or email them to:larellano@cityofsanmateo.org or fax them to:  650 522-7261. 

Failure to attach and/or submit the required certificate, will not allow you to move forward in the process.

The Examination Process

Upon meeting the minimum qualifications for this position the candidates will be placed on an employment list.  Failure to attach, email or fax your certificate, your application will not receive further consideration for this position. The employment list is updated as candidates become eligible. 

The Selection Process

Once placed on the employment list, and at the time a vacancy needs to be filled, the San Mateo Police Department representative will contact candidates selected to move onto the next step in the hiring process.

Before a conditional employment offer is made, candidates must take a polygraph examination. If successful, a conditional employment offer is made and candidates are then required to successfully pass a psychological, medical examination including a stress agility assessment, a drug screen, personal interviews, background investigation, fingerprinting, and must be able to furnish proof of legal right to work in the United States. The process will end with the Police Chief’s interview. The City’s standards must be met before the final appointment is made. The Chief of Police or her designee will make the final appointment.

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