Police Officer (Academy Attendee/Graduate)

City of West Sacramento , California

Job Information 



Entry Level


$75,444.00 - $91,908.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Please note that recruitment processes may be affected by COVID-19 public health emergency updates. All candidates will be notified via email regarding the status of their application(s) and any recruitment process changes due to COVID-19.**

Candidates who are bilingual, have a military background, or experience working with diverse populations, and/or involvement in community initiatives are encouraged to apply! 


Additional incentives outlined below:
  • 2% for Intermediate POST certificate/Associate's Degree OR 4% for a Bachelor's Degree;
  • 2.5% for an Advanced POST certificate;
  • $27.50 per pay period fitness incentive.
  • Employees possessing and utilizing bilingual skills on duty shall receive an additional 5% of their hourly rate of pay.

The physical ability examination will be held in conjunction with the written examination tentatively scheduled for TBD. 

Examination Process (Academy Graduate Level):  The examination process will include a written examination (POST Entry Law Enforcement Test Battery), and physical ability examination POST WSTB.  The POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery may be waived if proof of a passing "T" score of 48.0, taken within the previous twelve months of the final filing date, and is submitted at time of application.  "T" scores must be submitted with the application package, must not be more than twelve months old and will not be accepted at the testing site. Please contact the Human Resources Division for detailed information on the aspects and physical requirements of the physical ability test. The physical ability examination WSTB will be held in conjunction with the written examination tentatively scheduled for TBD.  The physical ability examination may be waived if proof of passing the POST work sample test battery examination administered by another agency  taken within the previous twelve months of the final filing date, and is submitted at time of application. 

Those candidates that successfully pass both the written and physical ability examinations may be invited to participate in an oral panel interview.  Candidates passing all phases of the examination process will be placed on an eligibility list for further consideration by the Police Department. 

Application Process:  Candidates are encouraged to apply on-line using the Government Jobs web site and visiting the City of West Sacramento's employment page. The Governmentjobs.com application is considered an official City application.  Be sure to submit all required documents.

Application and Examination Process:  An official City of West Sacramento application form must be filled out, in its entirety, and must include:

1) A copy of a POST Academy certificate or letter from a Basic POST Academy indicating current enrollment and the expected graduation date; and

2) A resume.

You will be disqualified if you do not submit all the required documents as noted above.

NO POSTMARKS.  Applications, resumes and/or copies of the required documents received after the recruitment close date and time will not be accepted.

DEFINITION:  Under direction of a Police Sergeant, performs law enforcement and crime prevention work; enforces traffic regulations; performs investigative work; participates in and provides assistance and support to special department crime prevention and enforcement programs; and performs a variety of technical law enforcement tasks.  Technical and functional supervision may be provided by higher level police personnel.  Assignments may require supervision of non-sworn personnel and volunteers.


Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS--Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Essential Functions:  Patrols the City in a radio-equipped car; answers calls for the protection of life and property; enforces all applicable laws; patrols the City on a motorcycle or in a patrol vehicle; responds to calls related to traffic incidents and any other required emergencies; observes, monitors, and controls routing and unusual traffic conditions; assists and advises motorists and enforces traffic safety laws; makes arrests as necessary; interviews victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogates suspects; gathers and preserves evidence; testifies and presents evidence in court; conduct basic preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, deaths or other criminal incidents; contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses; prepares reports on arrests made, activities performed and unusual incidents observed; checks buildings for physical security; serves warrants and subpoenas; requests and retrieves information involving arrests and subpoenas; files complaints and performs the work related to the processing of misdemeanor and felony complaints; searches, fingerprints, and transports prisoners; maintains contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserves good relationships with the general public; participates in crime prevention programs and activities; assists with the service of warrants within the department and with outside agencies; keeps up to date on laws and procedures for processing warrants; coordinates and conducts complete and detailed investigations of crimes; performs some identification duties such as collect, file, and oversees the maintenance of certain evidence, photographs, fingerprints; provides training and advises other officers in this area.
Marginal Functions:  Administers First Aid as necessary; directs traffic at fires, special events and other emergencies or congested situations; performs limited crime laboratory analysis; performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Education:  High school diploma or equivalent.  Other:  Twenty-one (21) years of age or older.  Lateral Entry:  One (1) year experience in a municipal or general law enforcement agency.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES:  Possession of a valid California driver's license.  Lateral Entry:  Proof of possession of a California Basic POST Certificate.  Entry level:  Completion of POST Basic Academy.

Supplemental information

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Work in an emergency peace control environment; work in intense life-threatening conditions; exposure to dangerous persons, firearms, bodily fluids, and noise; running, walking, crawling, climbing, stooping and lifting; work in inclement weather conditions.


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