• Full Time
  • Gonzalezs, CA
  • Industry Sector : Other
  • Other

Website City of Gonzales

City on California

To perform a variety of responsible law enforcement and crime prevention functions by patrolling, observing, and
protecting assigned areas of the city in a professional and proactive manner; to actively participate in an investigation
from its initiation to completion; to act as a positive resource in the community to promote proactive crime prevention,
enhance community relations, and provide outreach and support to all citizens; to perform a variety of special
assignments in support of the Police Department, the City and its citizens; and to function as a positive and
cooperative team member.
This job class is the working entry/journey level of sworn police classifications. Employees in this classification
receive training and mentoring from experienced Police Officers until the incumbent functions at the journey level of
job performance and are capable of performing the full range of assigned duties in an independent manner.
Incumbents in this classification receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise
and are fully competent and knowledgeable of the professional standards, operating procedures and policies within
the city’s Police Department. Although individual positions may be assigned to specialized work units or special
projects, employees in this job class are expected to be cross trained and fully functional in all areas of sworn police
work activities and assignments. Employees in this job class are subjected to both mental and physical stress as
well as exposure to dangerous and uncomfortable situations as a condition of regular work assignments.
♦ Patrols designated areas of the City in a patrol car on an assigned shift to conduct a variety of responsible law
enforcement and crime prevention duties; responds to routine or emergency calls for assistance; controls traffic;
observes all suspicious activities/persons; and reports to superiors periodically.
♦ Provides proactive crime prevention and community outreach; acts as a resource to City’s citizens and the
general public; provides training and education to community regarding police activities and crime prevention
techniques; making presentations and serving on committees as assigned.
♦ Conducts criminal investigations from initiation to the completion of investigation; prepares preliminary reports of
incidents and investigations to include documentation; contacts and interviews victims, witnesses, and suspects
for details; secures statements; preserves evidence; follows-up on every facet of assigned investigation to
ensure all activities and efforts are coordinated and successfully completed.
♦ Makes arrests and issues citations for violations of pertinent laws and ordinances within standard and accepted
laws, policies, and operational regulations.
♦ Books, transports, and is charged with responsibility for the appropriate care and safety of detained persons
♦ Performs a variety of duties, functions and activities as a participant in a special duty assignment such as School
Resource Officer, Training Officer, or Evidence Technician; cross trains and maintains expertise in all areas of
sworn police activities.
♦ Observes and notes all unusual or suspicious situations, behaviors and events; reporting these circumstances
and/or activities to superior officer and/or following-up and gathering pertinent data.
♦ Controls traffic; stops unsafe and/or illegal drivers; issues traffic citations; investigates causes and results of
accidents; renders first aid at the accident scene; serves as first response level to hazardous materials spills and
♦ Appears in court to present evidence and testify as to circumstances, occurrences, and the investigative process
regarding designated cases; provides information, reports, and documentation to the court and its
representatives in support of case development.
♦ Prepares a variety of administrative reports and documentation of activities such as accident reports,
investigation reports, and patrol observations; establishes and maintains files and records in a complete and
confidential manner.
♦ Participates in maintaining order, coordinating and supporting relief efforts, and protecting citizens/general public
during a variety of emergency situations.
♦ Assists and attends to ill and/or injured individuals who may be violent, disruptive, unmanageable, or have a
communicable disease; administers first aid, CPR, or other means of assistance and care.
♦ Performs other related duties as required.
Knowledge of:
♦ Standard and accepted law enforcement methodology and techniques to include patrol, crime prevention, and
traffic control.
♦ Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines governing the apprehension, arrest, and
custody of persons accused or suspected of committing felonies and misdemeanors.
♦ Rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure and the preservation and presentation of evidence.
♦ Proper use and care of firearms and other special equipment utilized by sworn police law enforcement
♦ Standard and accepted law enforcement recordkeeping, documentation, and reporting requirements, methods
and procedures.
♦ Community policing philosophy and methodology.
♦ Automated safety dispatch and criminal records systems.
Skill to:
♦ Learn the City and departmental organizational structure, ordinances, policies, and procedures.
♦ Learn the location and configuration of the City’s streets, landmarks, public areas, community facilities, and
♦ Understand, interpret, and carry out a variety of both oral and written instructions in an independent manner.
♦ Interview and communicate with a variety of diverse individuals and groups in a positive, persuasive, and
effective manner.
♦ Identify potential problems/hazards, investigate and gather pertinent and relevant data, document conclusions
and observations, and present recommendations and/or findings.
♦ Operate a variety of routine and special law enforcement equipment such as car radio, hand guns and other fire
arms, handcuffs, batons, tear gas, ammunition, chemical reagents, stroll-a-meter, and a variety of protective
devices in a safe and effective manner.
♦ Utilize a computer and designated software at a level sufficient for successful job performance.
♦ Prioritize and schedule work load in a timely and effective manner for self and others.
♦ Establish and maintain a variety of documentation, records and logs.
♦ Prepare a variety of administrative documentation, forms, and reports.
♦ Provide courteous and positive community relations and neighborhood outreach.
♦ Perform assigned duties to include heavy lifting and sporadic but strenuous physical endeavors in a safe and
effective manner.
♦ Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required
Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is
qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:
The equivalent to high school graduation to include the ability to read and write at a level required for successful job
performance AND the successful completion of an accredited police academy. Some college level coursework in
criminal justice or a related field and/or volunteer law enforcement experience is desirable.
Community/public service work experience is highly desirable.
While performing the essential functions of this job class, the employee must maintain physical condition to meet
P.O.S.T. physical standards including mobility and physical strength and stamina sufficient to respond to a variety of
emergency situations and apprehend suspects as well as work in a standard office setting and operate a motor
vehicle for extended periods of time.
Employee must be willing to work evening, night, weekend and holiday shifts, as assigned, and pass a detailed
background investigation. Employee performs many assigned duties outdoors in a variety of climatic conditions
including exposure to hot and cold temperatures, working in cramped spaces, and in traffic. The majority of the
employee’s work time may be spent driving a patrol car. Employee works in a high stress environment and may be
exposed to hazardous, volatile, and dangerous situations in the performance of required duties. Employees will have
continuing contact with other staff, citizens, other agencies and businesses as well as the general public in the
performance of assigned duties.
Possession of a valid and appropriate California state driver’s license. Possession of a safe driving record per the
City’s driving standards. Completion of a P.O.S.T. certified Basic Police Academy Program. Possession of valid
American Red Cross Basic First Aid and CPR Certification. May require completion of additional designated
P.O.S.T. certification in specialized areas of law enforcement or crime prevention pertinent to special duty
SALARY RANGE: $6,307.13 – $8,583.13/month.
HEALTH INSURANCE: The City shall pay 100% of the cost of health insurance premiums for an
employee’s medical, vision and dental coverage, and contributes toward
dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT: Public Safety – Classic employees will be enrolled in the 2% @
55 CalPERS formula and will contribute 100% of the employee’s
contribution on a pre-tax basis. An employee is vested after 5 years of
CalPERS participation. The City also participates in Social Security.
Public Safety – PEPRA employees will be enrolled in the 2% @
57 CalPERS formula and will contribute 100% of the employee’s
contribution on a pre-tax basis. An employee is vested after 5 years of
CalPERS participation. The City also participates in Social Security.
HOLIDAY LEAVE: Thirteen (13) days per year.
VACATION LEAVE: Vacation Leave is accrued as follows:
1. Six and two-thirds (6 2/3) hours per month for less than three
(3) years of service.
2. Ten (10) hours per month for three (3) to ten (10) years of
3. Eleven and two-thirds (11 2/3) hours per month for ten (10) to
fifteen (15) years of service.
4. Thirteen and one-third (13 1/3) hours per month for fifteen (15)
or more years of service.
SICK LEAVE: Eight (8) hours per month.
LIFE INSURANCE: The City pays 100% of the current Life Insurance Policy.
LONG TERM DISABILITY: The current policy provides 60% of pre-disability earnings, reduced by
deductible income after a ninety-day waiting period. The City does not
provide short-term State Disability Insurance.
All applicants must complete and file a City of Gonzales application form. A resume may be submitted with the
application but cannot take the place of the application. Position open until filled. Applications may be mailed to
the Personnel Department, City of Gonzales, P.O. Box 647, Gonzales, CA 93926. If delivered in person, applications
may be received at Gonzales City Hall, 147 Fourth Street, Gonzales, CA. Written applications will be screened, and
the most qualified applicants will be invited for interviews.
If you have a disability which may require an accommodation in the selection procedures outlined above, please
notify the City Clerk in writing at cityclerk@ci.gonzales.ca.us
The City of Gonzales is an Equal Opportunity Employment

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