Under general supervision, performs tasks and duties related to the protection of public health, safety and welfare, and the enforcement of applicable federal, state, and local laws; provides traffic enforcement and control; carries out special assignments in a particular phase of police work or administration; performs other related duties as required.
The Police Officer is the working level class performing the full scope of assigned law enforcement duties and responsibilities under general supervision. This class is distinguished from the next higher class in that the latter is a lead position that may serve as the Watch Commander on an assigned shift in the absence of a Police Sergeant or higher ranking officer. A Police Officer may also serve in a special assignment capacity.
Receives general supervision from a Police Sergeant or higher ranking officer, depending upon assignment. Technical and functional supervision may be provided by a Police Corporal. May provide technical/training supervision for assigned officers, special programs, or when assigned as officer-in-charge.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (include but are not limited to the following)
Patrols assigned areas by car, bicycle, motorcycle, or on foot; performs crime suppression and prevention activities; answers special calls; conducts initial and follow-up investigations; interviews victims, complainants and witnesses; answers complaints, including domestic disturbances, health code, and local ordinance violations; performs surveillance activities; conducts chemical, drug, and alcohol testing; investigates suspicious circumstances.
Enforces traffic laws; controls and directs traffic when necessary; performs crowd control; operates handheld and stationary radar devices; assists in crime prevention activities and the control of juvenile delinquency; serves search warrants and subpoenas; administers CPR and first aid in cases of emergency; issues citations and makes arrests; transports, books, and secures, directly or indirectly, the care and custody of detained persons.
May be temporarily assigned special duties when appointed by the Chief of Police, such as Detective, Field Training Officer, DARE, Traffic, or Senior Officer.
Coordinates and conducts complete and detailed investigation of crimes against persons and property or coordinates these activities with a Police Detective; collects, preserves, maintains, and processes evidence; takes written statements; prepares required reports and maintains investigative records; serves warrants and subpoenas; testifies in court in connection with prosecution of offenders; contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies as warranted.
Conducts property and building checks for burglary and other criminal activity; responds to questions, concerns, and requests for service from the general public; provides information as appropriate and resolves complaints.
May serve as a Detective; independently determines which cases to investigate; coordinates and conducts complete and detailed investigation of crimes against persons and property, and crimes involving vice, gaming, and narcotics violations; performs undercover and surveillance activities; conducts registration and tracking of sex offenders; collects, preserves, and maintains evidence and property.
Trains and assists less experienced personnel as assigned; may serve as a Field Training Officer, officer-in-charge, or in a variety of special program areas.
Responds to and resolves animal control issues.
Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.
PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, running, jumping, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, stooping, and lifting in excess of 50 pounds, and occasionally over 100 pounds, in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires both near and far vision and acute hearing. Additionally, incumbents may work outdoors in all weather conditions, including wet, hot, and cold. The position entails working in hazardous situations and may involve abusive persons, potential physical violence, and the potential risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens in the performance of law enforcement duties. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to drive motorized vehicles under normal and emergency conditions, operate a variety of law enforcement equipment including firearms, work in heavy vehicle traffic conditions, often work with constant interruptions, and work flexible hours, including weekends and split shifts. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
QUALIFICATIONS: (The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)
Education and/or Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a Police Officer. Typically, a Police Officer would possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Prior experience in law enforcement and an associate’s degree are highly desirable.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license prior to appointment. Possession of a certificate of completion of a Basic Police Academy certified by California Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) is required prior to appointment as a Police Officer.
KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/SKILLS:(The following are a representative sample of the KAS’s necessary to perform essential duties of the position.)
Operations and standard operating procedures of a Police Department; principles of crime prevention and suppression; modern law enforcement methods and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, and investigation; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, and regulations, including the California Penal Code, Government Code, Vehicle Code, and other related regulations and court decisions; technical aspects of law enforcement activities, including juvenile programs, record keeping, automated records systems, search and seizure, code violations, and care and custody of persons and property; care, maintenance and operation of a variety of law enforcement radio and personal equipment; methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments; police officer procedures, practices, and equipment; basic principles of law enforcement information systems, including a computer and applicable software; methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation and writing; proper English, spelling, and grammar; occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Gather, analyze, and evaluate facts and evidence and reach sound conclusions; work under pressure, analyze information, and act quickly and calmly in emergency and non-emergency situations; observe and accurately remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places; function with a significant degree of independence; interpret, explain, and apply applicable laws, codes, and regulations; elicit information from upset and irate people; follow written and oral directions; administer first aid; observe safety principles and work in a safe manner; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Safely and effectively operate a variety of law enforcement equipment, firearms, and a police vehicle in emergency situations; operate an office computer and a variety of word processing and software applications.
Additional salary incentives (education, POST) up to 7.5% available.
Incentive hiring bonus for lateral police officers up to $11,000 (terms apply).
Additional Salary Information: Incentive hiring bonus for lateral police officers up to $11,000 (terms apply).
Additional salary incentives (education, POST) up to 7.5% available.
About City of Grover Beach
Grover Beach is a community-oriented beach town offering diverse and affordable housing, a beautiful Central Coast location, and plenty of opportunities for all. Grover Beach is a full-service General Law city with a Council-Manager form of government with an ethnically diverse population of 13,400 covering 2.25 square miles. Located off Highway 101 and Highway 1, Grover Beach shares borders with Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande, and is just 20 minutes south of San Luis Obispo, home of Cal Poly State University.
The City is moving forward with a number of significant infrastructure and economic development opportunities including the beachfront Grover Beach Lodge and Conference Center, construction of a municipal broadband network, and street rehabilitation following voter approval of a $48 million bond in 2014. Grover Beach draws tourists and residents with its moderate coastal climate, and diverse recreational activities year-round, including weekly summer concert series, hiking, riding, and jogging along white sandy beaches, dunes and sea cliffs, or surfing, kayaking, and fishing in the ocean. The City of Grover Beach provides the entrance to California’s only drivable stretch of beach.