Laguna Beach: With seven miles of City beaches and towering hills with captivating Pacific views, Laguna Beach residents enjoy some of the most stunning landscape in Southern California. Laguna Beach hosts millions of visitors to its world famous arts festivals and beautiful beaches. Services provided to its resident population of approximately 23,000 include police, fire, marine safety, recreation, parks, public works, community development, parking, transit and animal control.
The Department: The Police Department is organized into three divisions (Support and Investigative Services, Field Services, and Professional Services), and provides general law enforcement services, including animal control. There are 98 full-time positions, which continues to be the highest level of staffing in the Police Department's history. The department augments its services with the assistance of three reserve officers, over 300 community volunteers representing our various volunteer groups such as COPs, CERT, and the Animal Shelter, ten police explorers, and twenty-five seasonal Police Cadet and Beach Patrol positions during the summer months.
The Position: To be considered a Lateral Officer your application will include experience as a sworn peace officer in the State of California, including the completion of a probationary period with acceptable performance. A California P.O.S.T. Basic Course Waiver will not be accepted in lieu of current sworn peace officer experience in the State of California.
Examples of Duties:
Responds quickly and correctly in emergency situations and makes field decisions in accordance with departmental policies and procedures in any given law enforcement assignment.
Patrols assigned district by automobile, motorcycle/bicycle, ATV, or on foot in order to prevent and detect crime activity and enforce laws, regulations and ordinances.
Responds to radio communications, computer prompts or citizen requests and investigates reported disorders, observed violations, and related incidents.
Notes and reports traffic problems abandoned or damaged vehicles and other safety hazards.
Issues verbal warnings or written citations for parking, moving, and municipal violations.
Investigates traffic accidents and directs and controls the flow of traffic at the scene of accidents, signal failures, special events, natural and unnatural catastrophes in adverse weather conditions.
Investigates and prepares reports on complaints, accidents, offenses and damages to property; interviews witnesses and suspects.
Restores order and maintains peace at public gatherings or in conflict situations.
Collects and preserves physical evidence in accordance with department policy and laws.
Observes and reports conditions conducive to crime activity.
Provides information and assistance to the public in a respectful manner.
Pursues and apprehends suspects.
Makes arrests and advises suspects of rights.
Prepares crime and arrest reports and documents other situations such as traffic accidents and civil disputes.
Appears in Court to testify regarding arrests or other law enforcement activity and case evidence and civil cases.
Searches and transports prisoners.
Completes booking (e.g., digital camera, fingerprinting).
Administers emergency first aid to injured or incapacitated persons until medical personnel are present. Participates in classroom and field training exercises.
May perform the duties of Acting Police Sergeant or Field Training Officer as directed.
Treats Citizens, suspects and fellow employees with respect.
Experience: Must be a current sworn peace officer in the State of California. A California P.O.S.T. Basic Course Waiver will not be accepted in lieu of current sworn peace officer experience in the State of California.
Education: Graduation from high school or equivalent, supplemented by completion of the police academy, and classes or course work in police science (minimum of 30 college semester units required) or military experience.
License/Certificate Requirements: The incumbent must obtain a valid Class C or Class 3 California driver's license and provide evidence of an acceptable driving record. May be required to obtain a Class 4 or Class D license following hire, depending upon position assignment as a Motor Officer.
Internal Number: 201900449
About City of Laguna Beach
The City of Laguna Beach: With seven miles of City beaches and towering hills with captivating Pacific views, Laguna Beach residents enjoy some of the most stunning landscapes in Southern California. Laguna Beach hosts millions of visitors to its world famous art festivals and beautiful beaches. Services provided to its resident population of approximately 23,000 include police, fire, marine safety, recreation, parks, public works, community development, parking, transit and animal control.