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Police Officer Lateral Transfer (Bilingual and Non-Bilingual)

at City of Santa Ana

Posted: 9/28/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2370685
Keywords: police

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The City of Santa Ana is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.

(Salary at the top of this bulletin does NOT include bilingual fluency pay which is currently an additional $449 per month).

Police Officer-Lateral Transfers are trained and experienced police professionals who can assume the full range of policing duties after a brief orientation.  Police Officers are key participants in a partnership of the City and community to identify and resolve crime problems affecting the quality of life of all residents.  The City of Santa Ana has a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic population with a rich Hispanic heritage and a history of support for the Police Department.  This diversity and community support combine to make the Santa Ana Police Department an exciting and demanding place to work.

Successful officers are characterized by the ability to make sound decisions which are based on fact, not emotion, quickly and repeatedly throughout the day.  They demonstrate a strong sense of fairness and the ability to apply both the spirit and letter of the law within legal parameters of discretion.  With a genuine concern for the safety of the community and the quality of life of its citizens, successful Police Officers are alert and ready to take action.  They enjoy both working alone and as an integral part of a team effort.  Ideal candidates are proficient in writing reports and handling paperwork and willingly work varying shifts, weekends and holidays.

Essential Functions Include But Are Not Limited To

Please refer to this link to see a comprehensive list of job functions:

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements set forth by CA P.O.S.T. in addition to those set forth by our agency. Some of the requirements are listed below.

1. Possession of a California P.O.S.T. Basic certificate or higher (if you do not have one, you do not qualify for the Lateral Transfer position).

2. Successful completion of the probationary period, and/or been employed on a permanent basis, within the past two and one-half (2½) years as a sworn law enforcement officer in the state of California, preferably a municipality.

Please refer to this link for a list of other requirements: Requirements

Bilingual fluency is not required at this time. Applicants interested in receiving bilingual pay must be fluent in both English and any one of the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Samoan, Hmong, Korean, or Cambodian.
NOTE: If you have failed a test component, you must wait at least 6 months to reapply (except the physical agility test or bilingual fluency exam). Individuals who have failed the psychological evaluation must wait at least one year before reapplying.

Selection Process

All applicants are required to complete and submit a City application form online, as well as complete the supplemental questionnaire. Please note that resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an online application. To apply, click on the "Apply" link located at the top of this page. New users must create an account first. Click on this link for instructions on how to set up your account and apply for the first time: Online Employment Application Guide.
A step-by-step description of the selection process, as well as information on benefits and salary, can be downloaded here: Selection Process and Salary Benefits

Applications, CA P.O.S.T. certificates, and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed by the Personnel Services Department & Police Department. A Personal History Statement and Background Investigative Questionnaire, completed by candidates prior to the end of the selection process, will also be reviewed by the Police Department and used as a screening tool.
If you pass the initial application, supplemental questionnaire, and background screenings, and possess the most pertinent training and qualifications, in order to be placed on the eligible list, you must pass each of the following components (except the bilingual fluency exam):

Please note, all dates listed below are subject to change depending on organizational needs. 
1. PHYSICAL AGILITY EXAM:  (qualifying) will evaluate each applicant's physical strength, agility and endurance in the following timed components:
  • 1.5 MILE RUN The 1.5 run must be completed within 14 minutes to pass the City of Santa Ana physical agility test.
  • 500 YARD RUN Run 500 yards
  • SOLID FENCE CLIMB Run 5 yards to a 6-foot solid fence, climb over fence, and continue running another 25 yards
  • CHAIN LINK FENCE Run 5 yards to a 6-foot chain link fence, climb over fence, and continue running another 25 yards
  • OBSTACLE COURSE/AGILITY RUN Run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb-height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle
  • BODY DRAG Lift and drag 165 pound lifelike dummy 32 feet
Each of the above 5 events are timed.  Candidate's performance times are converted to points and summed.  Candidates must successfully complete the 1.5 mile run AND accumulate a minimum total score of 384 points in the remaining five events to pass the physical agility test. 
2. ORAL INTERVIEW EXAMINATION: (weight of 50%) will evaluate experience, training and personal qualifications for the position.  Candidates need a score of 70% or higher to pass this examination.

3. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: (qualifying) candidates will be investigated regarding employment, neighborhood conduct, references, financial stability, criminal history, driving history, educational history, and other related factors.  

4. BACKGROUND ORAL INTERVIEW EXAMINATION: (weight of 50%) will evaluate each candidate's background, experience, training and personal qualifications for the position. Candidates need a score of 70% or higher to pass this examination.

5. POLICE CHIEF'S BACKGROUND FILE REVIEW AND ORAL INTERVIEW: (qualifying) contents of the background file and results of the background investigation will also be evaluated by the Police Chief.  

6. POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION: (qualifying) candidates will take a polygraph examination designed to determine the truthfulness of the candidate's responses about his/her qualifications and suitability as a Police Officer.

7. PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION: (qualifying) candidates will be interviewed by a licensed psychologist to assess the candidate's behavior and character to determine if an individual is at significant risk for employment problems as a Police Officer.

8. BILINGUAL ORAL FLUENCY EXAM: (if applicable) will evaluate the ability to communicate effectively in both English and a second approved language (see list of accepted second languages at the top of this bulletin). Candidates do not need to pass this examination in order to be further considered. 
NOTE:  Prior to appointment, candidates will undergo a medical examination to determine minimum acceptable physical qualifications as established by Government Code 1031 Section (f) and POST Commission Regulation 1954.

Applicants must pass every component of the selection process in order to be further considered.  Those who are successful in steps 1 - 9 above will be placed on an eligible list and will be considered for appointment as vacancies occur.
The City of Santa Ana is an equal opportunity employer. If you consider yourself a person with a disability, you may contact us regarding providing reasonable accommodation.