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Police Officer (C-08) -- Academy Graduate

at City of Whittier

Posted: 10/3/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2590574
Keywords: police, emergency

Job Description

Overall Job Objective



For a list of common disqualifiers, please visit the Whittier Police Department website here: Under general supervision, the Police Officer performs tasks and duties related to the protection of public health, safety and welfare, and the enforcement of applicable Federal, State, and local laws; carries out special assignments in a particular phase of police work; performs other related duties as required. Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and possess a college degree are highly desirable. Employees who are bilingual in Spanish are eligible to receive an additional $200 per month.

Police Officer: Candidates must have graduated within 3 years from time of application from a California POST accredited academy (must be appointed by the third year from graduation date). Prior law enforcement experience is NOT required. This is a sworn position and will serve a one-year probationary period.

Examples of Duties

Listed below are some of the duties performed by this position. For a complete listing of Essential Functions, review the class specification.)

Patrols assigned areas by car, foot, motorcycle, bicycle, or horse; 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; conducts complete accident investigations; controls and directs traffic when necessary; performs crowd control, special event or riot duties; assists in crime prevention activities and the control of juvenile delinquency; counsels and educates the community; administers first aid in cases of emergency; transports, books, and is responsible for the care and custody of detained persons; responds to questions, concerns and requests for service from the general public; assists the public and answers questions; provides information as appropriate and resolves complaints.

Physical, Mental and Environmental Working Conditions: Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, running, jumping, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires both near and far vision, the ability to distinguish colors 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 chemical and biological hazards in the performance of law enforcement duties. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to drive motorized vehicles, operate a variety of law enforcement equipment, work in heavy vehicle traffic conditions and often work with constant interruptions. The need to lift 25 pounds or more is also required.

The City of Whittier encourages applications from qualified individuals with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Individuals who require accommodation in the application or testing process should contact the Human Resources staff at least 5 days prior to the application deadline or 5 days prior to the testing process so that a reasonable accommodation may be made. Persons requesting a reasonable accommodation will be required to provide documentation of such need. Seeking or receiving an accommodation by the City will have no negative impact on an individual's application or employment.

Typical Qualifications

(The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)

Education and/or Experience: Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for satisfactory job performance. Example combinations for Police Officer Pre-Service include a high school diploma or equivalent and be 21 years of age by the time of sworn appointment. Also, must possess the equivalent of completion of a California POST certified basic academy, and must have graduated within 12 months from time of application.

Physical Requirements: Weight proportionate to height in accordance with recognized standards; must be physically able to perform the duties of a Police Officer; eyesight must not be less than 20/80 uncorrected, corrected to 20/20 and normal hearing and color perception as required by POST.

License/Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver's license. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for U.S. citizenship.

Knowledge of: 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; hazardous materials and proper storage and containment; improvised explosive devices; basic principles of law enforcement information systems; methods and techniques of training and motivation may be necessary; basic principles of mathematics; applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations; methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments; standard office procedures, practices, and equipment; modern office equipment, including a computer and applicable software; methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation and writing; proper English, spelling, and grammar; and occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Ability to: Gather, analyze and evaluate facts and evidence and reach sound conclusions; act quickly, calmly, and effectively in emergency situations; enforce laws, regulations, policies, rules, and procedures; interpret, explain, and apply applicable laws, codes, and regulations; read, interpret, and record data accurately; make clear and concise radio transmissions; observe and recall names, faces, and details of incidents; write clear, concise, and accurate reports; understand and follow verbal and written directions; organize, prioritize, and follow up on work assignments; work independently and as part of a team; make sound decisions within established guidelines; analyze a complex issue and develop and implement an appropriate response; follow written and oral directions; observe safety principles and work in a safe manner; work a variety of shifts as assigned; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Skill to: Operate an office computer and a variety of word processing and software applications; safely and effectively operate a variety of law enforcement equipment, firearms, and a police vehicle in emergency situations.

Supplemental Information

Prior to hiring, candidates will be required to submit proof of U.S. Citizenship or employment authorization if not a U. S. Citizen and the ability to successfully pass a thorough Police background investigation including a polygraph and a psychological profile, the cost of which will be paid by the City. Candidates who have used marijuana in the last 3 years or dangerous drugs illegally may be disqualified.

Tattoo Policy: Applicants should be aware the Whittier Police Department maintains a tattoo policy which requires the tattoos to be covered while on-duty. For further information, you may contact the recruitment officer.

Medical: Applicants will be required as a prerequisite to employment to successfully pass a physical examination, including a drug screen, the cost of which will be paid by the City.

Selection/Exam Process: Based on a review of the applications received, the candidates appearing to be the most qualified and meeting the City's particular needs will be invited in writing to the exam process. A candidate must acheive a passing score on each exam to proceed to the next exam. Due to the anticipated larger than usual volume of applicants for this position and our limited resources, we will only be able to invite the top scoring candidates in the testing process to participate in the panel oral interview.

Exam Information: There will be a Physical Agility held on a monthly basis. The next step in the process for those candidates successfully passing both exams will be the Panel Interview. Dates will be determined in the future for the panel interview.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

The City of Whittier is an Equal Opportunity Employer