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Police Officer (Lateral, Academy Attendee/Graduate)

Santa Rosa, California



Santa Rosa Police Department

965 Sonoma Avenue

Santa Rosa, CA 95404





Salary: $6,302 - $8,035/month

Population: 180,000

Sworn Officers: 169

Application Deadline: NA







Applicants must complete a City application and supplemental questionnaire on line and must meet the following minimum qualifications:


Lateral Applicant:


Currently employed as a peace officer in a California-authorized jurisdiction with at least one year of full-time experience, or have been so employed within the past two years, AND possess or eligible to possess a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate. Reserve Officer time is not considered qualifying as a lateral.  Lateral applicants may be eligible to be appointed up to the TOP step in the salary range.



Academy Attendee/Graduate Applicant:


Currently attending, OR have completed a California P.O.S.T.-approved Basic Police Academy within the last two years.


Requalification:  A California P.O.S.T. Requalification Course Certificate or a Basic Course Waiver issued within the last two years are qualifying.


The fundamental reason for the existence of this classification is to enforce Federal, State and local laws and to respond to calls for the protection of life and property.



The following duties are considered essential

for this job classification:

  • Patrol assigned area of the City in a car, on a motorcycle, or on foot;

  • Enforce local, State and Federal laws;

  • Respond to calls related to the protection of life and property, traffic incidents, and other required emergencies;

  • Prepare reports of arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed;

  • Conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, criminal incidents, hazardous incidents, vehicle accidents, and deaths;

  • Make arrests;

  • Interrogate suspects and interview victims, complainants and witnesses;

  • Coordinate and conduct detailed investigations of violent crimes, child abuse, property crimes, vice, gaming, and narcotics violations;

  • Testify and present evidence in court; provide backup assistance for other officers and personnel;

  • Collect, preserve, and maintain evidence, found property, and property for safekeeping;

  • Assist and advise motorists and enforce traffic safety laws by issuing citations and warnings;

  • Search, fingerprint, and transport prisoners;

  • Respond to demonstrations, riots, hostage situations, barricaded subjects and other extremely hazardous situations;

  • Maintain contact with the public regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the public;

  • Serve warrants and subpoenas;

  • Observe, monitor, direct, and control routine and unusual traffic conditions;

  • Check buildings for physical security; and administer first aid.


Additional Duties:

In addition to the duties listed in the Essential Duties Section, each employee in this classification may perform the following duties. Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be assigned.

  • Perform undercover and surveillance activities;

  • Develop and maintain good relationships with informants and contacts which may be helpful in criminal investigations;

  • Prepare search and arrest warrants;

  • Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement and non-law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses;

  • Make presentations to citizens and groups;

  • Assist in the performance of special investigative and crime prevention duties;

  • May serve as a member of a Special Response Team;

  • May serve as Field Training Officer, supervising and training new personnel;

  • Coordinate departmental training programs; prepare, submit, and administer grants; conduct specialized crime prevention programs;

  • Seize assets through the preparation and service of asset seizure documentation;

  • Manage a caseload of registered sex offenders, including initial registration, follow up, and coordination with the Department of Justice;

  • Provide training for department personnel in such areas as defensive tactics, use of firearms, defensive driving, crowd control, use of chemical agents, and other specialized functions;

  • Collect, analyze, and disseminate criminal street gang information

  • Direct traffic at fires, special events and other emergency or congested situations.


Required Qualifications:


Please view the experience requirements and selection process outlined in  the Police Officer Job Brochure, click HERE.


Please view the Illegal Drug Use Guidelines and Driving History Standard brochure, click HERE.



Ability to:

  • Observe accurately and remember faces, numbers, incidents, and places;

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use and care of firearms;

  • Think and act quickly in emergencies, and judge situations and people accurately;

  • Maintain a professional demeanor during stressful situations;

  • Learn, understand, and interpret laws, rules, regulations, and policies;

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing;

  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports;

  • Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system;

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the exercise of defensive tactics;

  • Handle an automobile in high speed and emergency situations;

  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;

  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions;

  • Uphold the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics at all times.











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