Police Officer Job Listing at City of Palo Alto in Palo Alto, CA (Job ID 536740)

City of Palo Alto

City of Palo Alto

Location: Palo Alto, CA
Application deadline: None
Type: Full time
Career Level: Entry Level
Salary Range: Not specified
Number of Jobs: 1
Relocation Available: No
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Description
The Palo Alto Police Department has positions available for a Lateral and Police Officer Trainee and Academy Graduate. Position Overview: To preserve public peace, protect life and property, prevent crime, enforce all laws and ordinances of which the Department takes cognizance; to be involved in community relations and specialized work.

The Police Officer/Academy Graduate position is distinguished from the Police Officer Trainee position by one of the following: Completion of a California POST certified police academy Regular Basic Course AND have service as a sworn police officer in a California POST Police agency within the past 3 years and possess a California POST Basic Certificate. A lateral officer who have been employed by a California POST police agency and served as a sworn solo beat officer who successfully completed a Field Training Officer Program within the past 3 years. The Academy Graduate is not required to have a California POST Basic Certificate, but must have worked for a law enforcement agency within a year of academy graduation or you must apply as a Police Officer Trainee.



POLICE OFFICER TRAINEE: Under close supervision, this position attends a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified police academy, participating in and passing all required classes for a period of approximately 18-22 weeks. Upon successful completion of academy, incumbent becomes a probationary Police Officer. To be considered for an entry-level position, the following requirements must be met:
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at time of application
  • Must either be a U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship within the past year
  • Must possess a California drivers license
  • Must not have any felony convictions
  • Must be able to legally posses a firearm in the State of California
  • Take the POST examination (see below)
  • Take a Physical Agility Test (See below)
If your NEOGOV application is accepted and you are selected to go to the next phrase of testing, you will be notified by email to complete a POST PHS and submit it with the results from your POST examination and physical agility testing. The test results can not be more than a year old. Below is information on how to take the POST written exam and the physical agility test: Take the POST examination In order to be considered for employment as a police officer in Palo Alto, you must take the POST exam. The POST examination is administered at South Bay Regional Public Safety Consortium at 3095 Yerba Buena Rd in San Jose, however, we will accept results from any agency, as long as it is the California POST exam. Please register for the examination online at www.theacademy.ca.gov . We require a T score of 50 or higher that is not more than a year old. Take a Physical Agility Test We require the passing of a Physical Agility Test (WSTB) which is also given by South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium, however, we will accept results from any agency, as long as it is the same tests given at SBRTC. There is a fee and you must register on-line via the SBRPSTC website at www.theacademy.ca.gov . The results of the test will be mailed directly to you within two weeks of the initial testing date. Please provide us with a copy of the results along with your application. The minimum entry level requirement for the WSTB test is 384 and a 14 minute maximum time for the 1.5 mile run. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: POLICE OFFICER LATERAL: Minimum of 21 years of age Completion of a California POST certified police academy Regular Basic Course Possess a California POST Basic Certificate Must have worked as a Police officer within the last three years. ACADEMY GRADUATE:
Minimum of 21 years of age Completion of a California POST certified police academy Regular Basic Course Must have worked for a law enforcement agency with a year of academy graduation

The Palo Alto Police Department offers the following benefits for both Police Officer Lateral and Trainee: Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) 3% @ 55 years Rotating 4/11 work schedule Night differential pay, Field Training Officer (while training) and Bilingual Incentive all @ 5% for applicable candidates Educational incentive pay at 5% of Intermediate and 7.5% for Advanced Top quality health care plan including: medical, dental, vision and basic life insurance Uniform and equipment fully paid, including dry cleaning. Non-Contributory Deferred Compensation Plan The Palo Alto Police department recognizes diversity, the just do it approach to innovation, the value of each and every department member and the leadership, enthusiasm, and dedication they bring. Promotional opportunities are available every year and you remain involved in the investigation of your own cases not just a report taker. The department looks for ways to prevent crime and works with the community on a one to one basis to find solutions. Special Requirements for both Police Officer Lateral, Academy Graduate and Trainee:
  • Pre-employment: ability to pass drug and alcohol test.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
  • Weight in proportion to height; normal color vision; visual rating not exceeding 20/100 uncorrected, correctable to 20/30 in both eyes.
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or have applied for citizenship and must complete citizenship process within 3 years.
  • Combination of education and experience equivalent to two years of college preferred but not required.
  • Satisfactory results on appropriate written, medical, background and psychiatric examinations
Application Instructions for both Police Officer Lateral and Trainee: SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION. YOUR ONLINE INFORMATION (NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE AND E-MAIL) PLUS THE COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE IS THE FIRST STEP IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS. YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE REVIEWED, AND QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE MAILED A FULL APPLICATION PACKET. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE CITY OF PALO ALTO POLICE DEPARTMENT
Supplemental Questionnaire Instructions for Police Officer Lateral and Trainee: Thank you for your interest in a position with the City of Palo Alto Police Department. You will need to read and agree to a number of conditions before applying for this position. Many times applicants do not understand or realize the amount of time and level of commitment required to successfully complete the Police Officer Lateral and Trainee process. The information given is to better help you determine your career path for the future. It is strongly suggested that you come to Palo Alto and take the time to find out about the City, it's priorities regarding public safety and the type of Police culture you are choosing. Competition is high and each candidate must be prepared and at their best in each level of the process in order to proceed to the next step. Instructions: Police Officer Lateral, Academy Graduateand Trainee:
It is strongly suggested that you come to Palo Alto and take the time to find out about the City, it's priorities regarding public safety and the type of Police culture you are choosing. Competition is high and each candidate must be prepared and at their best in each level of the process in order to proceed to the next step. Listed below are the steps following acceptance of your completed Police Department application for the position of Police Officer Lateral and Trainee.You must pass each step in order to proceed to the next step in the process:

POST Examination
Written Skills Examination
Thorough, detailed background examination will be conducted, which includes an extensive review of financial records and any criminal activity up to and including high school years.
Polygraph testing.
Psychological testing
Physical Exam
(The process is intense and lengthy and knowing this up front can be helpful in reaching your decision to begin the process) Specific Disqualifiers for Police Officer Lateral, Academy Graduate and Trainee: - The City and Police Department have a very strong commitment to equal employment opportunity and prohibitions against unfair employment practices under Title VII (41 U.S. Code 2000e), the Americans With Disabilities Act (42 U.S. Code 12112), the State Unruh Civil Rights Act (Government Code Section 12940) and other applicable fair employment practices as outlined in the California Labor Code. The dilemma facing the Department is one of developing a job-valid and nondiscriminatory set of policies which will allow it to lawfully exclude persons who do not meet the City's or State's hiring standards. The Peace Officer Standards and Training Commissions of California and Nevada (P.O.S.T.) have developed a list of guidelines, identified as "10 background dimensions", which are used as a professional standard in background investigations. Individual agencies have set their own standards (within applicable law) to interpret these guidelines. The standards on the following pages have been adopted by the Palo Alto Police Department as a prima facie disqualification for police officer applicants. You must read and agree to ALL the conditions presented to apply for this position. Thank you for your interest in a position with the City of Palo Alto Police Department. You will need to read and agree to a number of conditions before applying for this position.

Many times applicants do not understand or realize the amount of time and level of commitment required to successfully complete the Police Officer Lateral , Academy Graduate and Trainee process. The information given is to better help you determine your career path for the future.

The standards on the following pages have been adopted by the Palo Alto Police Department as a prima facie disqualification for police officer applicants. You must read and agree to ALL the conditions presented to apply for this position.






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