FINAL FILING DATE:
ABOUT THE POSITION:
This recruitment will remain open until a sufficient number of
applications have been received and may close without prior notice.
To perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; enforce State
and local traffic regulations; perform investigative work; and
participate in and provide support and assistance to special
department crime prevention and enforcement programs.
Starting pay for Academy Trained entry is at “A” step of the pay
range. Effective July 1, 2014, a 4.25% across the board increase is
scheduled for the position of Police Officer.
Education Incentive Pay:
An additional 6% of base pay for an Associate’s degree or equivalent
units (60) OR Intermediate California (CA) P.O.S.T.
Certificate. An additional 9.5% for a Bachelor’s degree or
equivalent units (124) OR Advanced CA P.O.S.T. Certificate.
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EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The following examples are intended to describe the general nature
and level of work performed by persons assigned to this
Patrols assigned area in patrol car to preserve law and order,
to prevent and discover the commission of crimes, and to enforce
traffic regulations; responds to calls and complaints involving
traffic accidents, robberies, disturbances, and other
misdemeanors and felonies, and take necessary police action;
make arrests; take charge of, and guide and direct the work of
other law enforcement personnel in various situations until
relieved by a supervisor officer.
Conducts motor vehicle accident investigations; provides first
aid for injured persons, and take safeguards to prevent further
accidents; interviews principals and witnesses; takes written
statements and examines conditions of accident scene; and clears
or directs clearing of obstructions and wreckage.
Investigates crimes against persons and property; interviews
victims and witnesses; searches for, evaluates and
secures/collects evidence; and arrests suspected perpetrator(s).
Investigates complaints involving juveniles, including reports
of child neglect and persons reported to be contributing to the
delinquency of minors; checks business establishments and public
places known to be frequented by juveniles; and arrests juvenile
and adult offenders.
Processes warrants and apprehends or assists in the apprehension
of wanted persons by court orders or actions in criminal cases.
Maintains knowledge of local ordinances and state laws, rules of
evidence for criminal cases, crime prevention techniques,
current investigation techniques, traffic control techniques,
care and custody of persons and property.
Prepares and submits required reports and provides assistance,
information, and directions to the public.
High school graduate or equivalent AND completion of a
California (CA) Basic Commission on Peace Officer Standards and
Training (P.O.S.T.) Academy within the last twelve (12) months (from
October 1, 2012) OR current enrollment with good class
standing in a full-time basic police academy certified by the CA
Commission on P.O.S.T. and expected graduation by December 15, 2012.
Experience: No previous sworn law enforcement experience
required. In addition to Academy training, any related work
experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential
function of the position is helpful.
Age: 21 years of age at time of appointment.
Height in proportion to weight;
Vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes and free from color
Hearing within normal limit; and
United States citizen or an applicant for citizenship within the
Good command of basic grammar and written communication; use and
care of firearms; Federal, California state, and local laws
applicable to law enforcement; police department equipment,
practices, and procedures; proper search and seizure and arrest
procedures; geography of the City of Downey and the location of
important buildings and streets; and, investigative procedures and
Ability to: Observe accurately and remember faces, numbers,
incidents and places; think and act quickly in emergencies and judge
situations and people accurately; effectively analyze problems for
an appropriate response under emergency or stress situations;
communicate effectively both orally and in writing; understand and
interpret laws and regulations; prepare accurate and grammatically
correct written reports; learn standard broadcasting procedures of a
police radio system; establish and maintain cooperative working
relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties;
understand and carry out oral and written instructions; and, meet
and maintain the physical requirements established by the Downey
License Requirements: Due to the performance of field
duties, possession of a valid California Driver's License and
possession of an acceptable driving record and the ability to
maintain a valid Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record
at the time of appointment and throughout the course of employment
in the position is required.
California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Pull Notice System:
An incumbent appointed to this position is subject to enrollment
in the California DMV Pull Notice Program. The Pull Notice program
provides information on the incumbent’s driving record and Driver’s
License status on a periodic basis to the City of Downey. An
employee assigned a City vehicle must acknowledge receipt and
understanding of City Administrative Regulations covering the use of
Physical Tasks and Environmental Conditions:
Work is performed both inside and outside in seasonal climate and
weather conditions. Slippery surfaces, oily conditions, dust, dirt,
and odors are conditions frequently encountered. Must constantly
work with noise from traffic and police radio. Position requires
availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, on-call and
overtime. Physical demands include constant arm and leg movements,
driving, standing, and sitting for long periods of time. Bending,
stooping, lifting, running, squatting and climbing is also required.