THIS POSITION WILL CLOSE UPON RECEIPT OF A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF
APPLICATIONS AND MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION YOU MUST CURRENTLY BE WORKING AS A
SWORN POLICE OFFICER IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THERE WILL BE NO
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.
Examples of Duties
Listed below are some of the duties performed by this position.
For a complete listing of Essential Functions, review the class
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
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.
(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 a Police Officer Lateral. A typical way of obtaining
the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of
completion of a California POST certified basic academy, possess a
high school diploma or equivalent and be 21 years of age by the
time of sworn appointment. Current employment as a full-time Peace
Officer with a California law enforcement agency is required at
time of submitting 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
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
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.
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,
which will be paid by the City. Candidates who have used marijuana
in the last 3 years or dangerous drugs illegally may be
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 achieve a passing score on each
exam to proceed to the next exam.
Exam Information: There will be a 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