Key Responsibilities

Under general supervision, the officer:

  • Patrols a beat or sector.
  • Answers calls for assistance, including investigation of crimes, deaths, accidents and injuries.
  • Enforces laws and ordinances and makes arrests.
  • Protects life and property.
  • Performs the necessary related tasks to fulfill these objectives.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for U.S. citizenship prior to application for employment.
  • Be a high school graduate or have passed the GED.
  • Be not less than 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • Not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government of a crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal or state prison.
  • Be fingerprinted and a search be made of local, state and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.
  • Possess a valid California Class C (Class 3) driver's license at time of appointment.
  • Demonstrate fluent bilingual skills of Spanish/English (not mandatory, but highly desirable).
  • Be of good moral character as determined by a polygraph examination and a thorough background investigation.
  • Be in good physical condition and be able to successfully complete a physical agility test prior to appointment.
  • Successfully complete requirements of medical and psychological examinations.
  • Possess visual acuity corrected not to exceed 20/20 in each eye, with acceptable color vision.
  • Possess good communication skills, which include speaking, writing and reading ability.
  • Be hardworking, honest and trustworthy.
  • Work well in a fast-paced, often hectic environment.
  • Have a sense of humor and a real desire to help others.

Vision and Hearing

The hiring authority shall establish minimum standards for hearing, color vision and visual acuity.  The following is required: HEARING - must pass a hearing test which will consist of a whisper test of each ear.  Candidates must be able to hear and repeat the whispered word(s) at a distance of not less than 15 feet, uncorrected.  COLOR VISION - must pass a color vision test which will consist of an Ishihara color plates test.  Candidates must properly identify 12 color plates in the series.  VISUAL ACUITY - must possess visual acuity corrected not to exceed 20/20 in each eye.  It is important that officers possess good eyesight to be able to properly identify victims, suspects and for their safety and the safety of others during the course of their duty.  Eyesight shall not exceed 20/100 in each eye, uncorrected.