Under general supervision from higher level supervisory or management staff and from training staff at a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)-certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy, this is a non-sworn classification structured for incumbents who have not yet entered or not yet completed the California POST-certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Successful completion of a POST-certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy, resulting in graduation and certification, enables incumbent to become a probationary sworn Police Officer with the City.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.
English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Learn proper Police procedures and methods.
Analyze situations quickly and objectively, and determine and take emergency and/or appropriate action.
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Learn the operation of standard equipment and facilities required in the performance of assigned tasks, including a computer.
Type at a reasonable speed necessary for successful job performance (25 wpm).
Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system including mobile dispatch terminals.
Participate in strenuous physical activities including sufficient strength, endurance and body flexibility to accomplish classroom requirements. This includes the ability to lift and carry up to 75 pounds of weight.
Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Successfully complete a POST-certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy, including classroom instruction, physical agility and use of firearms.
Health: The City contributes toward the combined monthly premiums for medical, dental and vision a maximum of $710, $1,470 or $2,090, dependent on level of medical coverage enrollment. Some of the monthly plan premium options are currently at NO COST to the employee and family! Any employee contributions to health premiums are taken as pre-tax deductions. Employees eligible to waive medical coverage receive $200 per month in additional taxable compensation. Carriers include: Blue Shield EPO, Blue Shield PPO, Kaiser HMO; Stanislaus Foundation Dental and VSP Vision.
Miscellaneous Benefits: The City contributes an additional $100 per month through a qualified Section 125 plan to the employee’s Flexible Spending Account (FSA – for non-reimbursable medical expenses or daycare) or Health Savings Account (HSA), as applicable. You may also use the $100 per month to purchase one of the pre-tax plans under voluntary benefits.
Voluntary Benefits: Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Voluntary Life and AD&D, Accident, Critical Care, and Cancer plans.
For additional benefits please review the POA MOU located on the City Website:
Current academy attendees encouraged to apply.
Job candidates must receive satisfactory results from the City’s background investigation, a physical examination, which includes a drug screen, polygraph, fingerprints, and an administrative review.
Must be able to take the P.O.S.T. PELLET B exam and receive a score of 45 or more. Please attach a copy of your score certificate if already taken within the last year. Must be able to pass the City’s predetermined physical fitness test.
Candidates are subject to a reimbursement contract that requires three years of continuous service as a police officer with the City of Ceres upon successful completion of the POST basic academy.
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