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Police Officer Recruit/Lateral

Company: City of Clovis
Location: Clovis
Posted on: May 23, 2023

Job Description:


$10,000 Bonus Incentive

Positions hired in the

Police Officer Recruit & Police Officer Lateral class

may be eligible for up to a $10,000 bonus incentive.

Police Officer Recruit

$37.45- $45.53 Hourly

$6,491.00 - $7,891.00 Monthly

$77,892.00 - $94,692.00 Annually

Police Officer Lateral

$44.96 - $54.65 Hourly

$7,793.00 - $9,473.00 Monthly

$93,516.00 - $113,676.00 Annually

The City offers premium pay, special assignment

pay, and professional development incentive pay.

Please visit our website for additional information at:

* Bargaining Units - Clovis Police Officers Association MOU
* Salary Schedules - Clovis Police Officers Association Salary Schedule


Under general supervision, on a regular or assigned shift, to perform general police work in the prevention of crime and the enforcement of law and order; work closely with the community to preserve the peace and promote public safety; perform traffic enforcement and control; carry out special assignments in specialized phases of police work; and to perform related work as required.


Police Officer Recruit

This class represents the sworn entry-level police officer with minimal to no prior police officer experience. Incumbents train and prepare with a field training officer for the police effort to maintain law and order. Incumbents generally drive a police vehicle in carrying out duties, may be assigned to special details as necessary, and may be called upon to establish order in extreme conditions and in conditions of emergency.

Police Officer Lateral

This class is distinguished from the Police Officer Recruit by the required Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certificate and possession of two (2) years of work experience as a Peace Officer. Incumbents generally drive a police vehicle in carrying out duties, may be assigned to special details as necessary, and may be called upon to establish order in extreme conditions and in conditions of emergency.

Examples of Duties

On a regular or assigned shift, patrol assigned areas by car, foot, or motorcycle; respond to calls for the protection of life and property; conduct initial and follow-up investigations; work closely with the community and other City departments within legal and department mission standards to promote community policing, pursue public safety, preserve the peace, address crime, improve police-community relations, and participate in community policing efforts and problem-solving projects; communicate with merchants regarding potential problems in the area, educate citizens of the laws, ordinances, and their rights in resolving disputes; perform public outreach and support the principles of community oriented policing; organize and/or participate in community and sponsored events, public education programs, and attend and participate in community-based programs and meetings; develop, enforce, control and direct traffic when appropriate; conduct traffic stops when drivers are operating vehicles in violation of the law; warn drivers against illegal practices, make arrests, testify in court in connection with the prosecution of offenders, serve warrants and subpoenas; administer first aid in emergency situations; answer complaints related to civil disturbances, obnoxious animals, health code, and local ordinance violations; investigate suspicious circumstances, perform property security checks, take custody of lost and found property; perform crowd control, parade, or riot work; take crime prevention measures and assist in controlling problems of juvenile delinquency; book arrestees in jail and assist in their custody, care, and welfare; transport arrestees; receive telephone calls and dispatch emergency vehicles and personnel according to department policy and standard procedures; provide superior protection and service, and furnish information and directions to the public; attend briefings and read briefing materials; submit complete written reports of assigned cases; participate in training courses and programs; operate, two-way radio, recorders, firearms, and equipment common to law enforcement; may relieve superior officer in periods of absence or as assigned; provide ethical leadership and uphold ethical standards by setting an example and promote the vision and goals of the organization in a focused and systematic manner; operate City vehicles; and perform related work as required.

Typical Qualifications



* Possession of a valid California Driver's License and a good driving record;
* Possession of a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Regular Basic Course Police Academy Certificate completed within the last three (3) years, or documentation from a certified POST California Police Academy of acceptance or enrollment to graduate with a Regular Basic Course Certificate within twelve (12) months from the documentation date.




* High school diploma or equivalent.


* None required.



* Possession of a valid California Driver's License and a good driving record;
* Possession of Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certificate.

Out of State Police Officer Lateral Applicants:

* Applications will be accepted on a provisional basis for out of state lateral applicants that are accepted or enrolled with a California POST certified Police Academy to complete courses to obtain a California (POST) Certificate.




* High school diploma or equivalent.


* Two (2) years experience as a sworn law enforcement officer.


* Minimum of 20 years of age at time of application submission and a minimum of 21 years of age at time of appointment;
* Eligibility to possess a firearm;
* U.S. citizenship or legally eligible to work in the U.S. and eligible to apply for citizenship.

Supplemental Information


* Environment: Job functions are performed in an office, outdoor, and driving environments in reactive emergency, natural or man-made disaster, and routine peace keeping environments with travel from site to site; regularly exposed to outdoor cold and hot temperatures, and inclement weather conditions; confined spaces; exposure to life threatening situations; extensive public contact; moderate to loud noise levels; and hazardous physical substances and fumes.
* Physical fitness: Sufficient to bend, twist, turn, stoop, squat, kneel, climb, crawl, sit, stand, and walk for prolonged periods of time, and wear a ballistic vest and duty belt weighted with police equipment.
* Strength: Ability to perform tasks requiring strength and stamina; heavy work-lifting, carrying and/or pushing 100 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
* Vision: Corrected to 20/20 in one eye and 20/30 in the other eye; constant use of overall vision; frequent reading of documents and reports; ability to identify suspects and interpret and apply the law to field situations; observation skills; and maintain firearms qualification.
* Hearing/Speech: Sufficient verbal communication to project a voice that can be heard in loud environments; hear and distinguish various sounds including over the telephone and radio; and communicate in person and to large groups.
* Dexterity: Grasp, push, pull, and fine manipulation to use a computer, operate a motor vehicle, and police services equipment.
* Working conditions: Attend periodic evening meetings or meetings outside of regularly scheduled shift; travel within and out of City to attend meetings; subject to mandatory overtime, work rotating shifts, evenings, weekends, and holidays; and periodically required to train and qualify in the use of firearms, vehicles, and specialized law enforcement practices and equipment.


Interested applicants must submit a completed City of Clovis employment application and supplemental questionnaire, to the City of Clovis Personnel Office. The position will be open until filled. Applications must be submitted online at For additional questions, you may contact Personnel at (559) 324-2725. Applicants may not attach any additional documents that are not required to their application form or submit any other documents by email, mail, fax, or hand delivery. Veterans Preference Points may be provided if a DD Form 214 demonstrating qualifying service is attached to the employment application at the time of application submission. Applicants may attach, hand deliver, or fax the required documents to (559) 324-2865. Reasonable accommodation, when needed, for otherwise qualified candidates with disabilities, must be requested in writing and faxed to (559) 324-2865 at the time of application submission. Applicants will receive notification regarding the status of their application by email or phone once the applications have been processed and reviewed.

Applicants must meet each qualification for the position at the time of application submission. All applications will be reviewed based on the necessary employment standards for the position. Those applicants, who submit a complete application and supplemental questionnaire, meet the position requirements, and a pass/fail application review may be invited to participate in an oral examination that will be weighted 100%. Candidates receiving a passing score may be placed on an eligibility list for a period of up to one (1) year. Examinations and department interviews for the position will be administered in the City of Clovis. Applications will not be accepted from candidates for four (4) months after unsuccessful testing for a Police Officer position and one (1) year for candidates established on a Police Officer eligibility list for the City of Clovis. As determined by the City and at the City's expense, successful candidates shall be required to complete and pass a Personal History Questionnaire, an extensive background investigation, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, a medical examination, a physical fitness test, and a drug/alcohol screen. Possession of a valid California Driver's License and a good driving record will be required prior to hire. Proof of citizenship or eligibility to work in the U.S. will be required at the time of hire.

The examination may consist of questions relative to knowledge of proper English usage, grammar, spelling, and punctuation; basic math; record keeping methods; general principles of police science; Clovis Police Department's mission and philosophy; community-based policing and problem-solving techniques; modern law enforcement methods, practices, and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigations, identification techniques, police records, and specialty areas of assignment; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations including laws governing the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons committing felonies, misdemeanors, and petty offenses; rules of evidence pertaining to search, seizure, and the preservation and presentation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases; techniques and applications of self defense and proper use of force; laws applicable to the apprehension, retention, and treatment of juveniles; geography and street layout of the City and surrounding area, including street locations; operational characteristics and care of department authorized equipment, vehicles, tools, and firearms; methods and techniques used in interviewing witnesses, victims, or suspects, including effective methods of obtaining information from reluctant witnesses; principles and techniques used in public relations; principles and practices of data collection and analysis; methods and techniques of standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; court procedures; and appropriate safety precautions and procedures. The examination may also contain questions regarding the ability to perform a wide variety of professional law enforcement work; read, understand, interpret, apply, and make decisions in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, ordinances, regulations, codes, and directives regarding arrest, rules of evidence, and the apprehension, retention and treatment of those arrested; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; prepare clear, comprehensive, and accurate reports and routine correspondence; maintain up to date logs, records, and files; inspire public confidence through personal integrity, appearance, and actions; understand and carry out oral and written instructions; perform public outreach and support and further the principles of community oriented policing; communicate and interact in a courteous manner with a variety of people of various ages and socio-cultural backgrounds; think clearly, act quickly, and calmly in emergency situations; exercise and apply tact, self-control, judgement, and strategy; interpret and explain City law enforcement policies and procedures; conduct a variety of criminal and special investigations; gather, assemble, analyze, evaluate, utilize facts and evidence, and organize data and information; carefully observe incidents and situations, remember facts, names, faces, numbers, places, and details of incidents and situations accurately; interview and secure information from victims, complainants, witnesses, and suspects; make independent judgements and adopt quick, effective, and responsible courses of action during emergencies; demonstrate technical and tactical proficiency in the use and care of firearms and other police equipment; meet standards of adequate physical stature, endurance, and agility established by the City of Clovis Police Department; operate computerized law enforcement information systems; administer first aid techniques; effectively, tactfully, and courteously represent the department with the public and other law enforcement agencies; work independently in the absence of supervision; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; and operate a vehicle safely, observing legal and defensive driving practices under normal, emergency, and hazardous conditions.

This job flyer does not constitute a contract and its

terms and conditions can change without notice.


Keywords: City of Clovis, Clovis , Police Officer Recruit/Lateral, Other , Clovis, California

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