City of Ventura

Police Officer (#P02)

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Unit: Police Unit (P)
$38.53-$46.84 Hourly / $6,679.26-$8,118.74 Monthly / $80,151.14-$97,424.91 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs regular law enforcement, criminal investigation, crime prevention, and traffic control and enforcement duties.  May perform duties in specialty assignments such as: motorcycle officer, K-9, major crimes investigations, special investigation, SWAT and field tactical units.  This position wears a uniform and works rotating shifts, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and is subject to call-back. 


Police Officer: is the journey-level class within the Police series, performing the full range of  law enforcement duties, working under general direction of a Police Sergeant.  Incumbents function independently when performing day-to-day operations and are given latitude for decision making.  Police Officer is distinguished from Police Officer Trainee by completion of a California POST Basic academy and full responsibility as a sworn safety officer. Police Officer is distinguished from Police Corporal by the latter's responsibility for training, guidance and lead supervision of Officers.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Responds to public service calls, crime victims, traffic hazards, stray animal reports and other related misdemeanors and felony incidents. Handles radio and telephone dispatches and appears at scenes of disorder and crime. Patrols assigned areas in police car to enforce law and provide protection to citizens and property. Discovers and prevents the commission of crimes and enforces laws and ordinances.

Acts as desk officer on assigned shift and receives complaints. Dispatches personnel and equipment. Directs and controls traffic, crowds, bicyclists, skateboarders and special event congestion, or other emergency situations.

Responds to and investigates traffic accidents. Interviews witnesses and obtains information.  Enforces traffic and parking regulations. Issues citations and/or makes arrests as needed.

Investigates all crimes involving property, violence, narcotics, burglary, grand theft, automobiles, stolen or counterfeit checks or credit cards, felony identity and forgery crimes, embezzlements, and any fraud resulting in economic loss. Conducts initial crime investigations, interviewing and arresting persons suspected of committing criminal acts. Searches suspects, vehicles, residences, buildings, open outside areas such as fields, riverbeds, hillsides, and schools for evidence, contraband and lost or missing persons.

Directs and controls traffic, crowds, bicyclists, skateboarders, and parade congestion during special events or other emergency situations. Responds to and investigates traffic accidents. Interviews witnesses and obtains information.

Serves arrest warrants and subpoenas. Makes arrests for crimes committed. Controls and mitigates people under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Assists in receiving, searching, booking, fingerprinting, and supervision of prisoners. Testifies in juvenile, civil, traffic, and municipal courts, and at parole and DMV hearings.

Processes and stores evidence and property found at various crime scenes. Maintains records and enters data into computer. Obtains criminal intelligence information relating to criminal activities. Conducts information searches.

Enforces vehicle codes; provides traffic related education; manages sobriety checkpoints/saturation patrols; and investigates serious and fatal injury collision investigations.

May provide emergency first aid to victims at emergency scenes until medical personnel arrive. May utilize a trained dog in the enforcement of City laws and regulations. May work as a motorcycle officer.

Prepares a variety of written reports on activities and operations, such as accident reports, court reports and operational reports.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of: police methods, practices and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control and investigation; penal and vehicle codes; rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure and preservation; laws governing the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons accused of felonies and misdemeanors; first aid principles, practices and techniques; operational characteristics of police equipment and tools, including firearms; methods and techniques for traffic control; interviewing and interrogation techniques; accepted English usage, spelling and grammar; and police radio codes and procedures.

Ability to: communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; deal tactfully with the public in handling police problems; make sound decisions based on exercise of judgment and available information; be fair and impartial in applying laws, regardless of the ethnicity or socio-economic status of those contacted in the course of work; think clearly and act quickly in emergency situations; use and care for firearms and police equipment; control violent people and affect arrests; carry, lift and run after suspects or victims; work independently, in the absence of supervision; and maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.


License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and acceptable driving record are required at time of hire. 

Certificate: Possession of a California POST "Basic" certificate is required at time of hire.


Environment: works in an emergency peace control environment, in seasonal climate and weather conditions; works on slippery, uneven and rough surfaces, and in conditions where dust, dirt and odors are frequently encountered; works with noise of traffic and police radio; works under pressure of emergency conditions and highly emotional and stressful situations; drives a vehicle; works rotating shifts, evenings, weekends, and holidays; and subject to call-back, on-call and mandatory court appearances outside of normal working hours.  Physical Abilities: hearing and speaking to exchange information in person, on telephone, or at formal presentations; bilateral vision of at least 20/100 corrected to 20/30 (no limit on uncorrected distance visual acuity with soft contact lenses, provided that lenses have been worn at least one year prior to hire); ability to distinguish colors; ability to hear in the normal audio range; audio-visual discrimination and perception for making observations; sitting, standing, walking or driving for prolonged periods of time; constant arm and leg movements; kneels, crouches, bends, stoops, lifts, runs, squats, jumps and climbs;  lifts pushes and pulls 50 pounds when responding to emergency lifesaving situation; dexterity of both hands and fingers to operate weapons and discharge firearms; mental capability to observe and interpret people and situations; and react quickly to emergency situations.  Hazards: exposed to blood, body fluids and communicable diseases; unpredictable, potentially violent and hostile situations and persons; gunfire and other weapons; traffic accidents, smoke, fumes and fire; and to computer screens.


A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to completion of high school. College coursework in behavioral or social science, criminal justice, or a related field is desirable, and the following requirements must be met:

LATERAL applicants:  Must possess a California POST Basic, Intermediate or Advanced Certificate and have one year experience as a Police Officer with a California agency.

ACADEMY-TRAINED applicants:  Must have successfully completed a California POST Certified Basic Academy.

ACADEMY-IN-PROCESS applicants:  Must be currently enrolled in a California POST Certified Basic Academy program and be within three months of graduation.

CLASS: P02; EST: ; REV: 7/1/2017;