Police Officer – Academy Graduate

Job title: Police Officer – Academy Graduate

Company: City of Santa Barbara

Job description: DESCRIPTION


The City of Santa Barbara is excited to announce that it is currently accepting applications for Police Officer positions within the Police Department.

To learn more about the Police Department, we welcome you to view our department’s website at .

At the City of Santa Barbara, the best part of our organization is our people. As a City of Santa Barbara employee, you will work in an environment with other motivated individuals who are passionate about their work. We strive to provide employees with the support they need to thrive. .

The mission of the Police Department is to operate under a community-oriented policing philosophy, create and maintain a safe community where people can live in peace without the fear of crime. Work in a department where character counts, performance and excellence are celebrated, a place that helps employees develop and grow, and an environment that listens, learns, invites and inspires new ideas. .

Under general supervision, performs law enforcement and crime prevention work for the protection of life and property; patrols assigned area in police car, on motorcycle or on foot enforcing, Federal, State and Municipal laws and ordinances; issues warnings and citations for violations; responds to a variety of calls for public service; maintains constant radio contact with communications center; conducts preliminary investigations; testifies in court; apprehends, arrests and books suspects; and does other work as required.


Officers may qualify for a variety of special pays in addition to the salary listed above including: bilingual pay, educational pay for Intermediate and Advanced Post Certificates, and bonus pay for special assignments such as Detective, Investigator, Canine Handler, F.T.O., DARE, Beat Coordinator, D.D.T., Community Relations, Training Officer, Traffic, School Resource Officer and a variety of grant funded assignments.


Eligibility: To be eligible as a Police Officer-Academy Graduate/Attendee candidate, applicant must be currently enrolled in or have passed a P.O.S.T. approved Academy. Out-of-state applicants may also be eligible for hire as a Academy Graduate candidate by successful completion of the “Basic Course Waiver Process” administered by P.O.S.T.

Knowledge of: Oral and written communication skills required for report writing, verbal explanations of the law and court testimony; Basic Peace Officer Standards of Conduct and public relations.

Skill in: Using and maintaining firearms and police-related equipment.

Ability to: Think and act quickly in emergency situations, assess the situation accurately and apply police training and proper conduct in stressful situations; make accurate observations, document and communicate details, and recognize hazards, potential hazards, and crime problems; understand and follow written and oral directions and established police procedures; deal tactfully and effectively with members of the community and explain laws, rules and regulations; accurately communicate details of a situation in courtroom testimony; learn procedures and techniques involved in specialized police work such as crime scene investigations, traffic investigations and detective work; learn and enforce the applicable Federal, State and Municipal codes and Motor Vehicle Codes, including laws of arrest, search and seizure. Ability to speak Spanish is highly desirable.

License Requirement: Applicant must possess a valid California Driver’s License at time of appointment. Traffic positions may require possession or acquisition of a Class “M” California Driver’s License to operate motorcycles.

Age: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.

Physical: Weight proportionate to height, normal hearing and color vision; at least 20/100 vision, correctable to 20/25 (20/200 correctable to 20/25 with soft contact lenses); excellent health. Must also meet physical and psychological standards required to perform Police Officer duties.


It is important that your application and supplemental questionnaire show all the relevant education, training, and experience you possess which qualifies you for this position. All applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed, and the most qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. Be sure to be thorough in your responses. Statements such as “See application”, “Extensive Experience”, or “See Resume” are not an acceptable substitute for a completed application and supplemental questionnaire.

The selection process may consist of the following: * Oral Exam

  • Physical Agility Exam (Pass/Fail)
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Medical Examination and Controlled Substances Screening

Candidates must successfully complete each phase of the selection process in order to be scheduled for subsequent phases.

You will receive an email notification prior to the testing date to confirm your attendance.


Communication regarding your application and/or status will be sent to the email address listed on your application. Please check your email and spam regularly throughout the recruitment process. You may also log into your governmentjobs.com account to view these emails.

Expected salary: $102772.02 – 124920.12 per year

Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Job date: Tue, 12 Mar 2024 23:38:07 GMT

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