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CITY OF ELK GROVE | Elk Grove, California
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Description/Special Instructions Benefits Supplemental Questions


May earn up to $107,474.00, depending on years of service and POST and Education Incentives

Are you a dedicated and highly skilled individual?

Are you looking for a great opportunity to be a part of an agency that aspires to deliver world-class public safety services?

Join the Elk Grove Police Department and partner with a diverse community

that shares mutual respect and trust.


A California P.O.S.T. certificate MUST be attached to the application in order to be considered for this position.

This recruitment will remain open until the vacancies are filled and may close without notice. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible

The City of Elk Grove is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and professionalism.


Under general supervision by police sergeant, provides law enforcement and crime prevention work by utilizing community policing and problem oriented strategies; controls traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; performs investigative work; participates in and provides support and assistance to special department crime prevention and enforcement programs; and does related work as assigned.

Representative Duties:

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.

1. Patrol designated areas of the City in a radio-equipped car, motorcycle or on foot.

2. Enforce City, County, State and Federal laws.

3. Respond to calls related to the protection of life and property, traffic incidents, and other required emergencies.

4. Conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, hold-ups, vehicle accidents, death, and other criminal incidents.

5. Make arrests; interview victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogate suspects.

6. Testify and present evidence in court.

7. Preserve, collect, process, photograph, and present evidence using scientific techniques including fingerprint, fibers, blood, and related physical evidence.

8. Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.

9. Prepare reports on arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents.

10. Search, fingerprint, and transport prisoners.

11. Assist and advise motorists and enforce traffic safety laws by issuing citations and warnings.

12. Observe, monitor, direct, and control routine and unusual traffic conditions

13. Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and city employees.

14. Assist in the performance of special investigative and crime prevention duties as required.

15. Schedule and implement crime prevention and educational programs.

16. Serve warrants and subpoenas; retrieve and request information involving arrests and subpoenas.

17. File complaints and perform other work related to the processing of misdemeanor and felony complaints.

18. Actively collaborate with all city schools to provide the highest level of safety to students and faculty.

19. Administer first aid as necessary.


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.

Knowledge of:

Elk Grove police department organizational structure; police policy and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation and identification techniques; police records and reports; first aid techniques; criminal law and criminal procedure with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies, including rules of evidence pertaining to the search and seizure and the preservation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases; offensive and defensive weapons classification and theory; self defense tactics; interviewing and interrogation techniques.

Ability to:

Use computer and related software; learn, understand, interpret and apply laws and regulations; prepare concise and comprehensive written reports; gather and evaluate facts and evidence, draw logical conclusions and make proper recommendations; read street maps; read, understand and adhere to departmental policies, instruction, laws and regulations; analyze situations and to adopt a quick, effective and reasonable course of action in emergency and stressful situations; develop skill in the use of firearms; earn the use and care of automobiles and other equipment; meet and deal with the public tactfully and effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; speak, read and write fluent English; work a variety of shift schedules, including 8, 9, 10, 12 hour shift configurations and on call; show command presence; successfully complete field training programs.

Education and Experience Guidelines


Police Officers hired after July 1, 2009 must possess an Associate's degree, or 60 college units, from an accredited college or university.

Minimum of one (1) year of recent law enforcement experience equivalent to that of a Peace Officer as defined by P.O.S.T.

Police Officers must serve a 12-month probationary period.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Must possess a current California POST Basic Peace Officer Certificate.

Incumbent will need to pass a background investigation which includes a polygraph, psychological and medical evaluation.

Other Requirements:

Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of hire.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Work is generally performed in a typical field environment, with most time spent sitting, standing or walking. Position will require work outdoors and using body, ear and eye protection. Incumbent may be required to work rotating shifts and assignments, and may work overtime with little or no notice.


Due to the varied and unpredictable nature of police work, the incumbent may also be required to perform the following: make precise arm-hand positioning movements and maintain static arm-hand position such as when sighting and shooting a firearm; may require continuous and repetitive arm-hand movements; use sufficient strength and agility to enable the incumbent to sprint, or jump; coordinate the movement of more than one limb simultaneously such as when using hand radio while driving a vehicle or searching a building with firearm drawn, flashlight on and opening and closing doors; bend or stoop repeatedly and continuously over time such as getting in and out of patrol car or gathering evidence at crime scenes; wear a 15 lb utility/gun belt which requires the continuous support from stomach and lower back muscles; may require the movement of heavy objects 50 lbs and more. The incumbent may respond to complex police situations or emergencies and is therefore subject to any of the hazards encountered by police patrol officers. Operate various office equipment such as telephones, computers, copiers, fax machines, etc. Safely operate the following equipment in the performance of duties: A variety of City-owned vehicles; firearms; communications equipment, such as two-way radios, cell phones, and pagers; Mobile display terminals (MDT), various audio visual equipment and any other equipment assigned. Required to physically take a resistive or combative subject into custody.

Vision: Within California POST standards as verified by a medical background.

Hearing: Within California POST standards as verified by a medical background.


The City of Elk Grove is committed to providing all residents with a better quality of life, business climate and sense of place. The city has partnered with the Sacramento Tree Foundation to help sustain and increase the amount of trees in Elk Grove, and is creating its own tree ordinance.

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