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Employment Type:
Part time
Job Category:
Law Enforcement
Police Officer Recruit
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City of Irvine, CA | Irvine, CA
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Job Description


The City of Irvine has remained America's Safest City of its size for thirteen consecutive years. We take great pride in being a progressive, forward-thinking organization where police officers have the opportunity to grow and advance their skills in an environment that embraces diversity, creativity, and respect. The Department's geographic policing model ensures a high level of community collaboration, strategic partnerships, and progressive problem solving. The City of Irvine's Police Department has opportunities for individuals who are interested in growth potential and in becoming professional Police Officers. Those who are successful in the selection process will complete a P.O.S.T. approved basic academy.

After successful completion of a six month POST basic police academy, you will be promoted to the position of Police Officer.

Salary upon Academy Graduation

Police Officer Salary

$38.24 - $52.91 Hourly

$6,628.26 - $9,171.06 Monthly

$79,539.20 - $110,052.80 Annually

Police Officers work under the direction of experienced Field Training Officers (FTOs) to prepare for patrol duties. Upon completion of an 18-week FTO Program, you will patrol designated areas of the City, investigate crimes against persons or property, make arrests, and enforce traffic regulations. Responsibilities of Police Officers also include writing police reports, testifying in court, and performing other related law enforcement duties. Irvine is committed to a full community oriented policing concept that will give you the opportunity to interface closely with all segments of the community.

If you have what it takes for a career in law enforcement with a world class agency, apply with the City of Irvine!

All applicants must be able to pass the Public Safety background check process.

This is a continuous recruitment subject to close at any time and without notice.

For additional information on the hiring process, including frequently asked questions, please visit http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-police-department/employment or click here. Please contact Training Officer Justin Patterson at jpatterson@cityofirvine.org, or call 949-724-7142 with any questions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties are normal for this classification. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

* Participates in and completes a prescribed law enforcement officer training program for entry level Police Officers, including training in report writing, laws of arrest and seizure, defensive driving, California Vehicle and Penal Codes, officer survival and physical fitness.
* Prior to entering the law enforcement academy training program, performs a wide variety of police support duties as part of an orientation program, which may include dispatching and records maintenance, acting as desk officer, and/or assisting in planning and research activities.
* Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

High school diploma or equivalent, completion of 60 college level units or an AA degree and or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. Requires U.S. citizenship or the ability to obtain citizenship within three years of appointment. Requires possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid California driver license.

Supplemental Information


The City of Irvine is located 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles and six miles from the ocean in Orange County, California. Irvine encompasses more than 66 square miles and has a current residential population of more than 267,000. Incorporated in 1971, Irvine is recognized as one of America's safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, state-of-the-art transportation programs and systems, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine's enviable quality of life. The City is ideally located adjacent to John Wayne/Orange County Airport and close to many of Southern California's largest tourist attractions, numerous resorts, and some of the state's finest beaches.

Irvine has also been recognized as one of America's Best Places to Live, according to Money Magazine. The City of Irvine also has the distinction of being one of the safest cities in the United States with a population of more than 250,000, based upon FBI statistics on violent crime.

The City employs over 800 full-time and more than 700 part-time personnel and has an operating budget of $199.7 million. The Irvine community features an array of entertainment and recreational opportunities, parks and open space, a nationally recognized school district, a vibrant business environment, and an exceptional quality of life that makes it one of the most desirable cities in which to live and work.


Public Safety

Under the leadership of the Chief of Police, Mike Hamel, the Irvine Police Department has an authorized sworn staff of approximately 232 and 235 civilian personnel. The entire department is committed to a Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) philosophy and its workforce interfaces closely with all segments of the community, as well as with other City departments. The department is a full-service public safety agency that provides several special program areas including Emergency Management, Crime Prevention, DARE, School Resource Officer, K-9s, Traffic Enforcement, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, General Investigation, Crime Scene Investigation, Special Investigation (vice & narcotics), and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). The individual selected for this position will be expected to conduct him or herself in a manner that promotes and adheres to the Irvine Police Department's Mission, Vision, and Values Statement.

Mission Statement

Working in partnership with the community, we will preserve the peace, uphold the law with fairness and provide quality service.

Vision Statement

We aspire to be a world-class leader in policing, a model for character, innovation, and service. We strive to protect our diverse and dynamic community with fairness, integrity, and respect for the rights of the individual. We resolve to develop a creative, forward-thinking workforce, dedicated to raising our level of excellence to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Core Values

Integrity, Quality Service, Accountability, and Respect.


The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review and evaluation, performance test, written test, and/or oral interview examination.

Questions asked during the selection process are based on the knowledge and abilities required to successfully perform the job. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at least 24 hours prior to the first phase of the selection process.

The successful candidate will be required to take and pass a post-offer medical examination, including drug screening, by a City physician to ensure their physical suitability to perform assigned duties. In addition, the City of Irvine conducts a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.

This recruitment will establish an eligibility list to fill future vacancies in this classification. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications within the organization.

The City of Irvine is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.