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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Law Enforcement
Police Officer (Academy Graduate & Lateral)
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City of Santa Maria | Santa Maria, CA
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Job Description


SMPD Recruitment Video:



* Entry Officers:
* $1,000 appointment incentive
* For Lateral Officers:
* $6,000 appointment incentive
* 40 hours relocation cash-out reimbursement toward moving expenses for those that qualify
* Credit for full years of service with most recent agency (for vacation accrual purposes)
* PERS ret. 3% at 55 (if coming from another PERS agency
* 4/10 plan for sworn personnel
* New state-of-the-art 72,000+ square foot Police Station

OUT-OF-STATE LATERAL APPLICANTS: Assistance through the recertification course may be available.

The City of Santa Maria is the largest city in the Santa Barbara County (located on the central coast) with a population of over 100,000. This growing department currently has 165 sworn and non-sworn personnel. Come join our hard working and innovative team!

Please see the SELECTION PROCESS below for required attachment(s) to the electronic application. Applicants will not be able to "submit" the application, without first electronically attaching the required documents.

If you have further job-related questions please contact staff in the HR Division at 805-925-0951 x2203. If you are experiencing any technical (computer related) difficulties, please call the NEOGOV help line for technical assistance at 1-877-204-4442.

Under general supervision, performs law enforcement and crime prevention work; controls traffic flow and enforces state and local traffic regulations; and performs other work as required. Shift work may be required as well as working weekends and holidays. The department operates using the Community Oriented Policing philosophy.


The following duties are typical of this classification and are intended only to describe the various types of work that may be performed, the level of technical complexity of the assignment(s), and are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties. The omission of a specific duty statement does not exclude it from the position if the work is consistent with the concept of the classification, or is similar or closely related to another duty statement to address business needs and changing business practices.

Works on rotating shifts performing security patrols, traffic control and enforcement, investigation and first aid at accidents; detection, investigation and arrest of persons involved in crimes or misconduct; handles difficult and emergency situations without assistance; carries out duties in conformance with Federal, State, County, and City laws and ordinances; patrols city streets, parks, commercial and residential areas to preserve the peace and enforce the law; prevents, detects, and investigates misconduct involving misdemeanors, felonies and other law violations and to otherwise serve and protect; responds to emergency radio calls and investigates accidents, robberies, civil disturbances, domestic disputes, fights, drunkenness, missing children, prowlers, abuse of drugs, etc.; takes appropriate law enforcement action; interrogates suspects, witnesses and drivers; preserves evidence; arrests violators; investigates and renders assistance at scene of vehicular accidents; summons ambulances and other law enforcement vehicles; takes measurements and draws diagrams of scene; conducts follow-up investigations of crimes committed during assigned shift; seeks out and questions victim, witnesses and suspects; searches scene of crimes for clues; analyzes and evaluates evidence and arrests offenders; prepares cases for giving testimony and testifies in court proceedings; prepares a variety of reports; undertakes community oriented police work; assists citizens with such matters as locked or stalled vehicles, crime prevention, drug abuse resistance education (DARE), traffic safety, etc.; and performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum age - 21 years. Weight must be in proportion to height. Vision must be in compliance with P.O.S.T. standards, correctable to 20/20 and normal color and depth perception.


High school graduation or a G.E.D. Certificate indicating an overall score of 45 or better.

ENTRY Police Officer:


No previous experience required.

LATERAL Police Officer:


One year of recent full-time law enforcement experience with possession of a POST Basic Certificate.

For Entry & Lateral:


POST Certificate. Your POST must be electronically attached to your application packet.

Knowledge of:

Knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment; knowledge of applicable laws, ordinances, and department rules and regulations; and principles and practices of exemplary customer service.

Ability to:

Perform work requiring good physical condition in a safe and effective manner under all conditions; safely drive a vehicle under a variety of conditions; use firearms and other weapons safely and accurately; communicate effectively in both oral and written form; understand and follow oral and written instructions; learn the organization, procedures, and operating details of the City department to which assigned; establish and maintain effective working relationships; exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions; attend, as scheduled, on a regular basis, to effectively perform the position's required duties and responsibility; demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community; make every reasonable effort to continually improve the manner in which the job is performed and increase the quality of service to the public; and take a proactive approach to problem solving. Basic typing and personal computer skills highly desirable.


Possession of a valid and appropriate California Driver License. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driving record and be insurable to operate City vehicles.

For Entry & Lateral:


POST Certificate. Your POST must be electronically attached to your application packet

Special Requirement:

The selected candidate must successfully complete an extensive background investigation including a polygraph, a psychological examination, a physical agility test, and a medical examination based upon POST standards.

Out of State Applicants:

Please check the POST website for California re-certification documents; which must be electronically attached when applying.


Police car, police radio, in-car camera, radar gun, handgun and other weapons as required; baton, Taser, handcuffs, flashlight, breathalyzer, first aid equipment, Mobile Data Terminal (MDT), computers and related software.


* Once a recruitment has been open for ten (10) calendar days, the City reserves the right to stop accepting applications prior to the initially posted deadline if a sufficient number of qualified applications are received. To ensure review of application materials, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible in the process. The recruitment is officially closed once it has been removed from the City's web site.
* Note: Individuals who have applied for the position of Police Officer with the City of Santa Maria and have failed any examination pertaining to the Police Officer selection process within the past twelve months are not eligible to apply.

The completed electronic application packet will include the online application and supplemental questions, and electronic attachment of a current/valid California POST Basic Certificate or Certificate of Completion of the California POST Basic Course Waiver Process (if attained). If you are experiencing any technical (computer related) difficulties or need help with attaching documents to your application, please call the NEOGOV help line for assistance at 1-877-204-4442.

As you complete your online application, please provide complete and accurate information for each employment during the past 10 years. Attaching a resume to your electronic application does not substitute for providing the information requested on the electronic application. Do not write "See resume" or "See attached." Failure to provide complete information will cause forfeiture toward employment with the City.

As you complete your supplemental questionnaire, please provide length of experience as of the date the recruitment closes, not as of the date you are submitting your application.

Applicants are required to apply online. Hard copy application packets will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the online process. However, persons who believe they are qualified under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) or California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process. The request must be received by Human Resources with sufficient time prior to the final filing deadline, to allow for the request to be considered through the interactive process.

The most qualified candidates will be selected to appear before a panel for an oral interview. Those applicants invited to interview will be notified electronically at the e-mail address provided by each candidate through application process. Therefore, it is the applicant's responsibility to provide an accurate email address and to allow their inbox to receive emails in regard to this recruitment. A tentative oral interview date has been scheduled for TBD. The oral board will recommend a limited number of candidates to the eligibility list from which the new Police Officer may be selected. This recruitment may also establish an eligibility list for future Police Officer openings.

The City of Santa Maria is a participant in the E-Verify program through the Department of Homeland Security. Upon hire, the candidate must produce original documents according to the Department of Homeland Security Form I-9 List of Acceptable Documents. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources staff at (805) 925-0951 extension 2203.

Although you are unable to make changes to a completed application or add additional documents one you initially submit your packet, if you need to make corrections or attach a document you missed, you may only do so by submitting an entire new application packet prior to the final filing deadline. Please note if you reapply, ONLY your most recent application will be reviewed; all portions of previous applications submitted will be automatically archived without review. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit a fully completed application for Human Resources review; incomplete applications will be subject to disqualification.


Upon hire, the candidate must submit a Department of Motor Vehicles printout summarizing their driving record covering the last 30 days from the closing date of this recruitment. Upon hire, candidate must possess a bank account to accommodate the City of Santa Maria's direct deposit for bi-weekly pay.

NOTE: If the successful candidate receives the $2,000 lateral attraction appointment incentive upon hire and separates from the City of Santa Maria within three years from the date of employment, the employee will have to pay back the entire $2,000 upon separation. Said payback will be withheld from their last paycheck.