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Police Recruit
City of South San Francisco, CA | South San Francisco, California
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San Francisco/Peninsula

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$40.37-$0.00 Hourly

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About South San Francisco

The City of South San Francisco proudly remains The Industrial City, a reflection of its steel mill and ship building past, redefined to reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial and industrious spirit which has made South San Francisco the Biotech Capital of the World, with 209 active biotech companies and growing. South San Francisco is at the forefront of biomedical research occupying over 11 million square feet of office/R&D facilities. This brings the City roughly 45,000 highly-skilled workers during the day, and also business visitors to the region.

A vibrant community of 65,710 residents, South San Francisco enjoys a high quality of life with an extensive public parks system, active library and learning programming and a dynamic, engaged community making South San Francisco a great place to live, learn, work and play. www.ssf.net. City departments include: Police, Fire, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Economic & Community Development, Information Technology, City Attorney, Library, Finance, Communications, Human Resources and the Office of the City Manager. The City has a Council-City Manager form of governments and a staff of over 400 full- and part-time employees.

South San Francisco is strategically located on the west shore of the San Francisco Bay, in northern San Mateo County, 10 miles south of San Francisco. This City is also located along the Bay Area's main transportation routes, included 101, 280, Caltrain, BART and the San Francisco International airport.

Offering excellent benefits.

The City of South San Francisco offers an attractive benefit package which includes a retirement plan. The City of South San Francisco is an equal opportunity employer, cultivates a progressive work environment to recruit, develop, and maintain the most highly qualified, diverse workforce to serve the people of South San Francisco.

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South San Francisco, 94080


Applications are being accepted for the position of Police Recruit with the City of South San Francisco.


As a continuous recruitment, please ensure timely and complete submission of employment application and supporting documents. This recruitment is to establish an eligible list for anticipated future vacancies.

Please note: This job posting is for recruit/entry-level applicants and NOT for lateral-transfer, academy graduates, and academy attendees.

The City offers an attractive benefit package, as well as a CalPERS retirement plan.

The City of South San Francisco has 83 sworn and 35 civilian positions. The Department's philosophy is one of participative management, with a high degree of emphasis on training and education. It employs team and community-oriented policing and problem-solving concepts and recognizes the importance of staying contemporary with technological advances. The Department acknowledges that the responsibility for public safety and the quality of life in our neighborhood is a responsibility share with the whole community.

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Ideal Candidate

Ideal Candidate:

* Will display unquestionable integrity, reliability, and judgment
* Be able to recognize and apply alternative solutions to problems and make legal, logical, and critical decisions in emergencies while working in a stressful environment
* Have a service orientation with an understanding of community-oriented policing and problem-solving concepts
* Be motivated and have the ability to work independently or in groups to achieve common goals
* Accept and adapt to technology in the work environment
* Skill in using and carrying firearms

Minimum Qualifications:

* Must be at least 21 years of age at date of hire.
* Must be free from felony or domestic violence convictions.
* Must meet standards of adequate physical stature, endurance and agility.
* U.S. citizenship or a permanent resident alien who is eligible, and has applied for, U.S. citizenship.
* High school diploma or GED. Additional education at the community college level is preferred.
* Possession of, or the ability to obtain and maintain, a valid California Driver's License with an acceptable driving record.
* POST Entry-level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) written examination certificate with a T-score of 48 or higher obtained within the 12 months immediately preceding application submission.
* POST Entry-level physical agility examination - Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) certificate with a score of 384 and above and successful completion of a 1.5 mile run (completed in 14 minutes or less). Certificate must be issued within the 12 months immediately preceding application submission.

These examinations are administered by South Bay Regional Public Safety Consortium (SBRPSTC) and are designed to meet the Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) requirements.

Website to take PELLETB written test and WSTB physical agility test:


SBRPSTC requires a fee from applicants for taking the PELLETB & WSTB tests. There are a limited number of seats for the examination dates listed at SBRPSTC for both PELLETB & WSTB tests. Register early before all seats are sold out.

ATTACH COPIES OF PELLETB AND WSTB CERTIFICATIONS TO YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION VIA CALOPPS AS PDF DOCUMENTS. Certificate issuance dates must be no older than 12 months from the date of the application submission. Applicants who fail to submit copies of their certificates may be eliminated at any point in the process.

Selection Process:

The Examination Process will consist of the following independent parts:

1. Examination process will first consist of a review of application materials, responses to supplemental questionnaire, and POST Entry-level Law Enforcement Test Battery Written Exam and WSTB/1.5 Mile Run certificates.

2. Candidates with complete application packet, including submission of the valid POST written and physical agility examination certificates, will be placed on the eligible employment list valid for one year. Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process and placement on the eligible employment list.

Appeals concerning administration of an examination must be submitted in writing within two business days from the date the event occurred.

3. Top scoring eligible candidates will receive via e-mail a Personal History Statement (PHS) to complete and return.

4. Based on review of the PHS, candidate may be scheduled for a panel oral interview examination.

Prior to appointment, the selected candidate must submit to and successfully pass a background investigation. This will minimally include a polygraph examination and a thorough examination of education, employment, military service, credit history, criminal history, DMV records and personal history. Upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment, candidate will then be required to successfully pass a pre-placement psychological and medical examination, including drug screening, prior to appointment. The City's standards must be met before a final appointment is made. Candidates may be disqualified at any point in this process. The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary. Police Recruits are initially hired in the non-sworn civilian classification while attending the Police Academy and will become a Police Officer when sworn in.

This general announcement is subject to change. It does not constitute an expressed or implied contract.


Salary: $40.37/hour

Retirement: As a Recruit, participation in the CalPERS Miscellaneous benefit formula. In compliance with AB 340, CalPERS retirement formula is either 2% at age 60; employee pays approximately 7%, OR 2% at age 62; employee pays approximately 6.5% of pay, depending on individual's eligibility. Once a sworn Police Officer, CalPERS benefit formula changes to that of Safety employees.

Social Security and Medicare participation; and option to participate in 457 deferred compensation plans. City contributes equivalent of 1.5% of base pay towards a medical after-retirement account.

Health Insurance: City offers choice among two HMO and two PPO plans, and offers vision and dental benefits. City pays 100% of vision and dental core plan premiums for employee and eligible dependents. Employees shall contribute 10% of the HMO health premium cost based on category of coverage (single, two, family). For PPO, employee pays additional cost difference between PPO and HMO plans. City offers flexible spending plans (medical and dependent care), supplemental life insurance and a discretionary benefit option for employees who demonstrate health coverage elsewhere.

Premium Pay: City offers various education, bilingual pay, and special assignment pay incentives.

Retirement Health Savings (RHS) Plan: Employee shall contribute 1% of base pay each pay period.

Vacation: Fifteen to thirty working days annual vacation, depending on length of service.

Holidays: Fourteen paid holidays, per year, including one floating holiday.

Programs: Long Term Care, Employee Assistance Plan, Credit Union, Recreation Classes, and Reduced-fee Child-care Programs, and Deferred Compensation are available to city employees.

Special Instructions


This job posting is for recruit/entry-level applicants and NOT for lateral-transfer, academy graduates, and academy attendee applicants.

As a continuous recruitment, please ensure timely and complete submission of employment application and supporting documents. Please note that application materials and supporting documents will be reviewed at periodic intervals on an ongoing basis. At any time, once it is determined that there are a sufficient number of eligible applicants who meet the minimum requirements, applicants will receive a notification by either email or telephone to notify them of their status.

CalOpps.org: Some email accounts have been known to place these emails in the spam/junk file. Please check your email folders/settings or accept emails ending with calopps.org.

Candidates requesting veteran's preference must provide a copy of U.S. Government Form DD 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" as an attachment to their CalOpps application.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Department upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must be submitted to HR.

The policy of the City of South San Francisco is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status or national origin. It is the intent and desire of the City of South San Francisco that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment. The City of South San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

DISCLAIMER: This general announcement does not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provisions contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures as deemed appropriate by the City, in order to evaluate job knowledge, skills and/or abilities as they relate to the position. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

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