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The City of Pacifica is a beautiful community located on the
coast, just south of San Francisco and is framed by the ridges of
the Coast Range on the east, Montara Mountains on the south and the
Pacific Ocean on the west. Rich in history, Pacifica is a quiet,
family-oriented community. The population is approximately 40,028
with an area of 12.6 square miles.
The City operates under the Council-Manager form of government.
Legislative authority is vested in a five member City Council
elected by districts for four-year terms.
The City employees approximately 165 full-time and 120 part-time
and seasonal employees in the following departments: City
Attorney's Office; City Manager's Office; Finance; Fire; Human
Resources; Parks, Beaches and Recreation; Planning and Economic
Development; Police and Public Works.
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2075 Pacific Coast Highway Pacifica, 94044
Applications are being accepted for the position of Police
Officer ~ Lateral Transfer, Academy Graduate, and Academy Attendee
with the City of Pacifica.
THIS IS A CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT.
This job posting is for lateral transfer, academy graduate, and
academy attendee only and NOT for entry-level applicants.
THE CITY OFFERS AN ATTRACTIVE BENEFIT PACKAGE AS WELL AS CALPERS
At the City of Pacifica, we are an equal opportunity employer
and value diversity. All aspects of employment including the
decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based
on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. To us, equal
opportunity employment is not just about compliance, it's about who
you are, how you can help our City and who you want to be. We are
committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees
The Pacifica Police Department is responsible for all functions
related to law enforcement and crime prevention and is made up of
several divisions that carry out specialized duties to help the
department perform as a cohesive whole. Those divisions are Field
Services, Investigations, Communications and Records. The City of
Pacifica Police Officers operate at the heart of the community,
ensuring the safety of those who work, live, and visit the City.
Staff includes thirty-seven (37) full-time positions and (4)
part-time support positions.
Together, they come together to carry out the Police Department
mission "to protect and serve the members of our community with the
highest level of commitment, ethics and professionalism."
Under general supervision, Police Officers will patrol an
assigned beat, protect life and property, prevent crime, maintain
order, enforce laws, ordinances, and constitutional mandates,
perform investigative work in detection of crime, perform public
service tasks, and work varying hours and shifts.
We invite you to explore this opportunity with us!
Basic Examples of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Patrols an assigned area of the City by car, foot or as
designated by the Police Chief, divisional commander or line
- Maintains law and order, responds to emergencies as directed by
radio and telephone.
- Investigates unusual or suspicious conditions, directs traffic,
investigates traffic accidents, administers first aid, gives
assistance to the injured.
- Makes arrests, serves subpoenas and warrants, guards prisoners,
conducts interviews, notes and report unsafe conditions, prepares
evidence and appears in court, searches for stolen property and
- Gives information to the public regarding laws, ordinances,
traffic safety, directions and available public services, issues
citations to traffic violators, writes reports of daily activities
and action taken.
- Investigates vice conditions, analyzes facts, clues and
evidence and makes investigations to determine law violators and
- Maintains effective working relationships with other law
enforcement agencies, employees and the public.
- Operates the radio and other communication equipment, protects
the life, property, public order and constitutional rights of all
- Adheres to the California Peace Officers Standards and Training
Code of Ethics.
- Works varying hours and days of the week.
- May take on additional duties as requested, such as field
training officer or instructor in one or more areas including, but
not limited to firearms, defensive tactics, hostage negotiations
and canine handling.
Job description-Police Officer.pdf
Requirements in addition to a completed online application:
Lateral Transfer: Completion of POST approved Basic Academy and
actively employed by a California Law Enforcement Agency as a Peace
Officer within the last twelve months; minimum one year
satisfactory past Police Patrol experience and possession of POST
Basic Certificate. (Copy of California POST Basic Academy
Certificate and POST Basic Certificate must be submitted with
POST Academy Graduate: Possession of a Certified POST Basic
Academy Certificate of at least 800 hours issued within 3 years of
submitting an application. (Copy of California POST Basic Academy
Certificate must accompany application).
POST Academy Attendee: Currently enrolled in a POST Basic
Academy as a "non-affiliate," of at least 800 hours. (Letter from
academy verifying current enrollment must accompany
Education: Graduation from High School or the equivalent with
additional education at the community college level preferred.
Qualifications: Minimum 21 years of age at time of examination
and must meet standards of adequate physical stature, endurance,
Licenses and Certificates:
- Possession of a California Driver's license with an acceptable
driving record, which must be maintained as a condition of
- A copy of all required certifications must be submitted with
the online employment application in order to be considered for
The City's comprehensive benefits package includes:
Holidays: 13 days per year.
Vacation: From 11 to 20 days per year, depending on length of
Sick Leave: Accrual is one day per month, with no limit on
accrual. If retiring from the City, unused sick leave may be used
as service credit towards CalPERS retirement.
Retirement: The City contracts with CalPERS to provide a
retirement plan that utilizes the formula of 3% @ 50 for "Classic
members" or 2.7% @ 57 for "PEPRA members." Classic members
contribute 9% employee contribution plus 4% employer cost share.
PEPRA members contribute 13% employee contribution plus 4% employer
cost share in additional to 50% of the normal cost.
Insurance: The City provides its employees with medical
insurance that allows employees to purchase medical insurance
through CalPERS medical benefit plans. Some plans require employee
contributions. Employee with proof of qualifying health insurance
coverage through another group plan may qualify for a "Health
In-Lieu Payment" when declining City coverage.
The City contributes toward dental insurance plan and vision
plan for employees and all eligible dependents.
The City pays premiums for:
- Life insurance benefit equal to annual salary.
- Long term disability insurance.
Deferred Compensation: The City contributes $6.69 per pay period
to one of three City-offered deferred compensation plans: ICMA-RC,
Nationwide Retirement Solutions, or CalPERS.
Second Language Incentive: Upon successful completion of
proficiency examination, the City will pay $372 per month in
addition to base salary for proficiency in Spanish, Tagalog, and
Incentives: Career incentive of 5% for service of 5 years, as
well as a salary incentive of $350 per month for those who have
completed probation and hold an Intermediate P.O.S.T. certificate,
or $575 per month for those who have completed probation and hold
an Advanced P.O.S.T. certificate.
Education Incentive of $125 per month for those who hold an
Associate's Degree, $175 per month for a Bachelor's Degree, $300
per month for a Master's Degree.
THIS IS A CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT.
This job posting is for lateral transfer, academy graduate and
academy attendee only and NOT for entry-level applicants.
To be considered for this employment opportunity, you must
complete the online application along with uploading the required
documentation to establish eligibility for the position. A resume
may be included but does not substitute for a complete application.
Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work
experience description, those with unclear past employment
information or those with missing or insufficient information to
evaluate possession of minimum qualifications, will not be
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Applicants will be assessed on the application submitted.
Applicants may be screened to the most qualified and invited to the
next step in the recruitment process which may include a panel
interview. Human Resources is unable to schedule make-up
After a mutual interest has been established, the selected
candidate will be required to successfully complete a
pre-employment process, which may consist of any or all of the
following: a polygraph examination, a thorough background
investigation, a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check, a
medical exam, psychological exam, and a drug screening. Please
note, a conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an
applicant from appointment. Determinations are made on a
case-by-case basis. All City standards must be met before the final
appointment is made.
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
Human Resources has the right to revise this process as needed
based on business needs.