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Police Officer - Extra Help (Hourly)

Company: City of Modesto, CA
Location: Modesto
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

THE POSITION Benefits Supplemental Questions

This opportunity is a temporary limited term EXTRA HELP appointment and is only available to retired annuitants of a public employee retirement system.

This is a temporary Extra Help appointment and offers retired annuitants the opportunity to augment the outstanding members of our permanent City Police Officers at the Modesto Police Department to ensure the safe and secure operation during critical periods when there is need for increased security by performing a variety of duties in the enforcement of laws, the protection of persons and property, the prevention of crimes, and to assist with a variety of technical and administrative projects and tasks during urgent, high-volume periods in support of the permanent City Police staff.

All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications of the position will be placed on an eligible list and invited to a selection interview with the Modesto Police Department.

Human Resources reserves the right to revise the selection process to best meet the needs of the City.

ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS: Essential and other important responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions:

Patrol a designated area of the City to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances; assist stranded motorists.

Answer calls and complaints involving automobile accidents, robberies, and related misdemeanors and felonies; render first aid as required.

Respond to general public service calls including animal complaints, domestic disturbances, civil complaints, property control, and related incidents.

Collect, process, photograph and present evidence using scientific techniques including fingerprints, fibers, blood, and related physical evidence.

Check buildings for physical security.

Enforce traffic laws and ordinances; check speed with radar; issue warnings and citations.

Direct traffic at fire, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.

Conduct investigations of serious injury and fatality traffic accidents.

Conduct traffic accident analyses and general traffic surveys.

Conduct a variety of criminal investigations involving crimes against persons and property, auto theft, white-collar crime, and narcotics; gather evidence and prepare cases for prosecution.

Identify suspects; conduct interviews and interrogations; apprehend and arrest offenders.

Teach bicycle safety in accordance with State agencies.

Contact and interview victims and witnesses; preserve and investigate crime scenes.

Conduct covert, undercover investigations as assigned.

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

Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public; take an active role in areas of public education relative to crime and crime prevention.

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

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

Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants and witnesses; interrogate suspects; administer polygraph tests; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.

Serve warrants within the department and with outside agencies; remain current on laws and procedures required for processing warrants.

Perform a wide variety of laboratory tests and procedures including narcotics testing; act as Department photographer; testify in court as an expert witness.

Serve as Intelligence Officer or Gang Officer; gather crime related intelligence information and conduct background investigations; coordinate information and activities with outside agencies and jurisdictions.

Investigate juvenile related crimes including child abuse and juvenile narcotics; coordinate youth services with outside agencies and organizations including local school districts; conduct community presentations and instruct assigned classes.

Participate in recruiting sworn staff; conduct background investigations; interview potential job candidates and references; administer voice stress analysis tests.

Give oral presentations at schools, clubs and other community organizations.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.

Observe and maintain a safe working environment in compliance with established safety programs and procedures.

Marginal Functions:

Perform related duties as assigned.


Police methods and procedures including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation and identification 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 seizure and preservation of evidence.

Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory.

Self-defense tactics.

First aid and CPR procedures and practices.

Interviewing and interrogation techniques.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.

Ability to:

Learn proper Police procedures and methods.

Analyze situations quickly and objectively, and determine and take emergency and/or appropriate action.

Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Learn the operation of standard equipment and facilities required in the performance of assigned tasks including a computer.

Type at a reasonable speed necessary for successful job performance (25 wpm).

Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system including mobile dispatch terminals.

Meet the physical requirements established by the Department.

Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.

Use and care for firearms.

Use maps and learn City geography.

Handle multiple assignments.

Perform occasional medium-heavy lifting up to 75 lbs.

Communicate clearly and concise manner, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications.

Experience and Training Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Previous service as a Sworn California Peace Officer, for a City, County, or State Government is required.


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade and completion of a minimum of 30 units of college coursework from an accredited college or university. Possession of an Associate of Arts degree is desirable.


Must possess a valid Class C California driver's license with an acceptable driving record.

Possession of a valid current Basic California P.O.S.T. Certificate is required.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid C.P.R. Certificate is required.

Additional Requirements:

Must be a retired annuitant of a public employee retirement system.

Must meet physical requirements of the job established by the department.

Physical condition is, after examination by a licensed physician and surgeon, free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect his/her exercise of powers as a Police Officer.

Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.

Additional Special Notice For CalPERS Retired Annuitant Applicants:

This opportunity is governed limited by the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) pursuant to California Government Code Section 7522.56. Basic guidelines include, but are not limited to:

The appointment is limited to 960 working hours in any one fiscal year, including other post-retirement work for other CalPERS employers.

The appointee shall only perform work of limited duration upon the completion of which the appointment shall be terminated. The work will consist of special projects and extra work that cannot be performed by the current workforce.

The appointee will not receive any benefits, incentive, or compensation in lieu of benefits.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Mobility: pulling and , pushing objects, sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, bending, twisting, turning, stooping, squatting, and climbing; Lifting: Ability to perform tasks requiring strength and stamina, such as medium heavy lifting and moving equipment and objects weighing 75 pounds and continuously wearing a duty belt weight and other police equipment; Vision: constant use of overall vision; frequent reading of work papers, reports and special projects; color and depth vision; ability to identify suspects and interpret and apply the law to field situations; observation skills while conducting surveillance; Dexterity: perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation to use a computer and operate a motor vehicle; Hearing/Talking: verbal communication including projecting a voice that can be heard in a noisy environment, hearing and distinguishing various sounds; explain the law to the public; Emotional/Psychological: frequent concentration and decision making, frequent public and coworker contact, ability to maintain high level cognitive, observation and memory skills; Environmental: Must be willing to work in office and field environment, including life threatening emergencies.


Work is performed in both an office and field environment and requires travel from site to site. Overtime and shift work is required.

Keywords: City of Modesto, CA, Modesto , Police Officer - Extra Help (Hourly), Other , Modesto, California

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