THE POSITION Benefits Supplemental Questions
The Police Officer is responsible to perform law enforcement and
crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State
and local municipal codes, violations, and traffic regulations; to
perform investigative work; to participate in and provide support
and assistance to special crime prevention and enforcement
programs; and to perform a variety of technical and administrative
tasks in support of the department.
In addition to a high school diploma or GED equivalency and
completion of a minimum of 30 units of college coursework from an
accredited college or university, this position requires one year
of work experience in a California law enforcement agency which
requires a Basic POST Certificate, and possession of a current
Basic POST Certificate form the State of California.
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.
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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 and duties may
include, but are not limited to, the following:
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,
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.
Serve as Field Training Officer, as assigned; train new officers
on departmental policies, procedures, and activities.
Enforce traffic laws and ordinances; check speed with radar;
issue warnings and citations.
Direct traffic at fire, special events, and other emergency or
Conduct investigations of serious injury and fatality traffic
Conduct traffic accident analyses and general traffic
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
related to crime and crime prevention.
Assist in the performance of special investigation 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 to outside agencies;
remain current on laws and procedures for processing warrants.
Act as Watch Commander; review and approve reports of other
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 Department Training Manager; review and assess training
needs and available programs; oversee and coordinate the attendance
of Departmental staff at training programs and seminars; research
policies and procedures related to training activities.
Serve as Crime Prevention Officer; oversee and coordinate crime
prevention activities; make presentations to local citizens and
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; administer
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
Act as Department court liaison.
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.
Perform related duties as assigned.
In addition to the abilities listed for Police Officer
Police methods and procedures including patrol, crime
prevention, traffic control, investigation, and identification
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.
Practices and procedures of first aid and CPR.
Interview and interrogation techniques.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING GUIDELINES
Any combination of 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:
One year experience in a California law enforcement agency with
a Basic POST certificate.
High School diploma or GED equivalency 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.
License or Certificate
Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid California
Possession of a Basic POST Certificate from the State of
Minimum of 21 years of age at time of application.
Must meet physical requirements of the job established by the
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
Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident
who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
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