Sacramento Police Department

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Career Opportunities

On this page... Police Officer/Cadet/Basic Academy Graduate
Police Officer/Lateral
Community Service Officer
Dispatcher
Dispatcher/Lateral
All Other Civilian Positions

To apply online visit the City of Sacramento Human Resources

Police Officer/Police Recruit/Basic Academy Graduate

Police Recruits are required to complete the P.O.S.T. Basic Police Academy. P.O.S.T is administered through the Department's Training Division and is paid for by the Department. Recruits receive salary and benefits while attending the Academy.

Upon successful completion of academy training, newly sworn Police Officers enter a Field Training Program where they are trained and evaluated by an experienced Field Training Officer (FTO).

Sacramento Police Officers patrol designated areas, answer radio dispatches or citizens' requests, conduct investigations, testify in court, provide traffic control and investigate collisions, attend community meetings, evaluate and control violent situations, provide first aid, and drive vehicles under hazardous conditions. Officers may be assigned to any shift. Upon completing two years of service, officers are eligible to test for other Specialized Units.

Requirements
  • High school diploma or GED and sixty semester or ninety quarter units from an accredited college or university upon completion of the Sacramento Police Academy.
  • Must be 21 years of age upon completion of the Sacramento Police Academy.
  • Valid California Class C Driver's License required by appointment date.
  • Those with an invalid license or driving record with four or more negligent operator points will not be considered for appointment. Applicants must be free of felony convictions under California Government Code Section 1029.
  • Training sometimes requires the wearing of respiratory protective equipment. Facial hair must be shaven when it interferes with the safe fitting of this equipment.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Must be a United States citizen within 3 years of the date of appointment to Police Officer.
Salary

Salary during Academy attendance for sponsored candidates is $3,336 per month. Sworn Police Officers earn $4,200 - $5,856 per month. A 5% educational benefit is awarded to employees who hold a Bachelor's degree and have completed a probation term. An additional 9.5% Field Training Officer pay is awarded to appointed FTOs during training. (This amount is included in top salary stated above.)

Application Process

To be considered for the written examination, interested and qualified persons are required to submit a City of Sacramento Employment Application. Although no experience is necessary, be prepared to complete prior employment information.

Prepare yourself for the testing process. Check out the Sacramento Police Department's Law Enforcement Orientation Workshop!

Examination Process

A Candidate must pass a P.O.S.T. Certified entry-level law enforcement written test.

Police Cadet applicants must pass a physical agility test administered by the Police Department. The test includes operating a handgun with both the right and left hand, operating a shotgun from both shoulders, a 99-yard obstacle course, 165-lbs. dummy drag, chain link fence climb, solid fence climb, and 500-yard run.

Candidates who pass the written exam will be contacted to participate in an oral interview. Candidates who pass both the written exam and oral interview will be placed on a list used by the Police Department to fill vacancies. An applicant may only take the written exam once every 12 months.

Background and Medical/Psychological Exams: Prior to appointment, the applicant will undergo a background investigation that includes a polygraph test, fingerprinting, and drug usage history. Candidates must also successfully pass a medical exam, psychological exam, and pre-employment drug screening.

Standards for Drug Usage

Contact a Recruiter at (916) 808-0880 with any questions regarding our drug policy.

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Police Officer/Lateral

Salary range: $4,216 - $5,125. The duties, benefits, salary, and educational requirements of a Lateral Police Officer are the same as those described for Police Officer.

Position Requirements

  • Current employment as a full-time sworn peace officer in a California P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement agency.
  • Two years' experience as a full-time sworn peace officer in a California P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement agency.
  • High school diploma or GED, plus sixty semester units or ninety quarter units from an accredited college or university.
  • Valid California Class C Driver's License at the time of appointment.
  • No felony convictions under California Government Code 1029.

Search for Police Officer/Lateral openings and submit a City of Sacramento Employment Application.

Lateral applicants are exempt from the written exam, but must pass an oral interview. Lateral applicants go through the same background, medical, psychological, and physical agility tests as Police Cadet applicants. A Lateral, however, must submit all training and educational certificates with the initial application.

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Community Service Officer (Limited Term)

Community Service Officer (CSO) assignments are varied and interesting. Some units include Patrol, Training, Gangs, Crime Alert, Warrants, and Vehicle Crimes. CSOs are non-sworn (civilian) positions without powers of arrest and do not carry firearms. CSOs usually handle lower priority calls which do not require an armed police officer with arrest powers. The Community Service Officer (Limited-Term) is a non-career, training-level classification.

Community Service Officer (Limited Term)

The classification of Community Service Officer (Limited Term) is a recruiting and training level class used for qualified candidates to learn the duties of a Police Officer in the Sacramento Police Department. Incumbents of this class undergo a formal, comprehensive training program in a P.O.S.T. certified academy conducted by the Sacramento Police Department. Incumbents are expected to attend accredited college level courses in order to satisfy the minimum qualification requirements of the Police Officer classification within their limited-term appointment. Additionally, incumbents are expected to demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in the required physical agility testing component prior to and during the academy. On-going physical training will be a required skill set for any successful incumbent.

Upon satisfactory meeting qualifications and completion of the training and graduation from the Academy, the Community Service Officer (Limited-Term) may remain in the non-career classification of Community Service Officer (Limited-Term) until completion of the minimum qualifications to advance to the career class of Police Officer. Employees shall not be classified as Community Service Officer (Limited-Term) for more than five years from the date of hire. Advancement to Police Officer is dependent upon satisfactory job performance. Failure to graduate from the Police Academy and/or failure to meet satisfactory progress within the prescribed training period will be cause for termination.

The Community Service Officer (Limited-Term) is used to recruit and train individuals who are working to satisfy the minimum age and educational qualification standards of the Police Officer classification.

Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to the following for CSO (Limited Term):
  • Provide support in patrol, narcotics, detectives, investigations, and other divisions within the police department.
  • Assist police officers in routine investigations.
  • Respond to and investigate non-injury traffic collisions.
  • Prepare routine burglary, stolen car, casualty, and missing person reports.
  • Process, collect and document property crime scenes for latent finger prints.
  • Collect and document evidence from crime scenes.
  • Perform traffic control, non-violent crowd control, and administer first aid as necessary.
  • Respond to and process found property calls.
  • Transport victims, witnesses, and equipment.
  • Refer violations and complaints by citizens to proper authorities and departments.
  • Perform as recorder/communicator at crime scenes and command posts.
  • Contact schools regarding Police Department activities.
  • Perform ancillary police duties.
  • Carry less lethal personal protection such as oleoresin capsicum "OC."
  • Locate, investigate, and interview victims, witnesses and non-custodial suspects.
  • Record, analyze, and evaluate statements made by victims, witnesses, and non-custodial suspects.
  • Assist in conducting surveys and studies by compiling, tabulating, and reporting data.
  • Testify in court or at hearings regarding case records and investigative activities.
  • Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification.

Search for Police Recruit openings and submit a City of Sacramento Employment Application.

Dispatcher

Dispatcher Recruit is a training classification for candidates qualified to learn the duties of a Dispatcher I.

Duties include answering 911 calls for service, identifying calls for service (non-emergency and referral), proper use of telephone and radio equipment, map reading, knowledge of civil and criminal law and department policies and procedures, and handling emergency calls for service. Recruits receive paid training within a formal classroom setting at the Sacramento Police Department's Communications Academy. Dispatchers work in a secure facility that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each dispatcher works a 10-hour/4-day week with three days off with variable shifts. While on probation during the first year of employment, dispatchers are rotated among shifts to provide them with experience in handling the various types of calls for service received throughout the day.

Dispatchers are a lifeline for citizens and police officers. They are often the first contact between the community and the Police Department. It is essential that Sacramento Police Dispatchers possess good judgment, a good work ethic, the ability to think and act quickly, and a desire to serve the community and assist those in need.

Requirements and Test Dates
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Must be 18 years old by the final filing deadline for the desired test date.
  • Must be legal to work.

Dispatcher recruit test/orientation dates 2008

Dispatcher Recruit Orientations are offered for perspective applicants by invite only, applicants will be notified via US mail. While this is NOT mandatory, it is strongly encouraged. A mock test session will be offered during the orientation, as well as important information regarding the hiring and background process.

Please note: The above posted testing dates are subject to change. It is highly recommended that applicants check the following link to ensure you have the most accurate testing dates and times.

Salary
  • While in the Communications Academy, Dispatcher recruits earn $2,927.22 per month ($16.89 per hour).
  • Police Dispatchers earn $3,473 - $5,927 per month. Upon successful completion of training and graduation from the academy, a recruit is eligible for probationary appointment to the civil service classification of Dispatcher I. Educational incentives are available to Dispatcher II's who possess an AA degree and/or Bachelor's degree and the required years of service. For Dispatcher II's, an additional 9.5% Communications Training Officer pay is awarded to appointed CTOs while training.
Application Process

Search for Dispatcher openings and submit a City of Sacramento Employment Application.

If you require reasonable accommodations in taking the test, it is necessary to inform the staff making the appointment prior to your test date. Staff will do their best to accommodate needs. Be sure to call to schedule this test well in advance of a cutoff or deadline.

Examination Process
  • A Candidate must attain a passing score on a P.O.S.T. Certified Public Safety Dispatcher "Criticall" examination administered by the City of Sacramento Police Communications Division. A "Criticall" Study Guide is available at the City of Sacramento Employment Office. The work simulated performance tests the following: verbal ability, written and oral comprehension, written expression, reasoning ability, deductive reasoning and information order, memory ability, perceptual ability, speed and accuracy, and time sharing.
  • Candidates who pass the computer based exam will be contacted to participate in an oral interview. Candidates successful in the computer based and oral examination process will be placed on a list used by the Police Department to fill vacancies.
  • Prior to appointment, the applicant will undergo a background investigation that includes a polygraph test, fingerprinting, and drug usage history. Candidates must also successfully pass a medical exam, psychological exam, and pre-employment drug screening. Standards for Drug Usage
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Dispatcher/Lateral

Search for Dispatcher/Lateral openings and submit a City of Sacramento Employment Application.

Dispatcher II is the journey-level classification in the Dispatcher series and is expected to perform the full range of duties of Dispatcher without direct supervision. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the lower class of Dispatcher I. Incumbents in this position are assigned to the Communications Center where they receive incoming telephone calls from the public requesting law enforcement services, including 9-1-1 emergency calls. They dispatch police units as necessary for assistance and perform a variety of general support duties related to communications activities. General supervision is provided by a Supervising Dispatcher or a Dispatcher III.

To be eligible for lateral entry, applicants must meet all of the following criteria

  • Employment as a full-time law enforcement dispatcher in a California Public Safety Dispatch Center within the last six months.
  • Two years as a full time law enforcement dispatcher in a California Public Safety Dispatch Center where duties included answering telephone calls and radio dispatching.
  • Successful completion of the P.O.S.T. Public Safety Dispatcher Basic Course.
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All Other Civilian Positions

Search for Civilian Position openings and submit a City of Sacramento Employment Application.

The Sacramento Police Department employs civilian employees who support the uniformed officers by performing clerical functions, communications, fingerprint identification, criminal history verification, victim services, administrative positions such as human resources, information support services, and fiscal management as a well as positions in our crime lab. The selection process for civilian positions may consist of a computerized test and/or oral interview, and a thorough background investigation. All Sacramento Police Department civilian positions are announced and applied for through the City of Sacramento Human Resources Department.

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