City of Murrieta

The City of Murrieta, located in southwest Riverside County, was incorporated under the general laws of the State of California on July 1, 1991 and currently supports a population of approximately 114,000 residents. While offering affordable housing and high quality schools, the City represents a blend of dynamic growth amid the traditional values of a historic rural community dating back to the 1890's. Every resident and employee of the City has the opportunity to be an integral part in shaping the Murrieta of today, and, more important, the Murrieta of tomorrow.


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City of Murrieta, CA Murrieta, California, United States
Sep 16, 2020
Full Time
Description and Essential Functions Connected by Amazing Employees *Thosepreviously applied do not need to reapply. The City of Murrieta is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer (Lateral) to create an eligibility list. The ideal candidate will be committed to providing exceptional customer service, upholding the public interest, and being a part of the community vision.The eligibility list established may be used to fill the current and/or upcoming vacancies within this classification for up to one (1) year. THE DEPARTMENT The Murrieta Police Department was formed in 1992 and has grown to 93 sworn officers and 44 professional support staff. The Department is proud of its partnership with the community to fight crime and enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Murrieta. The Police Department has its own communications center that provides dispatching services for Murrieta Police and Fire Departments. In addition to patrol and general investigations, the Police Department has sworn assignments to include juvenile investigations and school resource officers; task force positions to include auto theft, real estate fraud, gangs, parole/probation compliance and computer forensics; and assignments in traffic and off-road enforcement, SWAT, and crisis/hostage negotiations. It is the Police Department's mission to provide the highest quality service to the community. The Police Department anticipates hiring approximately 20 officers over the next two year. The FBI has ranked the City of Murrieta as the third safest city to live in. With the support of Murrieta voters through the addition of a local sales tax (Measure T), the Police Department is investing in additional personnel, equipment and technology that will allow us to maintain, if not improve our standing. DEFINITION Under general supervision, patrols an assigned area in the prevention of crime and enforcement of law and order; carries out special assignments related to departmental operations or law enforcement in general; conducts investigations; performs related work as assigned. This is the journey level class in the professional police class series requiring sworn peace officer status. Incumbents are assigned to any of a number of functional areas within the Police Department. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job. Patrol, either in a vehicle or on foot, an assigned area during an assigned shift and look for indicators of possible criminal activity or threats to life and property; answer calls for police services. Enforce city, county, and state laws. Make field contacts and complete forms; conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations; detect and resolve problems associated with law enforcement and/or quality of life issues. Make arrests as necessary; serve warrants and subpoenas; conduct search and seizure involving people, vehicles and structures. Interview victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; receive, search, and book prisoners; fingerprint and transport prisoners; testify and present evidence in court; write reports and field notes; attend briefings and training sessions. Perform routine maintenance on assigned patrol vehicle, firearms, and other equipment. Make traffic stops and issue warnings and citations; check vehicles and observe occupants; investigate scenes of vehicle accidents, provide emergency medical care as necessary and respond to calls for medical assistance, direct traffic and arrange for clearing of roadway. Assist the public and answers questions; establish and maintain good relationships with the general public. As required, may be assigned: As a training officer for new police officers To make presentations before a variety of public groups To serve as a School Resource Officer To work as a member of the Special Enforcement Team targeting career criminals such as gang members, drug addicts and parolees To serve in a Narcotic Task Force To direct, supervise and coordinate police officers and non-sworn employees when a sergeant is not available To work in a traffic enforcement detail To assist detectives in investigations of complex and lengthy crimes As a member of the DARE team, teaching in local schools Minimum Qualifications EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: Required: High School Diploma or equivalent (GED). One (1) year of current, full-time experience as a police officer with a public agency (must have satisfactorily completed the probationary period). Preference given to applicants with patrol experience. LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, a valid California Class C Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record. Possession of a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate or a basic course waiver from P.O.S.T. at time of application. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS Must be currently employed as a sworn officer, in good standing. Must be at least 21 years of age. Must successfully complete a criminal and traffic record check, background investigation, and a physical and psychological examination. Must possess U.S. Citizenship at time of appointment. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions KNOWLEDGE OF Modern practices and techniques of law enforcement, patrol, investigation, public relations, and report writing. Vehicle and Penal Codes. Laws of arrest. Search and seizure. Rules of evidence. Legal rights of citizens. Court procedures. ABILITY TO Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Observe accurately and remember faces, numbers, incidents and places. Establish and maintain effective relationships with the community. Work weekends, holidays, and varying shifts. Use and care of firearms and small equipment. Think and act quickly in emergencies, and judge situations and people accurately. Represent the City in meetings. Learn, understand and interpret laws and regulations. Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports. Respond to emergency and problem situations in an effective manner. Understand, explain and apply policies and procedures. Make clear and concise radio transmissions. Understand and follow verbal and written directions. Deal constructively with conflict and develop effective resolutions. Work independently and demonstrate initiative. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships. Meet the established physical requirements. Meet Police Officer requirements contained in the California State Government Code. PHYSICAL DEMANDS While performing the duties of this class, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms above and below shoulder level. The employee is expected to climb or scale walls, ladders, or steps, carry police safety gear; stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, squat or crawl, as well as walk, sit, and run. Sensory demands include talking, hearing, and using smell. This position must be able to pull and carry persons in emergency situations, administer first aid, and fight in self-defense. Employees are expected to grasp and carry power and hand tools, and lift, carry, and move persons, equipment, and push, pull or drag objects weighing up to 100 pounds or more. MENTAL DEMANDS While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; remain calm and use effective judgment in dangerous situations; and interact with citizens, business representatives, city staff, other organizations, police safety personnel, school representatives, and the public, and other interfaces depending upon the position assignment. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS The employee frequently works in outside weather conditions, and in a patrol unit and may operate specialized equipment when assigned to patrol. The work involves exposure to extreme heat, smoke, dust, fumes, and inclement weather, as well as loud noises such as, but not limited to, sirens, alarms, and diesel engines. These positions require the use of safety helmets, armored vest, earplugs, utilitybelts, and other specialized equipment as well as certification in protective and life saving equipment. These positions are subject to the threat of injury and life threatening hazards as part of police safety operations. THE COMMUNITY The City of Murrieta, located in southwest Riverside County, was incorporated under the general laws of the State of California on July 1, 1991 and currently supports a population of approximately 114,000 residents. While offering affordable housing and high quality schools, the City represents a blend of dynamic growth amid the traditional values of a historic rural community dating back to the 1890's. Every resident and employee of the City has the opportunity to be an integral part in shaping the Murrieta of today, and, more important, the Murrieta of tomorrow. Supplemental Information RECRUITMENT PROCESS Step 1: Online Application: In order to be considered for a law enforcement position with the Murrieta Police Department, applicants must submit an online application and resume in response to a current job opportunity listed on the City's website. Step 2: Oral Interview: Qualified applicants will be required to complete oral interviews as part of the recruitment process. Step 3: Background Investigation and Administrative Interviews: Qualified applicants will undergo a complete, comprehensive, POST approved background investigation including a writing sample, Live Scan and polygraph examination. Upon completion of the background investigation, applicants may be invited to an administrative interview. Step 4: Conditional Job Offer: Following the successful completion of all prior steps, candidates may be made a conditional job offer. Job offers are conditioned upon the successful completion of a psychological and medical examination. Step 5: Psychological and Medical Examinations: Qualified applicants shall undergo a psychological assessment by a qualified professional to determine their suitability for the position. In addition, applicants will complete a full medical examination, including drug screening. Closing Date/Time: 10/11/2020 11:59 PM Pacific