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ABOUT THE POSITION: The Susanville Police Department is seeking a Police Officer who will, under the general supervision of a Police Sergeant, perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; control traffic flow and enforce state and local traffic regulations; and execute related work as assigned. To review the full job description, please visit the Human Resources page on the city’s website.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The men and women of the Susanville Police Department are dedicated to providing the highest quality public safety services to ensure a safe community for both residents and visitors alike. Actions are based on the principle that all citizens have the right to be safe and secure in their daily lives. The department has an authorized staff level of 21 employees including 17 sworn peace officer positions, 2 Community Services Officers and an Administrative Assistant. Customer service is a top priority within the organization with a clear expectation of responsiveness for all members of the community and department.


  • Work Week: Employees assigned to patrol will work the 207(k), 7/12 work schedule.
  • Longevity Pay: 2.5% increase at 7 years of service and an additional 2.5% increase at 10 years of service.
  • Merit Pay: Upon successful completion of 12 months of service and successful performance review, employees will receive a 5% merit increase. After an employee of this unit has been at the top merit step for 12 months they may, according to merit, be granted an amount of $2,500 annually based on demonstration of truly superior employee performance as evidenced by employee evaluation.
  • Professional Development Program: The purpose of the Professional Development Program is to increase and maintain high levels of professionalism among Police Officers in order to attain a superior quality of police service for the community. The program is intended to more effectively prepare both new recruits and experienced officers to cope with the changing role of the Police Officer in today’s community through broadening of his/her educational background and exposure. An officer can receive a permanent pay increase of 2.5% to 22.5% respectively, over and above the base pay upon receiving a degree and/or appropriate certificates issued by POST as follows:
    • AA/ AS Degree 5%
    • BA/BS Degree 7.5%*
    • POST Intermediate Certificate 2.5%
    • POST Advanced Certificate 5.0%
    • POST Supervisor Certificate 2.5%
    • Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute Certificate 2.5%
    • Bi-Lingual Certificate 2.5%
        • Holders of Bachelor’s Degrees are not eligible for Associate Degree Incentive.


  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • High School or equivalent GED
  • No felony convictions
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law
  • Meet Physical Requirements
  • Must be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation
  • Meet Residency Policy Requirements
  • License/Certificates:
  • Certificate of Completion from a California P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Police Officers Academy*
    Valid California Driver’s License
    *Those currently enrolled in the academy are eligible to apply however are not eligible for the signing bonus

Additional Experience/Knowledge of and Ability to:

  • Understanding of police methods and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation and identification techniques, and police records and reports;
  • Criminal law with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies, including rules of evidence pertaining to the search and seizure and the preservation and presentation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases;
  • Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places;
  • Use and care of firearms;
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies, and judge situations and people accurately;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions;
  • Meet standards of physical statue, endurance, and agility established by the City of Susanville Police Department;
  • Learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations;
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports;
  • Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
  • EOE

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: High School
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Reference Check
  • Motor Vehicle Record Check
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 28.80
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 45.20