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The City of Alturas is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer Recruit. Applications must be received no later than August 19, 2022 at 5:00 PM.

The Police Officer Recruit position is for individuals interested in a career as a Police Officer but who have not yet completed Basic Academy training. Once hired, Recruits will be enrolled in a Police Academy where they will learn the skills and duties of performing law enforcement functions. While in the Academy, Recruits are paid a wage with limited benefits. Upon successful graduation from the Academy, Recruits may be appointed to the rank of Police Officer.

SALARY: Pay Range 28 ($31,119.00 – $48,109.00 Annually)

Our Department

The Alturas Police Department is committed to serving others while keeping Alturas a safe and welcoming community. The uniqueness of Alturas’ size, combined with its location in a sparsely populated portion of the state, allow for our officers to handle a variety of priority calls for service, while still being able to perform the highest level of proactive policing. Officers have the ability to focus on community-based policing where they can develop and maintain good relationships with Alturas residents and business owners.

We are searching for hard-working and dedicated individuals to join our organization. Our ideal candidate is someone who is committed to serving the public and has values that closely align with ours. Our department’s supportive, family-like environment makes Alturas an attractive place to work and grow as a Police Officer.

Examples of Duties

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.

  • Ensures active community policing pursuant to codified department policy and strategies.
  • Patrols an assigned area by car or on foot; observes, investigates, and reports suspicious and hazardous conditions; apprehends and arrests law violators.
  • Responds to routine and emergency calls for protection of persons and property, and for the enforcement of city ordinances, state laws, and federal laws.
  • Investigates crimes, accidents, deaths, and disturbances; gathers evidence; interviews, questions, and takes statements from complainants, suspects, and witnesses; completes reports.
  • Takes charge of juveniles and delinquents and works on cases involving unfit homes and crimes committed against or by juveniles; handles missing person cases; works with community organizations and governmental agencies in delinquencies and in delinquency control programs.
  • Directs traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow at times of emergency or congestion; stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; issues citations.
  • Appears in court to present evidence and testimony in connection with criminal prosecution.
  • Searches, transports, and assists in the booking of prisoners.
  • Serves warrants, subpoenas, and other legal documents.
  • Completes and submits reports and documentation of work performed.
  • Participates in continuous training to enhance law enforcement skills including defensive driving skills, apprehension and arrest techniques, investigative skills, and general law enforcement skills.
  • Answers questions from the public concerning local and State laws, procedures, and activities of the department.
  • Provides responsible staff assistance to superior officers.
  • Assists in performing a variety of additional police duties as necessary.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Ability to:

  • Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with circumstances, laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Use good judgment and make effective, logical decisions under pressure.
  • Take command in disorderly situations.
  • Interpret and explain City law enforcement policies and procedures.
  • Think clearly and act quickly in a variety of situations.
  • Effectively use and qualify with law enforcement tools and weapons including firearms, batons, defensive tactics, and other safety equipment.
  • Operate specialized law enforcement equipment including specialized police vehicles, radios, video systems, and radars.
  • Gather, assemble, analyze, evaluate, and use facts and evidence.
  • Interview victims, complainants, witnesses, and suspects.
  • Accurately observe and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
  • Control violent people and effect arrests.
  • Establish and maintain sound police procedures.
  • Listen, understand, retain, follow, and apply verbal and written instructions and directions.
  • Read with good comprehension.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports and routine correspondence.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


  • 20 ½ years of age or older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid California Driver’s License, with a satisfactory driving record.
  • Physical Agility Testing as administered by the Alturas Police Department.
    • Qualifying score minimum: run 1 mile in 10 minutes, perform 17 push-ups within one minute, and perform 25 sit-ups within one minute.
  • Positions in this classification independently travel within and outside of City limits to fulfill the assigned duties and responsibilities.
  • Positions in this classification may be required to work evenings, nights, weekends, holidays, and work overtime.
  • Positions in this classification must be free of felony convictions and successfully pass a police department pre-employment screening process which include, psychological interview, medical examination, and background check.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience working in a law enforcement agency
  • Completion of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree with major course work in criminal justice, social science, management, or a related field

Selection Process

All completed applications will be reviewed. Based on the information in the application documents, the most qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination.

  1. Application–A completed City of Alturas employment application, which may be obtained from Alturas City Hall at 200 W. North Street, Alturas CA 96101 or online at, must be received at Alturas City Hall no later than August 19, 2022 at 5:00 PM.
  2. Oral Board & Chief’s Interview – After all applications have been reviewed, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an oral board interview consisting of two to three members of the City of Alturas. Candidates who pass the oral board interview will be placed on an Eligibility List. A select number of candidates from the Eligibility List will then be invited to participate in the Chief’s interview.
  3. Background Investigation – The most qualified candidates will be invited to complete a comprehensive background investigation.
  4. Job Offer – Candidates may be provided with a conditional job offer. All job offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, and a psychological and medical examination.
  5. Academy – Recruits will be enrolled in a Law Enforcement Academy. All Law Enforcement Academy expenses will be paid by the Alturas Police Department. While in the Academy, Recruits are paid an hourly wage with limited benefits.
  6. Appointment – Upon successful graduation from the Academy, Recruits may be appointed to the rank of Police Officer with full benefits.

The City of Alturas is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against race, color, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, sex origin or disability. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, should special accommodations be necessary at any stage of the selection process, please contact the Human Resources Department at (530) 233-2512 a minimum of five days prior to the examination.

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
  • Salary: $31,119.00 - $48,109.00 Annually