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Police Officer (Continuous Recruitment)

About the Position

A Police Officer, under general supervision prevents crimes, enforces laws, investigates complaints, and apprehends criminals and suspects; protects the innocent, helps the distressed, safeguards public rights, and aids in the administration of justice; and assumes responsibilities and performs duties related to the work, as required. Officers perform a variety of duties involved in the enforcement of laws and prevention of crimes.

 The Police 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 20 employees including 16 sworn peace officer positions, a Community Services Officer, Animal Control Officer and 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.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Patrols City in radio car or on foot;
  • Answers calls for the protection of life, property and the enforcement of City, County and State laws; May conduct preliminary investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, theft, holdups, vehicle accidents, death and other criminal incidents;
  • Makes arrests as necessary; interviews victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogates suspects; gathers and preserves evidence; testifies and presents evidence in court;
  • Operates crime and photography laboratory equipment in the course of investigations; prepares reports of arrests made, investigations conducted, and unusual incidents observed;
  • Serves warrants and subpoenas;
  • While on patrol, stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warns drivers against unlawful practices; issues citations and makes arrest as necessary; checks building for physical security, receives, searches, books, fingerprints, and transports prisoners; directs traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency or congested situations;
  • Administers first aid in emergency situations;
  • Impounds and may release stolen or abandoned bicycles;
  • Maintains contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserves good relationships with general public;
  • May assist in special enforcement problems in matters relating to crime prevention and law enforcement.

 Necessary Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

 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
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports

 Minimum Qualifications Required

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • High School or equivalent GED
  • No felony convictions
  • Certificate of Completion from a California P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Police Officers Academy*
  • Valid California Driver’s License
  • A United States citizen
  • Meet Physical Requirements
  • Meet Residency Policy Requirements

*Those currently enrolled in the academy are eligible to apply

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary range for the Police Officer position is $44,307.64 to $70,412.16 plus an excellent benefits package. Placement within the range dependent upon education, experience, applicable certifications and special assignment pay. The City provides the following benefits:

General Leave: • Vacation: 17 days of paid vacation leave the first year, increasing to 20 days in year five and increasing to 25 days in year ten and to 30 days after fifteen full years of service

  • Sick Leave: Leave is accrued at 3.69 hours per pay period for a total of 12 days of paid sick leave per year

Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance: The City offers excellent Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance. Employee currently pays $25 per month and receives medical, dental and vision coverage for employee, spouse, and eligible dependents. Medical insurance currently 90/10 plan, with annual deductible of $150 (individual) and $450 (family), annual maximum out of pocket $3,000 (individual), $6,000(family)

Life Insurance: The City provides a $25,000 term life insurance policy.

Retirement: The City participates in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). For legacy members the benefit level is 3% @50 with a current employee contribution of 9%. For new members, the benefit level is 2.7% @57 with a current employee contribution rate of 11.5% of gross salary per pay period.

Holidays: 14 paid holidays per year

Deferred Compensation: Voluntary plans available including IRS Section 125 Flexible Benefit Plan

Miscellaneous: Additional benefits include uniform allowance, continuing education reimbursement and night differential pay.

Signing Bonus

To qualify for the bonus, the applicant must:

  • Be currently employed as a police officer within California law enforcement agency.
  • Have two (2) years of experience and have successfully completed a probationary period.
  • Possess a Basic California POST Certificate
  • If the applicant is a former Susanville officer who wishes to return to the department, his/her separation of employment must be at lease eighteen (18) months to qualify.

The bonus will consist of the following:

Signing bonus of $10,000 with payments in the following increments:

$2,500 – upon employment

$2,500 – upon successful completion of probation

$5,000 – upon three (3) years of service

Selection Process

This is an Ongoing Recruitment with Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants MUST submit a cover letter, resume, and City standard application in person or by mail at the following address:

City of Susanville

Attn: City Clerk

66 North Lassen Street

Susanville, CA 96130-3904

Applications are available at the address above or at

Candidates with questions may contact City Hall at (530) 252-5103.

The City of Susanville does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: Vocational Certificate
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Reference Check
  • Motor Vehicle Record Check
  • Salary Range: $44,307.64 to $70,412.16