City of Chico
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Job Description

The City of Chico, California, is hiring for the position of LATERAL POLICE OFFICER. Appointed candidates will receive a total signing bonus of $40,000!

Under supervision, to perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; to perform investigative work; to perform related work as required. Qualified candidates will possess the following Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of:


  • Community based policing, intelligence-led policing, and other similar practices used to develop relationships with the community in order to best identify and solve public safety problems.
  • Law enforcement principles, practices and techniques related to patrol, traffic enforcement, crime scene control and investigation, protection of life and property, pursuit, apprehension and transportation of suspects.
  • Applicable laws, codes, ordinances, court decisions and departmental rules and regulations.
  • Courtroom procedures and techniques for testifying; safety practices and equipment related to the work, including the safe use and proper care of firearms, chemical agencies and impact weapons.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Techniques for communication with, in English, dealing with and solving the problems presented by a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often when relations may be confrontational or stressed.



    Ability to:

  • Physically pursue and capture wanted persons.
  • 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.
  • Learn, understand and interpret laws and Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.
  • Learn and use standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions. Required Qualifications.
  • High school graduation or equivalent, supplemented by a valid Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Academy certification.



    For more information, including the full job description, and to apply online, please visit the City of Chico Employment Opportunities page at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/chico

    Questions? Give us a call! City of Chico HR: (530) 879-7900