EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
A Recruit Police Officer is a non-sworn employee in a training position. Successful candidates are appointed to a temporary position of Police Officer Recruit while attending a P.O.S.T certified basic police academy. Such employees are expected to successfully complete all requirements leading to graduation from the police academy and perform related work as assigned. While at the academy, they receive rigorous academic and physical training in many diverse areas of law enforcement. Upon graduation from the academy, a recruit will be promoted to the position of probationary Police Officer. Newly appointed Police Officers will begin a field training program during which time they will receive on the job training in narcotics, arrest procedures, investigations, report writing and many other related assignments. Upon completion of the training program, the new employees will then begin a 12-month probationary period. The probationary period may be extended an additional 6 months at the discretion of the Police Chief. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS Education & Experience: Equivalent to graduation from high school. College level course work in Police Science, Criminal Justice or a related field is desirable. Special Conditions: Must be at least twenty and one-half (20 ½) years of age at the time of appointment as a Recruit. Must be at least 21 years of age upon graduation from a police academy. Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship at least one year prior to application for employment. Police Officers hired after March 1, 1988 must refrain from smoking tobacco or any other non-tobacco substance at any time, on or off duty. License: Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License with a safe driving record is required and must be maintained as valid during the course of employment.
All applications will be reviewed and selected qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the selection process. The testing process will include a written test (pass/fail), a physical agility test (pass/fail), and an oral interview (weighted 100%). Only the top scoring candidates from the written test will be invited to the oral interviews. The interview will evaluate the candidate’s education, training, work experience and general suitability for the position. As a result of the interview, one or more of the applicants may be considered for employment and will be required to pass an intensive background investigation, psychological examination, physical examination including drug test, polygraph examination and Police Chief’s interview. Areas of inquiry included in the background investigation are: work history, school record, criminal conduct, drug and alcohol use, driving record, and credit history. Applications for all positions will not be rejected for minor omissions or deficiencies that can be corrected prior to the testing or interview process. The estimated duration of the selection process is a minimum of three months. Testing dates are tentatively set to take place sometime in March. Under Federal Law, all new employees must produce proof of eligibility to work in the United States. This requires presenting at the time of appointment, an original or certified copy of a Social Security card and California Driver’s License or other suitable documentation. Final appointment is contingent upon verification of documentation. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation in the application or testing process must provide the Personnel Department, at the time of application, with documentation from a qualified authority to confirm the disability and prescribed accommodation.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
Insurance: While in the capacity of a Recruit Police Officer, the City provides medical insurance for the employee only. Upon appointment as a Police Officer, the City provides full medical and dental insurance coverage for the employee and pays a portion of the premium for eligible dependents. The City also provides a life insurance policy in the amount of $60,000, optional participation in a deferred compensation plan, vision insurance plan and psychological plan. Police Officers also receive: Other benefits include: Educational incentive, uniform allowance, and specialty assignment premiums. Retirement: Participation in the California Public Employees Retirement System (P.E.R.S.). Leave: 176 hours per year of Sick Leave; 96 hours of Vacation per year, increasing with longevity. In lieu of holidays, Officers assigned to Patrol receive 112 hours of "Holiday Comp. Time" annually. ABOUT THE CITY The City of Hermosa Beach is a 1.43 square mile, general law City with a population of 19,474. The City is located 22 miles from the Los Angeles Civic Center and 5 miles south of the Los Angeles International Airport, at the heart of the “South Bay” region. The five-member City Council is elected at large. One member of the City Council serves as Mayor on a rotating basis. In addition to the City Council, the City Clerk and City Treasurer are elected to office. The City has a budget of $35 million and approximately 126 full time employees.
Application must be made on a City Application for Employment which may be obtained at the City of Hermosa Beach Personnel Department, 1315 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 or by calling (310) 318-0200, or online at www.hermosabch.org. City Hall hours are Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Final filing date is Thursday, February 28, 2018. Applications may be hand delivered, emailed or mailed via U.S. mail.