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Police Recruitment : Job Details

Police Officer Recruit II

Police Force:City of Union City
Location:East Bay
Salary:$5,803.00 Monthly
Close Date: Continuous
Salary: $5,803.00 Monthly

A Great Place to Work

The City of Union City, a general law city, is the gateway to the Silicon Valley and a recipient of the 1999 All-America City award. Union City is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and we are proud of our culturally diverse population of 69,516. We have safe and award winning schools, and we are close to shopping and transportation. The City of Union City offers home loans to those interested in residing in the community. Also, our community is near parklands such as Coyote Hills and the Alameda Regional Trails and in our residential community you will enjoy over 33 parks, a City owned Sports Center and our mild climate year round.

The Council-Manager municipal government has over 225 full-time staff.

The Police Department was formed in 1966 and is currently staffed by 77 sworn and 34 non-sworn positions. The Department is a dynamic and enthusiastic service oriented organization with an annual budget of more than $20 million.

The Challenge

As a Police Officer, your duties will typically include patrolling assigned areas; interacting with the public; conducting criminal investigations; enforcing laws; investigating collisions; preserving the peace and writing reports. You will be assigned to one of four shifts spanning the 24 hour day and these shifts will periodically change. In the Patrol Section you will work three 12 hour and 20 minute workdays and have four days off. If you are assigned to any other Section you will work four 10 hour workdays with three days off. As your skills develop you may be assigned to investigations; community policing, court liaison; traffic; canine; bicycle patrol; Special Weapons and Tactics Team; narcotics; or school resource officer.

Ideal Candidate:

The Requirements
To be considered as a candidate for Police Officer Recruit II, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Be able to prove United States citizenship
  • Obtain a POST "T-score" of 48 points or higher is mandatory to apply
  • Have no felony convictions
  • 15 semester units at any college in the United States is desired
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license
  • Have successfully completed a P.O.S.T. certified basic police academy or recertification course within one year of date of application
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Successfully pass a background investigation
  • Prior use of controlled substances may be grounds for disqualification

The Compensation
As a Police Officer Recruit II you will be paid $5,803 per month until you complete field training at which time you will be paid $6,493 to $7,775 per month in five steps over a period of three years.

Authorization to Work:
Before an appointment may be made to the position, the person selected must provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States, according to the federal law.
Please note that this announcement does not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revised without notice.

Recruitment Process
Application and supplemental questionnaire should be completed on-line. (Resumes can be attached onto the CalOpps application.)

P.O.S.T Academy Certificate of Completion should be attached (if applicable) to the application at the time you apply. If you have multiple pages to attach to your application, please scan all documents onto one PDF file as CalOpps only accepts one file attachment.

Application and materials can also be mailed or delivered to the Police Personnel and Training Unit, at the address below. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013. Faxed application material will not be accepted.

Application may be obtained from:
Union City Police Department
Attn: Personnel and Training
34009 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA 94587-4497
Tel: (510) 675-5286
Job Hotline: 510-675-5339

Employment questions will be responded to via E-mail at:

The Selection Process
Properly complete and submit a Union City employment application and supplemental questionnaire with a copy of your P.O.S.T. Academy Certificate of Completion if applicable.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee that you will be invited to participate in the process. Only the candidates that have the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirement and duties of the position will continue in the selection process. The process will include an oral panel interview with law enforcement professionals, may also include an interview with Operation and Support Services Managers, and other related test components. A limited number of applicants will be subjected to a polygraph examination; a thorough examination of their personal background, a thorough medical examination, and a psychological assessment.

All persons appointed to the position of Officer Recruit II will be required to complete the Department’s field training program and a two-year probation period which begins at the date of appointment.

The Examination Process

Union City will make reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities. If you feel you will need accommodations, you must notify the Personnel & Training Unit at (510) 675-5286 & provide a reasonable amount of time for arrangements to be made.

The City of Union City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.


Employee Benefits

  • Classic Employees - 3% @ 55 benefit, 3 year final average compensation.
  • New Employees - 2.7% @ 57 benefit, 3 year final average compensation.
  • Required PERS contribution vary by plan. All required contributions are tax deferred.
  • There are no Social Security deductions (except 1.45% Medicare).
  • Educational incentives amounting up to 7.5% of your salary.
  • The City provides the employee up to $1,447/month to purchase medical, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Fully paid disability insurance.
  • $50,000 City paid life and AD&D insurance.
  • $1025 annual uniform allowance paid over 26 pay periods.
  • 116 holiday hours per year - 79 hours paid over 26 pay periods and the remaining 37 hours are credited to the holiday time bank on July 1st of each year.
  • 80 vacation hours increasing to a maximum of 200 hours per year.
  • Time and one half overtime with option of pay or future time off.
  • 6.67 hours sick leave per month.
  • Retiree medical benefit
  • Bilingual pay.
  • All safety equipment provided which includes a Glock .40 cal semi-automatic pistol and protective vest.
Site link:For the full job application please click here.
Job ID:34120


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