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Police Recruitment : Job Details

Entry Level Police Officer

Police Force:City of Foster City
Location:San Francisco/Peninsula
Salary:$5,982.00 - $8,016.00 Monthly
Close Date: Continuous
Salary: $5,982.00 - $8,016.00 Monthly


This is a public safety position that requires the working of unusual hours, rotating shifts and working under inclement weather conditions; patrols an assigned beat, protects life and property, prevents crime, maintains order, enforces laws, ordinances and constitutional mandates, investigates crimes, accidents and disturbances, directs traffic, prepares reports, makes arrests, testifies in court, serves warrants and subpoenas, cooperates with other law enforcement agencies and City departments, provides information and answers inquires from the general public.


Entry level candidates require possession of a valid California driver's license; be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment; graduation from high school or passage of GED in accordance with Govt. Code Sec. 1031 (e); successful completion of 30 semester units of college at an accredited institution is desirable.


Ability to make forceful arrests, to read, comprehend, explain and apply complex issues of law derived from code books, computer screens, and other printed materials. Ability to drive a motor vehicle under normal and emergency conditions safely. Ability to hear and understand verbal communications at normal speaking tones via voice, radio and telephone and to verbalize succinctly. Ability to qualify in the use of firearms on a regular basis. Ability to write accurate, clear, concise, legible, factual reports in a timely manner. Ability to observe and accurately recall names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places. Ability to think and act quickly in emergencies and evaluate situations and people accurately, exercise discretion and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the public.


Must pass a comprehensive physical and psychological examination as provided in the Medical Screening Manual by POST. Weight proportionate to height and build. Vision acuity minimum of 20/100 corrected to no less than 20/30 and normal color vision. Must have no record of felony criminal convictions or misdemeanor convictions, which affect his/her credibility as a witness in a court of law. Must be of good moral character and able to pass a thorough background investigation conducted under POST guidelines, including polygraph testing. Successfully complete the Field Training Program with the Foster City Police Department.


The Foster City Police Department is a community oriented police agency and provides a full range of professional police services to the community. For more information regarding the City of Foster City and the Foster City Police Department, please visit the City's website at:

PHILOSOPHY - We, the members of the Foster City Police Department, are dedicated to providing a professional level of public service, ensuring personal safety and the protection of property, with the continuous goal of enhancing the quality of life in our community.

VALUE STATEMENT - Integrity Our Society has entrusted us with tremendous authority and expects that we do what is right in matters of personal and professional integrity. This means we have the courage to uphold these principles even in the face of adversity. Professionalism Our community demands that we possess the skills, competence, and character expected of highly trained professionals. Therefore, we are committed to promoting professional development through quality recruitment, education and training. Community Service We recognize that to be an effective law enforcement agency we must have the support, confidence and trust of our community. Therefore, we welcome and seek active partnerships that help identify and resolve issues that affect personal safety and property, and the quality of life within our community.


Police Officer Recruit (While in Training) $5,982 -$6,281; Police Officer $6,595 - 8,0116 (current contract under negotiation with an anticipated increase in salary and benefits)


A completed City/District application and supplemental questionnaire must be submitted to Human Resources. Submissions may be made online on this website or apply at the Human Resources Department, City of Foster City, 610 Foster City Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404. Entry-level candidates must also take a POST Police Officer written and physical agility exam and supply the City with the proof of a passing score with their application. Applications submitted without this information will be considered incomplete and, therefore, will not be accepted. Evergreen Valley Community College in San Jose and the College of San Mateo administer the tests. To contact Evergreen College call (408) 270-6458, and to contact San Mateo College call (650) 574-6466. You will be able to schedule your testing at this contact. Achieving a passing score on both examinations is required to continue in the recruitment process.


The selection procedure will include a comprehensive application review, oral board interview, comprehensive background investigation (including a polygraph), Captains and Chief interviews, psychological examination, and pre-employment medical evaluation. For more information, contact the Foster City Human Resources Department, (650) 286-3221; or Police Department Recruitment Unit, (650) 286-3300. For those needing accommodations during the testing process please contact the Human Resources Department at (650) 286-3221 upon filing of the employment application.

Site link:For the full job application please click here.
Job ID:34817


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