The City of Napa has immediate vacancies within the Police
Department for Police Officer - Lateral.
Imagine living and working in the beautiful wine country of Napa
Valley! The City of Napa is the centerpiece, the dynamic and
vibrant hub of this idyllic valley with a population of over
80,000. Famous for its wineries, Napa offers an incredible
combination of suburban amenities, rural beauty and the urban
benefits of being only one hour from San Francisco and the Pacific
The Napa Police Department is a dynamic and progressive police
agency dedicated to providing the highest quality of service to the
Napa community. Programs such as the Youth Diversion Program,
Homeless Outreach Program, and the School Resources Officer Program
are examples of the department's commitment to the community
policing philosophy and reinforces its Mission Statement:
"Community, Service, Excellence." The Napa Police Department
strives to be a model organization, recognized and acknowledged by
the public and its peers, and is committed to integrity and
professionalism.The Department's highest priority is to ensure that
the community remains a safe haven, allowing residents and visitors
alike to enjoy a high quality of life.
A career with the City of Napa Police Department offers many
rewards: competitive salaries and excellent benefits; opportunities
to make significant positive impacts on people in your community;
an amazing variety of work and challenges; and a satisfying public
service career.Click here to learn more about the Napa Police
Lateral Applicants:Weare searching for gifted individuals of
unquestionable integrity who can demonstrate sound judgment and
decision-making skills under all conditions.Consideration as a
Lateral Police Officer is available to applicants with one year of
experience in a sworn law enforcement position in the State of
California (as defined in Penal Code Section 830.1) and possession
ofa California POSTBasic Certificate. This recruitment and
examination is being conducted to fillcurrent and futurePolice
Officer vacancies as they occur during the active status of the
employment list.The active status of this employmentlist will be at
least 6 months unless abolished sooner or extended beyond that date
inaccordance with the Civil Service Rules.
Ideal candidates for the Police Officer - Lateralrole will have
a record of successfully demonstrating the following
- Technical Professional/Knowledge and Skills- Achieved a
satisfactory level of technical, functional, and/or professional
skill or knowledge in position-related areas; kept up with current
developments and trends in areas of expertise.
- Building Trust - Interacted with other departments and
divisions in a way that gives others confidence in their intentions
and those of the organization.
- Interpersonal Communications - Clearly and succinctly conveying
information and ideas to individuals and groups in a variety of
situations; communicating in a focused and compelling way that
drives others' thoughts and actions.
- Decision-making - Identified and understood issues, problems,
and opportunities; compared information from different sources to
draw conclusions and develop appropriate solutions.
- Resolving Conflict - Helped others deal effectively with an
antagonistic situation to minimize damage to the relationships and
promote shared goals; used appropriate interpersonal methods to
reduce tension or conflict between two or more people and
- Stress Tolerance- Maintained stable performance under pressure
or opposition (e.g., experiencing time pressure, conflict, or job
ambiguity); handled stress in a manner that is acceptable to others
and to the organization.
- Initiating Action - Taking prompt action to accomplish work
goals; taking action to achieve results beyond what is required;
- Managing Work - Effectively handled one's time and resources to
ensure that work is completed efficiently.
APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED
DOCUMENTS:(Certificates must be attached to your online
application. Certificates sent via fax, e-mail, U.S. mail, or
delivered in person will not be accepted.)
- Completed Employment Application(only online applications will
- Completed Supplemental Questionnaire
- California POST Basic, Intermediate or Advanced
- Acknowledgement of your ability to comply with the standards
set forth in thePolice Department Recruitment and Selection
Standards document.Refer to the supplemental questionnaire
(question #8) for the candidate acknowledgment.
Depending upon assignment, duties may include:
- Patrols an assigned area of the city by vehicle, foot or as
designated by the supervisor to ensure the security of life,
property, public order, to protect the constitutional rights of all
citizens and to observe situations and deter crime.
- Identifies problems in a beat or in the community, develops
tactical action plans and recommends solutions or strategies to
- Maintains law and order; enforces state, local and federal laws
and ordinances; responds to suspicious activities and answers
emergency calls for service.
- Investigates traffic accidents; gives assistance and/or first
aid to injured citizens and requests additional responses as
necessary; provides traffic and crowd control as necessary; issues
citations to traffic violations.
- Investigates criminal activity and incidents as the responding
officer; coordinates crime scene control and investigation,
including interviews and interrogations and identification of
witnesses; oversees collection and preservation of physical
evidence; seeks to locate law violators.
- Issues verbal warnings or citations; prepares search and arrest
warrants; serves subpoenas and warrants; apprehends suspects and
- Interrogates suspects, interviews victims, complainants and
witnesses; searches, transports and guards prisoners.
- Prepares and documents cases; testifies in court; completes
reports and records; prepares and maintains other logs and
- Retrieves, identifies and returns found property and/or
evidence to owners; searches for stolen property and lost
- Maintains contact with the public regarding potential law
enforcement problems and to preserve good relationships with the
public; interacts with other agencies in the collection of
information, identification of criminal offenses and recovery of
- May perform work in a specialty assignment as assigned.
Any combination of education and experience that would provide
the required knowledge and ability would be qualifying. A typical
way to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this
position would be:
EXPERIENCE: One year of experience in a sworn law enforcement
position in the state of California as defined in California Penal
Code Section 830.1.
CERTIFICATION: Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a POST
Basic Certificate is required.
KNOWLEDGE OF:Law enforcement terminology and concepts;
techniques for dealing with people of all socio-economic levels
under hostile and emergency situations; safety practices and
precautions related to the work; basic English grammar,
composition, spelling and punctuation; basic mathematics; effective
communication techniques; effective problem solving techniques;
basic computer operating systems and software applications related
to the work.
ABILITY TO: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
learn, understand and interpret laws, regulations and equipment
used in law enforcement and crime prevention and investigation;
implement and enforce laws, policies, regulations, guidelines and
orders concerning the protection of life, property and the
maintenance of law, order and peace; observe and accurately recall
names, faces, numbers, incidents and places; think and act quickly
in emergency situations; analyze situations and adopt effective
courses of action; exercise sound judgment, often under pressure;
understand and carry out written and oral directions; write at a
fast rate of speed to prepare accurate and factual written reports;
prepare clear and concise reports, records and other written
material; perform basic math computations; safely operate motor
vehicles in high speed and emergency situations; establish and
maintain effective relationships with co-workers, supervisors,
public officials and representatives other agencies; utilize
computers and computer software, as required; learn to meet the
minimum standards of use with department-issued or approved lethal
and non-lethal weapons.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:
Due to the varied and unpredictable nature of police work,
incumbents may also be required to perform the following:Measure
distances using calibrated instruments such as when investigating
traffic accidents or processing crime scenes; make precise arm-hand
positioning movements and maintain static arm-hand position such as
when sighting and shooting a firearm; direct traffic which requires
continuous and repetitive arm-hand movements; use sufficient
strength to enable the incumbent to sprint, jump, or physically
overcome resistance when chasing or apprehending suspects;
coordinate the movement of more than one limb simultaneously such
as when using a hand radio while driving a vehicle or searching a
building with firearm drawn, flashlight on and opening and closing
doors; bend or stoop repeatedly and continuously over time such as
getting in and out of a patrol car or gathering evidence at crime
scenes; patrol officers wear a 15 pound utility/gun belt which
requires the continuous support from stomach and lower back
muscles; a patrol officer typically spends 7 - 8 hours per day
driving a vehicle which requires the continuous support of lower
back muscles; climbing ladders and searching rooftops requires
lifting arms above shoulder level and working at heights greater
than ten feet; searching for suspects or lost persons may require
walking over rough, uneven, slippery or rocky surfaces including
fields, parks, hillsides and creeks; an officer is required to
listen for alarms, screams, breaking glass or other suspicious and
unusual noises that may require investigation; move heavy objects
such as equipment (50 pounds and more), and lift and carry injured
or intoxicated persons short and long distances; work outdoors in a
variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements;
tolerate very hot and very cold temperatures; sit for extended
periods of time and may or may not be able to change positions such
as when sitting in a patrol vehicle, or performing surveillance;
foot beat and search activities require walking for extended
periods of time, unable to stop, sit or rest at will; crowd and
traffic control duties require standing for extended periods of
time, unable to sit or rest at will.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of California Class "C"
Driver's license is required at the time of appointment.Incumbents
must be willing to work any shift, including night, evening,
holiday and weekend shifts and must be willing to work scheduled
and emergency overtime.Incumbents must wear and maintain a
uniform.Incumbents are expected to maintain high moral character
and integrity and demonstrate a high desire for
self-improvement.Bilingual skills are desirable.
Please list all employers held within the last ten years in the
work history section of your application. You may include history
beyond ten years if related to the position you are applying. If
you heldmultiple positions with one employer, please list each
position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may
result in disqualification.
The City of Napa utilizes a Civil Service Selection System
founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad
outreach efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to
take part in a process designed to determine the qualifications,
fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant
position. Many of ourrecruitmentsare targeted and specific to the
needs of a current vacant position, in which case, an eligible list
may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.
Otherrecruitmentsand eligible lists may be more broadly used for
both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with
comparable scopes of work.
The Department is currently recruiting to create aPolice Officer
eligible list which may be used to fill future full-time vacancies
as they occur during the active status of the employment list.The
active status of this employment list will be six month unless
abolished sooner or extended beyond that date in accordance with
the Civil Service Rules.
What happens next?
- We will review your application and all supplemental materials
to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process.
Screening will include a review of minimum qualifications,
application appraisal rating of education, training and experience
and relevance of background qualifications related to the target
job as well as supplemental questions if applicable.
- Applicants selected to move forward in the process may be asked
to participate in any combination of the following (at any phase of
the selection process): a written examination, job related
exercise, phone interview, in-person interview(s), and/or web-based
- Based on the City Charter, the final phase of the selection
process is the Probationary Period, which in most cases is 6
months, but may be one year depending on your classification.
Reasonable Accommodations:The City of Napa Human Resources
Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process
to accommodate qualified disabled applicants. Individuals with
disabilities who would like to request an accommodation in the
testing process must inform the HR Department in writing by the
final filing date. A Reasonable Accommodation Request Form is
available from HR and may be obtained by calling 707-257-9505, or
dial 7-1-1 for the California Relay Service, offering free
text-to-speech, speech-to-speech, and Spanish-language services 24
hours a day, 7 days a week.
The City of Napa is an Equal Opportunity Employer,and we believe
that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace will maximize our
talents to benefit the residents we serve.