Salinas
Police Officer Testing

The Salinas Police Department are seeking individuals who wish to participate in the next test cycle which will be held soon!

If interested, you may request an application from the Salinas Personnel Office be either:

  1. Requesting via mail to Salinas Personnel Office 200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
  2. Complete a testing notification form.
  3. By calling the Salinas Police Department Personnel Office at (831) 758-7235.

The following is information regarding the POLICE OFFICER position:

YOU MAY ENTER AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LEVELS:

RECRUIT (while attending the police academy). Police Recruit is a temporary, non-sworn classification. The benefits for this position are limited to worker's compensation.   Recruit Salary is $2,361 per month until successful completion of the Police Academy.

ACADEMY GRADUATE Requires possession of a current academy completion certificate awarded by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)

LATERAL Requires possession of a current P.O.S.T. Basic Law Enforcement certificate.

The monthly salary range for Academy Graduates and Lateral Entry is $3,591 - $4,364.   The starting pay for Lateral positions dependant upon experience.  A   longevity increase is available for those officer meeting time in grade requirements.  A recently negotiated bargaining agreement calls for a 6% pay increase over the next 18 months.

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Then consider a move to Salinas, California


Salinas is a growing, dynamic city located in the heart of the Monterey Bay Region on U.S. Highway 101, approximately 100 miles south of San Francisco, 15 miles east of Monterey and Carmel, 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean with easy access to Highway 1 and the magnificent Big Sur Coastline. The climate is moderate with a year-round mean temperature of 55 degrees. Salinas is the Monterey County Seat, a major agricultural center, home to more than 100 industrial and manufacturing facilities, and the retail and wholesale trade center for the region.

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The Department:

The Salinas Police Department has a staff of 150 sworn and 45 non-sworn personnel, and an annual budget of $17 million. The Department is responsible for providing a full range of crime prevention and law enforcement services to a diverse community of over 123,000 residents. The Department responds to an average of 8,500 calls for service each month, utilizing a community oriented service approach.

The Position:

Becoming a City of Salinas Police Officer represents an outstanding employment opportunity for dedicated and career-minded women and men.

Appointments: Prior to appointment, all candidates must successfully complete a background investigation, medical examination, drug & alcohol screening test, polygraph, and psychological exam. The background investigation also includes a criminal history and credit check.  The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary. Appointments are normally made at the first salary step. Consideration is given for increase to the second salary step after a six month period.

Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy: Candidates offered employment must pass a pre-placement medical exam which includes a drug and alcohol screening test, prior to final appointment. Hiring decisions may be based upon the results of the pre-employment drug and alcohol screening. Positive samples are retained for 90 days from the date of notification. Applicants with a positive result must notify the City in writing prior to expiration of the 90 days to request retention beyond the 90 day period. A copy of the City's Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy is available upon request.

Academy Graduate and Lateral level candidates are not required to take a written examination.

WE VALUE THE EXPERIENCE LATERAL OFFICERS BRING TO OUR DEPARTMENT AND HIGHLY ENCOURAGE LATERAL APPLICATION.

Minimum Qualifications:

Desirable Qualifications:

Knowledge of:
Basic organization and functions of a municipal law enforcement agency
Ability to:
Skills:
Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills are highly desirable.

Employee Benefits

BIENNIAL PHYSICAL:
City-paid Biennial Physical exam (once every two years). Employees 40 and over are eligible for a physical exam every 18 months.
PREMIUM PAY:
2.5% of base salary for employees who have attained a P.O.S.T Intermediate Certificate and are at the top step of his/her salary range. 5.0% of base salary for employees who have attained a P.O.S.T Advanced Certificate and are at the top step of his/her salary range.
ANNUAL LEAVE:
Accrued at a rate of 22 days per year for the first five years; 27 days through 10 years, with additional longevity increases.
HOLIDAYS:
Twelve days per year and one floating holiday.
HEALTH INSURANCE:
Choice of either the City Plan or Operating Engineers. City Plan - medical, dental and vision plan. Employee cost for coverage - Employee only $21.00, Employee + one $41.00, Employee + Family $107.00.
RETIREMENT:
P.E.R.S 2% at 50. Medicare portion of Social Security with employee/employer paid 1.45% of gross salary.
LONG-TERM DISABILITY:
Private long-term disability plan for job related or non job related disability.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION:
Employee may elect to enroll in one of two plans.
UNIFORM ALLOWANCE:
$1,200 per year. New employees will receive their allotment on a monthly basis for the first twelve months, until the following July, then a lump sum payment.
FITNESS/WELLNESS PROGRAM:
Physical fitness incentive program.
BILINGUAL PAY:
5% of base salary for employees holding designated positions and who qualify through testing procedures.

THE ABOVE-LISTED BENEFITS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND DO NOT CONSTITUTE A CONTRACT.

EXAMINATION PROCESS FOR POLICE OFFICER


Written Exam Components: Only Recruit level candidates are required to take the written examination. The written exam will last approximately 3 hours. This standardized exam includes sections on report writing, reading comprehension and reasoning ability. It is a multiple choice test.

Physical Agility Exam Components: All candidates are required to take the physical agility examination.

1. BODY DRAG:
This is to simulate a drag rescue which entails running 25 feet, grabbing a sand filled dummy weighing approximately 165 pounds, and dragging it back over the starting line. You are permitted to make a "running start" if you so wish. The drag event must be completed in 15 seconds or less.
2. WOODEN FENCE CLIMB:
This is to test your ability to climb over solid wood fences. For this test you must run 25 yards up to the 6 foot fence, scale the fence, and continue running another five yards to the finish line. You may use any method you wish, without assistance, to get over the fence. You may not use the side supports in any manner to get over the fences. The wooden fence climb event must be completed in 13 seconds or less.
3. 99 YARD OBSTACLE COURSE:
This test simulates a short-distance foot pursuit such as might occur in the parking lot of an office complex. The test requires you make frequent changes in direction while running as fast as possible. The proctors will point out boundaries and emphasize that the 34 inch obstacle must be vaulted by placing both hands on top of the barrier. The event must be completed in 22 seconds or less.
4. CYCLONE FENCE CLIMB:
This is to test your ability to climb over one of the most common type of fences encountered by police officers. For this test you are to run 25 yards up to the 6 foot fence, scale the fence, and continue running another five yards to the finish line. The supports cannot be used to scale the fence. The event must be completed in 12 seconds or less.
5. 500 YARD RUN:
This test simulates a long distance foot pursuit and requires that you run 500 yards. The event must be completed in 135 seconds or less (2 1/4 minutes).

Behavioral Personnel Assessment Device (B-PAD) Exam Component:

The B-PAD component has been discontinued!

Oral Board:

An Oral Board examination will be scheduled after the B-PAD Examination for those candidates who successfully complete the B-PAD. The Oral Board examination will be weighted at 50%
 
The City reserves the right to use alternative testing procedures if deemed necessary.

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