PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER I - LATERAL
(Typical placement is made at the first step of the salary
range. Upon successful completion of the Public Safety Officer I
training requirements, incumbents will promote to Public Safety
Officer II. The Public Safety Officer II salary range is $113,764 -
Regular Full-Time Employment Opportunity
For a full range of benefits information, including retirement
benefits, please click on the Benefits tab above.
A California DMV driver record printout, a copy of the
California POST Basic certificate and a current WSTB are required
for this position.
Applicants in California must submit a copy of their current
(dated within the last 30 days) California DMV driver record
printout, California POST Basic certificate, and currentWSTB in
order for their application to be considered complete.
Out-of-state applicants must submit a copy of their current
(dated within the last 30 days) State DMV driver record printout
and current WSTB with their application, and a copy of their
California driver license and California POST Basic Course Waiver
(in lieu of the POST Basic certificate) by time of appointment.
Under close supervision of a Public Safety Lieutenant or
Captain, learns to perform a wide range of public safety work
involving the protection of life and property including law
enforcement, crime prevention, fire suppression, rescue, and
emergency medical services; and performs related work as
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of Public Safety, please click on the following link: Careers in
Public Safety Officer I is a sworn training position. Public
Safety Officer I is distinguished from the lower-level
classification of Public Safety Officer-in-Training in that the
Public Safety Officer-In-Training is a non-sworn classification
where the main duty is to complete a police academy. Public Safety
Officer I is further distinguished from the higher-level Public
Safety Officer II in that the Public Safety Officer II is the fully
qualified sworn level where incumbents are capable of performing
the full range of police and fire duties. Assignment to this
classification is temporary. If incumbents do not successfully
complete field training and a fire academy, they will be
Upon successful completion of all phases of training, members of
the Public Safety Officer I classification are promoted to the
position of Public Safety Officer II. Although members of this
classification are not necessarily required to use the full range
of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics listed
elsewhere in this document, they nevertheless must possess all of
them in order to advance to the level of Public Safety Officer II.
As with all public safety work, incumbents face an element of
personal danger. Essential Job Functions
(May include, but are not limited to, the following):
- Successfully completes field training and fire academy to
prepare for position of Public Safety Officer II.
- Patrols assigned area and preserves law and order through the
prevention of crime and enforcement of laws.
- Responds to calls for service involving traffic accidents,
robberies, disturbances, and other misdemeanors and felonies and
takes appropriate action including making arrests.
- Investigates crimes against property and persons which include
crime scene investigation, the collection and preservation of
evidence, the identification and interrogation of suspects, and the
pursuit and apprehension of suspects.
- Performs duties related to crime prevention and the correction
of public hazards.
- Provides testimony in court related to assigned duties.
- Prepares and maintains investigative records.
- Actively enforces traffic laws through observation, use of
radar, traffic checkpoints, and DUI suspicion stops; investigates
traffic accidents; takes appropriate enforcement action.
- Plans, executes and participates in raids.
- Learns to perform the full range of public safety
administrative duties, including, but not limited to, providing
administrative and support services, field and on-the-job training,
staff development, planning and research, problem resolution,
internal investigation, disaster coordination, community education
and crime prevention services, and other special duties as they
occur or as assigned.
- Performs public education activities such as making
presentations and providing demonstrations; participates in
- Provides on-the-job training and evaluations for Public Safety
Officers I and veteran Public Safety Officers II in new
Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking,
reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and
stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also
requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination
in using a computer keyboard.Additionally, the position requires
near and far vision. Acute hearing is required to perform the
duties of the Public Safety Officer. The need to lift, drag and
push equipment and bodies weighing up to 165 pounds, the ability to
run continuously for 500 yards and climb 6 foot high fences is also
required. When in the field, positions are required to walk and
stand during emergency situations, including on uneven and slippery
surfaces; wear police officer and firefighter clothing and carry
equipment; climb ladders and work from elevated positions and enter
confined spaces wearing appropriate breathing apparatus. Some of
these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified
individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.
Education and Experience:
The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be
met in the following way:
Associate's degree or 60 semester units or 90 quarter units from
an accredited college or university; AND
Two years of experience in police work; AND
Successful completion of a post approved police academy.
Associate's degree or 60 semester units or 90 quarter units from
an accredited college or university; AND
Successful completion of a POST approved police academy as a
City of Sunnyvale Public Safety Officer in Training, Public Safety
Officer in Training Academy Attendee or employment as a Public
Safety Officer In Training Academy Graduate.
- Laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures
necessary to perform the essential functions of this
- Basic principles of electricity.
- Principles of physics, chemistry of fire, and mechanics.
- Weights, measures and capacities.
- Principles of business letter writing and crime report
preparation, including English usage, spelling, punctuation, and
- Mathematical calculations as they relate to the essential
functions of this position.
- Presentation techniques.
- Crime scene investigation techniques including sketching such
things as crime scenes and accidents.
- Principles and practices of good customer service.
- Principles and practices of effective interpersonal
- Principles and practices of risk assessment for public safety
- Office methods, procedures, software and equipment.
- Apply principles and practices of law enforcement.
- Successfully complete field training and a fire academy.
- Use firearms and other modern police equipment and
communications and information systems related to law
- Interpret and apply department policies and procedures and
related State and Federal laws.
- Learn to perform firefighting, emergency response and rescue
and medical aid duties in response to calls for service.
- Learn to drive and operate fire vehicles and equipment.
- Visually identify and accurately distinguish colors and between
various visual inputs at long and short ranges and in dark and
- Hear and comprehend auditory inputs in radio transmissions,
long range conversations, commands, and cries for assistance when
obscured by background noises.
- Detect and distinguish the smell of different
materials/chemicals, smoke/fires, and toxic gases.
- Speak in an understandable voice during in-person and radio
conversations, to project voice, and to be heard over background
- Observe, assimilate, remember and recall pertinent facts and
- Read maps and mapped information.
- Apply selected learned knowledge in collecting, organizing and
analyzing a variety of information.
- Speak with a wide variety of people, using tact,
self-restraint, judgment, and strategy.
- Make quick and reasonable decisions under stressful emergency
- Exercise tact, self-restraint and good judgment, and exhibit
good moral character.
- Operate a computer using word processing and business software
and other office equipment.
- Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
- Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain and promote positive and effective
working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the
- Demonstrate initiative and exercise good judgment in the
performance of duties.
- Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex
and political situations.
- Work independently and as a team member; recognize and set
priorities and meet deadlines.
- Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.
- Comply with department appearance standards and wear a uniform
furnished by the department.
- Adhere to ethics of law enforcement as stated in the "Law
Enforcement Code of Ethics".
- Enforce all laws, policies and procedures regardless of
personal ethics or feelings
- Carry and use approved weapons, including (but not limited to)
firearms and batons, if justified by laws, policies, and
- Take the life of another, if justified by laws, policies, and
- Work in, around, or with severely decomposed, burnt, or
- Train citizens as well as other employees.
- Work irregular hours, irregular days, overtime, weekends,
holidays, variable shifts, evenings, on-call and 24-hour
- Obtain and maintain Standard First Aid Certificate and CPR
(Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) Certificate.
- Work at any location on short notice.
- Attend meetings or classes during regularly scheduled work
hours as well as un-scheduled work hours.
- Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C
California driver's license and a safe driving record.
- Possession of a current California POST (Police Officers
Standards and Training Commission) Basic Certificate.
- Physical health, strength and agility necessary to meet the
physical demands of police and fire work, as determined by a
physical ability test (CPAT) and a medical exam (based on current
California POST Commission guidelines).
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in
criminal justice or related field.
- Minimum vision of 20/200 correctable to 20/20; ability to wear
soft contact lens if vision is less than 20/50.
- Must be 21 years of age at time of appointment. Must comply
with citizenship requirements in effect at time of hire.
Outside candidates who have been eliminated from a hiring
process, either as a result of a background investigation or as the
result of any psychological interview, are ineligible to re-apply
until an18 month period has elapsed since the final filing date of
the last recruitment for which they have applied. Application and
If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please
submit a City of Sunnyvale employment application and responses to
the supplemental questions, as well as a copy of your current
(dated within 30 days) California driver record printout,
California POST Basic certificate as listed below, and a current
WSTB (dated within one year of application) to the Department of
Human Resources (faxes are not accepted).Applications will be
accepted on a continuous basis. This recruitment may close at any
time without notice.
Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education,
experience or skills relevant to this position. Electronic
applications may be submitted on-line through the City's website at
sunnyvale.ca.gov, click City Jobs.
For information on the WSTB, click here: WSTB FAQ
Out-of-state applicants: Out-of-state applicants must submit a
copy of their current (dated within 30 days) State DMV driver
record printoutwith their application in order for it to be
considered complete. A California driver license and POST Basic
Course Waiver in lieu of a POST Basic certificate will be required
by the time of employment.
Please send all materials to: Department of Human Resources, 505
West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (faxes are not
Obtaining a POST waiver is a multiple step process. You must
have your training and experience requirements evaluated by
California Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST)
and be considered eligible to participate in the Basic Course
Waiver Examination (BCWE).
Basic Course Waiver (BCW) is a multiple step process for
evaluating prior law enforcement training and testing knowledge and
- To view detailed information about the BCW process, click here:
Basic Course Waiver Process.
- To access BCW process instructions, click here: Basic Course
Waiver Process Instructions.
- To access BCW Application, click here and scroll down to
application: Basic Course Waiver Process Application.
If POST determines that you meet the training and experience
requirements of the BCW process, POST will send an eligibility
letter with instructions for requesting the Basic Course Waiver
Examination (BCWE). The BCWE must be taken within 180 days (six
months) of the eligibility letter date.
You must have your POST waiver submitted to the Department of
Human Resources no later than time of appointment. Once you receive
the eligibility letter from POST, submit a copy to the Department
of Human Resources, 505 West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA
94086 (faxes are not accepted).
Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum
qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the
application materials, successful candidates will be invited to an
oral exam interview. Those that pass the oral exam interviews will
be placed on an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance
with the City's Civil Service Rules and Administrative
Top candidates on the eligibility list will be referred to the
Department of Public Safety for the selection process, which will
include oral interview(s), a comprehensive background history
check, a polygraph test, and a post-offer psychological and medical
exam administered by a City-selected physician before hire. Prior
to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted
to check conviction history. A conviction history will not
necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however,
failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of
employment or termination.
INFORMATION ABOUT PROOF OF EDUCATION
Any successful candidate, selected by the hiring department to
move forward in the process will be required to submit proof of
education (i.e., original copy of the diploma or college/university
transcripts) at the time of the exam.
If you have any questions regarding the duties of this position
or would like to schedule an informational interview, please
contact Lieutenant Anthony Tani at (408) 730-7164 at the Department
of Public Safety Recruitment Unit.
If you have questions, comments or concerns about the
recruitment, hiring or selection process, please contact the Human
Resources Department at (408) 730-7490.
Full-time positions in this job classification are represented
by the Public Safety Officers Association (PSOA) and are subject to
agency shop provisions.
The information contained within this announcement may be
modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either
an expressed or implied contract.
The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is
the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all
qualified applicants or employees on the basis of actual or
perceived race, religion (including religious dress or grooming
practice), color, sex (includes gender, pregnancy, childbirth,
medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth,
breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding),
gender identity and/or gender expression, sexual orientation
(including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), ethnic
or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service
member status, marital status, family relationship, age, cancer or
HIV/AIDS related medical condition, genetic characteristics and/or
genetic information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants
needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request
to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.