Please Note: a candidate must successfully pass a thorough background investigation, including a criminal history check for job-related convictions, fingerprinting, polygraph test, psychological test, credit check, and a drug use history to be considered for this position.
The Community Service Officer I (Limited-Term) performs non-sworn, duties in support of a variety of police operations. In addition, attends and participates in the Sacramento Police Officer Academy or Community Service Officer Academy in order to receive basic law enforcement training in various laws, police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid, and acquires physical and emotional skills.
The classification of Community Service Officer I (Limited-Term) is a recruiting and training level class used for qualified candidates to learn the duties of a Police Officer or Community Service Officer III in the Sacramento Police Department. Incumbents of this class undergo a formal, comprehensive training program in a P.O.S.T. Police Officer certified academy or a Community Service Officer academy conducted by the Sacramento Police Department to prepare for performing duties in support of police operations. Incumbents are expected to attend accredited college level courses in order to satisfy the minimum qualification requirements of the Police Officer classification within their limited-term appointment. Additionally, incumbents are expected to demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in the required physical agility testing component prior to and during the academy. On-going physical training will be a required skill set for any successful incumbent.
Upon satisfactory graduation from a POST Basic Academy or Community Service Officer Academy, a Community Service Officer I shall either be (1) advanced to Community Service Officer II or (2) advanced to the career classification of Community Service Officer III, or (3) advanced to the career classification of Police Officer. Employees shall not be classified as Community Service Officer I (Limited-Term) for more than one year from the date of hire unless the employee was unsuccessful in an Academy and the employee is invited to participate in an additional academy. Advancement to Police Officer or Community Service Officer II or III is dependent upon satisfactory job performance. Failure to graduate from the Police Academy and/or failure to meet satisfactory progress within the prescribed training period will be cause for termination.
The Community Service Officer I (Limited-Term) class is distinguished from Community Service Officer II in that the former is the non-career, recruiting and training-level classification for employees who are enrolled in or awaiting the commencement of an approved academy or are currently attending an approved academy and the latter is the non-career, recruiting and training-level classification for employees who have completed an approved academy.
The Community Service Officer I (Limited-Term) is distinguished from the Police Cadet classification in that the latter has the same qualification standards as Police Officer while the former is used to recruit and train individuals who are working to satisfy the minimum age and educational qualification standards of the Police Officer or Community Service Officer II or III classification.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Close supervision is provided by higher-level sworn or civilian personnel.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Acquire working knowledge of department practices, procedures, equipment, and organizational systems.
- Perform a wide variety of routine clerical duties including filing, checking, and recording needed information.
- Operate standard office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and other office machines.
- Sort and file documents and records.
- Provide basic assistance in research projects, special reports, and other division problems.
- Perform related duties as assigned
While attending a POST Basic Academy or an approved Community Service Officer Academy, Community Service Officer I (Limited-Term) receives instructions in:
- The Sacramento Police Department’s organization, chain of command, and rules and regulations.
- Identification and utilization of principles and techniques that promote community service, crime prevention, and appropriate behavior.
- Proficient application of the rules of evidence.
- Effective and professional communications through written, oral, and mechanical media.
- The Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC) which includes skid training, high speed pursuit, defensive driving, and emergency driving.
- Effectively dealing with common vehicle violations by learning to recognize the violations, locating the violations in the Vehicle Code, and safely and professionally contacting the violator.
- Basic criminal investigation processes and techniques, including the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence, courtroom testimony, and witness interrogation.
- Physical fitness and defense techniques programs.
- First-aid, including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation techniques (CPR).
- Enforcement and procedural aspects of criminal law and the legal obligations inherent in enforcement of those laws.
- Firearm training in order to learn good judgment and competency in the use of deadly force, ancillary police weaponry, and weaponless defense.
- Safely and effectively accomplishing the patrol function consisting of patrolling a designated area of the City on foot, on a motorcycle, or in a patrol car in order to preserve law and order, and to prevent and discover the commission of crimes.
- Processing, confining, and caring for adult and juvenile prisoners in such a manner as to protect the prisoner’s rights and welfare.
- Acquire, through training, knowledge of contemporary and approved principles, practices, and procedures of police work, state laws, City ordinances, and first-aid.
- Acquire, through training, knowledge of the geography and demographics of the City and common law enforcement problems.
- Write clearly, accurately, concisely, legibly, and with correct English grammatical construction and spelling.
- Read and interpret complex technical documents in English.
- Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
- Observe, assimilate, remember, record, and recall pertinent facts and details.
- Read maps and mapped information.
- Apply selected knowledge (i.e., laws, statutes, court decisions, department policies, criminal investigation theories, etc.) in collecting, organizing, and analyzing a variety of information in order to decide on an appropriate and reasonable course of action.
- Analyze problems and rationally take effective action in emergency and stressful situations.
- Plan and effectively present material orally to diverse groups.
- Deal courteously but firmly with the general public.
- Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, sworn personnel, other City employees, community and neighborhood organizations, and the public.
- Learn and support community organization and mobilization efforts which facilitate achievement of the department’s mission, goals, and objectives.
- Operate a police radio, mobile data computer, and office computer equipment.
- Develop skill in the use of a less lethal personal protection such as oleoresin capsicum “OC”.
In addition to the abilities listed above, Community Service Officer I (Limited-Term) in the Police Academy requires the ability to:
- Develop skill in the use of firearms.
- Undergo strenuous physical conditioning.
- English usage, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
No experience required.
Must be at least 18 years of age by the time of appointment.
Free of felony convictions under California Government Code Section 1029.
Must pass a background investigation, which includes a criminal history check for job-related convictions, fingerprinting, polygraph test, credit check, and drug use history.
Must pass a medical examination, a drug test, and psychological test.
Eligible to enroll in an accredited college or university.
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Loss of the license is cause for discipline.
Respiratory Protective Equipment:
Work in this class requires wearing respiratory protective equipment at times. When assigned to such work, facial hair must be shaven when it interferes with the safe fitting of respiratory protective equipment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are typically required of an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
The position requires sitting, standing, walking, running, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and crouching in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement, and fine coordination in the preparation of reports and using a computer key board; hearing and speaking are required for interacting with the public and others and to hear sirens. Additionally, the position requires depth perception, near, far, night, peripheral, and color vision in viewing crime scenes or evidence. May be required to walk on uneven and slippery surfaces. Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
Incumbents work outdoors in all weather conditions, around loud siren noise, moving vehicles, and around animals; exposed to controlled temperature conditions in an office environment and unpredictable work conditions, including but not limited to, physical threats, verbal abuse, and stressful situations when in the field. This position may require working around chemicals, blood, and other potential toxic exposures.