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Police Officer

Citrus Heights, California


City of Citrus Heights/Human Resources

Attn: Police Officer Recruitment

6237 Fountain Square Drive

Citrus Heights, CA  95621

Phone: 916-727-4900  

E-mail: joinchpd@citrusheights.net 

Website: www.joinchpd.net  

Salary: $53,151 - $63,781 


Application Deadline: See Below




62 Positions Available!


10/14/05 - Wave 1 Closes


12/02/05 - Wave 2 Closes


(Will review and process submitted applications based on submittal dates above.)



Projected Start Dates for the Position:


March - May 2006


Summer 2006 - Projected Launch



The City of Citrus Heights is “breaking new ground” to provide a more customized and enhanced level of police services at a lower cost.  We invite you to join a first-rate team — a new Police Department with the goal of performing extraordinary customer and community service.  We promise you an exhilarating, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — both professionally and personally — by joining a start-up police department and helping to build a respected, responsive law enforcement legacy.  Our newly configured department is scheduled to begin operation in summer 2006.  Come join our team! 


The Position


Police Officers provide a wide variety of law enforcement services to the community.  We are actively seeking Police Officers who are committed to the vision of pioneering a new way of policing.  Citrus Heights envisions an operation in which the line patrol officers enjoy communicating and building relationships with individuals in the community.  We want to take the overused, and often under implemented, concept of “community policing” to a next tier.  We envision true community connection and commitment with engaged stakeholders on all sides.  Rather than designating certain officers to focus on solving community problems, Citrus Heights will assign all police staff members with proactive community policing responsibility. In addition, the major thoroughfares coursing through our fully developed community make traffic management a vital duty of all patrol officers. Overall, the department will have strong generalists with opportunities for special assignments, including: patrol, investigations, school resource officers, SWAT and critical-incident teams, and others may be considered in the future.  Officers have the ability to earn an additional 5% as a Detective – retaining the additional pay once the assignment is complete.


Ideal Candidate

  • Able to interpret, apply and make decisions based on applicable federal, state and local laws, policies and regulations.

  • Experience in law enforcement programs including patrol, investigations, interrogation and special operations.

  • Motivated to make a difference in the community through a commitment to professional law enforcement practices.

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.

  • Be able to recognize and apply alternative solutions to problems and make legal, logical and critical decisions in emergencies while working in a stressful environment.

  • Have a service orientation with an understanding of community-oriented policing.

  • Think clearly and act quickly and decisively in emergency situations, while remaining calm.

  • Focus work effort to carry out the City’s Customer Service philosophy of actively listening, addressing customers’ concerns, and providing services at a level that exceeds customer expectations.

  • Thrive in a team environment that encourages cooperation, communication, and mutual sharing of risk, responsibility, and reward.

  • Identify and generate “a better way of doing things” by viewing issues or problems as opportunities for improvement rather than as obstacles.

  • Treat all individuals encountered, equally and with respect, basing actions on honor and ethics.

Modern Facilities and State-of-the-Art Technology


The Police Department is housed in an 18,000 square foot facility built three years ago and designed specifically for police operations.  Personnel will be equipped with the latest, quality safety equipment; including an entirely new vehicle fleet.  The City is already engaged in expanding the police facility to include a state-of-the-art 911 Dispatch and Police Communication Center to be available to communication staff by start-up in summer 2006.  In addition, the City recently began using a Citywide GIS system, document imaging system, and Intranet, which are available to all staff members.


Compensation and Benefits


$53,151 - $63,781 annually.  The City’s Pay-for-Performance system recognizes employees for their accomplishments and compensates them with a blend of annual base salary increase and annual incentive award (bonus).  This unique system replaces the 5% step system and annual COLA.  You will have the ability to differentiate yourself and your related compensation.  This unique and powerful system is a core component in the City’s human resources system.


The City offers first-class benefits, including 100% City-paid CalPERS retirement (3% @ 50); 17 days of Annual Leave (to be used for vacation or sick time); 5 days of Long Term Medical Leave; $1,013 monthly City contribution toward health insurance (effective 01/01/06); and if alternative health care coverage is demonstrated, a $500/month cash-out may be added to salary or deferred compensation; fully paid dental, vision, life, and short-term/long term disability insurance.  The City does not participate in Social Security, but does participate in State Disability Insurance (SDI).  More detailed information about the City’s benefit program is available at www.joinchpd.net.


Sworn personnel assigned to the 7/80 shift schedule will work six 12-hours shifts and one 8-hour shift over a 14-day period.  They are scheduled off for 50% of weekends per year.  In addition, a unique paid 4-week sabbatical is provided in-lieu of paid holiday time.


One-Time Recruitment Incentives – In launching the new department, the City is offering to all individuals hired into police specific positions (1) Annual Leave accrual rate based upon their years of service with their most recent public sector, law enforcement agency; (2) $1,500 relocation/commuting assistance award; and (3) $2,500 academy tuition reimbursement for recent academy graduates.



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Minimum Qualifications for Police Officer


Minimum qualifications for this position are listed below.  Additional information regarding the position and qualifications is available in the job description which is available on-line or through request.



  • Experience and Training:  One-year experience in a municipal or general law enforcement agency.

  • Education: Equivalent to graduation from high school.  Possession of a California Basic P.O.S.T. Academy Certificate.

  • License: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License at time of appointment.

Probationary Officer:

  • Experience and Training:  Graduation from a P.O.S.T. approved basic academy.

  • Education: Equivalent to graduation from high school. 

  • License: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License at time of appointment.

Application Process


To be considered for this position, you must submit: a completed, official City Employment Application; and responses to a Supplemental Questionnaire.  If you do not complete and submit all required information, your application may be disqualified from further consideration.  You are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter in addition to the required materials, but these may not be substituted for the required materials.

  • ON-LINE APPLICATION:  You may apply on-line by visiting www.CalOpps.org to complete the City Employment Application and Supplemental Questionnaire.  A cover letter and resume may be included as part of the on-line Employment Application under the heading “Additional Experience.”  After you electronically submit the Application form using CalOpps, the Supplemental Questionnaire format will appear for you to complete and submit as the remainder of the on-line application process. 

  • HARD COPY APPLICATION:  You may obtain a hard copy Employment Application and Supplemental Questionnaire by visiting www.joinchpd.net and downloading these materials, or you may request these materials by calling the City’s Police Recruitment Hotline at (916) 727-4900.  No faxed or e-mailed materials will be accepted.


Submit hard copy application materials to: 


City of Citrus Heights/Human Resources

Attention: Police Officer Recruitment

6237 Fountain Square Drive

Citrus Heights, CA  95621



Schedule and Examination/Selection Process


The recruitment will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been interviewed to reach the City's hiring goals.  However, the City is setting two "soft closing" dates -- October 14, 2005 and December 2, 2005.  Applications submitted within these dates will be grouped and reviewed.   The City's objective is to receive a sufficient number of qualified applicants during the first review stage (applications submitted by October 14, 2005) to fill all open positions.  Submitted application materials will be carefully assessed.  Candidates whose experience and training most closely match the City’s needs will be invited to participate in oral board interviews.  For those candidates that submit their applications prior to October 14, 2005, oral board interviews are tentatively scheduled to start the week of November 14, 2005.  For those candidates that submit their applications between October 15 and December 2, 2005, oral board interviews will be scheduled for qualified applicants in early 2006.


To expedite the selection process, invited candidates will be sent a California P.O.S.T. Personal History Statement to be completed and returned no later than their scheduled oral board date. The oral board panel will recommend a group of candidates for a Chief’s interview which will occur anytime prior to the conditional employment offer.  Finalists will then be subject to a polygraph examination and if these results are acceptable, a background investigation will be conducted using P.O.S.T. guidelines.  This background will minimally include verification of education, employment, military service, criminal history, civil litigation, credit history, DMV records, and personal history, and personal contacts will be made with relatives, friends, neighbors, landlords, employers, and other associates.  Upon receipt and review of the background report, conditional offers of employment may be made, and final candidates must then pass medical, drug screening, and psychological examinations conducted by a City-appointed physician.  The probationary period for this position is 18 months.


Method of Communication

  • Primary communication regarding your status relative to this recruitment will be by e-mail; applicants are solely responsible for monitoring their e-mail communication messages and systems.

  • Applicants are solely responsible for informing the City of changes in contact information, including but not limited to e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, post office boxes, and telephone numbers.


Additional Information


You may obtain additional information about this recruitment at www.joinchpd.net, calling Human Resources at (916) 727- 4900, or e-mail at joinchpd@citrusheights.net.







Deadline:  The deadline for the first review of applications is at 5:00 P.M., Friday, October 14, 2005.  The deadline for the second review of applications is at 5:00 P.M., on Friday, December 2, 2005.  No faxed or e-mailed application materials will be accepted.


Multiple Applications:  Applicants may apply for more than one job classification, for example, Lateral Officer or Sergeant.  However, a separate and complete Employment Application and Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted for each opening.


City Selection Standards and Practices:

The City reserves the right to select applicants for further consideration who demonstrate the best qualification match for the job.  Meeting the minimum qualifications requirements does not guarantee an applicant an invitation to the next step(s) in the selection process.  Only the most qualified applicants as determined by the City will be invited to the next step(s) of the selection process.  This listing is solely for the purpose of announcing job opportunities and does not constitute a contract, expressed or implied; provisions contained herein may be modified or revised without notice.


The City of Citrus Heights is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, medical, physical or mental disability, or any other basis protected by law.  Qualified individuals with a disability will receive reasonable accommodation, as required by the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504, during any phase of the selection process, providing such request is made to Human Resources at least five working days in advance.  Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.  Under federal law, all job applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of job offer.



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