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Police Officer

Becoming a POLICE OFFICER does not build character…it REVEALS it

As a National City Police Officer, you will benefit by working in a team environment with professionals who excel in their field. You will have the flexibility to work closely with the community you serve, solve real world problems, and be provided the opportunity to develop a set of problem solving skills that you can take anywhere. We offer a wide variety of assignments to choose from in order to diversify your training and enhance your career path.

In 2007, the City hired several lateral and recruit police officers to raise our total number of sworn police officers to 92. The City Council and Chief of Police Adolfo Gonzales remain committed to making public safety in National City a high priority. Therefore, we will continue to hire officers as needed in the coming years to maintain 92 sworn police officer positions. The National City Police Department is constantly striving to obtain the most modern and technologically advanced equipment and provide the best training to our employees. We are building today’s police officers and tomorrow’s leaders.

Apply to be a National City Police Officer

Application: Apply using the City of National City’s online application

LATERAL OFFICER/ACADEMY GRADUATE
POLICE OFFICER POSITIONS:
The City continuously accepts applications from current police officers and police academy graduates for our Lateral Police Officer position.  Lateral Police Officer interviews are held periodically throughout the year.

POLICE RECRUIT:
The City of National City is not hiring Recruit Police Officers at this time.

Questions? Contact Human Resources (619) 336-4300

LATERAL OFFICER / ACADEMY GRADUATE

POLICE OFFICER POSITIONS:

The City continuously accepts applications from current police officers and police academy graduates for our Lateral Police Officer position. Lateral Police Officer interviews are held periodically throughout the year.

POLICE RECRUIT:

UPDATE – OCTOBER 1, 2009
A new Police Recruit testing process will take place in 2010. Exact testing dates are unknown at this time.

Individuals interested in the Police Recruit position may still submit a City application, which will remain on file. If you have submitted an applicaton for the Police Recruit position, you will be notified of the next testing date when it is determined.

Questions? Contact Human Resources (619) 336-4300

Salary

  • Police Recruits – up to $62,394 (while attending the police academy – based on experience)
  • Lateral/Academy Graduates – up to $77,094 (based on experience)
  • Top 3rd paid agency in San Diego County through June 2011

Benefits

  • 4/10 Work Schedule ~ 3 days off per week
  • Year-long shift adds stability for family and education
  • 2.7% @ 57 PERS Retirement Plan for officers currently employed
  • 2.7% @ 57 PERS Retirement Plan for officers hired after October 1, 2009
  • Shared PERS Contribution Paid by City (7%) and Employee (2%)
  • $750.00 Per Year Uniform Allowance
  • Comprehensive Medical and Dental Plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement up to $1500.00 per fiscal year
  • Educational Incentive Pay: 1.5% up to 3% per month
  • Bilingual Skill Pay: 3% per month
  • Specialty Assignment Differential Pay: (4% K-9 Handler, 4% Traffic, 3% SWAT)
  • Employer Paid Member Contributions (EPMC) benefit upon retirement
  • More benefits included per contract

Leave Accrual Rates

  • Up to 5 Years Service: 7.39 hrs. vacation earned every 2 wks.
  • 5 thru 15 Years Service: 8.92 hrs. vacation earned every 2 wks.
  • Over 15 Years Service: 10.46 hrs. vacation earned every 2 wks
  • Vacation Sell-Back Option
  • Approx. 96 hours sick leave accrual per year
  • Optional conversion of overtime to leave days off (Compensatory Time – Up to 130 hours)

Guaranteed Salary Increase Explanation

The National City Police Officer’s Association current contract with the City guarantees National City Police Officers will be among one of the top paid agencies in San Diego County until the contract expires in 2011. In accordance with the contract, a Police Officer’s salary is currently ranked halfway between the top third and fourth paid agency in San Diego County until June 30, 2011.

Police Officer Eligibility Requirements

Under general supervision to perform a variety of police duties in the prevention of crime and enforcement of law and order. We invite you to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion within previous three (3) year period of Basic Police Academy which meets all the requirements of the California Commission on Police Standards & Training (POST); or
  2. Employment within the last 12 months in position requiring California Basic POST Certificate; or
  3. Current enrollment in Basic POST Academy and have successfully completed the first half (1/2) of a POST recognized academy at the time of application.
  4. Must meet all other California POST requirements. Academy graduates must attach a copy of Academy Certificate with application. Computer literacy is desirable. (Details of the essential duties are on file in the Human Resources Department.)

Police Recruit Duties

As a non-safety temporary employee, will attend a Basic Police Academy which meets all training requirements of the California Penal Code and the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.), to obtain a comprehensive overview of the criminal justice system and specialized training in various laws, law enforcement techniques, practices and procedures, and first aid and to develop and demonstrate physical fitness and effective usage of firearms. Participates in orientation and in-house training programs under direct supervision to develop an awareness of the duties, activities, and responsibilities of a police officer. Advancement to Police Officer contingent on successful completion of all training requirements.

Police Recruit Eligibility Requirements

  1. Education and Experience – Graduation from high school or possession of 12th grade G.E.D. certificate.
  2. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – Ability to: observe, learn, understand and interpret various laws, police practices and procedures; analyze problems and have the potential to rationally and calmly take appropriate action in emergency and stressful situations; undergo strenuous physical conditioning; prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports in English; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with persons of widely varying socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds; and understand and carry-out oral and written directions.
  3. Must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship. Must be at least 20-1/2 years of age at time of appointment. Must possess a valid California Driver’s License at time of appointment. Must meet all requirements for admission to Basic Police Academy recognized by California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training.

Hiring Process

You can also read a detailed explanation of the police officer hiring process.

Contact Information

If you have further questions about the hiring process, please contact anyone in the Recruiting/Background Division Monday-Thursday, 6:00 AM – 4:00 PM:

Detective Chris Barawed / Tel. 619-336-4357 / cbarawed@nationalcityca.gov