Goverment Jobs
February 24, 2020
Novato, California
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Job Description

The City of Novato Police Department is recruiting for a
Final Filing Deadline: 5:00 p.m., March 3, 2020
Please complete the application, including a cover letter, references and resume.

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

To perform the most difficult and complex law enforcement and crime prevention work; to function as a liaison between the department and the community by researching and responding to questions and solving sensitive issues; to provide a high level of customer service and integrate the community into policing activities; to participate in community based police activities and programs; to perform the full scope of work assigned to Police Officers; and to provide technical support to management.
This is the advanced journey sworn level. Positions at this level are distinguished from Police Officer by the level of responsibility assumed, complexity of duties assigned, independence of action taken, by the amount of time spent performing the duties, and by the nature of public contact made. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned including providing technical and functional supervision over assigned personnel, serving as Field Training Officer, and serving in the absence of the Sergeant.Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.
Employees within this class are distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including technical work including coordinating assigned program activities.Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.
Receives general supervision from a higher ranking police supervisory or management personnel.
Exercises technical and functional supervision over assigned sworn and non-sworn personnel.
Example of Duties

ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS-Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Essential Functions:
  • Perform complex and difficult sworn law enforcement duties involving the development, implementation and oversight of assigned program activities.
  • Patrol the City in a radio dispatched automobile to secure life and property, observe situations, report and resolve suspicious or criminal activity, hazardous conditions and deter crime by providing high visibility.
  • Serve as Field Training Officer by training and providing technical assistance to other officers;informally evaluate the performance of recruit officers and work with employees to correct deficiencies; review and approve reports.
  • Assist higher level police personnel in supervisory and management activities; provide input into performance evaluations of other officers; act as watch commander as required; conduct roll-call briefings.
  • Maintain statistical data and prepare reports related to assigned programs.
  • Coordinate assigned activities with other agencies and local citizens; participate in the exchange of information; make oral presentations to community groups.
  • Assume control of crime scenes; direct other officers in the collection and maintenance of evidence; ensure crime scene security and use of appropriate investigative techniques.
  • Perform crime scene laboratory technician duties including the preservation and analysis of physical evidence.
  • Assume role of supervisor in the absence of a Sergeant or higher ranking personnel.
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for assigned programmatic activities; implement policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
Marginal Functions:
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Typical Qualifications

Knowledge of:
  • Advanced police methods and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention,traffic control,identification techniques, police records and reports, and first aid techniques.
  • Criminal law with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons committing misdemeanor and felony crimes, including rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure and the preservation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases.
  • Resources common to the performance of sworn law enforcement activities and the appropriate application of such resources.
  • Policies, procedures, regulations and standard operating procedures of the Department.
  • Issues impacting the local community and methods to address those issues.
  • Principles and techniques used in public and community relations as it relates to law enforcement activities.
  • Use, operation and maintenance of police equipment, vehicles and tools, including firearms.
  • Modern office equipment and procedures including use of word processing and law enforcement specific databases and software.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • Principles and practices of customer service.
  • Principles and practices of technical and functional supervision, training and leadership.
  • Modern organizational methods.
Ability to:
  • Perform the difficult and complex activities assigned to sworn personnel.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures.
  • Understand, interpret and apply principles, laws and procedures related to sworn law enforcement activities.
  • Perform job tasks with minimal supervision; work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Interpret and apply City municipal codes, policies and procedures.
  • Prepare reports and correspondence.
  • Maintain composure and exercise good judgment when responding to escalated issues.
  • Maintain contact and preserve good relations with the public; respond to requests and inquiries from the pubic in a timely manner.
  • Gather, assemble, analyze,evaluate and use facts and evidence.
  • Analyze situations, adopt effective courses of action, and make appropriate decisions.
  • Interpret and apply lawsand regulations.
  • Demonstrate initiative and attention to detail.
  • Provide technical and functional supervision over assigned staff; effectively train staff; and delegate effectively.
  • Operate a computer using word processing, business software, law enforcement technology and databases and other office equipment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective, tactful and positive relationships with those contacted in the course of work including various cultural and ethnic groups.
  • Foster and contribute to a work environment that supports and exhibits honesty, diversity, integrity, trust and respect.
  • Demonstrate teamwork by contributing to the overall success of the organization with flexibility, cooperation, and communication.
  • Provide high quality and fiscally responsible services to the Novato community, while delivering responsive customer service.
  • Demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit by generating new, innovative ideas and development of better methods to accomplish tasks and complete projects.
  • Use principles of effective office safety including use of equipment in a proper and safe manner, use of preventative personal ergonomic techniques, and maintaining safe personal and common workspaces.
ExperienceandTraining Guidelines
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience -Four years of law enforcement experience, including two years with the City of Novato.Current or previous assignment to a full-time specialty position, Field Training Officer, or collateral or instructor assignment highly desirable.
Training -Equivalent to completion of twelfth grade,supplemented by specialized law enforcement training and 30 units of college level course work is required. An Associate's degree in criminal justice, police science, public administration or related field is highly desirable.
License or Certificates -Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license and proof of automobile liability insurance as required by the position. Possession of an Intermediate Certificate issued by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.), or equivalent.
Additional Information

Environmental Conditions:
Work is performed in both an office and field environment with exposure to natural or man-made disaster, and routine peace keeping environment with travel from site to site; work in intense life-threatening conditions; exposure to dangerous persons, firearms and communicable diseases; the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts; regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and wet and/or humid conditions; occasionally works in high, precarious places and with explosives; exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration; risk of electrical shock and radiation; exposed to potentially hostile environments; extensive public contact; the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, the noise level is occasionally very loud due to sirens, firearm training, etc. Duties require the ability to work irregular and on-call hours including weekends, evenings and holidays.
Duties require positions to, on an intermittent basis, sit at desk or in patrol vehicle; walk and stand during patrol activities; bend, squat and kneel during inspection of crime scene or conducting building searches; climb stairs and/or ladders while in the field; twist while making arrests; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; continuously wearing utility belt and other police equipment of 30 pounds; and intermittently carry weight of 100 pounds or less.

It is important to complete all required application materials including any supplemental questionnaire or attaching required additional documents. All applications will be screened for completeness and possession of minimum qualifications. Qualified applications will be reviewed in detail to identify the most qualified candidates to continue in the selection process which may consist solely of an application screening, or may include a written examination, skills assessment, oral appraisal interview, assessment center, or other activity selected by Human Resources and the hiring department.

Starting salary is generally the first step of the range listed; however, advanced step appointments may be approved based upon qualifications when warranted. Subsequent salary increases within the range are scheduled yearly and may be granted based upon satisfactory service.

Other Compensation:
Specialty Assignments carry an additional percentage of compensation on top of base pay. See the Unit B MOU for a listing of specialty assignments.
Bilingual Pay: 3%

Educational Incentive:
Intermediate POST: 3%
Advanced POST: 5%

A.A.: 4%
B.A./B.S.: 5%
Masters: 6%
If a unit member possesses both a college degree and a P.O.S.T. certificates may choose either incentive pay but may not receive both. Only degrees earned from a college or university that has been accredited by an organization that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accrediting agency.

Uniform Allowance:
$800 at time of hire and $80/month at the 13 month. $20 per month to defray the cost to dry clean uniforms.

The City participates in the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS). In compliance with AB 340, CalPERS retirement formula is 3% @ 55 retirement for Classic Safety employees and 2.7% @ 57 for New Safety CalPERS members.

The City provides a specific dollar amount to each employee based on the employee's benefit enrollment level to apply to medical, dental, life and disability insurance. The dental program and life insurance policy are mandatory. Health, visionn and disability options are available. Employees who do NOT enroll in a healthcare plan through the City will receive up to $250 per month as an addition to their gross earnings.

Employee Assistance Program: A City-paid EAP is available for employees and members of their household.

Deferred Compensation Savings Plans (457) are available to employees through a deferred compensation program.

Employee must pay an amount equal to 1.45% of salary toward Medicare. An equal amount is paid by the City.

The City does not participate in Social Security.

The City offers 13 paid holidays; 10 days of vacation after 1 year (graduates to 21 days for 20 years of service); New employees will receive 40 hours of sick leave on their start date (unused leave applied to service credit at retirement).


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