THE POSITION ****THIS POSITION WILL CLOSE UPON RECEIPT OF A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS AND MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.**** TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION YOU MUST CURRENTLY BE WORKING AS A SWORN POLICE OFFICER IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS. For a list of common disqualifiers, please visit the Whittier Police Department website here: http://www.cityofwhittier.org/depts/police/career/disqualifiers.asp Under general supervision, the Police Officer performs tasks and duties related to the protection of public health, safety and welfare, and the enforcement of applicable Federal, State, and local laws; carries out special assignments in a particular phase of police work; performs other related duties as required. Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and possess a college degree are highly desirable. Employees who are bilingual in Spanish are eligible to receive an additional $200 per month. EXAMPLES OF DUTIES Listed below are some of the duties performed by this position. (For a complete listing of Essential Functions, review the class specification.) Patrols assigned areas by car, foot, motorcycle, bicycle, or horse; performs crime suppression and prevention activities; answers special calls; conducts initial and follow-up investigations; interviews victims, complainants, and witnesses; answers complaints, including domestic disturbances, health code, and local ordinance violations; performs surveillance activities; conducts chemical, drug, and alcohol testing; investigates suspicious circumstances. Enforces traffic laws; conducts complete accident investigations; controls and directs traffic when necessary; performs crowd control, special event or riot duties; assists in crime prevention activities and the control of juvenile delinquency; counsels and educates the community; administers first aid in cases of emergency; transports, books, and is responsible for the care and custody of detained persons; responds to questions, concerns and requests for service from the general public; assists the public and answers questions; provides information as appropriate and resolves complaints. The Whittier Police Department SWAT Team is a highly trained tactical unit responsible for conducting search and arrest warrants and other high-risk operations outside of normal police functions in Whittier and Santa Fe Springs. Officers desiring to join the SWAT Team must participate in a multi-phase testing process. The process includes a rigorous physical fitness test, qualification on the SWAT team handgun/rifle course and an oral interview with the team commander and team leaders to assess tactical thinking abilities and general knowledge. The men and women of the Whittier Police Department take great pride in providing quality law enforcement services to the residents and businesses in the communities of Whittier and Santa Fe Springs. We have a long standing tradition of providing policing services in partnership with the members of our community. This is a great opportunity in gaining unique experience of serving two different communities. Benefits: Tuition reimbursement program. $50,000 home purchasing assistance program. Employees hired prior to 1/1/13 and those individuals identified as Classic Members under Public Employment Retirement Law (PERL) will be enrolled in the City’s 3% @ 50 formula for Safety Members (2.5% @ 55 for Miscellaneous Members), and may have a future CalPERS contribution as established by resolutions, labor agreements or Public Employee Retirement Law. New Members under Public Employment Retirement Law (PERL) hired as of 1/1/13 will have the new CalPERS 2.7% @ 57 Safety Plan (2% @ 62 for Miscellaneous Plan), and will have a mandatory CalPERS contribution as established by PERL. There is currently no deduction for Social Security, as the City does not participate in the Social Security program.
Education and/or Experience: Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a Police Officer Lateral. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of completion of a California POST certified basic academy, possess a high school diploma or equivalent and be 21 years of age by the time of sworn appointment. Current employment as a full-time Peace Officer with a California law enforcement agency is required at time of submitting application. Applicant must also have successfully completed the probationary period in their current job. Physical Requirements: Weight proportionate to height in accordance with recognized standards; must be physically able to perform the duties of a Police Officer; eyesight must not be less than 20/80 uncorrected, corrected to 20/20 and normal hearing and color perception as required by POST. License/Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver's license. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for U.S. citizenship.
About City of Whittier
Whittier is a progressive city of approximately 87,000 residents, located 12 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The City is known for its quality city management and its sound fiscal practices.
The Whittier Police Department provides a variety of law enforcement services to the citizens of Whittier and Santa Fe Springs. The Department is comprised of the Patrol, Investigation, Support Services and Administration Divisions. The Police Department features a great team comprised of 121 sworn police officers and 75 civilian staff. The City Council and community strongly support the outstanding men and women of the Whittier Police Department. The Whittier Police Department has developed a highly successful Community Based Policing Program. A cornerstone of this model program is a partnership between the Police Department, city residents and businesses to produce a high quality of life for all citizens.
The Department is headed by Chief Jeff A. Piper. The management and supervisory team is comprised of two captains, six lieutenants and fourteen sergeants.
The Whittier Police Station has been in service since 1955, when the Department had 20 police officers. Since then, many exp...ansions took place to accommodate the growth of the City and the Department. In 2007, the Whittier City Council approved a $35 Million project to construct a new, state-of-the-art police headquarters. The new station opened on October 26, 2010 and resides on the west side of City Hall at 13200 Penn Street.