The Watsonville Police Department is Hiring

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Watsonville is a diverse agri-business community of approximately 52,543 on the Central Coast between Santa Cruz and Monterey. The Watsonville Police Department was established in 1868 and it holds a rich history with its community. It provides the Police Officer applicant a challenge of working in a fast-paced, full service Police Department. We are looking for people who have high energy, self-motivation, and possess good written and communication skills. The ability to speak English and Spanish is highly desirable. We look forward to hiring Police Officers who will want to live and work in our community.

The Watsonville Police Department offers a variety of work including Patrol, Traffic, Gang Reduction, Investigations, Special Weapons and Tactics, K9, Narcotics, Auto Theft Reduction Team, Community Response Team, and school-based programs such as School Resource Officer. All encompass the philosophy of Community Based Policing, Customer Service, and high quality work product. Patrol and investigations personnel work a 4-10 schedule. Police Officers are hired into one of the following levels depending on prior training and experience:

 $5,599.46 -$7,503.83 per month. This is a non-sworn training-level classification requiring no prior law enforcement experience. Trainees will be sent to a basic police academy at the City’s expense, and upon successful completion of the academy will be promoted to the sworn Police Officer classification.

ACADEMY GRADUATE AND LATERAL POLICE OFFICER$6,065.61 -$8,128.50 per month.  A copy of the POST certificate must accompany the application. LATERAL appointments may be made at steps within this salary range depending upon experience. Lateral candidates are those who have successfully completed a California POST -accredited basic academy, possess a basic POST certificate, and are currently employed as a peace officer in California.

The Position

The function of a police officer provides orientation, direction, exemplifies social norms and ethically resolves conflict. Patrols an assigned area in a radio car; responds to radio messages and appears at scenes of disorder or crime as assigned; conducts preliminary or follow-up investigations of crimes and disturbances; collects and preserves evidence; makes arrests and books prisoners in the jail facility; testifies in court in connection with criminal prosecutions; directs traffic at times of emergency or congestion; performs desk and dispatching duties as needed; stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws and issues citations; serves warrants and subpoenas; prepares reports of arrests made, investigations conducted and incidents occurring; assists other agencies on special assignments; assists in public education programs; assists with crowd control, parades, and other special duties; administers first aid as needed; assists in solving problems as they occur in the field; and does related work as required. The police department is an agency of character with honor-driven individuals committed to serving the community with purpose and compassion. Currently, the organization is aggressively seeking to hire ethical people who value the pursuit of truth, community wellness and justice. The career of a Watsonville police officer is adventurous and rewarding. If you are interested in a life of service as a Watsonville police officer please contact Lt. Jorge Zamora at

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