About the Position
This recruitment process will close on Monday, April 26, 2021 at
You are encouraged to apply immediately.
This is your opportunity to enter the interesting and demanding
profession of law enforcement with the South Gate Police
Department. The City of South Gate offers the best in training,
salary, and benefits to active, intelligent, and dedicated men and
women. The South Gate Police Department offers diversified
assignments including patrol, traffic enforcement, criminal
investigation, narcotics, public relations, crime prevention, K-9
detail, and administrative services.
Under general supervision attends the prescribed Basic Police
Academy, maintains acceptable grade levels and achieves graduation;
and participates in any and all field exercises as directed and
performs related work as required. While distinctively uniformed as
a non-sworn non-peace officer in training, the Police Recruit works
under the direct supervision of a Police Sergeant or higher ranking
position to develop skills, knowledge, and abilities for a career
in police service. Examples of Essential Functions
The following functions are typical for this classification. The
incumbent may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be
required to perform additional or different functions from those
set forth below to address business needs and changing business
* Attends Academy classroom instruction on police policies,
procedures, weaponless defense, criminal and civil law, physical
fitness techniques, use of firearms, arrest procedures, community
relations, operation of emergency vehicles, and other mandated
courses and related subjects. * Participates in field exercises and
physical training routines. * Keeps and writes notebooks, reports,
and other printed materials and records. * Is available and open to
the learning process with the goal of Police Academy graduation and
eventual meaningful service to the Police Department.
Minimum & Desirable Qualifications
Any combination of education, training, and experience that
would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is
qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities
Education, Training, and Experience
Graduation from high school or equivalent.
Must possess a California Class C driver's license showing proof
of insurance and a satisfactory driving record is required at time
of appointment and throughout employment in this position. Must be
a United States citizen or have applied for citizenship.
Citizenship must be obtained within three years of appointment.
Must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
This is a terminal class. The recruit must graduate from the
Police Academy and fulfill all other requirements, in which case
he/she shall advance to the rank of Police Officer. Failure to meet
graduation or other requirements shall result in termination.
Height and weight correlations must be in proper proportion
according to current medical standards. Normal color vision. Visual
acuity of 20/70 in each eye correctable to 20/30 in each eye.
Ability to pass a physical endurance and agility examination.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of: the organization, operation, rules, and
regulations of the Police Department; principles and techniques of
police administration including traffic control, crime prevention,
crowd disturbances, and delinquency; rules of evidence; laws,
ordinances and regulations affecting the work of the Department
including custody of prisoners, arrests, and court procedures;
criminal investigation and case preparation; technical and
administrative phases of crime prevention and law enforcement,
including investigation and identification, patrol, traffic control
and safety, record keeping, and care and custody of persons and
property; community policing policies and philosophy; community
relations; governmental structure/organization of the City of South
Gate and interrelations of the Police Department; and principles
and practices of personnel management, supervision, and
Ability to: read and understand departmental policies, rules,
instructions, laws, regulations, and police literature; analyze
situations and adopt a quick, calm, effective, and reasonable
course of action in situations involving emotional or physical
pressures; write clear and accurate reports; remember names, faces,
and details or incidents; establish and maintain effective
relationships with others; interact tactfully, effectively, and
sensitively with City Officials, Officials of other organizations,
members of other agencies, community organizations, community
leaders, the media, and especially the public; understand and be
sensitive to the needs and concerns of ethnic and cultural groups
in the City; and evaluate sensitive situations quickly and initiate
appropriate action to diffuse situations and/or resolve
Skill: in the operation of a variety of office equipment
including computers; ability to type 25 words per minute net.
English/Spanish bilingual skills.
Other Important Information
California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Pull Notice System:
An incumbent appointed to this position is subject to enrollment in
the California DMV Pull Notice Program. The Pull Notice program
provides information on the incumbent's driving record and Driver's
License status on a periodic basis to the City of South Gate. An
employee assigned a City vehicle must acknowledge receipt and
understanding of City Administrative Regulations covering the use
of City vehicles.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and
work environment described here are representative of those that
must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential
functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is
frequently required to walk, sit, and talk or hear, and may stand
for extended periods of time. The employee is occasionally required
to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or
controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is
occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or
crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50
pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include
normal color vision and the ability to adjust focus. The noise
level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office and
moderately loud when outdoors. Incumbents are occasionally exposed
to outside weather conditions, traffic, dust, gas, fumes, and
Application Packets Must Include: A fully completed online
employment application which:
* Covers at least the past 10 years of employment history (or
longer if you have other relevant experience). * If you claim
education on your application, an unofficial copy of your
transcripts, documenting all qualifying education and/or
occupational training claimed, must be submitted as an attachment
to your online application. If you are invited to interview for
this position, at a later date, we will request that your original,
official transcripts, be mailed directly to the City of South Gate
Human Resources Office in an unopened envelope by the accredited
college(s) or university(ies). * Must be specific in describing
your qualifications for this position. Failure to state all
pertinent information may lead to elimination from consideration.
Stating "See Resume" is not an acceptable substitute for a
Selection Process: All application materials received along with
the submitted online application will be reviewed and evaluated.
All information supplied by applicants is subject to verification.
The testing of Police Officer-Recruit will include the
Written Test: Qualifying - The written test will be a 100 item
multiple choice test. Candidates must obtain a passing qualifying
score on this test in order to proceed to oral interview.
Physical Agility: Qualifying - The agility test is to evaluate
the candidate's endurance, strength, agility, and speed.
Background: Prospective employees are also subject to and must
successfully pass a thorough and extensive background
investigation, which will include a polygraph examination.
Prospective employees will receive a complete medical examination,
including a stress EKG and drug/alcohol screen; and psychological
evaluation, prior to appointment.
Hiring Interview: Prospective employees will be interviewed by
the Chief of Police and must successfully pass this interview to
proceed in the process.
* Candidates who successfully complete all phases of the
selection process will be placed on an eligibility list. Current
and future vacancies will be filled from this list. Lists typically
last for 12 months, but may be extended or abolished in accordance
with the City's Civil Service rules and regulations. * The City
supports a Drug-Free Workplace. * New employees must complete a
verification form designated by the United States Department of
Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services, that
certifies eligibility for employment in the United States of
America. * Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation to
participate in any phase of the selection process must make such a
request during the application process by notifying the Human
The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an
expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained in this
announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of South Gate is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In
compliance with all applicable Federal and State laws, it does not
discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including
pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions
related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), sexual
orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national
origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, age, medical
condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic
information, physical or mental disability (including HIV and
AIDS), military or veteran status in its employment actions,
policies, procedures, or practices.
The City of South Gate is a busy urban community consisting of
residential, commercial, and industrial development, spread over
7.41 square miles. It is currently ranked the 59th largest city in
California with a population of approximately 100,000.
Strategically located along the 710 freeway, the City is just 12
miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
The City is in a state of revitalization with many new
development projects on the near horizon. As we look to the future
we are heartened by the many opportunities for economic growth. We
are looking for (a) dynamic individual(s) to join our employment
team and work alongside our civic leaders, residents, and business
owners committed to promoting and maintaining a safe and prosperous
community in which to live and work.