Police Officer - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Santa Clara, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The West Valley-Mission Community College District is seeking a talented individual to fill the position of Police Officer.

Comprised of two colleges, West Valley College and Mission College, we are located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate our two colleges for our friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.

This position provides general law enforcement on assigned shifts, performs patrol duties in uniform without limitations by vehicle or foot to protect life and property against bodily harm, theft, vandalism, illegal entry, accidents and fire. The Officer will be guided in his or her duties by those directives promulgated by the West Valley-Mission Community College District, including: Oath of office, mission statements, vision statements, core values, quality statements, and business plans, as well as department policy and procedures.

Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


Full-time, 12 months per year (may include nights, weekends, and holidays), in 4/10-hr shifts, with anticipated start date of May 20, 2015. District police coverage is seven days per week, 20 hours per day. Shifts usually rotate every six months. Assignments may include West Valley College (City of Saratoga) and/or Mission College (City of Santa Clara), relief shifts, special assignments and/or investigation duties. All police candidates are required to successfully complete a comprehensive POST approved in-service field training program. One-year probationary period, after completion of field training program. This position is a member of the Peace Officers Association (POA) employee bargaining unit.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 21 years of age at date of hire;
  • A citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship;
  • A high school graduate, pass the General Education Development test or have attained a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited or approved institution;
  • Must not have been convicted by any State or by the Federal Government of a crime, the punishment of which could have been imprisonment in a Federal penitentiary or state prison;
  • Must be of excellent moral character;
  • Must pass a POST approved background investigation;
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain and maintain, a valid Class C California driver’s license; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work with persons of diverse socio-economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.


  • Medical Standards – Must meet all standards as set forth by POST. For an overview of selection standards, please visit: http://post.ca.gov/

Additional testing includes:

  • Written test (Lateral exempt)
  • Oral board
  • Polygraph exam
  • Psychological exam

Desired Qualifications

  • Current employment with a California law enforcement agency with experience in uniformed patrol and investigations.
  • Possess a California POST, Basic, Intermediate or Advanced certificate.
  • Completion of a two-year community college degree or vocational school training in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice administration, public administration, or a related field is preferred.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made.

  • Restrains and/or subdues individuals by means of baton techniques, locks, grips or holds, or restraining devices.
  • Arrests and detains violators, guards prisoners, conducts investigation as assigned.
  • Performs surveillance, including following suspicious vehicles, patrolling physically hazardous locations, operating observation posts, etc.
  • Administers physical roadside sobriety and “Intoxilizer” tests.
  • Collects evidence at crime scenes including dusting for and lifting fingerprints; fingerprints individuals.
  • Inspects property and persons including searching and checking buildings, people, vehicles, objects, etc.
  • Organizes and conducts line-ups and photo line-ups.
  • Secures and protects property including making secure and protecting such things as accidents scenes, vehicles, buildings, property, etc.
  • Performs traffic/motor vehicle duties responding as back-up unit on crimes in progress, and responding to calls for emergency assistance; performs traffic control duties.
  • Conducts public relations activities such as making presentations to community groups, student groups, staff & administrative groups, working with public agencies, delivering death notices & emergency messages, etc.
  • Responsible for mediating and crowd control; provides general assistance to the public.
  • Generates, processes, and maintains written information using a variety of office equipment and computers.
  • Responsible for taking necessary action within limits of prescribed policy and procedures to correct situations.
  • May have responsibility for assigned shift; may be required to train officers assigned to shift.
  • Provides or receives training as assigned.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Investigative techniques and procedures.
  • California law enforcement and public safety methods.
  • Crowd and traffic control enforcement procedures.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, County laws, rules, and regulations, including laws of arrest, court procedures, and rules of evidence, and First Aid and CPR.

Ability to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the increased understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for all cultural groups, women, and the disabled.
  • Assess public safety or enforcement situations and determine appropriate course of action.
  • Handle firearms and wear body armor.
  • Review and recall necessary information.
  • Prepare clear and concise written reports.
  • Establish and maintain cooperation/working relationships with students, staff and the public.
  • Communicate orally including giving verbal assistance and taking charge of situations.
  • Use radio and telephone for communication.
  • Use computers to enter and retrieve data.
  • Meet department range qualification standards.
  • Satisfactorily complete POST approved basic academy if not already in possession of POST academy certification.

Salary and Benefits

  • Hiring salary placement: (1) Entry level – Step A, $5,047 (monthly); (2) Post Basic Academy graduate (within 3 years) – Step B, $5,290 (monthly); (3) Lateral* – Step C, $5,581 [*Lateral is anyone who is currently working as a full-time sworn peace officer in a POST certified department or anyone who has worked as a full-time sworn peace officer within the last 2 years in a POST certified department and possesses a current Basic POST certificate.]
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse and dependents.
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually.
  • 8-16 days vacation leave accrued annually.
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Shift differential.
  • Field Training Officer (FTO) pay.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 10 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 15 years of service.
  • CalPERS retirement [3% @ 55 for Classic Members; 2.7% @ 57 for New Members].
  • Position is union affiliated with required dues.

Application Information


  • Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including:(1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Resume; (3) Cover letter and/or reference list, if requested; and (4) Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.
  • All sections of the online application, including Education and Educational Work History, must be completed thoroughly.
  • Supervisor(s) name(s) and telephone numbers must be included in the application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Do NOT send unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will not be used for consideration of employment.
  • The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.


  • If a minimum requirement is possession of a degree, then a copy of transcripts is required to be included with your application to verify the degree being awarded. If no transcripts are included, the application may be screened as not meeting minimum requirements.
  • Degrees must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Candidates with degrees earned outside of the United States must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service, must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course of the transcripts) and must be submitted with this online application.
  • If you do not have an electronic version of the transcript, you can get it scanned at an office supply or copy store; then attach the electronic version of your transcript to this online application.
  • Copies of diplomas, grade reports, graduation petitions, transcript evaluations requests, or similar documents WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of transcripts.

For assistance, contact:
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2174 Fax: (408) 867-9059
Email: Jobs@wvm.edu

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume