Police Officer

Contact: Mike Maier, City Clerk, P.O. Box 787, Newman, CA 95360
Open Until Filled: First Review on July 9, 2024
Job Code: Posting No. 2024-02
Category: Police Officer
Department: Police Department
Shift: Varies
Location: Nestled in California’s western Central Valley, the City of Newman has a beautiful view of the foothills leading to the coastal ranges and is a thriving community with a vibrant Downtown; anchored by a successful performing arts theatre.
Job Type: Full Time
Education: Other Diploma/Certificate
Pay Rate: Current Monthly: $5,260 - $6,393; *** July 2024 Monthly: $5,576 - $6,778; *** July 2025 Monthly: $5,799 - $7,049 – D.O.Q
About the Job and How to Apply:

The City of Newman is accepting applications for one (1) full-time Police Officer position to perform a wide variety of patrol and related duties involving the prevention of crime, the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances; patrols areas of the City and conducts surveillance; assists in the preparation of cases and testifies in court; serves in specialized departmental roles as assigned; provides information and assistance to the public; and performs related work as assigned.

This is a full-time position with the City of Newman Police Department. This position may be required to work various shifts or emergencies on evenings, weekends and holidays. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have strong communication skills and be able to successfully complete a pre-employment medical examination, drug screening, psychological evaluation, and background check. A valid California Driver’s License and current P.O.S.T. academy certificate are required. For additional information, see the job description in the Application & Information Packet (link below).

Adobe PDF Icon Police Officer Application Packet & Information

Open Until Filled:
The First Review of the Applicaitons will take place on June 22, 2024.

How to apply:

You are REQUIRED to complete and submit a Supplemental Questionnaire with the Employment Application for this position.  Applications will not be accepted without the required supplemental questionnaire and the supplemental will not be accepted without the required application. YOU MAY NOT SAY “SEE RESUMÉ” IN LIEU OF ANSWERING ANY QUESTIONS ON EITHER THE APPLICATION OR SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE. We do not fax application materials or accept faxed or e-mailed application packets. Applications are available at City Hall (209) 862-3725 or by clicking above.

All applications, including supplemental questionnaire, will be reviewed for neatness, accuracy, completion, relevant education, experience, training and other job-related qualifications. The purpose of the supplemental questionnaire is for you to identify your qualifications and experience in the essential functions of job-related areas and to verify further knowledge, skill or ability. Be specific and thorough in answering the questions as it is to your advantage to provide as much relevant information as possible. Your responses should be sufficiently detailed to assist in evaluating your writing skills and qualifications for this position. Completion of the supplemental questionnaire is required for your application to be considered and is an integral part of the examination process. It is critical that you fill out the supplemental questionnaire completely. Failure to submit a fully completed supplemental questionnaire will result in disqualification. Those who best meet the stated qualifications and requirements for the position will be invited to participate in the selection process.

A fully completed CURRENT City of Newman Employment Application form and the required Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted to:

  • By Mail: P.O. Box 787, Newman, CA
  • In-Person: City Hall, 938 Fresno Street, Newman, CA 95360 (You May Utilize The Drop Box In Front Of City Hall)


Job Description:


Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of patrol and related duties involving the prevention of crime, the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances; patrols areas of the City and conducts surveillance; assists in the preparation of cases and testifies in court; serves in specialized departmental roles as assigned; provides information and assistance to the public; and performs related work as assigned.

Receives general supervision from assigned supervisory or management personnel. Exercises no direct supervision over staff.

This sworn classification is responsible for independently performing law enforcement duties in support of the Police Department. Positions at this level exercise judgment and initiative in their assigned tasks, 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.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Performs a variety of community policing duties to maintain a highly visible presence within the community for the purpose of deterring crime, maintaining good community relations, and providing assistance to the public.
  • Patrols an area of the City to observe and address suspicious or potential criminal activity; responds to emergency calls for service, disturbances, thefts, burglaries, vehicle accidents, domestic disputes, suspicious activities, and other incidents to protect public safety and property, resolve problems, diffuse situations, and enforce laws and ordinances.
  • Provides information, directions, and assistance to the public in a variety of situations; takes reports and assists the public with complaints or unusual situations.
  • Observes, monitors, and controls routine and unusual traffic situations; stops and warns drivers or issues citations as appropriate; assists motorists with inoperable vehicles and arranges for removal of stranded vehicles; provides direction and traffic control in accident or incident situations, special events, or other congested situations.
  • Makes arrests and serves warrants and subpoenas; takes individuals into custody and may transport them for medical clearance and/or booking at a longer-term facility, as required.
  • Secures crime scenes and evidence; interviews suspects, victims, and witnesses; collects and preserves evidence; performs complete investigations and/or cooperates with other law enforcement agencies providing investigative and case development support.
  • Provides emergency medical attention to the public when responding to calls for assistance and requests appropriate medical assistance as necessary.
  • Provides mutual aid to other law enforcement agencies as dispatched and in accordance with departmental policy.
  • Prepares and maintains reports, logs, records, and accurate files.
  • Serves writs, warrants, subpoenas, and other legal documents.
  • Conducts criminal case investigations and enforces civil orders; interviews victims, witnesses, suspects, and other parties to obtain leads and establish the nature and causes of potential crimes and violations of statutes; Enforce proper business, and ABC laws; researches various records and prepares investigative and special reports.
  • Conducts comprehensive investigations into felony and high-level crimes including conducting surveillance activities and coordinating and maintaining crime scene activities.
  • Enforces specialized Traffic and Motor Vehicle Codes and prepares traffic and collision reports and investigation records; sets up DUI monitoring; coordinates work with Department of Motor Vehicles and Courts; attends meetings, prepares logs, and makes presentations.
  • Assists the City Attorney or the District Attorney staff in preparing, documenting, and developing cases and gathering information; testifies in court as required.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions; reviews publications and materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in law enforcement.
  • Oversees the use and care of equipment as required.
  • Observes and complies with all City and mandated safety rules, regulations and protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Knowledge of:

  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and ordinances relevant to area(s) of responsibility.
  • Operations and services of a comprehensive municipal law enforcement department.
  • Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of law enforcement including patrol, investigations, and special operations functions.
  • Rules of evidence pertaining to the search and seizure and the preservation of evidence.
  • Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of criminal law, investigation, interrogation, and crime prevention.
  • Operational characteristics of vehicles and equipment used in law enforcement.
  • Criminal court system processes and regulations.
  • Methods and techniques of interviewing and eliciting information from victims and witnesses.
  • Causes, prevention, and control of juvenile delinquency.
  • Traffic control, enforcement, and education methods.
  • Police records, communications, property, and custody system operations.
  • Procedures in handling warrants, filing complaints, court appearances, and testifying.
  • Investigation and identification techniques and equipment.
  • Safety practices and equipment related to the work, including the safe use and proper care of firearms, chemical agents, and impact weapons.
  • Methods and techniques of preparing police reports and related documentation.
  • Techniques of first aid and CPR.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • City and mandated safety rules, regulations and protocols
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Current equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.

Ability to:

  • Perform law enforcement duties within an assigned program area to ensure the protection and safety of citizens and property.
  • Observe and accurately describe; recall faces, names, descriptive characteristics, and facts of incidents and places.
  • Interpret and apply complex laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Identify and be responsive to community issues, concerns, and needs.
  • Conduct effective interviews with victims and witnesses.
  • Pursue, apprehend and subdue suspects in accordance with mandated procedures.
  • Process crime scenes and maintain chain of custody of evidence.
  • Make sound, independent decisions in emergency situations.
  • Operate the equipment and vehicles of the department in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.
  • Effectively represent the department and City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, and regulatory organizations, and in meetings with individuals
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, legal, and procedural guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, diverse abilities, gender, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation of City staff and community served.


Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to completion of the twelfth (12th) grade.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of an appropriate valid driver’s license to be maintained throughout employment.
  • Possession of a Basic Certificate issued by the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).
  • Possession and maintenance of firearms qualification.

Must possess mobility to work primarily in a patrol and field environment and to maintain P.O.S.T. physical standards, including mobility, physical strength, and stamina to respond to emergency situations and apprehend suspects; vision to operate vehicles in all conditions, frequently at a high rate of speed, to maintain firearms qualification and to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone or radio.

The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking or running or standing on uneven terrain and climbing and descending structures to access crime scenes and to identify problems or hazards; vision and manual dexterity to operate an emergency response vehicle at high rates of speed in emergency situations. Finger and manual dexterity is needed to operate police services equipment and firearms, and to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard. Positions in this classification frequently bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work. Employees must possess the ability to apprehend, lift, carry, push, and pull victims, suspects and equipment as determined within Newman Police Department physical standards, which may include the use of proper equipment.

Employees work in a field environment with exposure to criminal offenders, mentally ill individuals, and persons potentially infected with communicable diseases; and outdoor conditions with exposure to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, moving vehicles, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Duties are also performed in an office or station environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Employees in this classification are subject to on-call, which may include rotating-duty schedule, weekends, and 24-hour emergency call out with little or no notice.


For additional information, please click below for the application packet which includes the full job description.

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