Police Officer - Lateral and Pre-Service (signing bonus of up to $40,000)

$78,336 - $117,890 yearly
  • City of Hermosa Beach
  • Hermosa Beach, CA, USA
  • Feb 12, 2020
Full time Entry Level Legal Other

Job Description

About the City

Home to nearly 20,000 residents, Hermosa Beach is within a short commute of many of the largest and best-known names in corporate America in the aerospace, tech, industrial, service and financial fields. The Hermosa Beach City School District, consistently recognized as a California Distinguished School, offers a high-quality education to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, while high schoolers attend Mira Costa or Redondo Union High Schools. The City of Hermosa Beach operates under the Council-Manager form of government with five council members elected at large, with each serving a rotation as Mayor. The City Council is responsible for appointing a City Manager to direct the day-to-day operations of the City, which includes Community Development, Community Resources, Finance, Human Resources, Police, and Public Works Departments. The City has a budget of $67 million and authorization for 134 full time staff members. Hermosa Beach is a full service City, with its own Police Department.

About the Department

The Hermosa Beach Police Department is a full-service organization committed to high quality service to the residents of Hermosa Beach. Each member of the organization is critical to the fulfillment of the law enforcement mission. The Police Department consists of 36 sworn officers and 24 civilian personnel. In addition to the Patrol Bureau, there are the specialized units of Detectives, Motors, Backgrounds and Training. Selection to specialized assignments is based upon a staff member’s knowledge, interest, and ability. The Department offers the 3/12 work schedule for patrol officers and the 4/10 schedule for many of the specialized assignments. The Department is very active in providing advanced officer training to encourage career development. The City sponsors a number of special events throughout the year providing many opportunities for extra detail assignments. The Department enjoys a very good relationship with and the confidence of the residential and business community due to quick response times and efforts to solve problems. The Department is looking for outstanding, service-oriented candidates who are passionate about making a difference in the community to join the team as Police Officers.

Examples of Duties

Under direction, a Police Officer patrols an assigned area and is responsible for the preservation of peace and the prevention of crime by observing and investigating circumstances that are potential threats to the public safety. Some of the typical duties are: responds to traffic accidents; handles complaints; makes arrests; conducts preliminary investigations; issues citations; prepares evidence and testifies in court; and performs related duties as assigned.


  • Lateral Entry: Possession of a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate*. Must be currently employed by a law enforcement agency. 
  • Pre-Service: Graduation from a P.O.S.T. Certified Police Academy*.

*A photocopy of the certificate must be attached to the Application for Employment.

Compensation and Benefits

The following salary and benefits are offered for this position:

  • Salary Range: $78,336 to a maximum of $117,890 annually.
  • Uniform Allowance: $772 per year
  • Insurance: While in the capacity of a Police Officer Recruit, the City provides medical insurance for the staff member only. Upon appointment as a Police Officer, the City pays up to $1,931.04 per month toward medical insurance. The City pays up to $226.30 toward the cost of dental insurance coverage for the staff member and eligible dependents. The City offers a vision insurance plan but does not contribute to the monthly cost.
  • Term Life Insurance: The City also provides a life insurance policy in the amount of $60,000. Other benefits include: Educational incentive, uniform allowance, and specialty assignment premiums.
  • Other benefits include: Educational incentives, uniform allowance, and specialty assignment premiums.
  • Retirement: California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) retirement formula is based on appointment date and membership status with CalPERS. The City does not participate in Social Security but does participate in Medicare, which requires a 1.45% contribution by both the staff member and the City.
  • Leave: After appointment to the position of Police Officer, 176 hours per year of Sick Leave; 96 hours of Vacation per year, increasing with longevity. In lieu of holidays, Officers assigned to Patrol receive 112 hours of "Holiday Comp. Time" annually.
  • Longevity pay: An additional 5% compensation above base monthly salary upon commencement of the 5th year; 10th year; 15th year; and 20th year up to a total 20% compensation.
  • Probationary period: A probationary period of one year (12 months) must be satisfactorily completed prior to permanent appointment. The probationary period may be extended an additional 6 months at the discretion of the Police Chief.

To Be Considered

Applicants must complete a City Application form which may be obtained at the City of Hermosa Beach Personnel Department, 1315 Valley Drive, Room 203, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 or online at www.hermosabeach.gov/jobs. City Hall hours are Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Applications may be hand delivered, mailed via U.S. mail or emailed to HR@hermosabeach.gov.