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The Claremont Police Department is recruiting:

Lateral Police Officers
Pre-Service Police Officers
Reserve Police Officers
For more information contact Sergeant Jon Traber at (909) 399-5409.

Claremont's Police Department preserves the peace, protects life and property, prevents and detects crimes, and enforces laws and ordinances while maintaining a public service approach toward the community. To help accomplish these objectives, the department employs highly energetic, motivated self-starters whose work ethic and moral standards are of the highest caliber as police officers.

Claremont is a charming, historic community of 34,000 people located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles on the slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains. Founded in 1887, the City has long been recognized for its New England college town atmosphere, picturesque tree-lined streets, and rich cultural heritage. The Village, a vibrant small-town commercial district, is the location of City Hall.

As an organization, the City of Claremont is a leader in innovative community programs. It is action-oriented, with work program objectives incorporated into the budget process. There is an emphasis on participative management and a focus on delivering quality public services.

The City also takes pride in the quality of its employee programs, which results in a high level of satisfaction among City employees.
Claremont residents are an integral part of the City's decision making process and are actively involved in all aspects of community life, which helps make Claremont a better place to live and to work.

The City of Claremont is committed to recruiting and retaining a highly qualified and diversified work force.

It is the City's goal that people of all nationalities, ethnicities, religions, ages, gender, and sexual orientation have access to employment opportunities with the City of Claremont.

The Claremont Police Department consists of 40 sworn police officers and 21 non-sworn positions, with a variety of volunteer programs, such as Reserve Police Officers, Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, Explorer Scouts, and the Traumatic Intervention Program.

Recently, the City formed a Police Commission. The commission serves in an advisory capacity working with staff and providing insight to community expectations.

Typical duties of a police officer include responding to calls concerning traffic accidents, crimes, and other emergencies. He/she patrols the City, by vehicle or on foot, prepares various reports for the department, prepares cases for prosecutions, and may also have to appear as a court witness. Typically, 35% of patrol time is free for pro-active patrol.

The department provides multiple opportunities for special assignments such as: motorcycle patrol, bicycle patrol, DARE officer, School Resource Officer, background/training officer, detective bureau, and regional drug task force (LA IMPACT.

Patrol staff works on a 3-day/12-hour schedule and the Detective Bureau works on a 4-day/10-hour schedule.

Persons serving, as police officers must be at least 21 years of age, have graduated from high school (or have a GED certificate), and possess a valid California Class C driver's license. Hearing will be good and without defect; weight will be in proportion to height. Uncorrected eyesight should be 20/100 or better in one eye and at least 20/40 in the other eye, correctable to 20/20 in both eyes, and free of any significant color vision anomaly.

Also required are excellent written and verbal communication skills along with the ability to take and follow directions and to analyze situations and make prompt, concise decisions. Finally, the ability to meet and work with the public in a professional manner is a must.

As of January 1, 2004the salary range for Police Officer is $4,343 - $5,246 per month (Police Recruits receive $2,885 per month). Additionally, the City pays the employees' contribution to the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) for membership in PERS 3% at 50 retirement plan. The City also provides an excellent benefit package, including: 96 hours vacation in the first year, 120 hours from the second to fourteenth year, and 160 hours per year thereafter with an 80-hour vacation bonus in the tenth year of employment and again every 5 years thereafter; $878 per month for medical, dental, vision, and other City benefits, or deferred compensation; Section 125 Flexible Benefit Plan; 72 holiday hours and 16 floating holiday hours per year; $375 per year physical fitness bonus ($400 effective 7/1/2004); up to $1,500 per year for reimbursement of qualified educational costs; and eligibility for a Pay for Performance Program of up to 5% of base pay annually.

Qualified applicants for police officer are invited to take a physical agility test. Candidates who pass the agility exam are invited to a written exam (the written exam is waived for applicants currently working as an officer in another agency). Candidates who are most successful in passing the written exam will be invited to an oral interview. Those receiving a score of 70% and above on the interview will be placed on an eligibility list.

An extensive background investigation is made of candidates being considered as a police officer, covering prior employment, personal references, financial history, driving record, criminal history, controlled substance use/abuse, and personal character. Successful completion of a medical examination, drug screen test, and psychological evaluation conducted by City-designated doctors, and a polygraph exam is required prior to appointment/hiring as a Police Officer.
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