Police Officer - Lateral Entry
This is a lateral entry opportunity; applicant must be a
previous or current sworn peace officer with a California law
enforcement agency. Please refer to the qualification guidelines
below for additional details. This recruitment may close without
Are you interested in making a positive impact to a community?
By choosing to work for the City of Ontario, you are committing to
an honorable profession in public service in which you can make a
positive contribution to the City's residents, business owners,
workers, and visitors. When you come to work each day, you are
doing something important and meaningful for the community.Ontario
is an economic leader in the Inland Empire, making it an excellent
choice for a law enforcement career. We offer the opportunities and
resources of a large department with the teamwork of a small one.
Police Officers protect life and property through the enforcement
of laws/ordinances and the provision of non-criminal services.
Police Officers patrol an assigned beat to identify circumstances
that indicate a threat to life or property and to take action to
mitigate such threats.
The Ontario Police Department
The mission of the Ontario Police Department is to protect life
and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality
of life in our community. We do this by providing superior police
services while fostering successful community partnerships.
Pride: Realizing law enforcement to be among the most-noble
professions in the world and deriving personal and professional
satisfaction from the effective performance of our duties.
Professionalism:It is not the job we do, it is how we do the
job. Be engaging, considerate, and resourceful in actions, image,
Integrity: It takes less effort to do right than it does to
explain why we did wrong. The reputation of a hundred years can be
undermined by the conduct of one.
Teamwork: Fulfilling relationships that instill pride, passion,
and commitment through communication and performance. Learn from
the past and embrace the future through empowerment, respect, and
cooperation while seeking excellence.
The City of Ontario
The City of Ontario is a dynamic leading community in the Inland
Empire with a variety of full-time and part-time employment and
volunteer opportunities. Ontario enjoys the reputation of being a
progressive City which provides solid leadership to its citizens
and to the business community. The City provides a full range of
services to the community including; Police, Fire, Administrative
Services, Community Life & Culture, Development, Economic
Development, Housing & Neighborhood Preservation, Public Works, and
the Ontario Municipal Utilities Company. The City's team is staffed
with approximately 1,200 full-time and 200 part-time diverse and
talented employees who work to support a common goal of providing
excellent service to the community.
We invite you to learn more about the City of Ontario by
reviewing the City'swebsite. A few useful links are also listed
Approach to Public Service (Core values for City of Ontario
OntarioCityEmployees.org (Information about City of Ontario
employee benefit plans)
The Ontario Plan (The City's Comprehensive Business Plan for
Development) Examples of Essential Functions
Help make a difference to the community by becoming a
contributing member of Ontario's progressive Police Department. By
choosingto continueyour law enforcementcareer with the Ontario
Police Department, you will be rewarded with a dynamic and
supportive environment in which to pursue your professional and
Why Ontario? Ontario's Police Department is at the forefront of
law enforcement, including: a dynamic, proactive approach to law
enforcement; community-based policing; SWAT unit; helicopter
support; canine program; traffic/motorcycle program; forensics
unit; and gang suppression unit.
Equivalent to a high school diploma or recognized equivalent and
the completion of a California Commission on Peace Officer
Standards and Training (POST) certified Basic Training Academy.
Peace Officer Background Investigation
Candidates must demonstrate the abilitytosuccessfully complete a
Peace Officer Background Investigation conducted by the Ontario
Employment as a sworn peace officer as defined by California
Penal Code sections 830.1(a) and 830.2(a) by a California law
enforcement agency within the previous twelve months at time of
Previous employment as a sworn peace officer as defined by
California Penal Code sections 830.1(a) and 830.2(a)by a California
law enforcement agency and possession of a currently valid
California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training
(POST) Basic Certificate.
Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and an
acceptable driving record at the time of appointment. Weight in
proportion to height as determined by examining physician.
Uncorrected vision of at least 20/80 each eye, corrected to 20/20
with glasses or contact lenses and normal color vision.
In accordance with Government Code Section 1031 and 1031.5, to
be appointed as a peace officer in California, you must be a
citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is
eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Citizenship status
must be conferred within three years of applying for
Some college level coursework in criminal justice administration
or a related field. Knowledge of modern police practices and
methods; current laws and ordinances, particularly those of arrest,
search, and seizure, and the geography of the City of Ontario.
Background Check Process
All appointments are subject to a satisfactory background
investigation, which will include the passing of a polygraph test,
and the successful completion of a post-offer psychological and
medical exam (including drug screen), and a 12-month probationary
period. Candidates may be disqualified from further consideration
during the background investigation for a variety of reasons
including if they have: an excessive number of traffic citations
and/or collisions; arrests and/or convictions; a history of illegal
substance abuse; poor credit history (factors include bankruptcy,
foreclosures, liens, repossessions, and recency); or thefts from a
previous employer. For clarification of any of the above
disqualifying reasons, please call Police Department Background
Unit at (909) 408-1820.
How to Apply
Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" link at the top of this
announcement. If this is the first time applying for a position
usinggovernmentjobs.comyou will be prompted to create a new user
account, otherwise log in with your user name and password. Your
application and responses to any supplemental questions will be
used to evaluate your qualifications for this position.It is
suggested that your application include the following:
* List any relevant experience and education that demonstrates
that you qualify for the position. * List all periods of employment
for at least the past 10 years, beginning with your most recent or
present employer (including if applicable, all employment with the
City of Ontario). * Separately list each position held, including
different positions with the same employer.
A resume may be attached to your applicationbut will not
substitute for theproper completion of your application.
Applications that are not properly completedmay berejected.
NOTE:Transcripts from colleges, universities or technical
schoolsoutside of the United States must be assessed for U.S.
equivalency by aNACESeducational credential evaluation service.
Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report
will result in your application being rejected and you will not be
able to continue in the selection process for this position.
To complete your application for this position you will be
prompted to respond to supplemental questions. This information
will be used as part of the application screening and selection
process and is designed to help you presentyour qualifications for
this position.This may include a selection step in which your
application and supplemental questions are reviewed and scored by a
panel of raters familiar with this position.
Incomplete responses, false statements, omission, or partial
information may result in disqualification from the selection
process. Your responses should be consistent with the information
provided on your application.
Please provide succinct, concise, descriptive, and detailed
information for each question. If you have no experience, write "no
experience" for the appropriate question.
Email is the primary way that the Human Resources or Hiring
Department will communicate with you. Please check your email
account (including the SPAM folder) on a regular basis for any
emails related to the application or selection process. Emails from
the city of Ontario will come from "@ontarioca.gov" or
"governmentjobs.com." If you change your email address after
submitting your application, please visit governmentjobs.com and
update your profile.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any additional questions regarding the application
process, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.