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Police Officer/Lateral Entry

Company: City of Ontario
Location: ontario
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The Position

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 prior notice.

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, and conduct.

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 below:

Approach to Public Service (Core values for City of Ontario employees)

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 personal achievements.

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.

Qualification Guidelines


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 Police Department.


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 application; OR

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.

Other Requirements

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 citizenship.


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.

Supplemental Information

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.

Supplemental Questions

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 Notices

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.

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