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City of Torrance
Class Code: 7311

Class Designation: Civil Service

March 1980
(Revised)

Representation Unit: Torrance Police Officers Association 

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Police Officer

Definition

Under supervision, to enforce laws and ordinances; to investigate and detect crimes; to apprehend criminals; and to do related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from Police Sergeant in that an incumbent is not responsible for the supervision of other police officers. Distinguished from Services Officer in that incumbents in the Police officer class are sworn personnel.
Lateral-entry Officer is distinguished from entry-level Officer in that an entry-level Officer is not required to have: Twelve months of peace officer experience; possession of a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate; and graduated from an approved training academy.

Examples Of Duties

  • Enforces laws and ordinances;
  • Investigates and detects crimes;
  • Patrols assigned areas;
  • Answers calls for protection of life and property and the enforcement of City, County and State laws;
  • Conducts preliminary investigations of robberies, burglaries, thefts, holdups, accidents, deaths and similar incidents;
  • Directs traffic, stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of law, warns drivers against unlawful practices and issues citations and warnings and makes arrests as the situation requires;
  • Testifies in court in connection with prosecutions;
  • Serves warrants and subpoenas;
  • Prepares reports of arrests made, investigations conducted and illegal incidents observed;
  • Gives information and directions to the public;
  • Searches prisoners;
  • Supervises trustees in cleaning and maintaining stations;
  • Operates telephonic and radio transmitting and receiving equipment;
  • Completes complaint forms when arrests are made;
  • Takes pictures and measurements of physical factors at scenes of crimes and accidents;
  • Conducts special surveys and investigations;
  • Serves as a juvenile officer and counselor;
  • Drives automobiles, motorcycles and similar equipment in the performance of duties.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • The laws of arrest and the legal rights of citizens;
  • State and City traffic laws.
  • Ability to
  • Use and maintain firearms;
  • Use accurate powers of observation and memory for names, faces, numbers, incidents and places;
  • Analyze situations quickly and accurately, and to determine proper course of action;
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions;
  • Write clear and comprehensive reports;
  • Cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and with respect for the rights of others.
  • License/Certificate Required

    All incumbents must possess a valid California Motor Vehicle Class 3 Operator's License. In addition, all lateral-entry incumbents must possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate.

    Experience

    Entry-level, none required. Lateral-entry, twelve months of continuous employment as a Peace Officer within the State of California.

    Education
    All incumbents must be high school graduates. In addition, lateral entry incumbents must be graduates from an academy approved by the Torrance Police Department.