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Police Officer Jobs Information

Thank you for your interest in the Petaluma Police Department’s Police Officer Position.

As you consider a career in law enforcement, you have the opportunity to work in one of the finest police organizations in the North Bay.  Not only do the law enforcement agencies in this region have an exceptional reputation, but the community is superb for living and raising a family.  The City of Petaluma is situated in a region of spectacular attractions.  From the world famous Redwoods to the north, dramatic coastline to the west, internationally acclaimed wineries to the east and the Golden Gate Bridge to the south, the City of Petaluma is a bustling, vibrant community that is at the center of it all.  With over 60,000 people who call it home, the City of Petaluma enjoys big city amenities, outstanding schools and services as well as a picturesque small town charm.

The Petaluma Police Department accepts job applications from applicants with all levels of experience; Laterals (applicant’s currently or previously employed as a police officer); Entry (Academy graduates or those currently enrolled in an academy); Trainee (applicant’s who have never entered or passed a police academy). 

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply on-line via CalOpps. (See link below)  If however an active recruitment for Police Officer is not listed please go to the top of the screen and click on “Create a Personal Profile” and complete all required information as indicated.  You will be notified by email once a new recruitment is opened. 

Click here to apply for a position on-line via CalOpps.

Basic Peace Officer Qualifications per California Government Code Sections 1031 and 1031.5:
California Government Code Section 1031 and 1031.5 list the minimum requirements and qualifications to be a peace officer in the State of California.  For a detailed list of those requirements please log on to www.leginfo.ca.gov.

Trainee Level Candidates:     If you have not attended a police academy and are interested in pursuing a career as a Petaluma Police Officer, you will be required to complete the P.O.S.T. written exam.  The Petaluma Police Department requires a minimum “T-Score” of 42.0 or higher.  This test is offered by most Police Academies/Training Centers. The test scores will be sent to you in writing from the testing location. The completion of this written examination determines reading, observation, memory, reasoning and analytical abilities.  The “T-Score” is the result of this exam.  “T-Scores” received from tests taken at other agencies within the last year that meet the minimum requirement will be accepted.  A photocopy of the test results will be required at the time an application is submitted.   For a list of California Police Academies in your area please log on to www.post.ca.gov/training/academies.asp.

Additionally a detailed job description and list of qualifications may be obtained by accessing the City of Petaluma’s web page at www.cityofpetaluma.net.  Click on the following links: City Departments – City Manager – Human Resources to Job Descriptions.  If you have any additional questions regarding the recruitment or hiring process please contact Sgt. Marlin Christensen at (707) 778-4368, email address mchristensen@ci.petaluma.ca.us.

 

Public Safety Dispatcher Jobs Information

Thank you for your interest in the Petaluma Police Department’s Public Safety Dispatcher Position.


The Police Department Communications Center is staffed by Public Safety Dispatchers.  The communications center dispatchers are responsible for receiving calls for assistance from the public and sending an appropriate police, fire or medical response.  Dispatchers answer 9-1-1 emergency calls and general business phone calls for the Police Department after normal business hours.  The communications center is staffed around the clock with dispatchers normally assigned to 4 ten hour shifts a week with overtime available.  Two to four dispatchers are on duty at any given time.  The communication center staff uses a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system that is part of a countywide system used by numerous public safety agencies.

The communication dispatcher position requires integrity, calmness, the ability to make appropriate decisions quickly, the ability to multi-task and the ability to work long hours in a closed environment.

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply on-line via CalOpps. (See link below)  If however an active recruitment for Public Safety Dispatcher is not listed please go to the top of the screen and click on “Create a Personal Profile” and complete all required information as indicated.  You will be notified by email once a new recruitment is opened. 

Click hereto apply for a position on-line via CalOpps.

All entry level candidates are required to complete the P.O.S.T. Dispatcher written exam.  The Petaluma Police Department requires a minimum “T-Score” of 50.0 or higher.  The P.O.S.T. Dispatcher test examines the candidate’s ability to perform relevant tasks.  “T-Scores” received from tests taken at other agencies within the last year that meet the minimum requirement will be accepted.  A photocopy of the test results will be required at the time an application is submitted.  The City will periodically offer the P.O.S.T. written exam for those who have not taken it previously or who may want to increase their score.  Those with applications on file will be notified when the written test is scheduled.

All applicants must supply proof of having completed a typing test with a minimum score of 38 net words per minute.  A photocopy of the typing certificate will be required at the time an application is submitted.  On-line internet typing tests are not accepted.  Typing tests are accepted from employment agencies or educational institutions.

A detailed job description and list of qualifications may be obtained by accessing the City of Petaluma’s web page at www.cityofpetaluma.net.  Click on the following links: City Departments – City Manager – Human Resources to Job Descriptions.  If you have any additional questions regarding the recruitment or hiring process please contact Mark Hunter at (707) 778-4337, email address mhunter@ci.petaluma.ca.us.

 

Police Officer of the Year
Police Officer of the Year

Sponsored by VFW Post #1929 Petaluma, CA

Link to Veterans of Foreign Wars web site

Police Chief, Patrick Williams
969 Petaluma Blvd. North
Petaluma, CA 94952
phone:707.778.4370
fax:707.778.4502
email: police@ci.petaluma.ca.us
Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Monday - Thursday
Emergencies 24/7

The list below represents the Petaluma Police Officer of the Year within the ranks of the Petaluma Police Department. In order to become our Officer of the Year an officer must be nominated by their peers and selected by committee. These Officers represent the highest level of ethics, professionalism and law enforcement abilities.

The recipients are sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post #1929:

  • Bill Baseman 2012
  • Brian Miller 2010
  • Paul Gilman 2011
  • 2009 Walt Spiller
  • 2008 Robert Barnes
  • 2007 Mike Pierre
  • 2006 Jason Lecheiter
  • 2005 John Antonio
  • 2004 Bert Walker
  • 2003 Matt Thomas
  • 2002 Marty Frye/Rick Cox
  • 2001 Tom Lavezzoli
  • 2000 Dennis Nowicki
  • 1999 Ed Esponda
  • 1998 Ken Savano
  • 1997 Joe Edwards
  • 1996 Paul Accornero
  • 1995 Mark Hunter
  • 1994 John Turner
  • 1993 Mike Kerns
  • 1992 Tim Lyons
  • 1991 Larry Pelton
  • 1990 Matt Stapleton
  • 1989 Andrew Mazzanti
  • 1988 Joe Edwards
  • 1987 Dave Kahl

 

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Non-Emergency: 707.778.4372
Fax: 707.778.4476

Patrick Williams, Chief of Police
969 Petaluma Blvd. North
Petaluma, CA 94952

 

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