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PatrolThe Patrol Detail consists of the Officers in the field handling calls for service. These functions consist of receiving calls for service from our dispatch center as well as proactively patrolling the community to suppress crime. Patrol Officers are the first responders to any emergency within the community.

The Patrol Detail also participates in several grant-funded operations that focus on traffic safety and DUI enforcement. The PVEPD is a participant of the South Bay Regional DUI Task Force, which assembles on a monthly basis and during various holiday seasons to target DUI drivers.

Police Officer job details are as follows:


The Police Officer, working under the direction of the Chief of Police and/or a Police Sergeant or Commander; enforces laws and ordinances to prevent crime, protect life and property, and maintain peace and order.


The Police Officer enforces City, County, State, and Federal laws-, patrols the City area in a patrol car and on foot; answers calls for the protection of life and property; conducts preliminary follow-up investigations of crimes and crime scenes, accidents, and deaths; gathers, preserves, and analyzes facts and evidence; directs traffic; enforces the laws through use of verbal warnings, the issuance of citations, and arrest; interviews witnesses, victims, and suspects; testifies in court; serves warrants and subpoenas; prepares reports; investigates suspicious persons and circumstances- gives information and direction to the public; responds to police and fire scenes or other emergencies to assist in the protection of life and property; handles radio, dispatch, and other similar duties; performs some animal control duties; may undertake such special duties such as K-9 Officer; trains newly hired officers; does related work as needed.

Experience and Education:

Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent; two years of college course work preferable. Must have a valid California Class "C" driver's license.


Must have basic knowledge of computer keyboard and posses good verbal and written English skills; understand and interpret laws, rules and other written materials; judge situations and people accurately; think and act quickly in emergencies; operate standard radio system; employ principles and practices of law enforcement work, including patrol, investigations, custody, and identification; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.

Physical Requirements:

Moderate to arduous - may be required to perform skills which demand strength and control. Must be able to pass physical agility testing without any accommodation.