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If you are interested in any of the following positions, please click on the appropriate link below for the position information and the supplemental application information. A City application is required for all open positions. A complete application (City application, record waiver and supplemental (if required)) must be submitted to the Human Resources Department. IMPORTANT: Facsimiles and final filing date postmarks will not be accepted.

If you are interested in a position that is not currently open, you can submit a Job Interest Card. The Job Interest Card will be kept on file with the Human Resources Office for a year. If the particular position is open for recruitment the applicant will be notified.

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Police Officer Lateral or Academy Graduate, Job No. 16-018

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$7,376 - $8,966 per month
  • Posted Date:10/18/2016 9:21 AM

The City of Manhattan Beach is now accepting applications for the positions of Police Officer Lateral and Academy Graduate in the Police Department.

Police Officer (Lateral) is a journey level specification. Work normally consists of routine police duties performed according to department rules and regulations. Incumbents receive instructions and exercise discretion under general supervision. Positions at this level are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from Police Officer (Academy Graduate), or when filled from the outside, require current employment as peace officer as specified in California State Penal Code Section 830.01, or Section 830.2 (a)-(d). Appointment to Police Officer requires that the employee perform the full range of duties and meet the qualification standards for the specification.

Police Officer (Academy Graduate) is an apprentice level specification in which incumbents have graduated from a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Certified Basic Academy training program, but have not received a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate with a comparable agency. Incumbents perform under direct supervision and generally do not perform police officer duties independently until the successful completion of field training.

Education: High School Diploma, G.E.D. or California H.S. Proficiency Exam. Graduation from an accredited California law enforcement academy. The completion of college level course work is desirable.

Police Lateral: Currently employed in good standing with a California law enforcement agency as specified in the State of California Penal Code, Section 830.1 or Section 830.2 (a)-(d).

Certificate: Possess a valid Basic P.O.S.T. certificate. (Must be submitted at time of application)

Applications will be reviewed and a select group of candidates whose background and experience best meet our requirements will be invited to the selection process. Final appointment is contingent upon satisfactory of a Chief's interview, psychological evaluation, a polygraph examination, an extensive background investigation, and a pre-employment medical examination.

A city employment application, pre-employment questionnaire, criminal conviction form, and P.O.S.T. Basic Training Certificate will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most  qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the process. Applications are accepted by mail, online submission (link below), or in-person in the Human Resources Department, City Hall, 1400 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.  Facsimiles, electronic mail, and photocopies are not accepted.

To  apply online, click HERE

City Employment Application (PDF)

Job Announcement  (PDF)

Supplemental Questionnaire (PDF)

Criminal Conviction Form (PDF)

The Selection Process may consist of the following components and exam weights:
Physical Agility Test (Pass/Fail) and Oral Interview (100%)

Candidates must successfully pass each step of the recruitment and selection process to be placed on the eligibility list. Candidates will be placed on the eligibility list for a period of six (6) months.

You may submit completed City employment application forms and all required materials by mail or in person at City Hall, Human Resources Department, 1400 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. 

If you need special assistance in the recruitment process please contact the Human Resources Technician at (310) 802-5258.


The City of Manhattan Beach does not discriminate. NOTE: A drug test may be administered as part of the pre-employment medical exam.
The provisions of this brochure do not constitute a contract, express or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.





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