Law Enforcement

Introduction to Law Enforcement

Motorcycle police Opportunities in law enforcement exist at both the state and federal levels. Training and qualification requirements vary by agency and position.

Sworn vs. non-sworn

Those who are considered "sworn" are typically those who have been through an academy, are carrying a badge and ID that identifies them as sworn peace officers, and are usually armed. Non-sworn personnel are generally support personnel. Every agency has a high demand for support personnel.

Sworn officers

At the state law enforcement level, sworn officers include police, sheriffs, and highway patrol. There are also some code enforcement officers and even reserve officers who have a degree of authority based on their position and the penal code.

Police departments vs. sheriff's offices

California's law enforcement contingent is largely composed of medium and small local police and county sheriff's departments. The Police departments are generally called Municipal or "City" Police and the state's 58 counties all have Sheriff's Offices, or Departments. Cities select their Chiefs through a selection process and usually work under the City Council or City Manger. Sheriffs are elected and serve as long as they are re-elected. The actual officers themselves in Sheriff's departments are referred to as Sheriff's "Deputies." Both groups are essentially selected, hired and trained the same in order to become a peace officer in California.


Information on California law enforcement training can be found at The California Commission on Peace Officer's Standards and Training, (P.O.S.T.), is the governing body that establishes the training requirements for California police and sheriffs. We have also compiled the information from Post.Ca.Gov on to our site, click here to view training courses.

Additional qualifications

Becoming a police officer today is perhaps one of the most trying experiences one can have. The initial application seems simple enough, but by the time the candidate has gone through a written test, a physical agility test, an oral interview or two, a "background" check of nearly every facet of his or her life - including "neighborhood" checks, your former friends, roommates, schoolmates, teachers, bosses, co-workers, your credit history, your driving record, your drug or alcohol usage, a thorough medical and psychological exam, and a polygraph test - you then go through an exhausting physical and mental challenge known as the Police Academy! After that, you go through a tough training program on the job, known as "Field Training."

If you pass all that, you are still on "probation," for at least a year and in some places, up to two years! In the "old" days, it wasn't unusual for someone to be hired, given a gun and a badge and to be told, "OK, you're hired. Start tonight at midnight!" Obviously, agencies want to select the person who is going to be not only a good "candidate," but also a good officer!

Any position in law enforcement requires candidates to pass a review of their personal history. Here's an example for a California Police Department's selection process:

    Personal History Criteria: As part of the selection process, applicants who are invited to start the background portion will be asked to complete a Personal History Form, which can be located at In addition, a polygraph examination will be utilized to further examine a candidate's background and personal history. Any one or a combination of any of the following situations may disqualify an applicant from further consideration from a position with the Police Department.

The Hiring Process

The law enforcement hiring process is a combination of factors designed to see if you are ready and able to compete not only for the job, but to perform satisfactorily as a peace officer.

Download: The Hiring Process from A-Z (Microsoft Word document)

Download: The Interview Process (Microsoft Word document)

Download: Sample Police Recruit Job Listing from the City of Ontario, California (Adobe PDF document)

Specialized Assignments

If you're interested in a specialized assignment such as SWAT, Canine Handler, Motor Officer, Bomb Squad and others, you generally have to serve a specific amount of time in a patrol assignment first.

For example, the San Diego Police Department requires officers to work three to four years in patrol before applying for specialized assignments.

Job Descriptions

The following job descriptions have been culled from various law enforcement agencies in California to give you an idea of what is required for various jobs.

Explorer Program - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The Explorer Program offers opportunities in character building, good citizenship, and fitness for young men and women ages 14 through 21. CBP has Law Enforcement Explorer Posts both at ports of entry and at Border Patrol sectors, which provide Explorers with practical training and hands-on experience in Federal law enforcement-related activities.

For information about the Explorer Program please contact:

Robert Clement
National CBP Law Enforcement Explorer Program Coordinator
Phone: (718) 487-5135
Fax: (718) 487-2689
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Deputy Sheriff
Deputy Sheriffs may be assigned to work in correctional facilities, court functions, or field positions on patrol. Deputy Sheriffs may be assigned to work any shift, and any day of the week, including weekends and holidays. As a Deputy Sheriff, assignments may also include a 4/10 compressed work schedule.

To be eligible for a Deputy Sheriff Trainee position you must:
  • - Be at least 20 years and 9 months old at the start of the academy
  • - Possess a valid California Driver's License
  • - Have either graduated from high school, possess a Certificate of Proficiency issued by the California State Board of Education, or have attained a satisfactory score on a G.E.D. test
  • - Have U.S. Citizenship by the time of appointment

Deputy Sheriff's Trainee

Positions in this non-sworn Deputy Sheriff Trainee classification are characterized by participation in a formal law enforcement-training program involving both classroom and practical instruction in subjects such as criminal law, evidence and investigation, patrol and traffic procedures, administration of justice, police/community relations and jail custody and operations. Incumbents must possess the ability to assimilate classroom instructions covering a wide variety of academic and technical subjects as well as physical skill and coordination to become proficient in firearm and weaponless defense techniques. The program is approved by the California Department of Corrections and the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). For further information concerning this examination, please call Personnel Administration, Sworn Examinations Unit at (323) 981-5800, TTY (323) 260-5291 or 24 hr TTY (323) 267-6669.

Works in a Custody or Court Services Environment:

  • - Enforces/ensures compliance with Federal and State laws, local ordinances, and judicial compliance orders as necessary
  • - Guards, transports, and maintains the security and safety of sentenced and pre-sentenced inmates by enforcing detention policies and procedures
  • - Oversees the work of and instructs a group of inmates assigned to various operations, maintenance, or other rehabilitative activities
  • - Operates a computer terminal to obtain criminal history information including warrants, or other holds, and updates classification or housing information as necessary
  • - Secures prisoners and their property and monies as necessary in compliance with departmental policy and procedures including juvenile detention policy and regulations
  • - Performs various law enforcement duties during a local state of emergency
  • - Drives a radio car patrolling areas to detect criminal activity, protect life and property, and preserve the peace:
  • - Enforces federal and state laws, and local ordinances
  • - Pursues suspects on foot or in a vehicle
  • - Subdues resisting suspects utilizing necessary force, including firearms, to maintain law and order and ensure personal and other's safety
  • - Detains, arrests, books, and transports suspects
  • - Collects, preserves, and records evidence
  • - Maintains a log and writes arrest reports
  • - Makes traffic stops, issues warnings, and writes traffic citations
  • - Responds to emergency scenes and calls for service to provide assistance and maintain law and order
  • - Recovers lost or stolen property
  • - Investigates emergent and non-emergent complaints of crimes and conducts follow-up investigations:
    • - Interviews victims, witnesses, suspects, and informants
    • - Takes notes, and writes complaint and investigative reports
    • - Searches for, collects, records, and preserves evidence (including contraband)
    • - Appears in court to testify in legal proceedings
    • - Serves civil and criminal process papers

Shift: Any Shift

Working Conditions May Include:

  • - Working prolonged/irregular shifts
  • - Working day, PM, or early morning shifts
  • - Having split or varied days off
  • - Working at locations anywhere in Los Angeles County
  • - Dealing with people who are hostile, irrational, emotionally distraught, or mentally ill
  • - Dealing with volatile or life threatening situations
  • - Having to make appropriate split-second decisions in emergent, highly stressful situations
  • - Working independently and as a partner or team member with a variety of individuals

Appointees must be willing to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.

Successful candidates must complete a thorough background investigation, including a fingerprint search and a polygraph test. Examples of disqualifying factors discovered during this investigation include: any felony convictions, job related misdemeanor convictions, certain serious traffic convictions, four (4) or more moving violations within the last two years, poor credit history, poor employment history, substance abuse, and anyone on probation.

Police Officer/Cadet
Police Cadets are required to complete the P.O.S.T. Basic Police Academy. P.O.S.T is administered through the Department's Training Division and is paid for by the Department. Cadets receive salary and benefits while attending the Academy.

Upon successful completion of academy training, newly sworn Police Officers enter a Field Training Program where they are trained and evaluated by an experienced Field Training Officer (FTO).

Police Officers patrol designated areas, answer radio dispatches or citizens' requests, conduct investigations, testify in court, provide traffic control and investigate collisions, attend community meetings, evaluate and control violent situations, provide first aid, and drive vehicles under hazardous conditions. Officers may be assigned to any shift. Upon completing two years of service, officers are eligible to test for other Specialized Units.

  • - High school diploma or GED and sixty semester or ninety quarter units from an accredited college or university upon completion of the Police Academy.
  • - Valid California Class C Driver's License required by appointment date.
  • - Those with an invalid license or driving record with four or more negligent operator points will not be considered for appointment. Applicants must be free of felony convictions under California Government Code Section 1029.
  • - Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Must be a United States citizen within 3 years of the date of appointment to Police Cadet/Officer.
  • - Those appointed to Police Officer as a result of this examination must pass an annual physical performance test.

SWAT Officer
The Special Weapons And Tactics Team (SWAT), is a specialized unit within Metropolitan Division. All specialized assignments within LAPD are promotions, which require training, experience, and selection through the promotional process.

The entry-level position for those with the goal of becoming a SWAT officer is Police Officer I, Academy training and field probationary period.

Community Service Officer
Community Service Officer (CSO) assignments are varied and interesting. Some units include Patrol, Training, Gangs, Crime Alert, Warrants, and Vehicle Crimes. CSOs are non-sworn (civilian) positions without powers of arrest and do not carry firearms. CSOs usually handle lower priority calls which do not require an armed police officer with arrest powers. The Community Service Officer class is distinguished from Community Service Officer (Limited-Term) in that the former is a career classification and the latter is a non-career, training-level classification.

Hospital Police Officer
Hospital Police Officers are distinguished from other peace officer classifications by being regularly required to perform law enforcement duties in close proximity to mentally ill patients or infirmed and disabled geriatric patients. Their duties include: maintaining law and order on hospital grounds; patrolling and protecting hospital buildings and grounds; checking for unauthorized movement, breaches of security, unsafe conditions, etc.; investigating crimes such as theft, drug possession and sales, assault, rape, arson, etc.; making arrests; testifying in court; enforcing vehicle speed and parking regulations and issuing citations when necessary. Incumbents also monitor patient and visitor activities on hospital grounds; assist nursing personnel in controlling severely combative patients; carry out standard procedures in cases of unauthorized patient absences; provide crisis intervention services to patients regarding incidents such as fights, assaults on staff members, involvement with drugs and alcohol, sexual misconduct, self-inflicted injuries, etc. They transport patients under security as required, and perform other related duties.

Persons appointed as Peace Officers must meet the following requirements.
  • Age Limitation: The minimum age of appointment is 21 years of age.

  • Driver License Requirement: Possession of a valid driver license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Applicants who do not possess the license will be admitted to the examination but must secure the license prior to appointment.

  • Citizenship Requirement: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031(a), in order to be a peace officer, a person must be either a U.S. Citizen or be a permanent resident alien who has applied for U.S. Citizenship. Any permanent resident alien who is employed as a peace officer shall be disqualified from holding that position if his/her application for citizenship is denied.

  • Felony Disquirement: as peace officer except as provided under Welfare and Institutions Code, Division 2, Chapter 3, Article 8, Section 1179(b), or Division 2.5, Chapter 1, Article 4, Section 1772(b). Except as provided for by these statutes, persons convicted of a felony are not eligible to compete for, or be appointed to, positions in these classes.

  • Employment Background Investigation: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031, prior to appointment, persons successful in peace officer examinations shall be required to undergo a thorough law enforcement level background investigation to include criminal history check, references, and financial stability. Persons unsuccessful in the background investigation cannot be appointed as peace officers.

  • Medical Examination and Psychological Screening Requirement: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031(f), persons successful in peace officer examinations are required to successfully pass a thorough medical and psychological screening prior to appointment date. Persons unsuccessful in the medical and psychological screening cannot be appointed as peace officers.

  • Drug Testing Requirement: Applicants for positions in these classes are required to pass a drug-screening test. (The drug-screening test will be waived for employees who are currently in a designated "sensitive" class for which drug testing is required under State Personnel Board Rule 213.)

Fish and Game Warden Cadet
Fish and Game Warden Cadet is the recruiting and training level for persons interested in a career as a Fish and Game Warden. Cadets, under close supervision, participate in a Department sponsored Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved basic law enforcement academy. When you successfully complete the required academy training lasting approximately 32 weeks, you advance to Fish and Game Warden and become a sworn California Peace Officer. AS A PEACE OFFICER, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY AND USE FIREARMS. As a Warden, you are then required to successfully complete a 10 to 16 week field training program. Participants who fail to successfully complete the academy or the field training program are rejected during probation. Positions are located statewide with the Department of Fish and Game.

Requirements: Possession of a valid driver license of the appropriate class (Class C) issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Applicants who do not possess this license will be admitted to the examination but must secure the license prior to appointment. And

EDUCATION: Equivalent to completion of two years (60 semester units) of college with 18 semester units in the biological sciences, police science or law enforcement, natural resources conservation, ecology or related fields. (Students who have 30 semester units of college, and have 18 semester units completed in the required or related fields, will be admitted to the examination, but must produce evidence of completion of 60 semester units before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)

Animal Control Officer
Under general direction, assists in licensing, impounding, investigating complaints, enforcing animal services regulations, caring for and disposing of animals, and performs other related duties as required.

Examples of Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Responds to complaints concerning animals and takes appropriate action.
  2. Operates a motor vehicle in patrolling an assigned area.
  3. Collects license fees and issues receipts for same.
  4. Explains and enforces pertinent laws relating to animal services and licensing.
  5. Issues violation notices and Court citations.
  6. Transports stray, sick, injured or dead animals to an animal services facility.
  7. Assists in receiving, feeding and caring for or disposing of impounded animals.
  8. Assists in the cleaning and maintenance of the animal services facility, related vehicles and equipment.
  9. Assists the public in claiming or adopting animals.
  10. Investigates animal-bite cases, obtains all necessary information and initiates proper quarantine procedures as required.
  11. Maintains records and files.
  12. Prepares reports.
  13. Testifies in court.
  14. Performs euthanasia.
  15. May use tranquilizing equipment and firearms.
  16. Seeks medical attention for impounded animals.
  17. May make public presentations.
  18. Serves on scheduled on-call status.
  19. May be required to lift and load animals in excess of 50 lbs.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
  • - Knowledge of care and feeding of animals.
  • - Ability to communicate effectively with the public.
  • - Ability to exercise tact and good judgment in performance of duties.
  • - Ability to use discretion regarding enforcement of laws and regulations pertaining to animals.
  • - Ability to communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing.
  • - Ability to deal patiently and effectively with frightened, fractious and injured animals.
  • - Ability to follow orders and work cooperatively with others.
  • - Ability to work rotating shifts, holidays, weekends and on-call.
  • - Ability to deal with emotional issues involving the humane care of animals.
  • - Ability to control, carry and subdue animals.
Experience and Education - Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
    Experience - One year of experience in the handling of or caring for animals.

    Education - Equivalent to completion of 12th grade.

    License/Certificate - Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License by the time of appointment.

    Persons hired must obtain a certificate from the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training covering laws of arrest and safety in firearms as described in Chapter 4.5, Section 832 of the Penal Code within 90 days from the date of employment.
Source: City of Hawyard, California

U.S. Border Patrol Agent
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates interested in preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States; detecting and preventing the smuggling and unlawful entry of undocumented aliens into the United States; and apprehending those people found to be in violation of the immigration laws.

Do you qualify?
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • - be under age 40 unless you are a qualified Veterans' Preference eligible candidate or have previous Federal law enforcement experience
  • - be a U.S. citizen and resident of the U.S.
  • - be fluent in Spanish or be able to learn the Spanish language
  • - possess a valid state driver's license
  • - pass a thorough background investigation, medical examination, fitness test, drug test, and physical fitness test-2
You may be rated unsuitable for a Border Patrol Agent position if your background includes:
  • - past or present arrests
  • - convictions (including misdemeanor domestic violence charges)
  • - dismissals from previous jobs
  • - debts and financial issues
  • - excessive use of alcohol
  • - use of illegal drugs, and/or the sale and distribution of illegal drugs
You may also be subject to a polygraph examination.

What can I expect if I get hired?
New hires must successfully complete a 55-day paid "Basic Academy" training at the "U.S. Border Patrol Academy" in Artesia, N.M. Training includes such topics as immigration and nationality laws, physical training and marksmanship. An additional 40 days will be required, past the 55 day Basic Academy training, for those that need Spanish language instruction. Border Patrol Agents must be willing to work overtime and shift work under arduous conditions, and be proficient in the use of and carry firearms. Border Patrol Agents are subject to random drug testing. They may also be sent on temporary assignments on short notice and on permanent reassignments to any duty location.

FBI Agent
The FBI agent job description includes investigating many forms of criminal activity, such as bribery, cyber crime, drug trafficking, financial and other white-collar crime, kidnapping and organized crime. The FBI agent also investigates airplane hijackings, international espionage and potential terrorist threats, and conduct sensitive national security investigations. The FBI agent is responsible for investigating any interstate criminal activity. FBI agents solve cases involving violations of more than 260 federal statutes.

People interested in becoming an FBI agent must have a Bachelor's degree at a minimum. Many agents have degrees in criminal justice or criminology, political science or business. Some are law school graduates. All agents receive 18 weeks of extensive training after being hired. Applicants should be competitive, physically fit, mentally stable, willing to face dangerous situations, accepting of unpredictability, and be very interested in law enforcement and in protecting people and property.

CIA Collection Management Officer
Collection Management Officers (CMO's) manage the collection, evaluation, protection and dissemination of raw intelligence. They serve as the bridge between the consumers of intelligence--policymakers and Intelligence Community analysts--and the collectors--overseas operations officers who are handling sources of foreign intelligence. As such, the CMO straddles the middle ground between operations and analysis. They are substantive experts in their field and must know how National Clandestine Service operations are conducted and have a solid understanding of international issues and overseas operating environments.

Minimum requirements include a bachelor's or master's degree and an excellent academic record (minimum 3.0 GPA), with a strong interest in international affairs, solid interpersonal skills and the ability to write and brief clearly and accurately. Foreign travel, foreign language proficiency, prior residency abroad, military experience and a background in Central Eurasian, East Asian and Middle Eastern languages and cultures are preferred. A Master's degree and/or other degrees of interest include international business, finance or relations, economics, physical science or nuclear, biological or chemical engineering. The 35-year maximum age requirement could be waived on a case-by-case basis.

Physical Security Specialist
DEFINITION: Under general direction, plans and administers the physical security programs of the Harbor Department.

  • - Develops and updates physical security plans for the Harbor Department;
  • - Coordinates physical security plans with port stakeholders and city, state and federal partners;
  • - Maintains physical security systems.
  • - Participates in risk/vulnerability assessment programs.
  • - Implements physical security improvements for fencing, lighting, roadway barriers, waterway barriers, utilities, security systems, etc.
  • - Analyzes and implements protection strategies for critical infrastructure in the port.
  • - Maintains target folders and critical infrastructure databases for the Port.
  • - Coordinates critical infrastructure protection efforts with federal, state, and local partners.
  • - Conducts training on physical security procedures and operations.
  • - Participates in the Security Division's security technology system planning;
  • - Represents the Port on port-related security and homeland security committees;
  • - Participates in the development of port-wide plans in coordination with the Area Maritime Security Committee;
  • - Performs other duties as required.
  • - Five (5) years of progressive responsibility and expertise in the principles and practices of physical security.
  • - Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • - Education equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in industrial security or closely related field.

Manager of Homeland Security Security
The Position: The Manager of Homeland Security is the lead position responsible for strategizing, planning, coordinating, and managing homeland security programs and projects. The Manager of Homeland Security serves as the Port's designated liaison with local, state, federal and business entities relating to homeland security grants or port security matters.

Examples of Duties:
  • - Serve as the primary coordinator, leader and control point for the Port's Homeland Security programs to reflect Port, local state and federal regulations, mandates, laws and policies.
  • - Pursue appropriate Homeland Security grants and other sources of public or private funds to support the Port's on-going program priorities and strategies.
  • - Plan, organize, control, integrate and evaluate the work of internal staff, consultants, and contractors assigned as program or project staff; develop, implement and monitor project plans and budgets to achieve planned project goals and performance standards.
  • - Partner, collaborate and coordinate with all local and regional stakeholders to ensure integrated, interoperable, cooperative, aligned regional and model approaches are considered and implemented.
  • - Ensure that the Port and Port tenants comply with Port, federal, state or local laws, mandates and regulations involving Homeland Security.
  • - Develop implementation plans for 5-YEAR INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN including integration with port tenants.
  • - Participate on homeland security committees for TWIC, Joint Container Inspection Facility, Operation Safe Commerce, and Area Maritime Security Committee.
  • - Develop and implement a community outreach program.
  • - Maintain abreast of new technologies through vendor presentation and benchmarking other operations; and review and evaluate the introduction of new security/emergency management technologies.
  • - Participate and coordinate all available intelligence efforts.
  • - Act as alternate to Director of Security.
The Organization: The Manager of Homeland Security reports to the Director of Security. The Security Division has approximately 56 full-time equivalent budgeted positions and a budget of $20 million. The Security Division is responsible for security operations and programs, emergency management, and homeland security activities affecting the Port of Long Beach. The Security Division manages the 52-member Harbor Patrol, which consists of non-sworn public safety officers. The Security Division manages over $40 million in federal and state grant funded projects involving port security improvements.

  • - Graduation for an accredited university or college with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in political science, internal relations, homeland security, public or business administration, or a closely related field.
  • - A minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible experience in homeland security in a marine, transportation or logistics security setting OR comparable experience within a law enforcement or security agency in an industrial setting.
  • - A thorough understanding of security concepts, principles and familiarity with current security technologies including intrusion detection and alarm systems, access control systems, CCTV and related communications systems.
  • - Experience in the identification and quantification of security vulnerabilities and the development and implementation of appropriate risk mitigation strategies are required. Federal grant writing and administration experience is a plus.
  • - Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with management (at all levels) and internal clients. Capable of building effective teams with individuals who report to other organizations.
  • - An individual committed to self-development and has a passion for increasing knowledge of current homeland security concepts and tools.
  • - Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong analytical skills, the ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks, superior interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team oriented environment.

Directory of Security Services: Scripps Ranch Institute
Job Summary:

Establish, administer, and direct the daily operation of security programs complying with governmental, customer, and company security requirements. Security programs are designed to provide a safe and secure work environment as well as for the protection of assets. Assets include employees, visitors, invitees, property, and information.

Professional Duties and Responsibilities:
  • - Develop and implement policies and procedures for the protection of assets that are consistent with corporate strategic plans. Policies and procedures apply to physical security, personnel security, and information security programs.
  • - Formulate, coordinate, and implement cost effective and value added security programs.
  • - Provide functional guidance and direction, as required, to management and their staffs in the implementation and administration of the security program.
  • - Establish and maintain a liaison with local, state, and federal law enforcement and emergency service agencies.
  • - Remain current with security-related issues, equipment, and technology through involvement with professional security organizations.
  • - Develop, coordinate, and implement applications of technology and automated techniques to the security program.
  • - Administer and direct actions pertaining to security related issues such as the theft of company and employee property, violations of security policies and procedures, and emergency situations.
  • - Develop and implement a company-wide security awareness and education program.
  • - Coordinate security related issues with the Scripps Clinic as well as other research and industrial organizations in the San Diego area.
  • - Implement Scripps' emergency response plan within the security organization by (a) coordinating the plan with the other designated emergency response functions and (b) providing training to security personnel regarding Security's role.
Administrative Responsibilities:
  • - Develop budgets and forecast staffing needs.
  • - Provide functional guidance and direction to the security department including the uniformed security organization, investigations, physical security, personnel security, and information security.
  • - Coordinate security management issues including hiring, training, performance evaluations, salary reviews, motivational programs, disciplinary actions, and terminations.
Job Specifications:
  • - A minimum of ten years in security management preferably in a biotechnology, research and development, or academic environment. Technical skills should include physical security, personnel security, and information security.
  • - Bachelor's Degree in Security Management, Criminal Justice, or a related field. Graduate degree in business, management, or a related field is preferred.
  • - Membership in the American Society for Industrial Security.
  • Certified Protection Professional designation conferred by the American Society for Industrial Security.
  • - Computer literacy as well as computer security-related knowledge.
  • - Possess the ability to effectively communicate with management at all levels as well as the employee population in general.

Private Security Advisor
Position Description:

Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies with subsidiaries that conduct business across the globe. The company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 59,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products and services; manufactures and sells petrochemical products, generates power and produces geothermal energy; and develops and commercializes the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, California.


The Security Advisor will be responsible for counseling the operating company management and employees on all security aspects and concerns. This position is also responsible for developing threat information and recommending security measures for the protection of Company assets, in addition to other assigned duties.


Key Job Responsibilities for this position may include but are not limited to:
  • - Counsels operating company, in assigned locations, on all security aspects and concerns.
  • - Develops threat information where the Company has operations and recommends security measures for the protection of the Company assets (people, plant, property) based on vulnerability assessments.
  • - Conducts Security Management Reviews.
  • - Conducts Retail Robbery Reviews.
  • - Conducts special investigations.
  • - Secures information on employees, contractors, potential business associates and others who come to the Company's attention.
  • - Maintains and develops working relationships/support with local law enforcement agencies.
  • - Develop security awareness programs for Company personnel and makes security presentations.
  • - Travels globally, as directed by Supervisor, to respond to emergencies or provide support to management or business units.
Required (Basic) Qualifications:
  • - Minimum 10 years experience in law enforcement or related field.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • - BS degree in Criminal Justice or related degree

Security Director

The Director Security is responsible for strategic leadership in the areas of information security, information assurance, industrial security, special programs management, personnel security, investigations, security education, physical security, asset protection and loss prevention. The role spans multiple geographic locations with approximately 180 employees and 160+ contract employees in the US and also has corporate reporting responsibility. The successful candidate will have expertise including Special Compartmented Information (SCI), Special Access Programs, and DOD collateral, blended occupancy, represented and non-represented work forces, shared service arrangements, blending procedures and practices to identify and harness synergy from various security programs to achieve best value. This role is responsible for developing the vision for the overall security program, developing security procedures and plans, protecting and advancing special technology protection, contract and supervise guard services, and leading a security organization with progressive security practices and vision. The leader will work to advance the function, utilizing internal and external benchmarking, organization effectiveness methodologies and requires significant change management/leadership experience.


Plans, develops, and implements security strategies to protect personnel, Company information, property, and government information and property. Ensures compliance with security programs and processes, thereby enabling successful audits and inspections

Oversees the SAP, SCI and industrial security programs at company locations; establishes and maintains education programs to ensure Security and non-Security personnel follow government program requirements

Determines risks associated with facility protection and business operations and develops programs to manage risk in a cost-effective manner

Drive organizational change to up skill Security and ensure the right talent is in place to make the organization more competitive. Responsible for organization effectiveness, change leadership and benchmarking that will lead to the transformation of the function to be reputed as enterprise and/or industry leading. Partners effectively across the enterprise to drive one company solutions and common practices and procedures

As a member of the executive Security Council for the enterprise, actively participates in decision making for the overall strategic direction for Global Security Services

Directs and guides the company leadership team; evaluates and conducts performance reviews and identifies development priorities for the organization. Develops and maintain relationships with the government and military communities


BA or BS required; a technical degree and advanced technical degree, JD, or MBA is preferred, with a minimum of 14 years of related experience

Security Management experience in security functions; strong intelligence community background; Broad experience in all aspects of the security discipline including: physical security, operations security, industrial security, communications security, information security, and information technology security

Proven leadership with organization change & transformation

Experienced with SCI, SAP, NISPOM and ITAR; Demonstrate competency of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) security policies and regulations; Proficient knowledge of the National Industrial Security Program (NISP)

Must have an existing DOD Top Secret Clearance

Ability to develop and implement cost effective proactive security programs with emphasis on compliance with the NISP and internal customer service; Maintain close liaison with government and industry security, law enforcement and intelligence professionals; lead and manage a large group of highly expert professionals; strong SAP and SCI background. Previous FSO experience preferred.

The employer is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status, or any other protected factor.

Police Department Administrative Director (Civilian)

Under general direction, plans, coordinates and directs the administrative and support service programs and policies of the Administrative Division of the Police Department. Performs highly responsible and technical staff assistance; and does related work as required.

Supervision Received and Exercised:

General direction is provided by the Chief of Police.

Responsibilities include direct supervision of sworn and civilian personnel. Assignments may also require indirect supervision of sworn and civilian personnel.

Examples of Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Assist in the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies and priorities.
  2. Develop and implement division goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.
  3. Plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate bureaus in the Administration Division (Information Systems, Records, Jail, Animal Control, Training and Personnel Bureaus).
  4. Prepare and present a variety of comprehensive reports as required.
  5. Periodically review operating procedures and make recommendations for improvements.
  6. Assist the Chief of Police in the overall departmental budget development and administration.
  7. Develop Division Budget.
  8. Respond to the most difficult citizen complains and requests for information.
  9. Coordinate police administrative activities with other City Departments and outside agencies.
  10. Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  11. Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
  • - Knowledge of principles and practices of organization, administration, budget and personnel management.
  • - Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State and Local laws, ordinances and regulations, specifically as they apply to the functions of the Administration Division.
  • - Knowledge of departmental rules and regulations.
  • - Ability to plan, organize and coordinate the work of subordinate personnel.
  • - Ability to analyze complex, related administrative problems.
  • - Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • - Ability to properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
  • - Ability to supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • - Possession of personal characteristics of truthfulness, persuasiveness, tact and patience, leadership qualities, good judgement, and decisiveness.
Experience and Education - Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
    Experience: Six years of currently increasing responsible experience in municipal police support and/or administrative services, including at least three years at a mid-management or supervisory level within a municipal police support service bureau or unit.

    Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in the fields of public or business administration, police science, administration of justice or related field. Possession of a Masters degree in Public or Business Administration is desirable.
Source: City of Hawyard, California

Chief of Police

To plan, direct, supervise and coordinate the law enforcement activities of the City, and to provide highly responsible and technical staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council.

Supervision Received and Exercised:

Administrative direction is provided by the City Manager.

Responsibilities include direct supervision of professional, technical and clerical personnel.

Examples of Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Direct and participate in the development of goals, objectives, policies and priorities.
  2. Plan, direct, and coordinate the activities of Police Department personnel in preserving order, protecting life and property, and in enforcing laws and municipal ordinances.
  3. Formulate departmental rules, procedures, and policies and see that they are carried out.
  4. Research modern police management methods, formulate and enforce rules, procedures and policies for efficient operation of the Department.
  5. Direct the development and implementation of a departmental in-service training program.
  6. Review the evaluations of employee performance and take appropriate disciplinary action where necessary.
  7. Prepare and administer the Department budget.
  8. Coordinate departmental recommendations for the purchase of equipment and supplies; control and account for financial allocations to the Department.
  9. Confer with citizens and City officials on law enforcement problems and assist in the development of innovative municipal law enforcement policies.
  10. Attend county, area, and State police conferences and meetings with other public officials.
  11. Cultivate good community relations by appearing before civic, fraternal and other community groups.
  12. Recommend adoption and assist in preparation of ordinances.
  13. Coordinate law enforcement activities with the activities of other City departments and other law enforcement agencies.
  14. Select, supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  15. Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:
  • - Modern principles, practices, and techniques of police administration, organization, and operation.
  • - Technical and administrative phases of crime prevention and law enforcement, including investigation and identification, patrol, traffic control, animal control, records management, and care and custody of persons and property.
  • - Law, ordinances, and regulations affecting the work of the Department.
Ability to:
  • - Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • - Plan, direct, supervise and coordinate the work of the Police Department.
  • - Develop and administer sound departmental policies.
  • - Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
Experience and Education:

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
    Experience: Eight years of broad and extensive experience in all major phases of municipal police work including at least five years in a responsible middle management capacity.

    Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in police science, public or business administration or a related field.

    License or Certificate: Possession of an appropriate, valid California driver's license.
Source: City of Hawyard, California