About Union City
A Good Place to Live
The City of Union City, is a recipient of the 1999 All-America City award. Conveniently located in the East San Francisco Bay Area, in Southern Alameda County, Union City is known as the gateway to the Silicon Valley. Transected by major freeways, railways, and both the Dumbarton and San Mateo Bridges, the city is perfectly situated for easy access to San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose airports and metropolitan attractions.
Union City's 73,452 population is enriched with a strong diversity of culture and wide ranging demographics. Adorned with award winning schools and easily accessible parklands and trails, and a city-owned and operated sports center, Union City hails as an ideal community for families. The city offers low interest home loans to those interested in residing in the community. Union City is chartered under a city council/city manager form of governance.
View all openings
Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.
Apply for Job Interested
34009 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, 94587
Effective the first full pay period following 1/1/2023, a 3% Cost of Living increase and up to 4% equity adjustment will be applied to the hourly wage for the Police Officer Recruit II position. Effective the first full pay period following 1/1/2024, an additional a 3% Cost of Living increase and up to 4% equity adjustment will be applied to the hourly wage for the Police Officer Recruit II position.
Under immediate, then as proficiency increases, general supervision of a Field Training Officer, Police Sergeant or higher ranking official, incumbents in this classification perform and document varied law enforcement assignments through working assigned shifts in patrol or on specialty assignments and participating in training; perform related work as required.
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Respond to emergency calls; administer first aide.
- Investigate reported crimes, suspicious activity, and traffic accidents.
- Investigate unattended deaths.
- Conduct the collection and preservation of evidence at crime scenes.
- Patrol assigned sectors in a marked vehicle to provide preventive and enforcement action.
- Assist citizens in distress and provide information regarding police function/operations.
- Quell domestic disturbances and other disputes.
- Initiate suspicious person contacts and conduct field interrogations.
- Locate and apprehend persons for violations of statutes; arrange for booking, detention, and disposition of arrestees.
- Provide crowd, riot, and traffic control.
- Write reports which are accurate, clear, and concise.
- Testify in court.
- Respond to citizen inquiries and complaints both in an office environment and while on patrol.
- Perform selective enforcement of traffic violations at identified problem areas; use LIDAR, or other designated equipment.
- Conduct post storage hearings on towed vehicles and review complaints related to towing company activities.
- Author collision reports.
- Conduct investigations for hit and run, injury, and fatal accidents including accident reconstruction.
- Plan, coordinate, and supervise special event traffic control.
- Advise and consult with City personnel on traffic issues.
- Present lectures and discussions to high school students.
- Conduct training for officers on changes in traffic law and reporting techniques.
- Conduct inspections of commercial vehicles for safety, weight, size, and load violations.
- Investigate and apprehend persons who commit crimes on campus.
- Monitor gang activity as it related to criminal activity both on and off campus.
- Monitor bus stop and other campus areas where potential or ongoing problems exist.
- Act as the liaison between school staff and police department.
- Conduct formal presentations for students and staff; engage in informal discussions of law enforcement with students and staff.
- Coordinate and supervise security at school activities. Refer students to appropriate agencies for assistance.
- Coordinate and implement school fingerprinting program.
- Make home visits to truants; counsel students on minor law infractions.
- Investigate aggravated, serial, or major crimes; follow up on cases initiated by Patrol.
- Develop leads through informants, police sources, citizens, and/or evidence.
- Interview witnesses; interrogate suspects.
- Collect, preserve, and arrange for proper identification of evidence.
- Prepare and serve search and arrest warrants; conduct search and seizure assignments.
- Review reports for trends; identify suspects and crime patterns.
- Work with the District Attorney in reviewing and preparing cases for court.
- Federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, codes, and court decisions related to law enforcement.
- City and departmental policies and procedures, including departmental orders and directives.
- Social behavior.
- Firearm safety and use.
- Occupational hazards and safety.
- Proper English, including punctuation, spelling, and grammar.
- Report writing.
- Business math.
- Problem solving techniques.
- Agency resources.
- Basic law enforcement terminology, methods and techniques for dealing with people under hostile and emergency situations.
- English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
- Use and basic capabilities of computerized record and information systems.
- Safe work methods and safety regulations.
- Speak English clearly in person, over the radio, and on the telephone; convey instructions in a precise, firm, authoritative manner.
- Read, understand and interpret laws, ordinances, general and special orders, training bulletins, court decisions, and department directives, policies, and procedures; explain law enforcement activities to the general public.
- Exercise tact, self-restraint, and good judgement in working with a variety of people including agency personnel as well as the general public.
- Control groups of people in stressful situations.
- Use defensive equipment; enforce laws in a fair and impartial manner; conduct information gathering interviews.
- Put people at ease to gain their confidence and cooperation; deal effectively with people suffering from mental illnesses or in various emotional states (e.g. anger, hostility, humiliation); persuade individuals to follow an alternative course of action.
- Pursue suspects over widely varying terrain; locate and apprehend suspects; physically perform the duties of the job while wearing full uniform and equipment.
- Work various shifts; irregular hours, holidays, and weekends; handle stress and hazardous situations.
- Complete other police related assignments associated with the classification as directed.
Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record.
Possess a valid P.O.ST. basic police academy certification or recertification.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
High school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
- Must pass a background investigation which meets the P.O.S.T.-mandated guidelines for Peace Officer Applicants.
- Must be free of felony convictions
- Prior use of controlled substances may be grounds for disqualification.
- Must be at least 21 years of age at appointment.
- Must be in good physical condition and possess physical strength and agility to effectively perform the duties of the position.
- Must meet all Department medical, physical and psychological standards.
- Must have 20/30 corrected visual acuity (both eyes) or 20/80 uncorrected visual acuity (both eyes) for those wearing spectacles or hard contact lenses.
In accordance with Government Code Section 1031 and 1031.5, to be appointed as a peace officer in California, you must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Citizenship status must be conferred within three years of applying for citizenship.
Retirement: CalPERS enrollment in either 3% @ 55 (Classic Employees) or the new 2.7% @ 57 (New Employees) formula is dependent on the individual's eligibility, as per AB 340. The City does not participate in Social Security; therefore, there are no Social Security tax deductions (except 1.45% Medicare).
Life Insurance: Premium is paid by the City. Life insurance and AD&D is equal to $100,000 each. Long-term and short-term disability insurance premium is paid by the City. Additional voluntary supplemental life insurance is available.
Medical/Dental: The City provides up to $2,000/month to purchase medical, dental and vision benefits. A retiree medical benefit is provided after 15 years of service (see POA MOU for details on benefits).
Leaves: Employees shall accrue 3.69 hours of Sick Leave per pay period with no limit on accumulation, and initially 80 Vacation Hours per year progressively increasing to 200 Vacation Hours per year after 19 years of service.
Holidays: 47 Banked Holiday hours and 79 Paid Holiday hours
Uniform: $1,250/annual uniform allowance paid over 26 pay periods
Bilingual Pay: Bilingual Pay with passing score on City's bilingual exam
Overtime: Time and one half overtime with option of pay or future time off
Other: 3/12 work schedule; Deferred Compensation Plan available; All necessary equipment is provided; P.O.S.T. and/or Education Incentive up to 5%.
Application and resume should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Application and resume will be reviewed and evaluated using, in part, the criteria contained in this brochure.
The selection process may consist of one or more of the following components: a written exam, an oral interview, and medical exam. Only a limited number of persons whose application materials clearly demonstrate that they meet the needs of the City in terms of training, experience, education, and other job related characteristics will be invited to participate in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.
Applicants who are invited to continue in the selection process will be notified by e-mail. Successful candidates' names will be placed on an employment eligibility list. The eligibility list will remain in effect for a minimum of one year from the date the list is established. Additional vacancies that occur for this classification may be hired from the list.
The City of Union City provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, upon request. Please contact the Human Resources Department [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]) if you will need reasonable accommodation for any aspect of the selection process.
The City of Union City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.