Police Officer (Lateral)

Sworn US Law Enforcement
Chula Vista Police Department (CA) - Chula Vista, California

May 18, 2022

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Application Deadline:
Dec 31, 2023

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$65,115.9 annual
Academy Graduate:
$84,341.14 annual
Lateral Transfer:
$102,516.96 annual
Top Pay:
$102,516.96 Annual ($125,516.96 with included MAX Incentive pay) annual

Job Description

Salary Information

Entry Level: $84,341.14 Annual

Top Pay: $102,516.96 Annual ($125,516.96 with included MAX Incentive pay)

4% increase + $2,000 Stipend - Effective July 2022

3% increase + $2,000 Stipend - Effective July 2023

Qualified Lateral Officers may be eligible for New Hire Incentive Pay up to $20,000, up to 80 hours vacation, and may qualify for “Top Officer’s Pay”. Eligibility is based on experience and Chief's discretion.

The Chula Vista Police Department is a progressive organization that welcomes diversity, encourages innovation, and rewards employee performance. The CVPD promotes employee involvement in decision-making and problem solving. Through this commitment to inclusiveness, the CVPD receives strong support and an exemplary approval rating from the community. There are significant opportunities for career advancement through the CVPD.


The Chula Vista Police Department, in partnership with the Community, is dedicated to providing community policing, with the highest level of professionalism and transparency. Chula Vista Police Department Employees will provide fair, courteous, and compassionate service to enhance the quality of life in Chula Vista.


Leadership | Respect | Integrity | Accountability

The Position: Peace Officers perform a variety of duties involved in the prevention of crime and the enforcement of law and order; participate in and conduct a variety of criminal investigations; provide assistance to special crime prevention and law enforcement programs; and perform a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of law enforcement services.

Additional Information

Out-of-State Lateral Applicants Qualified out-of-state applicants who lack the CA POST Certificate may apply. Proof of enrollment in the CA POST Basic Course Waiver process ++must be submitted at time of application++. Information on the Basic Course Waiver process is found in California POST website: http://www.post.ca.gov/. Oral board interviews can be done virtually.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Knowledge of community-based policing, familiarization between law enforcement and community residents and collaborative problem solving. Ability to write in a clear and concise manner; prepare reports using a computer; communicate effectively with co-workers and the public; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; perform a wide range of physical duties to include: running, stooping, jumping, climbing, walking on uneven surfaces, lifting heavy objects, crawling, driving an automobile, talking on a radio, using a firearm, and other physical duties as required. Must be willing to work in hazardous situations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS Proportionate weight to height; excellent physical condition. Upon selection, candidate must pass a stringent medical examination. Vision requirements: eyesight must be correctable to 20/40 both eyes and 20/20 uncorrected both eyes.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High School Graduate or Equivalent
  • Experience: 1 Year Patrol Experience

Application Review Applications will be reviewed to ensure that candidates meet the age, licensing, citizenship, and education requirements. All statements made in the application materials are subject to verification; false statements will be cause for disqualification or discharge.

Preliminary Background Assessment Applicants will receive a Background Information Packet and instructions on how to complete it. Upon completion, applicants must return the packet as soon as possible. A preliminary assessment will be conducted by the Background Investigator.

Oral Board Interview The oral board interview will consist of questions regarding candidate's education, experience, interest, and personal qualifications to determine suitability for law enforcement service. The oral board panel will have members from the Human Resources Department and ranking members from the Police Department.

Passing the interview requires a score of 70 or higher. The score you receive will determine your rank on the eligibility list. The City of Chula Vista certifies the top three ranks, plus any ties, to the department for continuation in the background process. Candidates will be notified if they are eligible to proceed to the background investigation.

Background Investigation Peace Officers are responsible for protecting and serving the public and are entrusted with substantial authority to carry out these responsibilities. As such, the California POST requires that the history of peace officer applicants be thoroughly investigated to make sure that nothing in their background is inconsistent with performing peace officer duties.

Chief's Interview

Psychological Evaluation and Medical Examination California Government Code 1031(f) requires all California peace officers to be free from any emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer. Peace officers must also be free from any physical condition that might adversely affect the exercise of peace officer powers.

Contact Information

Daniel Anderson

Chula Vista Police Department (CA)
315 Fourth Ave
Chula Vista, California 91910
phone: 619-585-5652

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