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Entry level police officer

Starting Salary: $120,000.14 to $145,721.94 annually

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Benefits and more

Generous paid leave, CalPERS medical coverage, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, and an employee assistance program (EAP). Access to CalPERS retirement (3% at 50 for current classic members; 2.7% at 57 for new members) and retiree medical benefits as well as access to IRS Section 125 flexible benefits for pretax child care, health spending accounts and tuition reimbursement.

Classic CalPERS safety employees contribute 15.148% to CalPERS and new CalPERS members contribute 14.148% to CalPERS with no Social Security deduction. 

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Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of the principles and practices of police science; criminal law, especially as it relates to the apprehension, arrest and prosecution of law violators and the collection of evidence; City geography; departmental policies and procedures; knowledge of computer keyboarding skills.

Ability to analyze and interpret police problems and criminal evidence; prepare accurate reports; establish and maintain effective community relations on both an individual and group basis; use sound judgment in all situations; and perform  routine maintenance or care of vehicles, equipment or animals; ability to type on a computer keyboard; meet and maintain POST standards.

A valid California driver’s license is required. 

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Experience and Training

We require that all candidates have graduated from high school or are in possession of a GED. The completion of 40 semester units or 60 quarter units from an accredited college is also required. College units must be completed by the time you submit your application. Vision and hearing capabilities consistent with guidelines by POST and/or the City of Mountain View also must be met.


Police work will also require you to work outdoors in situations which may be hazardous and life-threatening. You will be required to work various shifts, overtime and on-call as assigned.