Officer Career LIST

Police Officer - Academy Trained

Applications will be accepted on a CONTINUOUS BASIS.

Apply early. This position may close at any time without notice.


Centrally located in Southern California, the City of La Habra is the northernmost community in Orange County, just 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles. When the City incorporated in 1925, agriculture and oil dominated the local economy. Over the past 20 years, the City has invested heavily in economic development, capital improvements and wide ranging beautification efforts.

Today, the City is home to a population of 62,635 within La Habra’s 7.3 square miles. Nearly 43 percent of the population falls within the age range of 25-54. Population ethnicity is broken down to 49 percent Hispanic, 41 percent White, 6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander and 2 percent Black. Despite the City’s growth and progress, it has successfully retained its noble heritage as “A Caring Community”.

Academy-trained individuals or those currently attending the academy who are testing for the purpose of becoming a sworn Police Officer.

Would you like to be part of a team that believes in investing in partnerships with the community, proactive crime prevention, community education and overall effective police work?

If so, the City of La Habra Police Department features:

  • Patrol Services (3/12.5 work schedule).
  • SWAT: North County SWAT.
  • Traffic: Motors; Commercial Enforcement; Fatal Accident; Reconstruction Team.
  • General Investigations: Robbery; Homicide; Family Crimes; Property and Economic Crimes.
  • Special Investigations: Gangs and Narcotics.
  • Regional Task Force.
  • School Resource Officers.
  • Canine (Two Handlers)
  • Explorer Advisor.

Examples of Duties

Minimum Requirements:

Currently attending the academy or academy graduate with a graduation date of not more than two years prior to date of hire.  A valid California Class C driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurance  are required.

Under general supervision, patrols an assigned area, enforces public safety laws, codes, and regulations, maintains order, prevents, detects and investigates crime, and carries out special assignments in the protection of life and property; and does related work as required.

Typical Qualifications

****Qualifying Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Operate police motor vehicles, radio communications equipment, computer equipment, firearms and weapons; interpret and apply state public safety laws, codes, and local ordinances; prepare and present clear, accurate and concise police reports and statistical records; analyze solutions to law enforcement problems; convey clear instructions or execute commands; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other divisions, police management, city departments, public and private agencies, community groups and the general public; communicate effectively, both orally or in writing; accurately recall circumstances regarding traffic incidents or crime reports; exercise tact and diplomacy in maintaining self-control in provocative or confrontational situations; think logically and maintain alertness in emergency situations; relate effectively with persons from diverse social, ethnic, political and racial backgrounds and age groups.

Ability to work extended hours in order to meet shift needs, complete reports, attend meetings, or conduct police business.

Supplemental Information

The testing process includes:  oral interview; background investigation; psychological examination; polygraph; medical exam, including a drug/alcohol test. Police officers hired after February 1990 must comply with the no smoking policy adopted by the City.

Several CalPERS health plans are available. The City pays a flat rate portion of the premium according to the bargaining unit agreement.

The City pays a flat rate portion of the premium according to the bargaining unit agreement.

The City pays a flat rate portion of the premium. The Employee may pay a portion of the insurance premium according to the bargaining unit agreement and this benefit is mandatory.

Amount of coverage is based on the employee bargaining unit. The City pays a flat rate portion of the premium according to the bargaining unit agreement.

Public Safety (Sworn) employees hired after January 1, 2013 and who are new to CalPERS, or are returning CalPERS members with a break in service greater than six months, will be enrolled in the 2.7% @ 57 retirement plan formula and will be required to pay 50% of the normal CalPERS cost. Public Safety (Sworn) employees hired after January 1, 2013 who are deemed to be existing CalPERS members, will be enrolled in the 2% @ 50 CalPERS benefit formula.

Employee contributes 3% per pay period to a Retirement Health Savings (RHS) account.

The City offers ICMA-RC Retirement Services as its deferred compensation administrator. This is a voluntary benefit with no City contribution.

Earned at the rate of ten (10) working days per year for the first four (4) years of service.  Additional vacation may be earned by employees after five (5) years of service.

Accumulated on the basis of ten (10) hours per month.

An average of ten (11) holidays per year, plus one (1) floating holiday for certain bargaining groups.