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Police Officer - Lateral

Closes On: December 31, 2019 at 05:00 PM PST

Location: Police Department , Mammoth Lakes , CA 93546
Department: Police
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $73,840.00 - $89,753.00
Position Type: Regular
Status: Open
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The Position

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is currently recruiting for the position of Police Officer - Lateral. We currently have one vacancy and will continue to accept applications. Applications will be reviewed periodically and positions will be filled as the needs of the department require.

The Community

The Town of Mammoth Lakes is a year-round resort community located in the southwestern region of Mono County along the Eastern Sierra mountain range. The town is surrounded by over two million acres of forest and is bordered by the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness areas adjacent to Yosemite National Park. We have a year-round resident population of approximately 8,000, which increases to over 40,000 during peak seasons. Mammoth Lakes offers a fantastic lifestyle and abundant recreational opportunities such as skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, camping, rock climbing, and so much more!

The Department

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department's mission is to provide quality law enforcement services, while building partnerships to prevent crime, maintain public trust, and enhance the quality of life throughout the community. We are a full service law enforcement agency that uses both traditional and non-traditional policing methods to respond to the community's needs. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct, always treating people with dignity, fairness, and respect. 

For more information on the department, visit our website and follow us on social media

The Ideal Candidate

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is looking for individuals who are motivated and dedicated to working in a growing resort community. You must be team-oriented and committed to the future direction of the department and the wider community. You must be flexible and have exemplary interpersonal skills. Integrity and outstanding moral character is a must. You must be willing to work irregular hours, rotating shifts, weekends, holidays, and special events. 

Job Definition

Perform law enforcement and crime prevention work including but not limited to: controlling traffic flow and enforcing state and local traffic regulations; performing investigative work; participating in and providing support and assistance to special department crime prevention and enforcement programs; and, assisting the public.

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Supervision Received and Exercised

Receives general supervision from sworn administrative and supervisory staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Patrol Town in radio equipped car; answer calls for the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of Town, county and state laws; conduct both preliminary and follow up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, hold ups, vehicle accidents, death, and other criminal incidents.

Respond to calls related to traffic incidents and any other required emergencies; observe, monitor and control routine and unusual traffic conditions; assist and advise motorists and enforce traffic safety laws.

Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.

Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.

Prepare reports of arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed.

Stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warn drivers against unlawful practices; issue citations and make arrests as necessary.

Check buildings for physical security.

Search, fingerprint and transport prisoners.

Direct traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.

Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public.

Perform special investigative and crime prevention duties as required.

Administer first aid as necessary.

Animal Control - Contact aggressive or wild animals (i.e. bears, deer); contact and capture domesticated animals (i.e. cats, dogs); use of lethal and less lethal weapons against bears; quarantine animals; write reports; issue citations; register animals; work with animal shelters; euthanize animals.

Perform related duties as assigned.

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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Education -

Completion of P.O.S.T.-approved academy including all physical requirements of the academy. Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade is required. An associates degree from an accredited college with major coursework in police science, criminal justice, or a related field is highly desirable. 

Experience -

One year of continuous law enforcement experience.

Licenses -

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California Basic P.O.S.T. certificate. Possession of, or ability to obtain within the state required time frame, a valid California driver's license. 


The Town of Mammoth Lakes offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Eligibility for CalPERS retirement plan (3% @ 50 for Classic; 2.7% @ 57 for PEPRA)
  • 6.9% holiday pay
  • P.O.S.T. incentive pay (2.5% intermediate; 7.5% advanced; 10% supervisory)
  • 5% bilingual pay
  • Up to 5% special assignment pay (including: Officer-In-Charge; Field Training Officer)
  • 100% employer-paid health insurance for employee and eligible dependents
  • Generous vision & dental reimbursement program
  • Employer contributions to Retiree Health Savings Account
  • Comprehensive leave accrual beginning at 7 hours per month, increasing with years of service
  • Sick leave accrual of 8 hours per month
  • Employer-paid life insurance for employee and eligible dependents
  • 457 and tax deferred supplemental insurance plan options

For more information, see the Police Officers' Association Memorandum of Understanding and the FY 2018/19 Compensation Schedule.

Application Special Instructions

Applications will be accepted via the online career portal only. Resumes sent via any other means will not be accepted. An application screening committee will select applicants whose education, experience, and training most closely match the requirements of the position and the needs of the department. Successful candidates will be contacted as necessary. All candidates will be notified of their status throughout the process.

Any inquiries as to the process or applicant status should be directed to Cassandra Mance, Human Resources Manager at cmance@townofmammothlakes.ca.gov or (760) 965 3604.