DOWNEY POLICE DEPARTMENT
10911 BROOKSHIRE AVENUE
DOWNEY, CALIFORNIA 90241
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Updated: January 12, 2021
Job Classification: Police Officer Recruit
*****************************PREAPPROVED TESTING PROCESS - BY INVITATION ONLY****************************************Testing for this position requires authorization from the City of Downey. Candidates who have filled out the City's application and meet minimum requirements will receive notification from the City of Downey to schedule testing. A closing date will be determined by the department after the first of the year.Apply to test through the NTN by City of Downey Invitation Only. Candidates without prior authorization will not be considered for this posting.Candidates who have not filled out the City of Downey application, should go to www.downeyca.org/gov/hr/jobs/default.asp to apply.
*Please contact NTN Candidate Support, at 855-821-3761, if you are in need of assistance with the submission of your test scores*
*******************************PREAPPROVED TESTING PROCESS - BY INVITATION ONLY****************************************
Pay Information: Step A Police Officer at $34.0252 per hour
Benefit Information for Sworn Police Officer:
Merit Longevity Pay: (5) years of service, 2.75%; (10) years of service, 5.5%; (20) years of service, 8.25%; (25) years of service, 13.0%. Other agency service as a POST certified sworn Police Officer shall apply as though earned with the City of Downey. Such pay continues subject to “meets standards” of performance.Education Incentive Pay: 6.0% Associate’s Degree and/or Intermediate P.O.S.T. Certificate. 9.5% for a Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced P.O.S.T. Certificate upon successful completion of 18-month probationary period. Bilingual Pay: $52.38 per bi-weekly pay period. Subject to certification testing and re-evaluation. Retirement: New member coverage under the 2.7% @ age 57 retirement formula and a required employee contribution of 12.25% of reportable earnings.Medical Insurance: The City’s contribution rate covers the entire cost for employee plus qualified dependent(s). Dental Insurance: MetLife or Delta Dental. The employee contribution is up to $49.85 per month. Holidays: (11) paid holidays per year. Vacation: Up to 160 hours accrual per calendar year based on years of service and hours worked. Maximum accrual is two years of accrued vacation.Sick Leave: (10) hours accrued per month based on hours worked. There is no maximum accrual.Continuing Education: The City of Downey offers a tuition reimbursement program for career development in the position/field hired. The City reimburses equivalent tuition rates charged at California State University Los Angeles and California State University Long Beach. Tuition reimbursement also includes all required books..
Department Overview: The Downey Police Department is comprised of 111 Sworn Police Officers and 56 Non-Sworn Support Personnel. The department offers a variety of assignments including K-9, Narcotics and Vice, High Tech Crimes Detective, Gang Detective, Robbery Homicide Detective, Special Enforcement Team, Motor Officer, Accident Investigator, Crime Impact Team, Special Response Team, School Resource Officer, Bike Patrol Team, Range Master, and Explorer Advisor.
Area Information: Downey is a unique community in the heart of Southern California that combines the best of both large and small. We are an active city of 110,000 with a small town atmosphere. Downey is a place of pride, history, involvement, and community. We are highly recognized for our centralized location, top medical facilities, quality residential neighborhoods and schools, excellent golf courses, and an unmatched family lifestyle. Downey is admired for its strong retail base with quality housing. In fact, Downey has been rated in the top 25% of "100 Best Cities To Do Business in California" by California Business Magazine. Police Officers in Downey serve a diverse community with a reputation of civic mindedness and active community development.
US Citizen: Yes
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Valid CALIFORNIA State Driver's License: Yes
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Vision: Vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes; free from color-blindness.
Specific Disqualifiers/Behaviors: Felony, Criminal Activity Disqualifiers: Any person who has ever been convicted of any offense declared by law to be a felony in this state or any other state shall not be eligible for employment with the Downey Police Department.
Applicants for employment who, based on Department of Motor Vehicle records, display a propensity for any of the following may be disqualified from consideration for employment:
PART I: Qualifying Written Examination - Applicants successful in Part I listed above will be invited, via email, to submit written examination scores through National Testing Network (NTN). Please do not submit written examination scores prior receiving an email invitation. Please visit the NTN website by clicking HERE to view testing information and to take practice examinations.
Upon completion of the entry level exam, all applicant scores are automatically forwarded to the City of Downey Human Resources Office. An applicant must receive a minimum score of 70% in each of the examination components in order to continue in the selection process.
PART II: Qualifying Physical Agility (Pass/Fail): Those applicants meeting the required pass point on the written examination will be invited, via email, to the qualifying physical agility assessment. The physical agility assessment is evaluated on a point basis. The components of the physical agility are: