Harbor Police Officer (Trainee)

Port of San Diego - San Diego, CA (30+ days ago)3.5

Applications will be accepted from June 11, 2018 - July 1, 2018. If you do not have access to a computer to submit an application the Human Resources Department has a computer that is available for the use of submitting an application. For more information please contact 619-686-6315.


The recruitment process for Harbor Police Officer (Trainee) requires a series of sequential steps. Applicants should prepare their schedules to be available on the identified days.

Personal History Statement (PHS) – Due on Thursday, July 26, 2018, by 5:00 p.m.
Please do not turn in a Personal History Statement until you have received an email stating you are eligible for the position with instructions. Emails will be sent out after the recruitment closes.

All eligible applicants must complete a Personal History Statement. The PHS form can be found at the P.O.S.T website at: https://post.ca.gov/Forms

Select the "Forms" tab and the name of the form is 2-251 Personal History Statement - Peace Officer. Please be sure that you are completing the correct version, Revision 02/2018. The Harbor Police Department is only accepting this revision of the form.
PHS's will not be accepted beyond July 26, 2018, by 5:00 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Gathering information in this document may be time consuming. Please allow enough time to complete your PHS. Human Resources will accept PHS's on an as completed basis. Faxed and emailed PHS's will not be accepted. Please mail or drop off your completed Personal History Statement to:
Port of San Diego
3165 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101
ATTN: Human Resources

Written Examination (PELLETB) – Saturday, August 25, 2018
Details for the exam, including location and specific times, will be provided via email after candidates have been identified as eligible.
Candidates are limited to taking the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) no more than once in a 30-day period. If you have taken the exam, or will be taking the exam, with another agency 30 days prior to August 25, 2018, you will be asked to notify the Human Resources Department after you have met the minimum qualifications and received an email with instructions.

Physical Agility Test (PAT) – Tentatively Saturday, September 29, 2018.
A timed obstacle course followed by a 1.5 mile run (run must be completed within 15 minutes)

Out-of-State candidates PAT is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Panel Interview – Will be scheduled in mid October 2018.

Background Orientation/Investigation – TBA
Candidates qualifying for this phase of the process will be required to provide an original and/or copy of the following applicable documentation: High School and/or College Diploma and Transcripts, G.E.D. Certificate and G.E.D. Scores, Marriage Certificate(s), Evidence of Divorce(s), Selective Services Registration (born in 1963 or after), Military Services Discharge (DD-214), Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, California Driver's License, Proof of Auto Insurance Policy. Do not submit these documents until requested to do so.
Qualified applicants must have an honest and trustworthy reputation. Deliberate misstatements or omissions will result in your application being rejected, regardless of the nature or reason for the misstatements or omissions. The following are some of the areas that will be investigated: Relatives and References, Landlords, Employment, Education, Military Service, Vehicle Operations, Financial, Illegal Drugs, and Narcotics.
Felony convictions are disqualifying; misdemeanor convictions, depending on the number, recency, and severity, may be disqualifying.
The Background Investigation will include a Polygraph Examination

Water Safety Assessment – Post Offer (TBA)
Please note that this will be an assessment to evaluate a candidate's ability to remain in control and afloat in the water. It is not a swim test in terms of swimming a certain distance, nor is it timed. It is not a screening test and candidates will not be disqualified based on the results.

Chief of Harbor Police Interview - TBA


Job offers are contingent on candidates successfully completing the following:

  • Psychological Examination: Candidates must pass both a written and oral psychological examination prior to appointment.
  • Medical Examination: Candidates must pass a comprehensive medical examination prior to appointment. Vision less than 20/20 in both eyes together must be corrected to 20/20 with acceptable color vision. Applicants wearing glasses or contacts will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Chemical Substance Testing: Candidate must test drug free during the pre-employment medical examination and sign the Drug-Free Pledge as required by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.
  • State of California Driver License: Candidate must possess a current, valid California Class C driver license at time of appointment and must be maintained at all times thereafter in order to operate a vehicle on District business.

Harbor Police Officer Trainees will serve as probationary employees during police academy training. After successful completion and submission of applicable certifications (including P.O.S.T. approved law enforcement academy, Advanced Red Cross First Aid Course, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course (CPR), or other mandated requirements) Harbor Police Officer Trainees will be required to serve an additional one (1) year probation period in accordance with District Personnel Rules and Regulations. Additionally, probationary employees must successfully complete essential Harbor Police specific training and/or requirements.


Under direction, performs a wide variety of professional law enforcement duties in the prevention of crime and the enforcement of federal, state and local laws, codes, ordinances and regulations within the District's jurisdiction, including the San Diego Harbor, San Diego International Airport and the San Diego tidelands area; performs marine fire suppression duties aboard boats and land facilities within the San Diego Harbor, marinas and adjacent facilities; performs a variety of special duty assignments, as required; and performs related duties as assigned.


This is the full, journey-level class in the Harbor Police series. Based upon an individual's assignment, duties are carried out on foot, from vehicles or aboard Harbor Police boats. Incumbents of this class are peace officers as defined in California Penal Code Section 830.1.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Operates a marine craft to patrol San Diego Harbor, enforcing applicable federal, state and local waterway laws, regulations and rules; assists recreational boaters and makes rescues; patrols San Diego Harbor to provide security and prevent crime; assists Coast Guard and Navy vessels; escorts large vessels through harbor channels.
Performs journey-level fire suppression duties aboard boats and land facilities accessible by water; assists and works closely with other firefighting departments and personnel; operates fire-suppression equipment and apparatus.
When assigned, performs a variety of special duty assignments, including: dive team, performing underwater search, rescue and recovery; bicycle enforcement; K-9; plain clothes; may also serve as departmental representative for special assignments, public events and other special field assignments.
Tows boats and hazardous debris from San Diego Harbor.
Enforces regulatory licensing and fish and game regulations within San Diego Harbor.
Enforces applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and ordinances at the San Diego Regional Airport; patrols the airport by foot and vehicle; monitors alarm systems at airport security check stations; conducts security checks of airport facilities; responds to security alarms at the airport; secures unattended baggage; confiscate dangerous and prohibited items from individuals.
Enforces parking regulations and traffic laws at the airport, harbor facilities and all other tideland areas; issues traffic citations; investigates accidents; administers emergency first-aid; provides traffic control at accident sites or for special events at District facilities.
Makes arrests and testifies in court proceedings.
Provides information and assistance to the public.
Patrols assigned areas and buildings to detect fires, theft and vandalism.
Participates in a variety of community relations and public education and awareness activities.
Prepares a wide variety of reports, records and logs, including accident reports, arrest reports, incident reports and others.

Knowledge of:
Federal and state laws, statutes, ordinances and their interpretations.
Harbor Police Department policies, practices and procedures.
Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) rules and procedures regarding airport and Port security requirements.
Methods of self-defense and physical restraint and the use of defense and restraint equipment.
Principles, practices and methods of community-oriented policing and problem solving.
Safe handling and use of firearms.
Two-way radio procedures and techniques.
Human behavior theories, practices and techniques.
Organization and function of Harbor Police and the District.
First-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation principles, methods and techniques.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) marine radio operator's rules and practices.
Marine fire-suppression methods, techniques and apparatus.

Ability to:
Write clearly and concisely with technical accuracy in English.
Read and enforce applicable laws, ordinances and statutes.
Communicate effectively in English with a variety of people.
Compute mathematical data with and without a calculator.
Exercise tact, self-restraint, judgment and strategy in dealing with a variety of people.
Drive defensively.
Effectively operate and crew District boats and all attached equipment.
Safely perform all assignments under all conditions.


Education, Training and Experience:
Graduation from U. S. high school or a G.E.D. certificate that meets scores established by the California P.O.S.T. Commission or a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited college or university.
Must be at least 20 ½ years of age on the day of written examination and 21 years of age at time of Police Academy graduation (No maximum age limit) and a citizen of the United States or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
Lateral candidates who are currently enrolled in or have completed the Police Academy will be required to take the written examination. This requirement may be waived for those candidates who have at least one year experience as a sworn peace officer.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:
Graduation from a P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement academy within the last three years or an active P.O.S.T. certification.

A current, valid California Class C driver's license at time of appointment and maintained at all times thereafter in order to operate a vehicle on District business
Candidates will be required to complete a water safety test demonstrating their ability to work on and near large bodies of water.

This position is subject to a thorough background check as outlined by California Peace Officers Standards and Training, (CA POST), in the POST Administrative Manual. Every candidate must have good moral character and the absence of past behavior indicative of unsuitability to perform their duties. The dimensions the candidate will be specifically evaluated on are: Integrity, Impulse Control, Attention to Safety, Substance Abuse and Other Risk-Taking Behavior, Stress Tolerance, Confronting and Overcoming Problems, Obstacles, and Adversity, Conscientiousness, Interpersonal Skills, Decision-Making and Judgment, Learning Ability, and Communication Skills. As part of this process, candidates will be required to submit a comprehensive investigation into their past that includes: written and verbal communication evaluation, a fingerprint check, polygraph test, a credit check, current and past employer checks, and reference checks.

Supplemental Information

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and conditioning to work in a law enforcement setting and an office setting; restrain or subdue individuals; walk, stand, sit, or run for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; occasionally climb and balance; regularly push, pull, lift, and/or carry light to moderate weights; frequently lift and/or move moderate to heavy weights; occasionally lift and/or move heavy weights; operate office equipment including use of computer keyboard; requires a sense of touch, finger dexterity, and gripping with hands and fingers; ability to operate a vehicle to travel to various locations; ability to operate and use specialized law enforcement tools and equipment including firearms, handcuffs, and other tools and equipment.

Performs work beyond regularly scheduled work hours. Performs work outdoors under variable weather conditions. Performs work indoors in a controlled environment. Operates motor vehicles (including vessels) for extended periods of time; works in and around vehicular traffic. Can be exposed to dangerous situations where one might be exposed to environmental or human caused hazards.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this class with reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis and depends, in part, on the specific requirements for the job, the limitations related to disability and the ability of the hiring department to accommodate the limitation.

Resolution #: 2017 - 130
Dated: September 12, 2017