Company: City of Galt, CA
Location: Galt, CA 95632




Incorporated in 1946, Galt is a growing community with approximately 25,000 residents located approximately 20 miles south of Sacramento along Highway 99. The City is led by five elected council members, the Mayor being appointed.

Galt offers affordable housing with a small town atmosphere, perfect for raising young families as well as a great opportunity for new businesses.

The City is known for its annual Independence Day Celebration with fireworks and the Winter Bird Festival. We also offer the Galt Market, an open air market held every Tuesday and Wednesday offering great deals on fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing, home furnishings and much more.

Sports and Recreation are key to Galt’s quality of life. Enhanced by its mild seasonal climate and numerous parks, Galt features a variety of activities for youth and adults such as t-ball, baseball, football, soccer, swimming and swim lessons, karate, exercise classes and many more choices to meet the needs of the community.

The City of Galt is located in the heart of the Delta Recreation Area in Northern, California. Thirty minutes away are the Sierra Foothills and the Sacramento Delta. Reno, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the CA coast are all within a two hour drive making Galt a recreational haven for boat lovers and outdoorsmen alike.


This recruitment may be closed once a sufficient number of applications
has been received as deemed by the City of Galt.

Please note – salary shown does not reflect education incentive
(up to 10% in accordance with GPOA MOU)

Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of patrol and community policing duties involving the prevention of crime, the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; makes arrests and transports suspects into custody; assists in processing crime scenes and preserving evidence; assists in the preparation of cases and testifies in court; and performs related work as required.

Receives general supervision from an assigned Police Sergeant or management personnel. Exercises no supervision of staff.

This is a sworn journey-level law enforcement class that performs all assignments found in a municipal police department. While incumbents are normally assigned to a specific geographic area for patrol or traffic enforcement, all functional areas of the law enforcement field, including investigation, youth services, administration, and training are included. Incumbents may be armed and may be assigned to work in uniform or plain clothes.

This class is distinguished from Police Sergeant in that the latter is the first supervisory level in this sworn class series responsible for organizing, assigning, supervising, and reviewing the work of staff on an assigned shift.

Example of Duties

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Patrols the City within an assigned area in a vehicle, or on foot, to protect life and property, observe situations, report suspicious, criminal activity, or hazardous conditions, and deter crime.
  • Responds to emergency calls for service, disturbances, thefts, burglaries, vehicle accidents, domestic disputes, suspicious activities, and other incidents to protect public safety and property; resolve problems, diffuse situations, and enforce laws and ordinances.
  • Provides information, directions, and assistance to the public in a variety of situations; takes reports and assists the public with complaints or unusual situations.
  • Observes, monitors, and controls routine and unusual traffic situations; stops and warns drivers or issues citations as appropriate; provides direction and traffic control in accident or incident situations, special events, or other congested situations.
  • Makes arrests and serves warrants; takes individuals into custody and transports them to booking facilities.
  • Assists in crime scene activities; interviews suspects, victims, and witnesses; as directed, collects and preserves evidence.
  • Assists county legal staff in preparing, documenting, and developing cases and gathering information; testifies in court as required.
  • Prepares and maintains reports, logs, records, and accurate files.
  • Oversees the use and care of equipment as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Typical Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Operations, services and activities of a municipal law enforcement program.
  • Law enforcement principles, practices, and techniques related to patrol; traffic enforcement; accident investigation; crime scene processing; protection of life and property; and pursuit, apprehension, and transportation of suspects.
  • Mandated and department standard operating procedures.
  • Rules of evidence regarding search and seizure and the preservation of evidence.
  • Community demographics including cultural, social and economic factors.
  • Geographic locations within assigned patrol area.
  • Courtroom procedures and techniques for testifying.
  • Applicable regulatory relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Operational characteristics and safety practices of vehicles and equipment related to the work, including the safe use and proper deployment of firearms, chemical agents, impact weapons and vehicles.
  • Safety principles and practices, including First Aid and adult and child CPR.
  • Methods and techniques of operating a motor vehicle in a safe manner under patrol and emergency conditions.
  • Methods and techniques of developing accurate and timely reports on enforcement activities and outcomes.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment which may include, but is not limited to, mobile technology and electronic devices, and software related to the work.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups; various business, professional, educational and regulatory organizations; and with property owners, developers, contractors, and the public.
  • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, other agencies, and City staff.
  • Safe driving rules and practices.
Ability to:
  • Perform law enforcement duties within assignment area and in compliance with mandated and department rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Observe accurately; recall faces, names, descriptive characteristics, and facts of incidents and places.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and enforce laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Process crime scenes and evidence, ensuring the proper treatment and chain of custody for evidence.
  • Maintain self-control, react quickly and make sound, independent decisions in emergency situations.
  • Identify and be responsive to community issues, concerns, and needs.
  • Ensure the proper safe use and maintenance of assigned law enforcement vehicles, firearms, and related equipment.
  • Prepare clear, accurate, and grammatically correct reports, records, and other written material.
  • Monitor changes in laws and court decisions and apply them in work situations.
  • Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines in sensitive situations.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Supplemental Information

Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to graduation from high school. Completion of an accredited police academy, two years of college level course work in criminal justice and/or a related field.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of a valid Class C California driver’s license within 60 days of hire and have a satisfactory driving record.
  • Possession of a Basic Certificate issued by the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).
  • Possession and maintenance of firearms qualification.

Physical Demands:

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; maintain P.O.S.T. physical standards, including mobility, physical strength, and stamina to respond to emergency situations and apprehend suspects; vision to maintain firearms qualification and to read printed material and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone or radio. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking or running or standing on uneven terrain, and climbing and descending structures to access crime scenes and to identify problems or hazards; vision and manual dexterity to operate an emergency response vehicle at high rates of speed in emergency situations. Finger and manual dexterity is needed to operate police services equipment and firearms, and to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard. Positions in this classification frequently bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work. Employees must possess the ability to apprehend, lift, carry, push, and pull victims, suspects and equipment as determined within P.O.S.T physical standards, which may include the use of proper equipment.

Environmental Elements:
Employees work indoors and outdoors, and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, moving vehicles, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures. The principal duties of this class are performed in a field or police station environment with exposure to criminal offenders, mentally ill individuals, and persons potentially infected with communicable diseases.

Working Conditions:
Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, and background investigation, including fingerprinting. Must be willing to work extended shifts or be called back in emergency situations and work with exposure to difficult circumstances, including exposure to dangerous situations.

MEDICAL The City of Galt participates in the CalPERS Health Program. Employees have a wide variety of choices of HMOs and PPOs. Galt Police Officer Association employees receive a set dollar amount for benefits(cafeteria plan) in accordance with the MOU.

2020 City Contribution Amounts per Month
Employee Only $655.04
Employee + One $1,310.08
Employee + Family $1,703.11

CASH IN-LIEU OF GROUP INSURANCE Employees who choose to waive coverage under the City’s medical insurance program shall be compensated $200 per month for waiving employee only coverage, $350 per month for waiving employee plus one and $500 per month for waiving employee plus family coverage.

DENTAL City pays the total cost of the premium for employee and dependents.

VISION PLAN City pays the total cost of the premium for employee and dependents.

LIFE INSURANCE City pays the total cost of premiums for $50,000 coverage.

BI-LINGUAL PAY Eligible employees may receive fifty dollars ($50) per month for bilingual skills if meet the criteria and pass an oral and.or written examination.

TUITION REIMBURSEMENT Up to $1,000 per fiscal year for approved reimbursements.


  • Sworn personnel with at least sixty (60) semester units and a POST Intermediate Certificate shall receive an additional five percent (5%) of their base pay.
  • Sworn personnel with a BA or POST Advanced Certificate shall receive an additional five percent (5%) of their base pay.
  • Those eligible for both incentives shall receive a cumulative total of ten percent (10%) of their base pay.


  • K-9 officers: The pay rate for the performance of such work shall be the minimum wage in effect at that time for three-quarters (3/4) of an hour seven (7) days a week.
  • FTO/CTO: Any Police Officer assigned to duties as Field Training Officer (FTO) and who is working in the formal capacity of a FTO, shall receive an additional five percent (5%) of his/her base salary for any full hour worked within which he/she is engaged in FTO training.
  • Corporal: Personnel in this assignment will receive an additional five percent (5%) of their base salary.

LONG-TERM DISABILITY (LTD) City pays total cost of premium. Maximum monthly benefit $7,500.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is administered by Guidance Resources. Confidential, employer-paid benefit program designed to assist employees in solving personal problems and managing everyday issues. Available to employees and immediate family.

Covers IRS approved medical and/or approved dependent care expenses to be paid on a pre-tax basis.

  • Medical spending up to $2,650 annually
  • Dependent care up to $5,000 annually

RETIREMENT SYSTEM (CalPERS) Sworn Safety employees (hired prior to 1/1/13) are covered under the 3 % @ 50 CalPERS retirement program. City pays total employer contribution for this program and the employee pays 9% employee contribution.

New CalPERS Sworn Safety full time employees (hired after 1/1/13) are covered under the 2.7% @ 57 retirement program. Employees share the Normal Cost rate with the City. This amount is currently is 11.5%.

The employee and City contribute to Social Security/Medicare.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION Voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan through TIAA-CREF.

HOLIDAYS 13 paid holidays per year including one floating holiday.

Shift personnel shall be given credit for thirteen (13) hours pay per month in lieu of holiday credit. Employees in these assignments receive this pay in lieu of having designated days on which holidays occur in order to facilitate scheduling.


Yrs of Service Hrs/mo Hrs/yr Max Accumulation

Less than 4 years 6.6666 80 120

After 4 years 10.0000 120 180

After 12 years 13.3333 160 240

After 19 years 16.6666 200 300

SICK LEAVE Employees accumulate eight (8) hours per month.

UNIFORMS The City provides uniforms and a laundering service to sworn personnel. The City shall provide a $200 boot reimbursement every other year.

LONGEVITY Regular full time employees who have been employed by the City for eight (8) years shall be paid two and one half percent (2.5%) above their regular base pay. Regular full time employees who have been employed by the City for ten (10) years shall be paid five percent (5%) above their regular base pay. Regular full time employees who have been employed by the City for twelve (12) years shall be paid seven and one-half percent (7.5%) above their regular base pay.