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Garden Grove Police Department - Garden Grove, California

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$6,228.00 annual
Academy Graduate:
$6,228.00 annual
$6,228.00 annual
Top Pay:
$8,680.00 annual

Job Description


The Police Department consists of a chief, three (3) captains, seven (7) lieutenants, 22 sergeants and 128 police officers, in addition to civilian personnel. After sufficient experience in the department, specialization is available in Patrol, Investigations, Juvenile Services, Motorcycle Traffic Enforcement, Accident Investigation, Vice-Narcotic Enforcement, Gang Unit, Career Criminal Apprehension Unit, or Canine Handler. An outstanding in-service training program provides officers with extensive, continuous instruction in basic and specialized police techniques. Patrol officers work a modified 3/12.5 work schedule.


The Police Department adopted a Community Policing philosophy long ago that continues to serve the City of Garden Grove well. This philosophy recognizes the importance of working in close partnership with our community, and we constantly work to maintain these partnerships and build new ones. Working in this type of Community Policing environment also contributes greatly to job satisfaction within our Police Department. Officers here know they can make a difference by working creatively and cooperatively with citizens, businesses, schools and other groups. This philosophy has benefited the City immensely, as crime rates continue to drop each year.


When you couple these elements with the latest technology and the unique talents of our police officers, it's easy to see why the Garden Grove Police Department continues to live up to its reputation as one of America's best suburban police forces! Now is your chance to join this fine team. If you have what it takes, read on!

Example of Duties

Under general supervision, police officers perform law enforcement and crime prevention work within a community policing philosophy; control traffic flow; enforce state and local laws and ordinances; and perform investigative work.

Additional Information


EDUCATION: Graduation from high school or successful completion of the GED (General Educational Development) exam.


EXPERIENCE: Must be currently employed as a peace officer in a California city, county, state or other public agency.




Lateral Police Officer candidates from outside the State of California may be considered if they complete the California POST Basic Course Waiver process. For more information on the Basic Course Waiver process, please call the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training's Basic Training Bureau at (916) 227-4254.

AGE: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age or older at time of appointment.


PHYSICAL CONDITION: Must be in excellent condition and physically capable of performing all tasks required of a police officer; fitness standards must be maintained throughout employment as a police officer.


VISION: Bilateral vision must be at least 20/100, correctable to 20/30, with no evidence of color blindness.


HEARING: Hearing aids are not acceptable; applicants with an average hearing loss of 26 dB or more in the better ear in the 500 to 2000 c.p.s. range, and 46 dB in the 3000 c.p.s. range in the other ear are disqualified (ANSI standard).


CITIZENSHIP: Applicants must be citizens of the United States or permanent aliens who are eligible, and have applied, for citizenship.


DRIVER'S LICENSE & DRIVING RECORD: Applicants must possess a valid California Class C driver's license and an acceptable driving record prior to and throughout employment.


ADDITIONAL ABILITIES & SKILLS: Observe and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places, and to judge situations and persons accurately; operate an automobile and learn to operate a motorcycle; learn standard broadcasting procedure of a police radio system; follow oral and written instructions; complete accurate reports; communicate effectively and work cooperatively with others, especially the public.


BILINGUAL SKILLS: Applicants possessing the ability to speak Spanish, Vietnamese, or Korean are highly desirable.


OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be legally authorized to carry a firearm and have no felony convictions.

Other Important Information


Online applications may be completed online by visiting: www.ggcity.org/hr. Questions regarding this position may be either sent to: ggjobs@ggcity.org or asked in-person at the Human Resources Department located at City Hall, 11222 Acacia Parkway, Garden Grove CA. City Hall is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and every other Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  City Hall will be closed on 7/4/19, 7/5/19, and 7/19/19.

The application deadline is July 29, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 and over
  • Education: High School Dipolma
  • Experience: POST



PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST - date to be determined

PANEL INTERVIEW - date to be determined




PRE-EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL EXAMINATION (which includes a back x-ray, drug and alcohol screening test)

The City of Garden Grove will administer the Physical Agility Test. The Physical Agility Test and Panel Interview may take place on the same day. More information will be available as the recruitment progresses.


The selection process takes approximately 180 days from initial application to final selection depending on the duration of each step during the selection process. Some of the steps may take longer than anticipated due to availability and scheduling.

Applicants who fail any part of the selection process will not be considered for appointment.


Candidates who may need accommodations during the selection process must contact the Human Resources Department at ggjobs@ggcity.org at least one week prior to any test dates.

Contact Informaton

Charles Starnes

Garden Grove Police Department
11301 Acacia Pkwy
Garden Grove, California 92840-5310
phone: 714-741-5922

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