The San Jose Police Department has confirmed they will start to hire community services officers to help assist with administrative tasks. The new hires will help out with technical needs, filing, paperwork and other related support services.
Sworn officers throughout the state have been abandoning their posts to take jobs with cities that offer better pay and benefits. This has left a number of holes in areas that were once fully staffed.
The San Jose PD has confirmed they will hire a total of 21 community service officers. These civilians will help provide in-office support which will allow sworn officers to focus on patrol duties. This will help put more sworn staff on the streets, they said.
The city has said this is a whole new category of employee- one they have never used before. Many say it makes perfect sense because it allows for the best possible allocation of resources. Applications are now being accepted. The new hires are expected to start their jobs after the new year. City officials have pointed out that the pay is very competitive and ranges from about $53,000 to $71,000 per year. This full time position will also offer medical and dental insurance.
The duties of the community service officers will vary. They could range from anything to maintaining records to non-hazardous investigations. The investigations would reportedly be tied to petty theft, auto crimes and car theft. They may be asked to help out with processing fingerprints and helping preserve crime scene evidence.
At times, they may need to help control crowds, respond to general inquiries, and investigating non-injury accidents.
The San Jose Police Department said these officers will be supervised by a sergeant. Applicants must have graduated from high school or have obtained their GED. These men and women will wear uniforms but they will not be permitted to carry a weapon. The most desirable candidates will have completed at least 30 credits of college coursework from an accredited institution. Those who have earned college credits and who can speak more than one language will be closely evaluated.
Persons who are very familiar with area streets, buildings, schools, and who have completed coursework relating to criminal justice, public safety and/or emergency management are encouraged to apply.
New hires will want to keep in mind that they will need to complete Red Cross CPR and First Aid certifications within their first 180 days on the job.
Those who are interested in learning more about the application process are urged to contact the San Jose Police Department.