EPD Seeking Lateral and Entry-Level Police Officers

This is a press release from the Eureka Police Department:

The Eureka Police Department is continuing to seek out qualified California Lateral and Entry Level Police Officers looking for new opportunities to serve with a progressive, professional, community-oriented policing organization. EPD is largely a young department with great opportunities for advancement and rapid seniority.


Successful Lateral candidates are eligible to receive a $15,000 signing bonus. ($7,500 paid upon hiring, $3,750 paid upon completion of the Field Training Program, final

$3,750   paid   upon   successful   completion   of  probationary  period. Successful candidates may be hired at any step in the salary range, depending on experience.)

Successful Entry Level candidates are eligible to receive a $5,000 signing bonus. ($2,500 paid upon completion of the Field Training Program and final $2,500 paid upon successful completion of probationary period. Successful candidates may be eligible for advanced salary placement, up to Step 3 in the salary range, depending  on experience.

Applicants who hold POST Professional Certifications will also be eligible for additional certification pay as follows:

• POST Intermediate: 7% of Basic Salary

• POST Advanced: 14% of Basic Salary

In addition to Patrol, EPD offers the following specialty assignment opportunities: Problem Oriented Policing Unit, Criminal Investigations Section, Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Multi-Agency SWAT team, Old Town Beat Foot Patrol, School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, K-9 handler, Traffic Unit, Evidence Technician, Firearms Instructor, and Defensive Tactics Instructor.

If you are a beginning or experienced law enforcement professional looking for new adventures and opportunities in a beautiful Northern California coastal city, we have an opening for you! Come join our team and help move our department  forward in its mission to creatively fight crime and promote positive police- community partnerships.

Visit http://www.ci.eureka.ca.gov/depts/police/job_opportunities_.asp or https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/eurekaca? to view more information about this exciting job opportunity and to apply for the Lateral or Entry Level Police Officer positions. This will be a continuous recruitment until all vacancies are filled.

If you have any questions concerning this application process, contact Senior Personnel Analyst Will Folger at (707) 441-4212. You may also speak with Chief Watson directly at (707) 441-4095.

A Lateral Police Officer Candidate is defined by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) as someone who has completed a POST- certified Regular Basic Course (basic academy) and is currently employed as a Police Officer in California, or who within the last three (3) years has worked as a Police Officer in California and possesses a valid POST Basic Certificate or a valid POST Basic Course Waiver, or who was employed as a Police Officer more than three years ago but has completed a California POST Requalification Course.



  • I hope you get some good applicants, Eureka needs all the help they can get, it’s such a sad drug infested mess. On a positive note, Keep up the great work!! we need you.

  • No cop want to be in there right mind would go to Eureka to work

  • Better up that salary a few zeros, being a police officer would be so frustrating in humboldt or I guess all of ca. Arresting people for all manner of crimes and seeing them on the streets the next day or week, doing the same thing, the definition of insanity.

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