Series established June 2, 1982
This series specification describes four police classes used at the Califor�nia Exposition and State Fair facilities. Positions in these classes are primarily concerned with maintaining law and order and protecting State Fair property when it is occupied or open to the public and requires a high level of police protection. Incumbents are armed, have peace officer powers and are on call during emergencies or special circumstances for the protection of the staff and the general public.
Positions are assigned duties which are primarily of a security nature, involve visitors service and/or public contact.
Incumbents in the State Fair Police series work in a line enforcement capacity and may have staff assignments. In a line assignment, incumbents supervise or perform motor and foot and horse patrols at the California Exposition and State Fair grounds and facilities; maintain order, make arrests, investigate and prepare written reports on law violations, thefts, accidents, bomb threats, property damage, fires, crowd disturbances and similar matters; appear in court as required; take charge of situations in emergencies or accidents; control crowds during disturbances or general assemblies; direct and control traffic, enforce parking regulations and issue traffic citations; direct and provide information to the public; and administer first aid.
The nature of the law enforcement responsibility assigned, the problems encountered and the decisions made, control exercised over the duties assigned and the inherent responsibilities of the positions.
For supervisory positions, allocation level depends on the supervision exercised; complexity, level and variety of the functions assigned; and consequence of decisions.
This is the working patrol officer level for this series. Under general supervision, incumbents police and protect State Fair officers, employees, visitors, public and State Fair property, and maintain law and order; may have lead responsibility over seasonal State Fair Police, State Fair Police Officer Cadets and Security Guards. Incumbents are armed and posses full peace officer powers.
This is the first supervisory level for this series. Under direction, incumbents supervise a group of police or security personnel and may be assigned additional duties related to security and protection plans, safety training and other staff work.
This is the second supervisory level for this series. Under direction, incumbents plan and supervise police and security activities or perform difficult and responsible administrative and training duties; or provide direction and administrative support for the investigative functions of the security and safety program.
This is the full administrative level in this series. Incumbents plan, organize, direct and coordinate the activities of the State Fair Security and Safety Program; advise the Chief in the planning of police and security operations and inspection and training of police and security personnel; and act as the Chief in his/her absence.
Possession of a valid California driver's license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Applicants who do not possess the license will be admitted to the examination but must secure the license prior to appointment.
United States citizenship.
Satisfactory completion of a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified Basic Police Officer Academy or possession of a Level One Reserve Certificate; and
Education: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.
One year of experience performing the duties of a State Fair Police Officer. and
Possession of a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Intermediate Certificate.
Experience: Three years of police experience. and
Possession of a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Intermediate Certificate. and
One year of experience performing the duties of a Sergeant, State Fair Police. and
Possession of a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Advanced Certificate.
Three years of police experience, including two years in a supervisory capacity comparable to the rank of Sergeant in a law enforcement agency; and
One year of experience performing the duties of a Lieutenant, State Fair Police or two years of experience performing the duties of a Sergeant, State Fair Police. and
Three years of supervisory police experience in a capacity at least comparable to the rank of sergeant in a law enforcement agency; and
Ability to: Learn and apply the knowledge required for law enforcement work such as laws of arrest, the Penal Code, rules of evidence and rights of citizens; write legibly, spell correctly and prepare understandable reports; stand and walk for long periods of time; think clearly and logically and take effective action in emergencies or while under physical or mental stress; conduct investigations; handle firearms safely; enforce the law courteously when possible and without unnecessary force; maintain personal composure; engage in riot control tactics; exercise self-restraint; maintain physical conditioning appropriate to the effective performance of the work; maintain cooperative relations with representatives of other law enforcement agencies; operate patrol vehicles.
Knowledge of: The role in the uniformed peace officer at the State Fair facilities; principles and practices of law enforcement including procedures and laws relating to investigation, search and seizure, gathering and pre�serving evidence, laws of arrest, court testimony; patrol procedures and protection of property; State Fair and departmental rules and regulations as applied to the protection of the general public and State Fair employees and property; departmental rules and regulations regarding conduct and control of employees and visitors; procedures and techniques in handling incidents; procedures used in handling or controlling groups of individuals; principles of first aid; emergency procedures in cases of fire, bomb threat or riot; effective public relations as applied to the State Fair operations and law enforcement functions; policies regarding reportable incidents.
Ability to: All of the above.
Knowledge of: All of the above, and principles of police communications and intelligence networks; purposes, organization, regulations, and procedures of the California Exposition and State Fair; principles of training and supervision; a general familiarity with affirmative action concepts, including goals/timetables, reasonable accommodation, focused recruitment and the role of a supervisor or manager in carrying out an Affirmative Action Program.
Ability to: All of the above, and supervise the work of others and evaluate their performance; supervise a communications center; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.
Knowledge of: All of the above, and principles of police administration and organization.
Ability to: All of the above, and establish security procedures and techni�ques which will safeguard State Fair property, buildings and occupants; plan and direct effective traffic control; instruct officers in laws of arrest, rules of evidence, penal laws, legal rights of citizens and court proce�dures; prepare and deliver police security talks; instruct officers in first-aid treatment, the care and use of firearms, the operation of patrol automotive equipment and self-defense; plan, direct and coordinate the work of subordinates and maintain discipline and harmony in a squad of officers.
Knowledge of: All of the above, and principles and practices of police administration and organization; principles and practices of law enforcement training, administration and management.
Ability to: All of the above, and direct the activities of a State Fair police force; prepare budget estimates and programs.
Interested in law enforcement work; willingness to work at night and to report for duty at any time when emergencies arise; satisfactory record as a law-abiding citizen; good personal appearance and poise; courage; alertness; keenness of observation; firmness; tact; good memory for names, places, faces, incidents and license numbers.
Good health, sound physical condition, strength, endurance, and agility; normal hearing; body weight in normal proportion to height.
Minimum age for appointment: 18 years.
Existing law provides that persons convicted of a felony are disqualified from employment as peace officers. Such persons are not eligible to compete for, or be appointed to, positions in this class.