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City of Berkeley Police Dept. - Parking Enforcement Officer

Berkeley Police Department Berkeley, CA

  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description


The Position

Parking Enforcement Officers patrol an assigned area of the City to enforce parking violations and issue citations. This is a uniformed position in the Parking Enforcement Unit of the City's Police Department, with responsibility for enforcement of the State Vehicle Code and local ordinances governing parking of vehicles. In addition, incumbents answer questions from the public regarding parking laws, operate scooters/jeeps, and maintain records of work performed.

Applicants must successfully pass a Police Department background check to be considered for this position.

Typical duties may include:

  • Patrols an assigned area of the City to observe automobiles, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and other vehicles for parking violations; enforces related local regulations and ordinances and State vehicle code laws;
  • Places warning tags on vehicles subject to towing; arranges for towing of abandoned vehicles, vehicles with expired licenses, or illegally parked vehicles;
  • Issues citations for expired meters, improper use of specially designated or timed zones or lots, improper parking such as parking in crosswalks or other sidewalks, expired registration, improperly licensed vehicles, improperly parked motorcycles, parking in preferential areas, and related violations;
  • Operates computer equipment and two-way radio; marks vehicles to detect abuse of timed areas; accesses the California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (CLETS) data bases to determine vehicle identity;
  • Completes data required for citations including but not limited to code sections violated, time, date and location of offense, vehicle license plate number and/or vehicle identification number;
  • Answers a wide variety of questions from the public regarding parking and related traffic laws, location of public buildings, parks, municipal facilities, and other points of interest; interacts with hostile and irate parking violators; responds to complaints from the public;
  • Maintains records of work performed and surveillance of long-term parking violations;
  • Completes declarations of citation circumstances to assist in prosecution of parking violations;
  • Notifies police of incidents involving abusive behavior by the public;
  • Signs off on correctable citations for registration and equipment violations;
  •  Tags and/or reports malfunctioning parking meters, faded paint on curbs, vandalized signs, and other obstacles that may impede enforcement or hinder the public from understanding and obeying the law;
  • Checks operational condition of enforcement vehicles and performs routine operator maintenance such as filling gas tank, checking and adding oil, inflating tires, etc.;
  •  Reports malfunctioning enforcement vehicles and takes them to the Corporation Yard for service and repair;
  • Provides traffic control when assigned or as necessary


Equivalent to High School graduation


Two (2) years of work and experience, which involved a significant amount of public contact that must include dealing with hostile and irate individuals.

Other Requirements:
Possession of a valid California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record; willingness to work evenings, nights, weekends and holidays, out of doors in all weather conditions and on an emergency basis, as needed.

Employment, academic degrees, licenses, certificates, and other credentials are subject to confirmation as part of the appointment process.

Knowledge and Abilities:
Note: The level and scope of the knowledge and skills listed below are related to job duties as defined under Class Characteristics.

Knowledge of:

1. Applicable local and State codes, ordinances and regulations governing parking within the City limits;

2. Safe work methods and safety regulations pertaining to the work including driving habits; and

3. Basic geographic layout of the City.

Ability to:

1. Operate a motor vehicle safely while observing parking violations and conditions;

2. Interact tactfully and effectively with those encountered in the course of the work, including hostile and irate citizens;

3. Write clear and concise records, reports, declarations, and citations;

4. Understand and follow oral and written instructions;

5. Read, interpret and apply parking codes and ordinances;

6. Use sound independent judgment within established procedures and regulations; and

7. Read and interpret maps.



Company Description
The Berkeley Police Department is a professional full service law enforcement agency providing public safety to its 150,000+ community members through engaging the public, keeping the peace and responding to emergencies.

Berkeley Police Department

The Berkeley Police Department is a professional full service law enforcement agency providing public safety to its 150,000+ community members through engaging the public, keeping the peace and responding to emergencies.

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