Job Title:

Police Officer Trainee

Closing Date/Time:

Continuous

Salary:

$29.03 - $35.29 Hourly
$2,322.72 - $2,823.36 Biweekly
$5,032.56 - $6,117.28 Monthly
$60,390.72 - $73,407.36 Annually 

Job Type:

Full-Time

Location:

Fairfield, California

 

Description  Benefits  Supplemental Questions

 

To attend a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified Police Academy and undergo field training within the Police Department. After successful completion of academy, under general supervision, perform responsible police work, crime prevention, and community service functions. This position requires a thorough background investigation, voice stress analysis examination, psychological assessment, and a medical exam prior to appointment. 

Proof of a T-Score of 50 or greater on the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) and proof of passing the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center physical agility test (PAT) must be attached to your application. The PELLETB and PAT must be dated within 12 months. 

This recruitment is open and continuous and may close, without notice, at any time once a sufficient number of applications have been received. 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

Work may require nights, weekends, and holidays. Training may include physical training; emergency vehicle operations; firearm training. Work may include substantial periods of time exposed to various weather conditions (including extreme heat and rain), irritants and allergens. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 

Applicants must be 21 years old at the time of appointment or older, and be in excellent health (as determined by a pre-employment physical examination). Ability to lift, carry, drag, pull, push persons or objects weighing at least 160 pounds and the ability to run for extended periods are time are required. Also requires walking and prolonged sitting; discharging firearms and using impact weapons. Vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes, normal color vision and hearing acuity are required. Incumbents must meet any other criteria mandated by the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST). 


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: 

This classification differs from Police Officer in that the Police Officer Trainee is assigned to a police academy designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system including knowledge of laws and training in police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid and physical fitness. Incumbents in this classification receive training in a controlled classroom environment. Sworn officer status is not received until successful academy completion and official processing through procedures to become a classified Police Officer. 


SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED: 

Instruction is received from academy instructors; receives general supervision from a Police Officer or Sergeant.

 

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 Minimum Qualifications:

Experience: None required. However, some experience in law enforcement work is preferred. 

Education: An Associate's degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, psychology, business administration, public administration or related field or 60 semester units from an accredited college or university is required. 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession of a Valid Class C California State Driver's License is required.
  • Must be lawfully able to possess a firearm.
  • Must be free of felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.
  • Proof of a T-Score of 50 or greater on the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) dated within 1 year.
  • Proof of successfully completing the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center physical agility test (PAT) dated within 1 year.



HOW TO OBTAIN A T-SCORE AND/OR PARTICIPATE IN THE PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST: 

The Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center typically administers the PELLETB and physical agility test on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Please check their website for specifics. Candidates must register directly with Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center to take the exam; City of Fairfield does not register candidates for the exam. 

Register for the exam by visiting the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center website: 

http://nvccjtc.com 
Then click on "Register For The Next Police Academy Entrance Exam"


You may also contact their office by telephone at (707) 256-7700. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 

PELLETB T-Scores administered by other law enforcement agencies or academies will be accepted, provided the documentation is on official letterhead and dated within 1 year. 

City of Fairfield only accepts physical agility test results from the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center dated within 1 year.

 Examples of Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to: 

Attend a basic POST certified academy designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system including laws and training in police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid and physical fitness. 

Undergo training to develop an awareness of functions and responsibilities of Police Officers and how they relate to field operations. 

Learn laws of arrest and pertinent local and state laws and ordinances. 

Perform other duties as assigned.

 Knowledge & Abilities:

Knowledge of: 

The role and function of a law enforcement agency. 

Computers to research and write reports. 

Customer service. 

Ability to: 

Learn and understand police department rules, regulations, instructions, laws and policies. 

Learn to properly handle and safely discharge firearms. 

Observe and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places, and judge situations and persons accurately. 

Learn to operate standard police equipment and vehicles. 

Follow oral and written directions. 

Write accurate reports. 

Communicate effectively with people of diverse education, social and ethnic backgrounds. 

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 

THE SELECTION PROCESS: 

Proof of a T-Score of 50 or greater on the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) and proof of passing the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center physical agility test (PAT) must be attached to your application. The PELLETB and PAT must be dated within 12 months. 

Based on the information provided in the application documents, the best-qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the examination may consist of an application screening, physical agility test, written and/or practical exam, oral interview, or any combination. This position requires a thorough background investigation, voice stress analysis test, psychological assessment, Chief's interview, and medical exam to be completed on each candidate, prior to appointment.