Police Officer: Trainee


Salary  $82,464.00 - $100,152.00 Annually

Location   City of Monterey, CA

Job Type Full-Time

Department Police Department

Job Number 16-0601

Closing Continuous



The Monterey Police Department is currently accepting applications for Police Officer Trainee. Candidates will be paid the hourly Trainee rate of $34.93 while attending the POST Basic Police Academy. The Trainee position is a non-sworn, entry-level training position. Employees in this classification are temporary, at-will employees with only mandatory benefits as required by law, and do not have Police Officer status while attending the Academy. Employees do not get promoted as a sworn Police Officer until they complete the Academy. Upon successful completion of the Academy and appointment to the position, candidates will receive the yearly salary of $82,464 and full benefits of a regular full-time, sworn Police Officer with the City of Monterey.

Agency Shop

The City of Monterey, in agreement with the Monterey Police Officers Association and Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) requires membership in the aforementioned organization or an in lieu contribution to a qualified organization as a condition of employment.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received or until the position has been filled. This recruitment may close at any time without notice.


A limited number of applicants who clearly show that they most closely meet the needs of this position in terms of training, experience, education, and other job-related characteristics will be accepted to participate in the selection process. This process will include evaluation and initial screening of the standard on-line City application to determine which candidates progress to the next phase of the recruitment process. The subsequent selection process may include a panel interview and a final departmental interview.

Candidates moving forward will be subject to an extensive background examination including a polygraph test, psychological exam and physical. Once testing is complete the Chief of Police shall review the background and post-conditional offer assessments and make the final determination as to whether a formal job offer is to be made.  The Human Resources Department reserves the right to make changes to components of the examination process.



High school graduation equivalency or GED and successful completion of a Work Sample Test Battery with a minimum qualifying score of 384, and a T-Score of 50 or higher on the California POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery. Assessment results are valid within one year from the date that the tests were administered. 


The City of Monterey does not administer the Law Enforcement entrance assessment testing, however we will accept scores from any POST participating agency. The closest testing facility to Monterey is run by South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium (SBRTC). For more information on testing through SBRTC, please visit the SBRTC website at http://www.theacademy.ca.gov/tests.


For more information regarding the testing standards, please visit the POST website at www.post.ca.gov.

The Position

Under general supervision, to perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; and to do related work as required.



Examples of Duties

Patrols an assigned area in radio car, motorcycle, or on foot for the prevention of crime and the enforcement of laws and regulations; responds to radio messages or telephone instructions and appears at scene of disorder or crime as assigned; conducts preliminary or follow-up investigations of prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, deaths, accidents, and other disturbances; directs traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow, at times of emergency or congestion; stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws and issues citations; investigates accidents; renders first aid as necessary; enforces City ordinances on abandoned cars; does follow-up investigation on hit-run accidents; collects and preserves evidence; testifies in court in connection with criminal prosecution; attends fire scenes to assist in the protection of life and property; serves warrants and subpoenas; operates radio-telephone equipment at headquarters or in a patrol vehicle; occasionally relieves a superior officer and acts for him; supervises the custody of prisoners; fingerprints, photographs and books prisoners; assists in receiving, searching, booking, fingerprinting and supervising prisoners; answers inquiries; keeps records and prepares reports; when assigned, operates a motorcycle in traffic enforcement or a bicycle or all terrain vehicle when assigned to the Community Action Team; conducts preliminary and final investigations.


Typical Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Any education equivalent to graduation from high school;

Be at least 21 years of age;

Not have any felony convictions;

Be able to pass a comprehensive background;

Possess a valid California Driver's License at time of appointment; and

Be a United States citizen or have permanent resident alien status and applied for citizenship.

Desirable Qualifications

Ability to solve problems, effectively communicate and make good decisions.

Ability to write clear, comprehensive reports.

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other employees and the general public.

Ability to perform combined tasks under stressful situations.

A Bachelors degree is highly desirable. 
Ability to fluently speak and understand a foreign language is highly desirable.

Supplemental Information

Ability to learn law enforcement principles and practices;

Ability to read & understand departmental policies, instructions, laws and regulations;

Ability to analyze situations and adopt a quick, effective and reasonable course of action;

Ability to prepare clear and accurate reports;

Have physical agility; keen observation and ability to remember names, faces and details at crime scenes and at traffic collisions;

Ability to learn the appropriate use of and care for vehicles, firearms and other law enforcement safety equipment;

Ability to speak and write effectively; and

Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions.

License and/or Certifications
Must possess a valid California driver's license and have an acceptable driving record.






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