Police Officer Recruit

Agency: Downey Police Department

Location: Downey CA

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement


Closing Date/Time:             Continuous

Salary:                                    $35.75 - $44.28 Hourly
$6,196.67 - $7,675.20 Monthly
$74,360.00 - $92,102.40 Annually 

Job Type:                              Regular, Full-Time




NOTE:  This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and may close without prior notice.  Testing will be conducted based on a reasonable pool of qualified applicants.  Please thoroughly review the entire job flyer including the application instructions.  Failure to submit a completed application and provide required documentation may result in an application being removed from further consideration.  

Effective the start of the pay period that includes July 1, 2016, employees will receive a two percent (2%) across the board pay range increase. 

The Police Officer Recruit is a non-sworn training position. An incumbent is required to complete a formal and comprehensive California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified Basic Academy training program sponsored by the City of Downey.  A full-time Basic Academy can be approximately four to six months.  Upon completion of training and graduation from the Academy with acceptable class standing, a candidate is eligible for placement consideration in the position of sworn Police Officer with the City of Downey.

ABOUT THE POLICE ACADEMY: The Academy provides training in basic criminal investigation processes and techniques; preparation of various reports; analysis of situations  to make appropriate decisions  under stressful situations; testify and present evidence in court, and practices and theory in criminal and civil law enforcement.

A qualified candidate for the Police Recruit position must be prepared and available to attend a full-time Basic Academy.



The following examples are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to each classification.

Police Recruit - While enrolled in the Police Basic Academy an incumbent must:

Sworn Police Officer - Following graduation from the Academy and upon appointment to the position, essential duties include:


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Successfully complete the City of Downey Police Department Field Training Program; requires the ability to meet and maintain POST physical standards; possess analytical and decision making skills and ability to identify problems, weigh solutions, recognize alternatives and their implications independently and quickly; possess interpersonal skills to effectively interact with those encountered in the performance of duties, specifically within a diverse  population,  including surrounding communities; skill in speaking clearly using appropriate vocabulary to provide information and relate evidence in court; ability to exercise authority in both physical and verbal actions in activities which may involve hostility and resistance; skill and ability to write accurate and descriptive reports; and, skill in using a personal computer and keyboard.  Ability to learn and maintain acceptable working knowledge, including safety considerations on the operation and use of assigned equipment and tools required in the performance of duties.     

License Requirement:  Due to the performance of field patrol duties, possession of a valid California Driver's License and possession of an acceptable driving record and the ability to maintain a valid Driver's License and an acceptable driving record during the course of employment is required.



Experience and Education:  No previous law enforcement experience or Police Academy training required.  High school diploma or equivalent required.  Completed formal education or coursework in criminal justice or a related field that provides knowledge or exposure to law enforcement or public safety service is helpful.







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