Police Academy Trainee

Agency: Orange Police Department

Location: Orange CA

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement


Salary: $53,652.00 Annually

Job Type: Full Time Miscellaneous

Job Number: 00536

Closing: 5/12/2017 5:00 PM Pacific






It is important that you read and become familiar with the job flyer in its entirety as pertinent information is provided here regarding application packet requirements. 

The application must be completed in its entirety.  If the application field does not apply to you, then please indicate so by typing "N/A".  INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS OR APPLICATIONS DIRECTED TO OTHER AGENCIES/JURISDICTIONS WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.


The City of Orange is looking for dedicated men and women who want to make a difference in the community they serve by becoming a member of one of the best Police Departments in Orange County.  The successful candidate will demonstrate through their education and experience, a desire for a career as a Police Officer.  Those persons who best meet the needs of the City will be contacted for participation in the selection process which will include, but may not be limited to, the following: POST PELLET-B written examination (pass/fail). See http://www.post.ca.gov for a sample exam; Physical Agility Test (pass/fail) see below for details; and an appraisal interview - 100%.

Physical Agility Components:

         Obstacle Course (AKA – Foot Pursuit):  99-yards.  Involves various turns and balance beams.

         2 six-foot walls:  One solid and one chain-linked.  Candidates may take up to three good efforts to get over each wall.  Failure to get over any one of the walls results in immediate disqualification of the exam. 

         Dummy Drag:  Must lift, drag, and pull a 165 lb. dummy for 35 feet.

         500 yard run.

Police Academy Trainees sponsored by the Orange Police Department receive a salary of $4,339 per month and generous benefits while attending the Police Academy. See BENEFITS Tab for complete information.


Upon successful completion of the Academy, the salary for Police Officer is $6,214- $7,969 per month, plus very generous benefits and salary incentives.

Salary Incentives:
Officers receive up to $500 per month for college degree/units and P.O.S.T. Certificates. Officers assigned as the following receive:

Motor Officers- additional 6.5% pay per month

Detectives- additional 7.5% pay per month

Canine Handlers- receive 6.5% pay per month

Corporals in Patrol- receive 10.0% pay per month

Crime Scene Investigators- receive $250 per month

Field Training Officers- receive up to $275 per month

SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT)- receive up to $200 per month

Shift differential- 2% shift differential

Longevity pay- Officers not in special assignments with over 6 years service receive 5% pay/month

Bilingual Pay- If qualified, officers may receive $225 per month.

Other Benefits:

Orange Police Officers work the 4/10 schedule. Employees receive 100 hours per year of holiday accrual, and 80 hours of vacation for the first 4 years of service. Vacation accrual increases to 120 hours upon 5 years of service, and increases to a maximum of 220 hours after 30 years of service. The City also pays court standby pay. In addition to retirement, the City offers an optional Deferred Compensation Plan.

For complete POLICE OFFICER Benefits information 
CLICK HERE. Or, visit online (http://agency.governmentjobs.com/orange)


Examples of Duties

Under supervision, performs law enforcement and crime prevention duties; enforces city, county and state laws; patrols assigned areas; responds to calls for protection of life and property; conducts preliminary investigations of matters involving possible violations of law; investigates criminal cases; directs and controls traffic flow; stops violators; warns against unlawful practices, issues citations, testifies in court; prepares and submits reports; inspects business premises; investigates suspicious persons and circumstances; gives information and directions to the public; reviews case records and reports; collects and identifies evidence; apprehends and arrests criminal law violators; enforces parking regulations; attends training assignments and target practice; performs other related duties as required.


Typical Qualifications

Selection Standards:
POST sets the minimum standards for Peace Officers in the State of California.  POST guidelines provide for the following five (5) major categories that we consider during the hiring process:

1.    Moral Character: Integrity, Impulse Control, Attention to Safety, Substance Abuse, and Other Risk Taking Behavior.

2.    Work Habits: Conscientiousness, Dependability, and Attention to Detail.

3.    Interactions with Others: Interpersonal Skills and Teamwork.

4.    Intellectually-Based Abilities: Decision Making and Judgment, Learning Ability, and Communication Skills.

5.    Handling Stress and Adversity: Stress tolerance as well as Confronting and Overcoming Problems, Obstacles, and Adversity


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