Police Officer Trainee/Academy Enrolee

Agency: Lompoc Police Department

Location: Lompoc CA

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement


Salary:               $23.48 - $28.54 Hourly
$1,878.33 - $2,283.12 Biweekly
$4,069.72 - $4,946.77 Monthly

Job Type:         Full-Time, Permanent


THIS RECRUITMENT IS TO ESTABLISH AN ELIGIBILITY LIST FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE OPENINGS.  Interested applicants must submit on-line application -- NO paper applications will be accepted.

The City reserves the right to stop accepting applications prior to the posted deadline, if sufficient number of qualified applications is received. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The recruitment is officially closed once it has been removed from the City's website.  


The class of Police Officer Trainee/Academy Enrollee represents the training level class in the law enforcement series. Incumbents, under close supervision, participate in a basic law enforcement training program approved by the California Peace Officer Standards and Training ("P.O.S.T."); and do other work as required. Incumbents remain in probationary status for the duration of such employment and must successfully complete the basic Post Academy to qualify for Police Officer. Positions in this class are distinguished from Police Officer in that the Police Officer Trainee is a non-sworn class which has no peace officer powers and shall exercise no peace officer powers.   


EXAMINATION PROCESS:  Based upon screening of the City application, résumé, and responses to supplemental questions, applicants whose qualifications best meet the requirements of the position will be invited to the examination process.  This process may include, but is not limited to: written examination, panel interview and/or performance examination, which consists of an evaluation of some of the essential knowledge, skills, abilities, and job related experience listed below. Those candidates who pass the examination process are placed on an eligibility list from which the final selection will be made.


SELECTION PROCESS: As authorized by City policy, applicants being considered for hire in this position are subject to successful completion of background investigation, polygraph, psychological testing and fingerprinting for purposes of investigating criminal history background, as part of the employment screening process. Appointment is also subject to a City-paid medical exam (based upon job-related physical standards) by a City-designated physician. 


Failure in any one part of the examination or selection processes will disqualify a candidate from further consideration.



The following duties are typical of this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the duties and/or may be required to perform specifically related additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Participates in a basic law enforcement training program approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, which includes the following: receives instructions in the interpretation and application of laws contained in various state codes and local ordinances, e.g. Penal, Vehicle, Welfare, Institutions Code as well as Health and Safety Codes; receives instructions in the basic criminal and traffic accident investigation procedures; learns techniques, including crime scene preservation, witness interviewing and evidence collection, participates in a firearms training course which deals with safety, care and use of small arms, as well as department issued weapons; receives classroom instruction and participates in field training exercises covering patrol procedures, radio and vehicle operation and traffic control; receives training in civil procedures as well as custodial responsibilities; and performs other work as required.  


If you are unable to perform the essential functions of the position for which you are applying, either with or without reasonable accommodation, please notify Human Resources at (805) 875-8208.



 Include any combination of training, education and experience which demonstrates an ability to perform the duties of the position. The typical qualifying background is:
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: High School diploma or G.E.D. and a minimum of 18 years of age. DESIRABLE: Applicants currently enrolled in a California P.O.S.T. approved Basic Academy. 

Incumbency in the Police Officer Trainee job class shall not be considered toward the probationary period required for the classification of Police Officer.  Failure to success­fully complete the basic P.O.S.T. Academy is grounds for automatic rejection from the Police Officer Trainee position.

LICENSE REQUIRED: Possession of a valid and appropriate California Driver's License. 

KNOWLEDGE OF: Basic English composition, grammar and spelling; and basic math.

ABILITY TO: Read, learn, understand, interpret and apply laws, ordinances, regulations, codes, directives and police literature; write clear, comprehensive and accurate reports; operate a vehicle safely, under normal and emergency conditions; use and care for firearms; learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police ratio system; inspire public confidence through personal integrity, appearance and action; analyze situations and adopt a quick, effective and reasonable course of action; remember facts, names, faces and details of incidences accurately; speak clearly; understand and carry out oral and written instructions; and establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.







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