Police Trainee

Agency: Santa Maria Police Department

Location: Santa Maria CA

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement



Salary:  $5,030.39 - $6,114.49 Monthly  $5,030.39 - $6,114.49 Monthly

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: FY 16-00044

Closing: Continuous




 Fall 2017 POLICE ACADEMY***


Under close instruction and supervision, attends and participates in a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified police academy, participating in and passing all required classes.  Receives basic law enforcement training regarding various laws, police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid, and physical fitness. Upon successful completion of the academy, this classification becomes a probationary Entry–Level Police Officer; and performs other duties as assigned.

The Police Trainee classification differs from that of an Entry-Level Police Officer in that the Police Trainee is not a sworn classification and is a recruiting and training-level class used for candidates qualified to learn the duties of an Entry-Level Police Officer. Incumbents in this class undergo a formal, comprehensive training program in a P.O.S.T. certified academy conducted by Allan Hancock College. Upon satisfactory completion of the training and graduation from the Academy, the Police Trainee is advanced to a probationary Entry-Level Police Officer with full police authority. Failure to graduate from the Academy within the prescribed training period and failure to continue to meet the minimum qualifications for the Entry-Level Police Officer position will be cause for termination.

The ideal candidate will be a committed, career-minded individual who is self-motivated and willing to learn and address the needs of our community. S/he must be a leader who will seek out and solve community problems that will enhance the quality of life for our community. The ideal candidate will possess excellent skills in both oral and written communications and have a working knowledge of computers. In addition s/he will have an appreciation and sensitivity for a multi-cultural community. Females and minorities are encouraged to apply. Bilingual abilities are highly desired.




The following duties are typical of this classification and are intended only to describe the various types of work that may be performed, the level of technical complexity of the assignment(s), and are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties.  The omission of a specific duty statement does not exclude it from the position if the work is consistent with the concept of the classification, or is similar or closely related to another duty statement to address business needs and changing business practices.

Attends P.O.S.T. certified police academy, participating in and successfully passing all mandated and required classes designated to develop awareness and understanding of the functions and responsibilities of Police Officers.   Academy training may include, but is not limited to the following: instruction on proper handling and firing of firearms; review of radio codes and applicable Penal Code, Vehicle Code and other statutory code sections; overview of the court system; writing and editing police reports; observing law enforcement activities such as maintenance of order, crime prevention, and protection of citizens and property; review of rules, regulations, and procedures; developing and maintaining a high level of physical fitness; learning and demonstrating competence in arrest and control techniques; and performs other duties as assigned.




Graduation from high school or a G.E.D. Certificate indicating an overall score of 45 or better.

Experience in a law enforcement environment desirable.

OR any combination of education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the above minimum requirements.

Knowledge of:
Basic English composition, grammar, and spelling; the English language; after completion of the academy, knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment; basic knowledge of applicable laws and ordinances; and principles and practices of exemplary customer service.

Ability to:
Acquire knowledge to pass the P.O.S.T. certified police academy; write clearly, accurately, concisely, legibly, and with correct English grammatical construction and spelling; read and interpret technical documents in English; communicate effectively in both oral and written form; observe, assimilate, remember, record, and recall pertinent facts and details; read maps and mapped information; apply selected knowledge (i.e., laws, statutes, court decisions, department policies, criminal investigation theories, etc.) in collecting, organizing, and analyzing a variety of information in order to decide on an appropriate and reasonable course of action; take a proactive approach to problem solving; analyze problems and have the potential to rationally and calmly take effective action in emergency and stressful situations; plan and effectively present material orally to diverse groups; deal courteously and appropriately with the public; establish and maintain effective working relationships; collaborate with a variety of diverse interest groups in reaching a consensus for the betterment of the community; attend, as scheduled, on a regular basis, to effectively perform the position's required duties and responsibility; demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community; develop skill in the use of firearms; effectively utilize required equipment; undergo and maintain the appropriate physical conditioning; use word processing and computer software highly desirable; learn the organization, procedures, and operating details of the City department to which assigned; and speak Spanish highly desirable.

Possession of a valid and appropriate California Driver License.  Must have and maintain a satisfactory driving record and be insurable to operate City vehicles.

Special Requirements:
Minimum age of 21 years upon graduation.  Weight must be in proportion to height.  Vision must be within P.O.S.T. standards and normal color and depth perception.  Successful completion of a background investigation, polygraph, psychological examination, physical agility test, and medical examination which includes a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.


Police car; police radio; in-car camera, radar gun; handgun and other weapons as required; baton; Taser, handcuffs; flashlight, breathalyzer; first aid equipment; Mobile Data Terminal (MDT); computers and related software. 







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