Police Academy Attendee (Police Recruit Trainee)

San Leandro, CA
San Leandro Police Department


This is a trainee level classification without peace officer powers, rights or privileges. Incumbent must graduate from the assigned, or currently enrolled POST Basic Police Academy, at which point, upon recommendation of the Police Chief, may be appointed to and sworn in as a probationary, entry level, Police Officer.

This classification is distinguished from Police Officer in that the latter is the fully-certified and trained level of the sworn series, fully capable of carrying out assigned duties on an independent basis. Police Recruit Trainee benefits are limited to those outlined under the San Leandro Confidential Employees’ Compensation Plan.


$6,074.00 – $7,384.00 Monthly




• Attends and successfully completes a certified police training academy designed to provide an overview of the Criminal Justice System which includes training in various laws, police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid, weapons, and physical fitness;
• Understands and is able to carry out oral and written directions;
• Meets standards of physical stature, endurance, and agility established by the City;
• Observes and accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places;
• Uses and cares for firearms;
• Learns, understands, and interprets laws and regulations;
• Prepares accurate and grammatically correct written reports;
• Learns standard broadcasting procedures of a Police radio system; and
• Performs related duties as assigned.

Educational requirements:

High school diploma or legal equivalent (GED) and completion of sixty (semester) college units or ninety (quarter) college units.

Experience requirements:

Must be eligible to attend a State of California POST certified Basic Police Academy or currently enrolled in one.

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of:
Acquire a working knowledge of basic law enforcement terminology and concepts, public relations, and report writing;

Acquire a working knowledge of community-based policing strategies and other similar practices used to develop relationships with the community in order to best identify and address community needs and concerns;

Acquire a working knowledge of Vehicle and Penal Codes; laws of arrest, rules of evidence, legal rights of citizens, court procedures; and

Acquire a working knowledge of techniques for dealing with people from different educational, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Ability to:
Successfully complete a POST certified Basic Police Academy;

Identify and respond to community issues, concerns, and needs;

Adapt communication style to the audience, listen carefully, use respectful language and tone, and appropriate interpersonal and rapport building strategies to de-escalate situations;

Solve problems with creativity, adaptability, and flexibility;

Exercise tact and professionalism;

Demonstrate empathy, compassion, diplomacy, and integrity in everyday interactions;

Use and care of firearms and small equipment;

Learn and understand and interprets laws and regulations;

Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports;

Respond to emergency and problem situations in an effective manner;

Understand, explain, and apply policies and procedures;

Make clear and concise radio transmissions;

Understand and follow verbal and written directions;

Deal constructively with conflict and develop effective resolutions;

Establish and strengthen community and working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Upon successful completion of the California POST Basic Police Academy, must possess a valid POST Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification of Completion at the time of appointment to Police Officer classification.

At time of appointment as a trainee, must pass a comprehensive background check and be willing to work such hours and locations as are necessary to accomplish the job requirements; travel to attend meetings, seminars and conferences. Classification requires the possession and continued maintenance of a valid class “C” California driver’s license.

Must be 21 years of age or older.

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship.

Record must be free from any felony convictions, or any convictions that would bar the applicant from legally possessing a firearm.