Police Academy Trainee
Police Academy Trainee (PAT) is a non-sworn training position. Under close supervision, the Police Academy Trainee will complete a formal, comprehensive California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Certified Basic Academy training program; learn basic law enforcement legislation and principles, police procedures and techniques and do other related work as required. Upon satisfactory completion of the training and graduation from the Academy within the prescribed training period, the Academy Trainee will be sworn in as a Police Officer with full police authority.
• Attends scheduled academy training sessions and participates in physical fitness regimen as required by Academy.
• Learns principles, practices and theory of criminal and civil law enforcement.
• Learns basic criminal investigation processes and techniques, including the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence, courtroom testimony, and witness interrogation.
• Learns to prepare various reports, including but not limited to vehicle reports, crime reports, suspect information reports, and missing persons reports.
• Learns to respond to radio and computer messages and calls for service and techniques to make arrests as necessary.
• Learns to investigate crimes, traffic collisions and suspicious activities; interview victims, complainants and witnesses; and detain and interrogate suspects.
• Learns to analyze situations and make decisions appropriately under stressful situations.
• Learns to collect and preserve evidence and testify and present evidence in court.
• Learns to direct traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow at times of emergency or congestion; and learn to stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws, and issue citations as necessary.
• May be required to work shifts, weekends, or holidays.
• A High School diploma or G.E.D. or California High School Proficiency Test is required.
• The completion of college level course work is desirable.
• A valid California driver's license is required at the time of appointment.
Must have knowledge of the English language and the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
• Read and interpret complex technical documents;
• Understand and carry out oral and written instructions;
• Observe, record, and recall pertinent facts and details;
• Adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action, giving due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation;
• Learn and apply proper and appropriate use of force techniques; perform strenuous physical activities;
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships; use a personal computer;
• Attend training sessions in a punctual and dependable manner.
• Employees hired after September 3, 1988, shall refrain from smoking tobacco or using any other tobacco substance at any time, on or off duty.
• Must be at least 21 years of age or older at the time of appointment.
Must be a citizen of the United States of America or a permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship.
Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully complete a polygraph test, psychological and medical assessments by a qualified professional, and a comprehensive P.O.S.T. approved background investigation.