Police Academy Trainee

Manhattan Beach, CA
Manhattan Beach Police Department

Salary: $83,124.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

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.

Essential Functions:

  • 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.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age or older at the time of appointment.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law.