Police Officer

Fairchild, CA
Fairchild Police Department
Salary: $64,690.08-$82,563.52 Annually

To attend a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified Police Academy and undergo field training within the Police Department. After successful completion of academy, under general supervision, perform responsible police work, crime prevention, and community service functions. This position requires a thorough background investigation, polygraph test, psychological assessment, and a medical exam prior to appointment

Salary $64,690.08 – $82,563.52 Annually



Work may require nights, weekends, and holidays. Training may include physical training; emergency vehicle operations; firearm training. Work may include substantial periods of time exposed to various weather conditions (including extreme heat and rain), irritants and allergens.


Applicants must be 21 years old at the time of academy graduation or older, and be in excellent health (as determined by a pre-employment physical examination). Ability to lift, carry, drag, pull, push persons or objects weighing at least 160 pounds and the ability to run for extended periods are time are required. Also requires walking and prolonged sitting; discharging firearms and using impact weapons. Vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes, normal color vision and hearing acuity are required. Incumbents must meet any other criteria mandated by the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST).


This classification differs from Police Officer in that the Police Officer Trainee is assigned to a police academy designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system including knowledge of laws and training in police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid and physical fitness. Incumbents in this classification receive training in a controlled classroom environment. Sworn officer status is not received until successful academy completion and official processing through procedures to become a classified Police Officer.


Minimum Qualifications

None required. However, some experience in law enforcement work is preferred.


An Associate's degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, psychology, business administration, public administration or related field or 60 semester units from an accredited college or university is required at time of appointment to Police Officer. Appointment to Police Officer occurs after graduation from a POST certified police academy.

College credits earned while attending the police academy may be applied toward the 60 semester units requirement.
Candidates may be credited with 36 semester credits for a minimum of 4 years of active duty in the U.S. Armed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard).

Must be 21 years old at the time of academy graduation or older.
Possession of a valid Class C California State Driver's License is required.
Must be lawfully able to possess a firearm.
Must be free of felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.
Must achieve a T-Score of at least 50 on the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB).
Must successfully complete a physical agility test (PAT).