Police Officer/Police Officer Trainee

Arcata, CA
Arcata Police Department

Salary: $62,645.19 – $79,952.92 Annually.

Essential Functions:

  • Police Officer (Academy Graduate or Lateral Transfer)- This position performs a variety of law enforcement duties in the enforcement of all Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances to ensure the preservation of public peace, prevention of crimes, protection of life and property.
  • Police Officer Trainee (Sponsorship to Enter Academy or Current Academy Student) – Participates as a student in a law enforcement training academy approved by P.O.S.T; and performs other related duties as assigned under the supervision of the Police Chief or designee.


  • At time of application, possess a valid P.O.S.T. Certificate verifying successful completion of a P.O.S.T. approved police academy; be currently enrolled in a P.O.S.T approved academy; or possess a valid P.O.S.T. Recertification Certificate. The above qualifications are not required of those applying for sponsorship to enter an Academy.
  • All applicants must have a valid California Driver’s License with a safe driving history; must have graduated from high school or possess a G.E.D. certificate.
  • Must be willing to work overtime and on-call, and work rotating shifts which involve relief shifts, days, nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Must possess a valid Basic P.O.S.T. Certificate or acquire within one year of employment as a Police Officer.
  • Must be age 21 at time of appointment.