Police Officer Recruit
Under the direction of the Chief of Police, the Police Officer Recruit is a non-sworn civilian employee and attends a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified police academy to learn and perform the responsibilities of an entry-level California Police Officer. Upon graduation from the academy and award of the Academy Basic Certificate, the Police Officer Recruit becomes a probationary Police Officer and performs work under general instructions, but with established policies and procedures. The Police Officer Recruit performs related duties as required to achieve successful results in support of the City’s mission, goals, policies and objectives.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS
This position is accountable to perform the duties, responsibilities and expectations of a Police Recruit assigned to a California P.O.S.T. certified police academy including but not limited to:
- Attends, participates and successfully completes a P.O.S.T. certified police training academy and passes all required classes, scenarios, physical training and other assigned duties and tasks
- Performs rigorous physical training.
- Learns the use and care of firearms, chemical agents, and other weapons.
- Learns to drive a motor vehicle under normal and emergency conditions safely.
- Understands and carries out oral and written directions.
- Learns to demonstrate command presence in conflict situations.
- Speaks clearly and learns standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
- Learns to write clear, comprehensive and accurate reports, legibly and with correct grammar and spelling.
Qualified applicants must:
- Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
- Be 20 ½ years of age upon acceptance to a California P.O.S.T. certified academy
- Be a United States citizen or a resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship at least one year prior to the date of application
- Possess a valid Class C California Department of Motor Vehicles driver’s license
- Not have any felony, domestic violence or misdemeanor assault convictions
- Be able to possess a firearm in the State of California legally
- Pass a pre-employment physical agility test
- Meet the written, physical, psychological background standards set by California P.O.S.T.
- Complete and successfully pass all aspects of the Department-designated California P.O.S.T. basic academy within the first twelve months
- An Associates or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is highly desirable.
- Bilingual skills in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, American Sign Language, and Vietnamese are also highly desirable.