Police Officer Recruit

Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Police Department
Salary: $74,448.00

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement


Under supervision, attends a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified Basic Recruit Academy; performs related work as assigned.


This is an entry level, temporary civil service classification without peace officer powers, rights or privileges, within the Police Department, used for classification of new recruits during their attendance at a P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Recruit Academy. Upon successful completion of the required course of study in a P.O.S.T. Basic Academy, incumbents may be accepted as a sworn Peace Officer of the State of California and a Police Officer of the Police Department. This class is distinguished from Police Officer, which is a sworn classification with peace officer authorities.


The following list of duties is intended only to describe the various types of work that may be performed and the level of technical complexity of the assignment(s) and is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties. The omission of a specific duty statement does not exclude it from the position if the work is consistent with the concept of the classification, or is similar or closely related to another duty statement.

  •  Attends a P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Academy to obtain classroom and practical education in the criminal justice system, applicable civil and criminal laws, police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid and physical fitness.

Desired Skills:

Note: The level and scope of the knowledge and skills listed below are related to job duties as defined under Class Characteristics.

Knowledge of:

  1. Basic law enforcement terminology and concepts; and
  2. Techniques for dealing with people of all socio-economic levels under hostile and emergency situations.

Skill in:

  1. Observing and accurately recalling places, names, descriptive characteristics and facts of incidents.
  2. Remaining calm and controlling own emotions in tense situations.
  3. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  4. Reading, interpreting and applying complex laws, procedures and policies.
  5. Making rapid, sound independent judgments within legal and procedural guidelines.
  6. Preparing clear and concise reports, records and other written materials; and
  7. Understanding and following oral and written directions.

Ability to:

  1. Learn the principles, practices, procedures, laws and ordinances, terminology and operation of equipment used in law enforcement and crime prevention and investigation.



  • Equivalent to graduation from high school and completion of 60 college semester hours in police science, public administration, psychology or a related field.
  • Previous volunteer or paid experience in a law enforcement support area is desirable.


  • Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.
  • Must possess satisfactory hearing capabilities and visual acuity of at least 20/100 correctable to at least 20/30 in each eye, and be able to meet physical, psychological and background standards.
  • Must be willing to work evening, night, weekend and holiday shifts.
  • Must be able to obtain required P.O.S.T. certification and maintain firearms qualification.
  • Must be willing to attend classes, study and participate in other Academy work outside of typical shift hours, without additional compensation beyond the basic salary range for the class.
  • Must be a United States citizen.