Police Officer Recruit

Citrus Heights, CA
Citrus Heights Police Department

Salary: $79,373.22 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under close supervision, Police Officer Recruits are preparing for, or participate in a basic law enforcement training program, at P.O.S.T. approved full-time academy. Police Officer Recruits gain an understanding of police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid, and acquire physical and emotional skills needed to successfully complete the police academy and may perform non-sworn, non-hazardous duties in support of a variety of police operations.

Essential Functions:

  • Learn, identify and emulate principles and techniques that promote community service, crime prevention, and appropriate behavior.
  • Learn and apply knowledge of enforcement and procedural aspects of criminal law and the legal obligations inherent in enforcement of those laws.
  • Learn and apply knowledge of proficient application of the rules of evidence. Receive training in and practice effective and professional communications through written, oral, and mechanical media.
  • Learn to recognize vehicle violations, locating the violations in the Vehicle Code, and under supervision, safely and professionally contact the violator.
  • Participate and assist in applying basic criminal investigation processes and techniques, including the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence, courtroom testimony, and witness interrogation.
  • Learn and practice physical fitness and defense techniques programs.
  • Learn and practice first-aid, including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation techniques.
  • Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification.
  • Duties may include, but are not limited to, tasks received from the Office of the Chief; assisting in routine investigations; assisting in preparing non-injury police reports; assisting in responding to fire alarms, street hazards and found property calls; assisting in traffic and non-violent crowd control duties; as directed transporting citizens, personnel and equipment.


  • No experience required.
  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. College units or degree highly desired.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license and proof of automobile liability insurance are required.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of graduation from the Police Academy, which is six months in duration.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States by the date of appointment.
  • Free of felony convictions under California Government Code Section 1029.
  • Must pass a background investigation, which includes a criminal history check for job-related convictions, fingerprinting, polygraph test, credit check, and drug use history.
  • Must pass a medical examination, drug test, and psychological test.
  • Must submit proof of PELLET B exam taken within one (1) year of application with a passing T score of 42 or higher.