Police Officer Recruit

Albany, CA
Albany Police Department

The City of Albany is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer Recruit. The Police Officer Recruit position is for individuals interested in a career as a Police Officer but have not yet completed Basic Academy training. Once hired, Recruits will be enrolled in the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center’s Basic Police Academy, where they will learn the skills and duties of performing law enforcement functions. While in the Academy, Recruits are paid an hourly wage with limited benefits. Upon successful graduation from the Academy, Recruits are appointed to the rank of Police Officer.

$27.43 Hourly

11/15/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

How to Prepare for the Written Test

Applicants take the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) exam. The PELLETB is a 2-hour test which includes 105 questions. Learn how to prepare for the PELLETB Police Exam.


• Ensures active community policing pursuant to codified department policy and strategies.
• Patrols an assigned area by car, bicycle, or on foot; observes, investigates, and reports suspicious and hazardous conditions; apprehends and arrests law violators.
• Responds to routine and emergency calls for protection of persons and property, and for the enforcement of city ordinances, state laws, and federal laws.
• Investigates crimes, accidents, deaths, and disturbances; gathers evidence; interviews, questions, and takes statements from complainants, suspects, and witnesses; completes reports.
• Takes charge of juveniles and delinquents and works on cases involving unfit homes and crimes committed against or by juveniles; handles missing persons cases; works with community organizations and governmental agencies in delinquencies and in delinquency control programs.
• Directs traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow at times of emergency or congestion; stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; issues citations.
• Appears in court to present evidence and testimony in connection with criminal prosecution.
• Searches, transports, and assists in the booking of prisoners.
• Serves warrants, subpoenas, and other legal documents.
• Participates in specialty units including hostage negotiation teams, tactical response team, and other related police specialty units.
• Completes and submits reports and documentation of work performed.
• Organizes community outreach events; Speaks before business, school, civic and special groups, as necessary.
• Participates in continuous training to enhance law enforcement skills including defensive driving skills, apprehension and arrest techniques, investigative skills, and general law enforcement skills.
• Answers questions from the public concerning local and State laws, procedures, and activities of the department.
• Maintains department equipment and records related to equipment; researches and purchases equipment as necessary.
• Provides responsible staff assistance to superior officers.
• Serves as Field Training Officer, as assigned; trains new recruits and lateral police officers; documents trainee progress and prepares evaluations.



• 20 ½ years of age or older
• High School Diploma or GED
Licenses and Certifications
• Valid California Driver’s License, with a satisfactory driving record.

Special Requirements
• California POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB)
o Qualifying score minimum: T-Score of 42.5
o Assessment results are valid within one year (12 months) from the date the test was administered. Applicants must submit their PELLETB scores on official letterhead from an approved training institution with their application.
• Physical Agility Testing: Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center
o Qualifying score minimum: run 1.5 miles in 17 minutes, perform 17 push-ups within one minute, and perform 25 sit-ups within one minute
o Assessment results are valid within one year (12 months) from the date the test was administered. Applicants must submit their score on official Napa Valley letterhead.
o NOTE: Applicants may substitute the Napa Valley College Physical Agility Test Score for a minimum score of 384 on the POST Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB). No other substitutions will be allowed.
• Positions in this classification independently travel within and outside of City limits to fulfill the assigned duties and responsibilities.
• Positions in this classification may be required to work evenings, nights, weekends, holidays, and work overtime.
• Positions in this classification must be free of felony convictions and successfully pass a police department pre-employment screening process which include, psychological interview, medical examination, background check, and polygraph test.

Desirable Qualifications
• Experience working in a law enforcement agency
• Completion of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree with major course work in criminal justice, social science, management, or a related field