Police Officer Trainee

La Mesa, CA
La Mesa Police Department

$81,265.60 – $120,078.40 Annually

Police Officer Trainee is the entry-level position to a career in municipal law enforcement. After successfully completing the Police Academy, the Police Officer Trainee will advance to the classification of Police Officer. Upon hire, Trainees shall attend the San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Institute and complete a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified academy. Trainees will receive miscellaneous, non-safety member benefits and shall be enrolled in CalPERS as miscellaneous, non-safety members. Trainees shall progress to Police Officer upon:

  • Graduation from the police academy, or upon assignment to a field training program after completion of a portion of the academy meeting the requirements of Penal Code Section 832, and
  • Subscribing to the oath or affirmation required by the California Constitution and administered by a duly empowered official of the City of La Mesa.

As a Police Officer, performs a variety of duties involved in the enforcement of laws and the prevention of crimes; controls traffic flow and enforces State and local traffic regulations; participates in and conducts a variety of criminal investigations; provides support and assistance to special crime prevention and law enforcement programs; and performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of law enforcement services and activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Must be 20-1/2 years of age at time of application submission.

Must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law.

Requires high school graduation, passage of the General Education Development Test (GED) or attainment of a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited college or university.

Some work experience that demonstrates a general aptitude for police work.

License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license.

Possession of, or the ability to obtain upon completion of the Police Academy, a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate, and maintain the certification throughout employment in compliance with Senate Bill 2 (SB 2)