Police Officer Trainee

El Segundo, CA
El Segundo Police Department

The El Segundo Police Department is a full service agency, providing the highest levels of crime prevention and quality service to a community that strongly supports its public safety members. The Department’s mission is to provide a safe and secure community while treating all people with dignity and respect.

$60,461.04 – $73,490.64 Annually


Attend scheduled training sessions; participate in physical fitness regimen as required by Academy; learn principles, practices and theory of criminal and civil law enforcement; learn basic criminal investigation processes and techniques, including the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence, courtroom testimony, and witness interrogation; learn to prepare various reports, including but not limited to vehicle reports, crime reports, suspect information reports, and missing persons reports; learn to respond to radio and computer messages and calls for service; learn techniques to make arrests as necessary; learn to investigate crimes, traffic collisions, and suspicious activities; learn to interview victims, complainants and witnesses; learn to detain and interrogate suspects; learn to analyze situations and make decisions appropriately under stressful situations; learn to collect and preserve evidence; learn to testify and present evidence in court; learn to direct traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow at times of emergency or congestion; learn to stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws and issue citations as necessary. May be required to work shifts, weekends or holidays.


Minimum Qualifications:

High School Diploma, pass the General Education Development test indicating high school graduation level, pass the California High School Proficiency Examination, or have attained a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited college or university.

Candidates who have successfully completed a full-time California P.O.S.T Certified Basic Police Academy or currently attending an Academy (with a ranking within the top 25 percentile of their class).

Licensing/Certification Requirements: Must possess a valid California Class "C" Driver's License.

Age: Must be a minimum of 20 ½ years of age at the time of the written test.

Special Requirements:
• Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
• Must be of proportional height to weight, be physically able to handle the rigorous duties of police work; possess normal hearing and color perception, minimum vision of 20/100 in each eye, correctable to 20/20;
• Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully complete a polygraph test, psychological and medical examination, and an extensive background investigation process.
• Smoking and/or the use of tobacco products on or off duty are prohibited as a condition of employment.
• Any visible tattoo(s), body art and/or body piercings are prohibited while performing department duties.