Police Officer Trainee

Novato, CA
Novato Police Department

If you are interested in a career in law enforcement, this is an excellent opportunity to become a Police Officer Trainee with the Novato Police Department. As a trainee, you would be assigned to attend an upcoming P.O.S.T. certified Police Academy. During the six (6) month Academy program you would receive the training required for appointment to the position of Police Officer. Upon successful completion of the Academy you would typically be appointed as a Police Officer and begin serving an eighteen (18) month probation period with the City of Novato Police Department.

Positions shall be filled only as police officer vacancies exist or are contemplated due to pending resig­nations, candidates attend a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified Basic Police Academy, and successfully completes the Academy’s course of study to acquire peace officer status in the State of California.

The classification is established for police officer trainee purposes only and assignments shall be for a duration of no longer than a 4-month period. Upon recommendation of the Chief of Police, a limited extension beyond the 4-month period may be authorized by the Human Resources Manager. This is a non-sworn position.

Incumbents are in a probationary status and do not qualify for regular status with the City until successful completion of an eighteen (18) month probationary period as a full-time sworn police officer.


$80,724.60 – $98,121.24 Annually


Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2022


  • Participates in and successfully completes a comprehensive training program at a P.O.S.T. certified Police Academy for a period of approximately 20 weeks.
  • Acquires the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully as a Police Officer.
  • Acquires the physical conditioning needed to meet the requirements of the Police Department.
  • Following successful completion of the P.O.S.T. Academy, the trainee will be sworn in as a full Police Officer and be assigned to an approximately sixteen (16) week field training program.
  • Trainees successfully completing the P.O.S.T. Academy program will be sworn in as Police Officer prior to beginning the field training program; trainees failing to meet the goals of the field training program will be terminated.
  • Probationary Police Officer employees who have transferred from the police officer trainee class are eligible for their first merit review at the completion of a twelve (12) month period as a sworn police officer.  Thereafter, merit reviews will occur annually based on the initial merit review date.


  • Minimum age – 21 years
  • Must have successfully completed all requirements, testing, and selection processes for appointment as a probationary Police Officer.