Police Officer Trainee

Fairfield, CA
Fairfield Police Department

To attend a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified Police Academy and undergo field training within the Police Department. After successful completion of academy, under general supervision, perform responsible police work, crime prevention, and community service functions. This position requires a thorough background investigation, polygraph test, psychological assessment, and a medical exam prior to appointment.

$67,277.60 – $85,866.56 Annually

Proof of a T-Score of 50 or greater on the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) and proof of passing the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center physical agility test (PAT) must be attached to your application. The PELLETB and PAT must be dated within 12 months of application submittal.

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.


This classification differs from Police Officer in that the Police Officer Trainee is assigned to a police academy designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system including knowledge of laws and training in police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid and physical fitness. Incumbents in this classification receive training in a controlled classroom environment. Sworn officer status is not received until successful academy completion and official processing through procedures to become a classified Police Officer.



None required. However, some experience in law enforcement work is preferred.

An Associate's degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, psychology, business administration, public administration or related field or 60 semester units from an accredited college or university is required at time of appointment to Police Officer. Appointment to Police Officer occurs after graduation from a POST certified police academy.
• College credits earned while attending the police academy may be applied toward the 60 semester units requirement.
• Candidates may be credited with 36 semester credits for a minimum of 4 years of active duty in the U.S. Armed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard).

• Must be 21 years old at the time of academy graduation or older.
• Possession of a valid Class C California State Driver's License is required.
• Must be lawfully able to possess a firearm.
• Must be free of felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.
• Must achieve a T-Score of at least 50 on the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB).
• Must successfully complete a physical agility test (PAT).