Police Officer Trainee

Petaluma, CA
Petaluma Police Department

$68,432.00 – $83,179.20 Annually

The Petaluma Police Department
Petaluma Police Department is dedicated to providing the best law enforcement services to the community and it prides itself on community involved programs. Petaluma has a population of approximately 59,000 and encompasses nearly 13 square miles situated 40 miles north of San Francisco Bay Area on U.S. 101, and 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The Police Department staffing includes 84.5 full time employees, including one Chief, one Deputy Chief, four Lieutenants, nine Sergeants, fifty Officers, and other support staff.  In addition, the department has K-9 Officers, Traffic Unit, Motorcycle Patrol, SWAT Team, Investigations Unit, and Reserve Community Service Officer Program (Volunteer). The Petaluma Police Department is proactive in Community Oriented Policing Philosophy.

Hiring Requirements
Candidates being considered for selection will undergo a thorough background investigation, including but not limited to personal history, employment, education, military, State of California Department of Justice fingerprint search of records, DMV driving record, etc. A polygraph examination will be part of the background examination.  Prior to appointment, candidates must also successfully complete a Police Chief interview, pre-employment medical examination, a drug screen, and a psychological evaluation. All statements made on application materials must be correct and will be subject to investigation and verification.


Minimum Qualifications – At the time of application you must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of graduation from the Police Academy.
  • Have education equivalent to completion of high school.
  • Possess a valid California Driver License.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or be able to meet California Government Code Section 1031(a) by time of graduation from the Police Academy.