Police Officer Trainee

Hercules, CA
Hercules Police Department

Salary: $92,836.20 Annually.

Position Summary:

To qualify for this position, you must have taken the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) and scored a total of 45 or above.

Police Officer Trainees, while at the Police Academy and who have not graduated from the Police Academy, shall be compensated at a rate of 10 percent (10%) less than Step 1 of the range for Police Officer.

The Police Officer Trainee is a non-sworn individual in a trainee capacity who has not completed a Basic P.O.S.T. Academy. The primary responsibility of the Trainee is to attend a P.O.S.T. certified academy to develop the minimum qualifications necessary to assume the position as an entry level, sworn Hercules Police Officer.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols assigned areas to ensure the security of life and property, observe situations, and deter crime by providing high visibility; notes and reports unsafe conditions.
  • Responds to, and investigates, unusual or suspicious activities, responds to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service.
  • Directs traffic, and investigates traffic accidents.
  • Enforce state, local, and federal laws and ordinances, issues verbal warnings and citations to violators, analyzes facts, clues and evidence and makes investigations to determine law violators.
  • Makes arrests, serves subpoenas and warrants, transports prisoners, and interviews suspects.
  • Prepares evidence and appears in court to give testimony.
  • Searches for stolen property and missing persons.
  • Gives information to the public regarding laws, ordinances, traffic safety, directions and available public services.
  • Operates computers, radios, and other communication equipment.
  • Carries and uses a firearm and other appropriate defensive weaponry.
  • Protects the life, property, public order and constitutional rights of all citizens. Adheres to the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.
  • Investigates juvenile and designated adult criminal activity and incidents as the assigned detective coordinates crime science control and investigation, including interviews and interrogations, identification of witnesses, overseeing collection and preservation of physical evidence.
  • Restores order, protects life and property, and maintains the peace at public gatherings and in conflict situations.
  • Prepares and documents cases, writes daily reports, completes reports and records, and prepares and maintains other logs and records.
  • Participates in special details and assignments, including K-9, investigations, and related activities; may serve as field training officer.
  • Provides emergency aid and assistance to incapacitated persons and requests additional response.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


  • Basic law enforcement terminology and concepts.
  • Techniques for dealing with people of all socio-economic levels under hostile and emergency situations.
  • Safety practices and precautions pertaining to the work.
  • First aid and CPR.
  • Be a high school graduate, or GED equivalent.
  • Be at least 20 years of age at time of appointment.
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license (at time of appointment) and a good driving record.
  • Obtain and attach proof of a T-Score of 55 or higher with application.
  • Must be able to obtain required P.O.S.T. certification and maintain firearms qualification.
  • Have normal color vision.
  • Have vision of not less than 20/30 (corrected in each eye).
  • Possess satisfactory hearing capabilities.
  • Be free of disabling physical conditions or diseases that interfere with police work.
  • Be emotionally stable and mature.
  • Possess strength and physical ability necessary to perform the duties of a Police Officer.