Police Officer Trainee

Larkspur, CA
Larkspur Police Department

Salary: $82,272.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under general direction of a police supervisor and/or police academy supervisor, and in a non-sworn capacity, attend and participate in a comprehensive training program at a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified basic police academy; to learn, train and successfully perform all related learning and testing activities relative to the technical knowledge, skills and physical capabilities required to perform in the capacity of a sworn police officer; and to successfully complete the police academy. Perform related duties as required.

Essential Functions:

  • Attend, fully participate in, successfully complete and graduate from a California P.O.S.T. approved basic police academy.
  • Successfully perform all related learning, both academic and physical (defensive tactics, firearms, driving, etc.), and testing activities.
  • Care for and maintain departmental equipment.
  • Attend all academy courses and training in accordance with the academy schedule which may include varied days and/or hours.
  • Report criminal activity.
  • Perform in specialized functions when assigned.
  • Participate in related training programs.
  • May do research into law, policies, and related matters.
  • May be subject to recall/call-out.
  • Perform work as a designated Disaster Service Worker per California Government Code 3100 -03109 as required of all public employees during natural and manmade disasters.
  • Perform related work as required.


  • High school graduation or G.E.D. equivalency. 60 college semester units in Police Science or closely related field is preferred.
  • Must be at least 20.5 years of age at time of testing and at least 21 years of age at time of appointment to sworn peace officer.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Peace officer applicants must obtain citizenship within three years after filing an employment application.
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Driver License and a safe driving record necessary to operate assigned vehicles.
  • Pass a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) PELLET B examination.
  • Pass a POST approved physical agility test.
  • Be able to meet the current Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) medical standards for a peace officer and be free from any physical condition, which might adversely affect the exercise of power as a peace officer.
  • Pass a POST background investigation, which includes a polygraph examination or voice stress analyzer examination, an extensive Department of Justice criminal record check, an FBI check and a firearms clearance.
  • Pass a post-offer psychological evaluation and a medical examination, which includes a drug test.
  • Required to be proficient in typical police weaponry and meet department firearms qualification requirements.
  • Pass all required department and POST training.
  • Possess and maintain CPR, AED and First Aid Certificates within six (6) months of hire.