Police Officer Trainee

Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica Police Department

Participates in a formal academic and physical police training program. Police Officer Trainee is expected to successfully complete the basic training courses as prescribed by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standard and Training (P.O.S.T.)

$81,576.00 – $100,716.00 Annually

7/26/2019 5:00 PM Pacific


Participates in a rigorous academic and physical training program mandated by P.O.S.T.

Participates in firearm training and defensive tactics.

Learns basic principles of patrol procedures and criminal investigation.

Drives a variety of police vehicles under various training conditions.

Accompanies sworn police officers on ride-alongs as an observer.

Analyzes recurring patrol and specialized problems/hazards in collaboration with supervisors, peers, and service clientele. Participates in developing long-term resolutions to law enforcement related problems and issues.

Responds to multiple calls, major traffic accidents, and other emergencies.

Completes reports in a timely manner.

Performs a variety of clerical support duties including, but not limited to, typing, filing, photocopying, and assisting the public on the telephone or in person, as required.

Performs other related duties, as assigned.


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

Knowledge of:

Grammar and composition.
Effective customer service techniques.

Ability to:

Follow written and oral instructions.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Respond to inquiries from the public in a tactful manner.
Be sensitive to issues impacting the quality of life of the residents, guests, and visitors to the City.
Provide effective customer service.
Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with City employees and the general public.

Skill in:

Reading, writing, and communicating at an appropriate level.
Dealing with a variety of culturally sensitive issues.

Education, Training and Experience:

Graduation from high school or the equivalent. Military experience and/or related public contact experience is desirable. Police Officer Trainees must be 20 years and 6 months of age at time of appointment. Applicants must be U.S.. citizens or permanent resident aliens who are eligible for and have applied for U.S.. citizenship. Must obtain citizenship within three (3) years from date of application.

Licenses and Certificates:

Possession of a valid Class C driver license. Must be able to obtain a regular Basic California P.O.. Certificate within 18 months from date of hire.