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.

$72,768.80 – $88,452.00 Annually


  • Attend a basic POST certified academy designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system including laws and training in police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid and physical fitness.
  • Undergo training to develop an awareness of functions and responsibilities of Police Officers and how they relate to field operations.
  • Learn laws of arrest and pertinent local and state laws and ordinances.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


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).

• 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.
• Proof of a T-Score of at least 45 on the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) and proof of passing any CA P.O.S.T certified police academy physical agility test (PAT) must be attached to your application. The PELLETB and PAT must be dated within 12 months of application submittal.

Applicants must be 21 years old at the time of appointment or older, and be in excellent health (as determined by a pre-employment physical examination). Ability to lift, carry, drag, pull, push persons or objects weighing at least 160 pounds and the ability to run for extended periods are time are required. Also requires walking and prolonged sitting; discharging firearms and using impact weapons. Vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes, normal color vision and hearing acuity are required. Incumbents must meet any other criteria mandated by the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST).