Police Officer Trainee

Ventura, CA
Ventura Police Department
Salary: $5,868.95/month

Do you like helping those in need, preventing and solving crime, protecting the innocent and serving our community? Are you a leader with courage, integrity, self-discipline and compassion? If you are interested in a career in law enforcement, consider becoming a Police Officer Trainee with the City of Ventura’s progressive Police Department

Salary $5,868.95/month

How to Prepare for the Written Test

Applicants take the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) exam. The PELLETB is a 2-hour test which includes 105 questions. Learn how to prepare for the PELLETB Police Exam.


This is a non-safety, non-sworn, at-will position. Attends a high-stress, POST-certified, police academy, and receives additional department training designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system, various laws and procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid, physical fitness, and other related duties. Trainees learn the philosophy of community problem-oriented policing and working closely with the community to resolve problems.

This position is designated as "at-will," serving at the pleasure of the appointing authority, and subject to discharge without cause and without right of appeal.

The Police Officer Trainee is a non-sworn, non-safety position. Incumbents are in training, and upon graduation from a police academy, may be appointed as sworn Police Officers, based upon overall academy performance, evaluations, and the availability of positions.



  • Is trustworthy, honest, physically active and has good leadership qualities.
  • Takes responsibility and uses a proactive approach to problem-solving.
  • Maintains control when resolving delicate issues or responding to emergency situations.
  • Makes logical, fair decisions with calm professionalism, while adhering to the law and carrying out a law enforcement agenda.

License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and acceptable driving record are required.

Education: Graduation from High School, or a GED is required. College coursework in Criminal Justice, behavioral, or other social science coursework is preferred.

Age: Must be 20 years of age at the time of application.

Convictions: Must be of good moral character, with no felony convictions

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen, or able to provide proof of application for US citizenship at least one year prior to applying for a Police Officer Trainee position with the City of Ventura.

Medical: Excellent physical condition. Must meet California POST medical and psychological standards.

Other: Candidates are required to undergo an extensive background investigation, polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation, and post-offer medical examination, including screening for drugs and alcohol.