Police Officer Trainee

Clearlake, CA
Clearlake Police Department

$3,853.17 – $4,683.56 Monthly

Job Summary:
The Police Officer Trainee is a recruiting and training level classification established to qualify candidates for duties as a Police Officer I in the Clearlake Police Department. Incumbents of this class undergo a formal, fulltime comprehensive training program in a P.O.S.T. certified academy. Incumbents must qualify for promotion to Police Officer I within one year of employment or separate from City service. Positions in this class are distinguished from Police Officer I and II in that Police Officer Trainee is a non-sworn class which has no peace officer powers and incumbents are temporary part-time employees.

Once you complete the police academy, you will be promoted to a police officer. In your new capacity as a police officer, we offer room for you to grow in your career. With special assignments including field training officer, traffic officer, K-9 handler, detective, school resource officer and corporal, there are opportunities for a variety of skill sets as you grow with our organization.


Experience and Training Guidelines:
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Education: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.
Experience: None required.
License: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License as issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Peace Officer Status Requirements: Police Officer Trainees train to become peace officers and must meet all of the minimum standards pursuant to state penal and government codes, including:

Age: Must be at least 21 years of age by the time of appointment.

Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship. A permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship will be required, if appointed, to provide yearly proof of application status with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Failure to cooperate with the INS or denial of citizenship will result in termination of employment.

Felony Convictions: Must not have been convicted of a felony. Convictions for misdemeanors and/or traffic offenses will be assessed to determine fitness for appointment.

Medical/Psychological Examination: Must submit to medical and psychological examinations if a conditional offer of employment is made. The psychological examination includes the completion of a written psychological assessment and an interview with a City-appointed psychologist.