Police Officer Trainee

Petaluma, CA
Petaluma Police Department

Salary: $86,507.20 Annually.

Closing Date: 4/15/2024.

Position Summary:

Perform a variety of entry level, support, and paraprofessional police services duties in a learning capacity; assist and observe Police Officers and civilian police personnel; attend the Police Academy to obtain a P.O.S.T. basic certificate.

General supervision is provided by the Police Lieutenant; responsibilities may include the indirect supervision of support staff.

Essential Functions:

  • Ride with officers to observe and learn peace officer responsibilities and techniques; operate police information equipment including computer systems, teletypes, and telephones to enter and research information at the direction of an officer or police civilian.
  • Assist in processing, packaging, labeling, storing and destroying property and evidence; photocopy, file, index, and locate police records and related paperwork.
  • Clean and assist in maintenance of police officer equipment and firearms.
  • Perform errands for the department such as transporting information and paperwork to court and district attorney offices.
  • Issue bicycle licenses and assist in processing of recovered stolen bicycles.
  • Assist in a wide variety of other tasks in the department as assigned; provide traffic direction and control for special events.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of graduation from the Police Academy.
  • Have education equivalent to completion of high school.
  • Possess a valid California Driver License.