Police Officer Trainee

El Segundo, CA
El Segundo Police Department
Salary: $60,461.04-$73,490.64 Annually

This is an open recruitment process. Only online applications will be accepted for this position. The application filing may close any time, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The supplemental application is utilized to determine the best qualified candidates to move forward in the selection process. Failure to submit a complete application, which includes providing complete answers to all supplemental questions, may result in disqualification. All applications will be carefully screened and only those applicants appearing most qualified based solely on the application materials, including employment history and responses to supplemental questions, will be invited to participate in the testing process.

The examination process will consist of a P.O.S.T. entry-level written test (pass/fail), physical agility test (pass/fail), and an interview panel (weighted 100%). The City of El Segundo uses the P.O.S.T. Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) and will accept T scores from other agencies within a one year period. The passing T-score for the City of El Segundo is 44.0. Candidates wishing to use scores for the PELLETB exam administered at another agency must submit a letter from the testing agency on agency letterhead at the time of application – acceptance of the other agency’s T-Score is subject to verification with the testing agency. The exam date is tentative until qualifying candidates receive written confirmation from the Human Resources department. Candidates must successfully pass each test phase in order to continue in the testing process. Candidates who successfully pass all components of the testing process are placed on the eligibility list in ranked order. The eligibility list may be merged with existing Police Officer lists for certification purposes.

$60,461.04 – $73,490.64 Annually


Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of duties and responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.


Minimum Qualifications:

High School Diploma, pass the General Education Development test indicating high school graduation level, pass the California High School Proficiency Examination, or have attained a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited college or university.

Candidates who have successfully completed a full-time California P.O.S.T Certified Basic Police Academy or currently attending an Academy (with a ranking within the top 25 percentile of their class) may be allowed to substitute their academy training in lieu of having to attend the City's mandatory academy. The decision is at the sole discretion of the Chief of Police.

Licensing/Certification Requirements: Must possess a valid California Class "C" Driver's License.

Age: Must be a minimum of 20 ½ years of age at the time of the written test.

Special Requirements:
• Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
• Must be of proportional height to weight, be physically able to handle the rigorous duties of police work; possess normal hearing and color perception, minimum vision of 20/100 in each eye, correctable to 20/20;
• Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully complete a polygraph test, psychological and medical examination, and an extensive background investigation process.
• Smoking and/or the use of tobacco products on or off duty are prohibited as a condition of employment.
• Any visible tattoo(s), body art and/or body piercings are prohibited while performing department duties.