Police Officer Trainee

Hercules, CA
Hercules Police Department

The Police Officer Trainee is a non-sworn individual in a trainee capacity who has not completed a Basic P.O.S.T. Academy. The primary responsibility of the Trainee is to attend a P.O.S.T. certified academy to develop the minimum qualifications necessary to assume the position as an entry level, sworn Hercules Police Officer.

*To qualify for this position, you must have taken the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) and scored a total of 50 or above. -EDITED 7/17/2018

**Police Officer Trainees, while at the Police Academy and who have not graduated from the Police Academy, shall be compensated at a rate of 10 percent (10%) less than Step 1 of the range for Police Officer.

Additionally, incumbents in this class who have successfully completed the Basic P.O.S.T. Academy, received a Certificate of Completion, and have not reached their twenty-first birthday; may serve as a sworn Police Officer Trainee with their primary responsibility being the successful completion of the Patrol Field Training Program. Upon reaching their twenty-first birthday, incumbents may assume the duties of an entry level sworn Hercules Police Officer.

$6,026.69 Monthly
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.


• Patrols assigned areas to ensure the security of life and property, observe situations, and deter crime by providing high visibility; notes and reports unsafe conditions
• Responds to, and investigates, unusual or suspicious activities, responds to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service
• Directs traffic, and investigates traffic accidents
• Enforce state, local, and federal laws and ordinances, issues verbal warnings and citations to violators, analyzes facts, clues and evidence and makes investigations to determine law violators
• Makes arrests, serves subpoenas and warrants, transports prisoners, and interviews suspects
• Prepares evidence and appears in court to give testimony
• Searches for stolen property and missing persons
• Gives information to the public regarding laws, ordinances, traffic safety, directions and available public services
• Operates computers, radios, and other communication equipment
• Carries and uses a firearm and other appropriate defensive weaponry
• Protects the life, property, public order and constitutional rights of all citizens. Adheres to the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Law Enforcement Code of Ethics
• Investigates juvenile and designated adult criminal activity and incidents as the assigned detective coordinates crime science control and investigation, including interviews and interrogations, identification of witnesses, overseeing collection and preservation of physical evidence
• Restores order, protects life and property, and maintains the peace at public gatherings and in conflict situations
• Prepares and documents cases, writes daily reports, completes reports and records, and prepares and maintains other logs and records
• Participates in special details and assignments, including K-9, investigations, and related activities; may serve as field training officer
• Provides emergency aid and assistance to incapacitated persons and requests additional response
• Perform related duties and responsibilities as required



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 listed above would be:

Equivalent to graduation from high school. Volunteer or paid experience in a law enforcement support area and college level course work in criminology, law enforcement or police science is desirable.


Applicants must:

Citizenship Requirement:

Be a United States Citizen or resident alien with application for citizenship in progress
(Proof of Citizenship to be provided by third day of work)

General Requirements:

Be a high school graduate, or GED equivalent
Be at least 20 years of age at time of appointment
Possess a valid California driver's license (at time of appointment) and a good driving record
Obtain and attach proof of a T-Score of 55 or higher with application
Must be able to obtain required P.O.S.T. certification and maintain firearms qualification