Police Officer Trainee

Napa, CA
Napa Police Department

Are you someone who wants to work with dedicated people to make a real difference in the community? Have you been searching for an unusual yet thoroughly rewarding career? Are you someone with the desire to help others in emergency situations? Do you excel at making good decisions under pressure?

Join our team and you’ll learn to protect yourself and others with incredible training, gain another family and a sense of belonging that no other career can offer, and spend your time helping others by making a positive impact on the community.

Oh, did we mention the awesome pay and benefits? Pay during the academy is up to $32.69 per hour! Currently, our full-time Police Officers earn a base salary of $111,705 annually, plus enjoy incredible health and retirement benefits!

$56,302.00 – $68,011.00 Annually


Under supervision, performs a variety of entry level police support duties in a learning capacity; assists and observes Police Officers and civilian police personnel; attends the Police Academy to obtain a P.O.S.T. Certificate of Completion; performs related work which may require public contact but not the enforcement of laws.

This is a pre-entry level law enforcement classification in which incumbents learn and gain additional qualifications in preparation for a career as a sworn peace officer. Appointment to this classification is expected to lead to development of knowledge, skills and abilities which can be applied upon successful entrance to the Police Officer class. Upon attainment of the appropriate P.O.S.T. certification, incumbents in this class will be appointed to the Police Officer classification; such appointment is expected by the completion of the probationary period. The Police Officer Trainee is distinguished from Police Officer in that the latter is the working level class with enforcement powers requiring sworn peace officer status.

In addition to attending the Police Academy to gain training and proficiency in law enforcement terminology, concepts, techniques and to gain the requisite knowledge to be eligible to perform the duties of a sworn peace officer, candidates may perform the following duties as assigned:

1. Ride with officers to observe and learn peace officer responsibilities and techniques.
2. Operate police information equipment, including computer systems, teletypes and telephones to enter and research information at the direction of an Officer or police civilian.
3. Assist in processing, packaging, labeling, storing and destroying property and evidence; may provide assistance with photocopies, files, indexes and locating police records and related paperwork.
4. Perform errands for the department such as transporting information and paperwork to court and district attorney offices; perform related duties as assigned.


A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skill and ability required for this position would be: Equivalent to graduation from high school and any full or part-time work experience of a length to demonstrate good work habits. Experience working in a police environment and completion of college-level course work related to law enforcement are preferred.

KNOWLEDGE OF: Basic English grammar, composition, spelling and punctuation; basic mathematics; effective communication and public speaking; effective problem solving techniques; basic law enforcement concepts; basic computer operating systems and software applications related to the work.

ABILITY TO: Successfully complete the P.O.S.T. Basic Police Academy; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; learn, understand and interpret laws and regulations; learn to implement and enforce laws, policies, regulations, guidelines and orders concerning the protection of life, property and the maintenance of law, order and peace; observe and accurately recall names, faces, numbers, incidents and places; think and act quickly in emergency situations; analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action; exercise sound judgment, often under pressure; understand and carry out written and oral directions; write at a fast rate of speed to prepare accurate and factual written reports; perform basic math computations; safely operate motor vehicles; establish and maintain effective relationships with co-workers, supervisors, public officials and representative of other agencies; utilize computers and computer software, as required; learn to meet the minimum standards of use with department-issued or approved lethal and non-lethal weapons.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Must possess sufficient physical strength, ability, coordination and stamina to perform the essential duties of a Police Officer.