Police Officer Trainee
Under direction, a Police Officer patrols an assigned area to protect life and property, prevent crime, maintain order, and enforce laws, ordinances and constitutional mandates; performs investigative work in detection of crime; performs public service tasks; and other duties as assigned.
This is the entry level class in the sworn law enforcement series. Persons in this classification work within the framework of established law enforcement procedures and are expected to exercise independent judgment in dealing tactfully with the public in emotional situations and to react effectively in emergency situations.
Examples of Important and Essential Functions
Patrols an assigned area of the City by vehicle, foot, or as designated by the supervisor; maintains law and order; responds to emergencies as directed over the radio and telephone; conducts investigations of complaints and crime reports to determine if a crime has been committed; investigates traffic accidents; administers first aid and gives assistance to the injured; makes arrests; serves subpoenas and warrants; guards prisoners; questions suspects; notes and reports unsafe conditions; prepares evidence and appears in court; searches for stolen property and lost persons.
Experience, Education and Training Guidelines
Any combination of experience, education and training that would provide the best qualified candidates. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:
Experience: Experience working in a police program or police department is desirable.
Education: Equivalent to graduation from high school. College courses related to law enforcement are desirable.
Training: Any recent training such as academic courses and certification programs which are relevant to this job classification.
License: Possession of a valid California Driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record as determined by the City.
Age: Minimum 21 years old.