Police Officer Trainee

Novato, CA
Novato Police Department

Salary: $73,141.32 – $88,903.80 Annually.

Position Summary:

The classification is established for police officer trainee purposes only and assignments shall be for a duration of no longer than a 4-month period. Upon recommendation of the Chief of Police, a limited extension beyond the 4-month period may be authorized by the Human Resources Manager. This is a non-sworn position.

Incumbents are in a probationary status and do not qualify for regular status with the City until successful completion of an eighteen (18) month probationary period as a full-time sworn police officer.

Essential Functions:

  • Participates in and successfully completes a comprehensive training program at a P.O.S.T. certified Police Academy for a period of approximately 20 weeks.
  • Acquires the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully as a Police Officer.
  • Acquires the physical conditioning needed to meet the requirements of the Police Department.
  • Following successful completion of the P.O.S.T. Academy, the trainee will be sworn in as a full Police Officer and be assigned to an approximately sixteen (16) week field training program.
  • Trainees successfully completing the P.O.S.T. Academy program will be sworn in as Police Officer prior to beginning the field training program; trainees failing to meet the goals of the field training program will be terminated.
  • Probationary Police Officer employees who have transferred from the police officer trainee class are eligible for their first merit review at the completion of a twelve (12) month period as a sworn police officer. Thereafter, merit reviews will occur annually based on the initial merit review date.


  • Minimum age – 21 years.
  • Must have successfully completed all requirements, testing, and selection processes for appointment as a probationary Police Officer.
  • Experience: None Required.
  • Training: Equivalent to completion of twelfth grade.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license.