Police Officer Trainee

Hollister, CA
Hollister Police Department

Salary: $64,634.44 – $78,563.42 Annually.

Position Summary:

This is a non-sworn, training-level classification in the City’s police service. Incumbents are hired from entry-level eligible lists and sent to a basic police academy for training. During training, incumbents do not have police powers and are subject to the rules and regulations of the City of Hollister, Hollister Police Department, and the police academy attended. Trainees will be exposed to a variety of non-enforcement duties in law enforcement. Promotion to a sworn Police Officer position is contingent upon successful completion of the basic academy and the final review of the Police Chief. Upon promotion to Police Officer, incumbents will begin a one-year probation as a regular status employee.

Essential Functions:

  • Learn about police patrol activities while accompanying a police officer in a patrol unit. Assist police officers in answering calls for the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of all laws. Assist in the investigations of disturbances, burglaries, thefts, death cases, and other criminal incidents.
  • Assist in the preparation of police emergency or other traffic situations.
  • Report street lamps or traffic signals that are not working properly, report and assist with the removal of traffic hazards.
  • Administer first aid or perform CPR.
  • Make contact with citizens regarding the maintenance of law and order and the reporting of criminal activity.
  • Wear a distinctive police uniform and make contact with the public while on police patrol or while assigned to the public counter area. Answer inquiries and give clear, accurate information to the public concerning police procedures and matters.
  • Police Officer Trainees may be assigned to assist investigators in the handling of criminal cases. Duties might include assisting with the collection of evidence at a crime scene, assisting with obtaining witnesses statements, performing commuter tasks to gather information and record information.


  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Californian driver’s license.
  • Must be at least 20.5 years of age at time of testing and at least 21 years of age at time of appointment to sworn peace officer.
  • Not have any felony convictions.
  • Be able to pass a comprehensive background.
  • Be a United States citizen or have permanent resident alien status and applied for citizenship.