Police Officer Trainee

Modesto, CA
Modesto Police Department

$71,188.92 – $86,528.64 Annually

The Police Officer Trainee is responsible to perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local municipal codes, violations, and traffic regulations; to perform investigative work; to participate in and provide support and assistance to special crime prevention and enforcement programs; and to perform a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the department.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol a designated area of the City to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances; assist stranded motorists.
  • Answer calls and complaints involving automobile accidents, robberies, and related misdemeanors and felonies; render first aid, as required.
  • Respond to general public service calls including animal complaints, domestic disturbances, civil complaints, property control, and related incidents.
  • Collect, process, photograph, and present evidence using scientific techniques including fingerprints, fibers, blood, and related physical evidence.
  • Check buildings for physical security.
  • Serve as Field Training Officer, as assigned; train new officers on departmental policies, procedures, and activities.
  • Enforce traffic laws and ordinances; check speed with radar; issue warnings and citations.
  • Direct traffic at fire, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.
  • Conduct investigations of serious injury and fatality traffic accidents.


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 would be:

None required.


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Graduates of a California POST-certified Regular Basic Course: a minimum of 30 units of college coursework from an accredited college or university is desirable.

Candidates currently enrolled in a California POST-certified Regular Basic Course: a minimum of 15 units of college coursework from an accredited college or university is desirable.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license at time of application; valid California driver’s license by time of appointment.

Police Officer Trainees must be currently attending or completed a California POST certified Regular Basic Course (Intensive, Extended, or Modular formats). Proof of completion of a California POST certified Regular Basic Course is required by time of appointment. Certificate must be dated within three years unless candidate has qualifying service, as defined in the POST Administrative Manual, Regulation 1008(b), within the past three years.

Additional Requirements:

Minimum of 20 years of age at time of application.

Must meet physical requirements of the job established by the department.

Physical condition is, after examination by a licensed physician and surgeon, free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect his/her exercise of powers as a Police Officer.

Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.