Police Officer Trainee

Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto Police Department

Salary: $99,236.80 Annually.

Position Summary:

Palo Alto is looking for dynamic, community oriented individuals with a progressive team oriented approach. The ideal candidate will have a sense of service, dedication, and commitment to providing quality customer service. We are looking for community oriented individuals with strong ethics and a commitment to integrity.

Essential Functions:

  • Attends P.O.S.T. certified basic academy, participating in and passing all required classes.
  • During training develops awareness and understanding of the functions and responsibilities of Police Officers.
  • Academy training may include:
  • Instruction on proper handling and firing of firearms;
  • Review of radio codes and applicable Penal Code sections;
  • Overview of the court system;
  • Writing and editing police reports;
  • Observing law enforcement activities such as maintenance of order, crime prevention, and protection of citizens and property;
  • Review of rules, regulations, and procedures;
  • Developing and maintaining high level of physical fitness; and
  • Learning and demonstrating competence in arrest and control technique.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • Must either be a U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship within the past year.
  • Must possess a California driver’s license.
  • Must not have any felony convictions.
  • Must be able to legally posses a firearm in the State of California.
  • Take the POST examination.
  • Take a Physical Agility Test.