Police Officer Trainee

Anaheim, CA
Anaheim Police Department

The City of Anaheim is seeking highly motivated individuals interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Police Officer Trainee is a non-sworn classification, participating in required law enforcement training in order to develop and meet the requirements of the entry-level Police Officer classification.

Upon successful completion of required training and graduation from the POST basic police academy, Police Officer Trainees are eligible to be promoted to the position of sworn Police Officer on a probationary basis.

Monthly Salary: $6,203.60

5/11/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

How to Prepare for the Written Test

Applicants take the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) exam. The PELLETB is a 2-hour test which includes 105 questions. Learn how to prepare for the PELLETB Police Exam.


  • Attend, participate, and successfully progress through pre-academy training and orientation program(s) and a California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) approved Basic Police Academy. The components of the pre-academy and academy training include, but are not limited to:
  • Leadership, professionalism, ethics, cultural diversity and discrimination awareness, criminal justice system, criminal law and statutes, juvenile law and procedure, laws of arrest, search and seizure, preservation and presentation of evidence, criminal investigation, report writing, emergency vehicle operations, patrol techniques, community policing and collaborative problem solving, vehicle pullovers, traffic enforcement, traffic collision investigation, arrest and control methods, defensive tactics, use of force, handling disputes, crime scene investigation, collection and processing of forensic evidence, care and proficient use of firearms and chemical agents, gang awareness, narcotics recognition and enforcement, and emergency management.
  • Participate in training programs in order to develop an awareness of the duties, activities, and responsibilities of a Police Officer.
  • Participate in physical fitness, agility, and conditioning exercises and self-defense exercises, first aid and CPR.
  • Learn, understand and interpret various laws, police practices, and procedures, including the principles of community-oriented policing.
  • Analyze problems and ability to learn how to rationally and calmly take appropriate action in stressful situations.
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports and solve basic arithmetic problems.
  • May be required to work with and around specially trained police dogs.


Training/Education: Graduation from an accredited High School or successful completion of the G.E.D (General Educational Development) exam.

Abilities: Must be physically fit to perform the essential functions, including corrected or uncorrected vision of 20/20 or better; physical strength and agility to perform foot pursuit and physical restraint of suspects. Must have ability to communicate clearly and accurately, both orally and in writing; exercise tact, self-restraint and good judgment; demonstrate collaborative problem solving skills; and establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of employment.

License Required: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License by date of appointment.

Additional Requirements:
At least 21 years of age upon completion of the academy training.

Applicants must be a United States Citizen or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.