Police Officer Trainee (Academy Recruit)

El Segundo, CA
El Segundo Police Department

$5,038.42 – $6,124.22 Monthly

Essential Job Functions
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of duties and responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
Position in this classification typically perform a full range of duties at a level of complexity represented by the following types of responsibilities:

  • Attend scheduled training sessions;
  • Participate in physical fitness regimen as required by Academy;
  • Learn principles, practices and theory of criminal and civil law enforcement;
  • Learn basic criminal investigation processes and techniques, including the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence, courtroom testimony, and witness interrogation;
  • Learn to prepare various reports, including but not limited to vehicle reports, crime reports, suspect information reports, and missing persons reports;
  • Learn to respond to radio and computer messages and calls for service;
  • Learn techniques to make arrests as necessary;
  • Learn to investigate crimes, traffic collisions, and suspicious activities;
  • Learn to interview victims, complainants and witnesses;
  • Learn to detain and interrogate suspects;
  • Learn to analyze situations and make decisions appropriately under stressful situations;
  • Learn to collect and preserve evidence;
  • Learn to testify and present evidence in court;
  • Learn to direct traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow at times of emergency or congestion;
  • Learn to stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws and issue citations as necessary; and
  • May be required to work shifts, weekends or holidays.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School Diploma, pass the General Education Development test indicating high school graduation level, pass the California High School Proficiency Examination, or have attained a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited college or university.

Candidates who have successfully completed a full-time California P.O.S.T Certified Basic Police Academy or currently attending an Academy (with a ranking within the top 25 percentile of their class) may be allowed to substitute their academy training in lieu of having to attend the City’s mandatory academy. The decision is at the sole discretion of the Chief of Police.

Licensing/Certification Requirements: Must possess a valid California Class “C” Driver’s License.

Age: Must be a minimum of 20 ½ years of age at the time of the written test.