Police Officer Trainee/Entry Level Officer

El Segundo, CA
El Segundo Police Department
Salary: $60,461.04-$73,490.64 Annually

Located in a beautiful beach city of the Santa Monica Bay and three miles from the Los Angeles International Airport, the El Segundo Police Department serves a community that exhibits a safe place to live, work and visit. Our organization is dedicated to providing the highest level of professionalism and customer service through a community-oriented policing and problem solving philosophy. We take part in unparalleled partnership with our community to identify problems for the purposes of making long-term improvements in the safety and quality of life within our city. El Segundo is the home of the Los Angeles Air Force Base, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings training facility, as well as one of Chevron’s largest oil refineries.

This is an open recruitment process. Only online applications will be accepted for this position. The application filing may close any time, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The supplemental application is utilized to determine the best qualified candidates to move forward in the selection process. Failure to submit a complete application, which includes providing complete answers to all supplemental questions, may result in disqualification. All applications will be carefully screened and only those applicants appearing most qualified based solely on the application materials, including employment history and responses to supplemental questions, will be invited to participate in the testing process.

$60,461.04 – $73,490.64 Annually


Characteristic Duties and 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. May be required to work shifts, weekends or holidays.



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.

Special Requirements:
• Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
• Must be of proportional height to weight, be physically able to handle the rigorous duties of police work; possess normal hearing and color perception, minimum vision of 20/100 in each eye, correctable to 20/20;
• Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully complete a polygraph test, psychological and medical examination, and an extensive background investigation process.
• Smoking and/or the use of tobacco products on or off duty are prohibited as a condition of employment.
• Any visible tattoo(s), body art and/or body piercings are prohibited while performing department duties.

Knowledge, Skills and Other Characteristics:

Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; ability to read and interpret complex technical documents; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; ability to observe, record, and recall pertinent facts and details; ability to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action, giving due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances; ability to learn and apply proper and appropriate use of force techniques; ability to perform strenuous physical activities; Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the members of the public, the community, co-workers and superiors; Skill in using a personal computer.