Police Officer Trainee (Entry Level)

Bell Gardens, CA
Bell Gardens Police Department

Salary: $3,617.00 – $7,529.00 Monthly.

Essential Functions:
Police Recruit/Trainee– While enrolled in the Police Basic Academy an incumbent must:

  • Participate for successful completion in a prescribed law enforcement officer training program for entry level Police Officer.
  • Maintain standards of mental and physical fitness throughout the training program
  • Maintain acceptable class standing and adhere to professional conduct

Sworn Police Officer– Following graduation from the Academy and upon appointment to the position, essential duties include:

  • Patrols in a vehicle or on foot, an assigned area during an assigned shift and looks for indicators of possible criminal activity or threats to life and property; answers calls for police services; enforces City, county and state laws; makes field contacts and completes forms; may conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, vehicle accidents, suspected homicides, and other criminal incidents.
  • Makes arrests as necessary; serves warrants and subpoenas; interviews victims, complaints, and witnesses; interrogates suspects; gathers and preserves evidence; receives, searches and books prisoners; fingerprints and transports prisoners; testifies and presents evidence in court.
  • Contacts and cooperates with the other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders.
  • Writes reports and field notes; participates in staff development; attends briefings and training sessions; performs routine maintenance on assigned patrol vehicle, firearms, and other equipment.
  • Makes traffic stops and issues warnings, citations, or makes arrests as necessary; checks vehicles and observes vehicle occupants; investigates scenes of vehicle accidents; provides emergency medical care as necessary, directs traffic and arranges for clearing of roadway, interviews drivers and witnesses and prepares reports; directs traffic at fire, special events, and other emergency or congested situations.
  • Assists the public and answers questions; administers first aid and responds to calls for medical assistance; establishes and maintains good relationships with the general public.


  • High School graduation or equivalent.
  • Must have valid class “C” California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record.
  • No felony convictions.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
  • Must be 21 years of age at time of appointment.

Preferred Requirements:

  • English/Spanish bilingual skills highly desirable.