Police Recruit

Signal Hill, CA
Signal Hill Police Department

Salary: $78,730.72 Annually.

Closing Date: 4/30/2024.

Position Summary:

This is a non-sworn, non-represented, civilian classification, specifically designed to train police officer candidates for eligibility as a sworn police officer with promotion to the position of police officer contingent upon satisfactory completion of police academy training and meeting all other requirements.

Essential Functions:

  • Attends a P.O.S.T. certified basic police academy designated by the City of Signal Hill to obtain formal training in police work associated with public safety and the protection of life and property.
  • May perform non-sworn work in the Police Department’s jail operation, communication center, property and evidence handling, service desk, community relations or any other designated department area as assigned.
  • Learns to patrol assigned areas; learns to answers special calls; conducts initial and follow-up investigations; interviews victims, complainants, and witnesses; learns to answer complaints, including domestic disturbances, health code, and local ordinance violations; learns to perform surveillance activities; learns procedures for conducting chemical, drug, and alcohol testing; learns to investigate suspicious circumstances.
  • Learns to enforce traffic laws; learns methods for conducting complete accident investigations; controls and directs traffic when necessary; performs crowd control, special event or riot duties; may learn and assist in crime prevention activities and the control of juvenile delinquency; counsels and educates the community; administers first aid in cases of emergency; transports, books and is responsible for the care and custody of detained persons.
  • Learns procedures to obtain and process evidence; takes written statements; prepares and/or dictates required reports and maintains investigative records; serves warrants and subpoenas; may testify in court proceedings; provides information and referrals in non-criminal situations; contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies as warranted.


  • Equivalent to completion of high school.
  • Valid Class C California driver license, acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurance are required.
  • Completion of sixty college units of study from an accredited community college, college or university with an emphasis on criminal justice, administration of justice or related field.
  • U.S. citizen or resident alien who has applied for citizenship at the time of application.
  • Must have reached 21st birthday upon completion of the police academy.
  • Vision uncorrected at least 20/70 and correctable to 20/20 in both eyes. Normal depth perception and color vision in both eyes.
  • Hearing must be normal in both ears as passed by the City’s Medical Examiner.
  • Height and weight must be in proper proportion.
  • Ability to meet physical requirements will be established by competent authority.