National City, CA
National City Police Department

Under immediate supervision, to attend a Basic Police Academy and participate in departmental training and orientation programs to prepare for a professional law enforcement career.

This is a non-sworn, civilian, trainee class designed to employ Police Officer candidates during the initial, formalized, basic police officer training. Police Recruit is distinguished from the next higher class, Police Officer, in that recruits are not assigned any active law enforcement duties and do not have peace officer powers. Upon successful completion of required training, recruits may be appointed and sworn in as Police Officers.


$4,316.89 – $5,512.74 Monthly


1/25/2022 at 6:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana


  • Attend a Basic Police Academy which meets all training requirements of the California Penal Code and the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), to obtain a comprehensive overview of the criminal justice system and specialized training in various laws, law enforcement techniques, practices and procedures, and first aid and to develop and demonstrate physical fitness and effective usage of firearms.
  • Participates in orientation and in-house training programs under direct supervision to develop an awareness of the duties, activities, and responsibilities of a Police Officer.

Desired Skills:

Observe, learn, understand, and interpret various laws and police practices and procedures; analyze problems and have the potential to rationally and calmly take appropriate action in emergency and stressful situations; undergo strenuous physical conditioning; prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports in English; establish and maintain cooperative working relations with persons of widely varying socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds; understand and carry out oral and written directions.


  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship on or within three (3) years before the date of appointment.
  • Must possess a valid California Class C Driver's License at the time of appointment.
  • Must meet all requirements for admission to Basic Police Academy recognized by POST.