Police Recruit

Sacramento, CA
Sacramento Police Department

Under close supervision working developmental assignments and preparing for nomination to the police academy, Police Recruits participate in basic law enforcement training, gain an understanding of police procedures, law enforcement techniques, and first aid, acquire physical and emotional skills needed to successfully complete the police academy and may perform non-sworn, non-hazardous duties in support of a variety of police operations.

$43,741.78 – $50,636.56 Annually

9/30/2019 11:59 PM Pacific


Learn and apply knowledge of the Sacramento Police Department's organization, chain of command, and rules and regulations.
Learn, identify and emulate principles and techniques that promote community service, crime prevention, and appropriate behavior.
Learn and apply knowledge of enforcement and procedural aspects of criminal law and the legal obligations inherent in enforcement of those laws.
Learn and apply knowledge of proficient application of the rules of evidence.
Receive training in and practice effective and professional communications through written, oral, and mechanical media.
Learn to recognize vehicle violations, locating the violations in the Vehicle Code, and under supervision, safely and professionally contact the violator.
Participate and assist in applying basic criminal investigation processes and techniques, including the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence, courtroom testimony, and witness interrogation.
Learn and practice physical fitness and defense techniques programs.
Learn and practice first-aid, including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation techniques.
Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification. Duties may include, but are not limited to, assisting in routine investigations; assisting in preparing non-injury police reports; assisting in responding to fire alarms, street hazards and found property calls; assisting in traffic and non-violent crowd control duties; as directed transporting citizens, personnel and equipment.


High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.

No experience required.


Must be at least 18 years of age by the time of appointment.

Must be a citizen of the United States by the date of appointment.

Driver License:
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment.

Respiratory Protective Equipment:
Work in this class requires wearing respiratory protective equipment at times. When assigned to such work, facial hair must be shaven when it interferes with the safe fitting of respiratory protective equipment.

Felony Convictions:
Free of felony convictions under California Government Code Section 1029.

Must pass a background investigation, which includes a criminal history check for job-related convictions, fingerprinting, polygraph test, credit check, and drug use history.

Medical/Drug Test:
Must pass a medical examination and drug test.

Training Requirements: Incumbents must be enrolled in a minimum of twelve (12) semester units at an accredited college or university and maintain a 2.0 grade point average until a minimum of sixty (60) units needed to satisfy the minimum qualification requirements of the Police Officer classification have been attained.

This is a developmental classification designed to attract and retain persons with the desire and potential to be appointed to the Police Officer classification and who are working to satisfy the minimum qualification requirements of the Police Officer classification. Failure to make satisfactory progress may be cause for termination.