Police Recruit Trainee

San Leandro, CA
San Leandro Police Department
Salary: $5,396.00-$6,560.00


Position Definition: To attend a State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Police Academy; and to develop an awareness of the functions, activities and responsibilities of a Police Officer.

Distinguishing Characteristics: This is a trainee level classification without peace officer powers, rights or privileges.  Incumbent must graduate from the assigned POST Basic Police Academy, at which point, upon recommendation of the Chief of Police, may be appointed to and sworn in as a probationary, entry level, Police Officer.

This classification is distinguished from Police Officer in that the latter is the fully-certified and trained level of the sworn series, fully capable of carrying out assigned duties on an independent basis. Police Recruit Trainee benefits are limited to those outlined under the San Leandro Confidential Employees’ Compensation Plan.

Supervision Received and Exercised: Receives direct supervision and tutorage from Academy training staff, as well as training staff from the San Leandro Police Department.


The essential functions of the classification may include, but are not limited to, the functions below and are subject to changes in operational necessity.

  • Attends and successfully completes a certified police training academy designed to provide an overview of the Criminal Justice System which includes training in various laws, police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid, weapons, and physical fitness;
  • Understands and is able to carry out oral and written directions;
  • Meets standards of physical stature, endurance, and agility established by the City;
  • Observes and accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places;
  • Uses and cares for firearms;
  • Thinks and acts quickly in emergencies, and judges situations and people accurately;
  • Learns, understands, and interprets laws and regulations;
  • Prepares accurate and grammatically correct written reports;
  • Learns standard broadcasting procedures of a Police radio system; and
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:  

  • Acquire a working knowledge of basic law enforcement terminology and concepts, public relations, and report writing;
  • Acquire a working knowledge of Vehicle and Penal Codes; laws of arrest, rules of evidence, legal rights of citizens, court procedures; and
  • Acquire a working knowledge of techniques for dealing with people of all socio-economic levels under hostile and emergency situations.

Ability to: 

  • Successfully complete a POST certified Basic Police Academy;
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Observe accurately and remembers faces, numbers, incidents and places;
  • Use and care of firearms and small equipment;
  • Learn and understand and interprets laws and regulations;
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports;
  • Respond to emergency and problem situations in an effective manner;
  • Understand, explain, and apply policies and procedures;
  • Make clear and concise radio transmissions;
  • Understand and follow verbal and written directions;
  • Deal constructively with conflict and develop effective resolutions; and
  • Establish and maintains cooperative work relationships.



  • Must be eligible to attend a State of California POST certified Basic Police Academy.


  • High school diploma or legal equivalent (GED) and completion of sixty (semester) college units or ninety (quarter) college units.

Licenses/certifications/other requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship.

Possession of a California POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) "T-score" of 48 points or higher dated within one year of application.  NOTE:  California POST "T-scores" from other agencies will be accepted if it has been taken within one year of the date you submit your City of San Leandro application.  Applicants must submit, on agency letterhead, a letter that states that individual has taken the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) written exam.  The letter must contain the total "T-score" and the date of the test.  For information on where the PELLETB test is offered, please visit www.theacademy.ca.gov/tests.

Possession of a California POST physical agility test certificate, known as the Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB), with a score of 384 or higher and a 14-minute maximum time for the 1.5 mile run, dated within one year of application.  For information on where the WSTB test is offered, please visit www.theacademy.ca.gov/tests.

Record must be free from any felony convictions, or any convictions that would bar the applicant from legally possessing a firearm.

Applicant must be in good physical condition.  Weight must be in proportion to height.  Vision and physical condition must satisfy established POST medical standards.  Please refer to https://post.ca.gov/medical-screening-manual.aspx for additional information.

Upon successful completion of the California POST Basic Police Academy, must possess a valid POST Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification of Completion at the time of appointment to Police Officer classification.

At time of appointment as a Police Recruit Trainee, applicant must pass a comprehensive background check and be willing to work such hours and locations as are necessary to accomplish the job requirements; travel to attend meetings, seminars and conferences.  Classification requires the possession and continued maintenance of a valid class "C" California driver's license.