Police Trainee

Gardena, CA
Gardena Police Department

Salary: $80,640.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

A Police Trainee is a non-sworn, local government, miscellaneous employee as defined under Government Code Section 20018. Upon hire, the Police Trainee is eligible to begin receiving civilian police training as well as attending a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified police academy to prepare the incumbent to assume the responsibilities of a Police Officer upon completion of the academy. Work may also include performing non-sworn police-related tasks directly for the Police Department during non-academy hours.

Under general supervision, will perform law enforcement, crime prevention and other duties related to the position as required.

Essential Functions:

  • The Police Trainee will be receiving training for eventual appointment as a Police Officer within the Gardena Police Department. Until appointment as a Police Officer, the Trainee is a non-sworn position performing civilian police training work and attending a P.O.S.T certified basic academy.


  • Age: 21 years at time of appointment to Step 1.
  • Education: Graduation from high school or equivalent G.E.D. Certificate.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or must have applied for U.S. citizenship in compliance with Section 1031.5 of the Government Code.
  • Height, Weight, General Health: Applicants must have the capacity both mentally and physically to perform the essential duties of a Gardena Police Officer as determined by a qualified psychologist and/or medical examiner.
  • License: Must possess a valid Class “C” California Driver’s License, or if licensed in another state, be capable of securing the required California license.