Police Trainee/ Lateral Officer

Antioch, CA
Antioch Police Department

Salary $112,248 to $136,440 per year



This is a continuous recruitment, however, applicants in this group whose application has been accepted will participate in the testing process on Friday, October 27, 2023. The testing process will consist of:

Oral Board Interviews

Please note that failing any portion of the testing process will disqualify you and you will not be moving forward in the hiring process.

**We reserve the right to modify this schedule.**

Under general supervision, a Police Officer protects persons and property, provides law enforcement, maintains order, controls traffic, prevents crime and juvenile delinquency, conducts investigations, handles jail and desk duties; performs related duties as required.

Positions in this class are occupied by sworn police officers. Officers may be armed and may be assigned to work in uniform or plain clothes. Shift schedules may be changed periodically, and job assignments may be rotated among patrol, traffic control, criminal and juvenile investigation and administrative services. The duties require initiative, resourcefulness, analytical skills and the ability to adopt a quick, effective and responsible course of action in emergencies. The work involves frequent contact with the public, often in situations where relations may be strained.

Examples of Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Patrols an assigned area by car, motorcycle, or foot to observe, investigate, and report suspicious and hazardous conditions.
  2. Apprehends and arrests law violators.
  3. Responds to routine and emergency calls for protection of persons and property, and for the enforcement of City ordinances and State laws.
  4. Investigates crimes, accidents, deaths and disturbances; gathers evidence; interviews, questions and takes statements from complainants, suspects and witnesses; completes case reports.
  5. Takes charge of juveniles and delinquents and works on cases involving unfit homes and crimes committed against or by juveniles.
  6. Handles missing persons’ cases and works with community organizations and governmental agencies in delinquencies and delinquency control programs.
  7. Directs traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow at times of emergency or congestion; stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws and issues citations.
  8. Appears in court to present evidence and testimony.
  9. Searches, guards, transports and assists in the booking and custodial care of prisoners.
  10. Serves writs, warrants, subpoenas and other legal documents.
  11. May be assigned to assist in conducting special studies related to the Police Department.
  12. May be assigned to evidence, training, investigations or other administrative assignments.
  13. Provides information and direction to the public and assists in developing community crime prevention programs.
  14. May speak before business, school, civic and social groups.

Typical Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.


  • Basic law enforcement theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs.
  • Principles and techniques of traffic control.
  • Basic interviewing methods and principles.
  • Principles, practices, and safe work methods used in collecting, processing, logging, storing, and safeguarding evidence, property, and materials including hazardous materials.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations and department rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Self defense principles and practices.
  • Safe work methods and safety regulations pertaining to the work including officer safety standards and safe driving principles and practices.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
  • Computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
  • Automated law enforcement information systems and procedures.
  • Public and agency desk procedures and methods for providing services and information including those related to collecting, maintaining, and releasing information, files, and documents.
  • Law enforcement record keeping and records management principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment.
  • Research and report writing techniques.
  • Methods and techniques used in customer service and public relations.
  • Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Geographic features and locations within the area served.
  • Standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.


  • Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places.
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies.
  • Judge situations and people accurately.
  • Learn standard operating procedures of a police radio and keyboard terminals.
  • Understand and interpret laws and regulations.
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive written reports.
  • Achieve proficiency in self-defense techniques and the use and care of firearms.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Deal courteously and effectively with the general public.
  • Show initiative, alertness, integrity and reliability.


Graduation from high school or equivalent and must have completed a P.O.S.T. approved academy at time of appointment.


A valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and a satisfactory driving record are a condition of hire. A satisfactory driving record is one absent of misdemeanor convictions or multiple infraction convictions. Loss of a driver’s license and/or an unsatisfactory driving record may result in employee discipline, up to and including termination.


Officers shall not have been convicted of any felony. A misdemeanor conviction may result in applicant disqualification and employee disciplinary action, up to and including termination. A complete background investigation will be conducted.

AGE: 2l years at time of appointment.


Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for, and who has applied for, citizenship at least one year prior to application for employment.

Supplemental Information

ACADEMY GRADUATE – Must possess a Certificate of Completion from a POST Academy within the last three years.


ACADEMY ATTENDEE – Must be currently enrolled and in good standing in a POST Academy in the State of California.


California POST Certificates, Academy Certificate of Completions, or a letter from the POST Certified Academy indicating good standing and date of graduation, MUST be attached to application.

Resumes will be accepted but WILL NOT replace the required information on your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only the MOST qualified applicants will be selected to participate in the testing process, which may include, but is not limited to, application appraisal, written exam, oral interview, physical agility test, physical and psychological examinations, drug test, background investigation and polygraph test.

In accordance with applicable federal, state and local law, the City of Antioch provides equal opportunities for applicants and employees, regardless of race, gender expression, age, pregnancy, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental handicap, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, sex or any other protected class or status. The City of Antioch does not show partiality or grant any special status to any applicant, employee or group of employees unless otherwise required by law.

The City of Antioch will recruit and hire only those individuals who demonstrate a commitment to service and who possess the traits and characteristics that reflect personal integrity and high ethical standards.

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